Thursday, 23 February 2012

Bird Feeders

We made these bird feeders back before Christmas.  I found lots of different ways of doing this on Pinterest (new favourite place to waste time!) and decided on these two methods as they both used skills the boys are using quite well in different activities - rolling, threading and using cookie cutters.

The first one used toilet rolls rolled in peanut butter and then rolled through bird seed....

For the second ones we spread bread with peanut butter, cut out shapes and then pressed them into the seed.  I made holes in them and encouraged the boys to thread the string through.

We also spent time using the bird seed for general sensory play and encouraged tasting of the peanut butter on bread, which Charlie enjoyed :) .

We took the feeders to my mum's as she has a bird table and I feel a bit mean encouraging birds into our garden as we have 3 cats!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

New Blog - Arty Crafty Cakey Bakey

My daughter and I have started a new blog where we can share and remember our crafts, baking etc.  You can find it here! I haven't had much to blog about here for a while as James and Charlie are settling into their new school very well but are also very tired when they get home and so we are keeping life quite simple for them at the moment whilst they settle into a new routine.  I really want to keep this blog for the reasons I started it i.e. sharing activities and ideas appropriate for children like James and Charlie, and not post here about other things.  As Gaby was keen to have a go at blogging too, it seem like we needed another, more general place to be!  I'm going to keep this blog going and have a few backdated posts to share soon!