My topic at school this half term is Celebrations – perfect with Christmas coming up! But when I started looking I realised that this time of year is jam packed with festivals and celebrations of different kinds. So I then decided that I’d focus on a different festival/celebration each week!
Last week we had Bonfire Night as our theme for the week. We had lots of fun discussing why we celebrate the death of Guy Fawkes by putting a replica of him on a bonfire. (My Australian friend finds this tradition pretty weird and slightly disturbing – and who can blame her?!) This week our theme was Diwali.
I knew very little about this festival, so went straight to Google to do a little research. Something I came across a lot was the use of rangoli patterns. There are some really beautiful examples on google images. I knew I could link this to maths (repeating patterns/symmetry) and therefore planned a rangoli day!
I gave the children dotty paper to have a go at making their own rangoli patterns (which turned out to be really difficult for some of them!) but the most successful were the ones they made with coloured rice.
I printed colouring pictures as guidelines and the children had to use the rice to fill in the outlines – simple!
I think my favourite part was making the coloured rice. It was super easy – put a load of rice in a Ziploc bag, add some food colouring and give the bag a good old shake! (Remembering to seal the top first, obviously!)
The blue and purple were gel food colouring which didn’t work as well, but the liquid colouring gave a lovely vibrant colour. We even managed to collect up the rice we’d used, so I now have 2 big bags of multi-coloured rice. Any suggestions what we can use it for next?!
Of course, not all of it managed to stay in the right place…
I haven’t seen the cleaners yet, but hope they weren’t too cross!
Hello, how have you been? It’s been a while hasn’t it?! I’m not quite sure myself where the last two weeks have gone. I blame school – it is completely draining my time and energy yet again. I’ve had a couple of blog posts running through my head, but not had the head space to actually write them. I’ve also not had the energy to make anything, so even if I’d written a post there probably wouldn’t have been much to it!
This week was my friend’s birthday. I’ve been working on something for her since Christmas (you may remember mentions of a secret project) and this week I can finally let you know what it was – a hexagon blanket in five different shades of blue. I was happy with how it turned out, and my friend seemed very pleased with it too! Now, this is the place where I should start to show you some photos, right? And normally I’d be happy to oblige.
However, I don’t have any photos! I was waiting for good light, but ended up waiting too long! In the end I had to wrap up the present and give it to my friend. I made her promise that I could visit her some time soon to take photos!
So today all I can offer are my apologies, firstly for not being around for far too long, and secondly for a pictureless post! Maybe the next post will be a little more interesting…
This week has felt fairly uncreative. I’ve done absolutely no baking, crocheting, knitting or sewing for fun. However, I have had a fairly productive week.
I have spent some time in school, just pottering around, sorting out and mending.
This was the state of my chair. I’m planning to cover it with a big crochet blanket, but thought it’d be a good idea to try to stop it falling apart any more than it already was. I had thankfully remembered to take needles and thread with me to school, then raided the class fabric box.
Ok, so it’s not the neatest sewing I’ve ever done, but it’s functional and will hopefully stop the stuffing coming out.
I’ve also spent a couple of days planning, and finally feel like I’m getting somewhere. This picture sums up how it’s felt though – surrounded with paperwork on all sides with only coffee to help me through it!
But I haven’t spent all week working. It’s Mum’s birthday tomorrow, so we went out for an early celebration with Granny yesterday. We went to Otter Nurseries where we had a lovely lunch…
…and a yummy milkshake…
…then had a great time wandering round their shop. For a garden centre they sure have a lot of craft material! This is what I came home with…
The 2 board books were a complete bargain in the sale, and I just love these 50s inspired papers! They are part of the Papermania Happy Days range. These are some of my favourites…
Hope you have all had a lovely week 🙂