Sunday, September 25, 2016

Prepping for the Tea Party

Here's a glimpse of some of the prep work the families helped with 
for our Tea Party.
 The week before the party I set up this science/craft
at our art table.
The children used eye droppers to squeeze food colouring onto
coffee filters.
I wish I had a picture of our windows when the filters were drying,
they were covered.
 The next step was to encourage the families to create flowers
with the coffee filters.
I added pipe cleaners to help.
 Next I put out tin cans and asked them to decorate them.
 They became our vases for the flowers.
 They were used as centrepieces on our tea mats.
A little tea set was put out in case a fairy stopped by.

Friday, September 23, 2016

International Fairy Tea Party

September 23 is International Fairy Tea Party Day 
and this was our first year we participating.
We held it at a local park.
Doors were hidden around the park with gifts for the children left in front of each.
When the children arrived they picked a pipe cleaner and received a map.
I explained that the stars on the map showed where they could find the doors.
And off they went.

It was a very wet morning but many families came and enjoyed the park.
After they found the doors they collected a little bead from the jar 
and rang the bell to say thank you to the fairies.
They strung the bead onto their pipe cleaner
keeping count of how many doors they found.
After finding as many, or all the doors, they made a fairy wand.
Then it was Tea Time.
I'm very fortunate to have people that help run an event like this.
Thank you Andi.
Thank you Dese,
and thank you Delfina.
It takes a community and I live in a fabulous one.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A New Year with our Grandfriends

We have started a new school year and will once again visit 
our grandfriends each week.
This year our visits will be shorter.
I open the centre first for just over an hour then whoever wishes
follows me to the seniors home.
I love watching the connections that are being made between all the generations.
We play together for about a half an hour then we have music.
Julia is a music therapist that works at the Lodge.
She joins us every week for about a half an hour and leads us in song
with her guitar.
We are so lucky.
I've learned new songs from her that we sing 
back at our centre.
I look forward to the year to come and introducing
more families to this experience.