Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Selling Apples

Last week I shared the children's play with picking apples.
The day after that post a parent donated two big wardrobe boxes
perfect for dramatic play.
I just had to do a couple of cuts and folds to create two market stands.
We added cash registers and the children were busy buying and selling.
The younger children were interested in climbing in and out of the box.
And hoarding.
I encouraged a couple of the older children to create signs for the boxes.
Each morning the market stands wait ready.
Each morning the children pick their roles of buyers or sellers.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cooking - Peach Jam

 We are fortunate to be part of our school's Fruit & Veggie program.
Last week we received peaches around the same time 
that families were donating grapes, apples and pears.
 So we didn't have time to eat all the peaches before they got too ripe.
 Today we used what was left to make some jam.
 I peeled and pitted the peaches then the children cut them into little pieces.
 The children used table knives which are sharp enough to cut through the 
soft peaches but not sharp enough to cut themselves.
 The electric frying pan worked great for this recipe which I found at 
We used 9 peaches and added 3/4 cups of white sugar.
It cooked for about half an hour til it was bubbly.
 We let it cool a bit then the children used a masher to break down the bigger pieces.
Sampling the sweet peach jam on the salty crackers was delicious.

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.