29 May 2012

All Year Round week fifteen: 7 Summer Ideas for Children



Here are some of the great posts shared at the All Year Round Blog Carnival with summer ideas for children. You can see more summer posts, and join us, at the Summer Carnival which is open for new links until 31st August. You can find out more about All Year Round here and also follow All Year Round on Pinterest.

An old fashioned Wash Day at Simple Whimsy


Lessons learned from a Lemonade Stand at All Things Beautiful


Ten Things to do With a Rock at Raise A Boy


Excavating toys from ice at Mama of Many Blessings


Homemade Bug Catcher Net at Repeat Crafter Me


How to make ice cream in a bag at mamascout


Outdoor Cooking Creations at famiglia&seoul


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week fourteen: 7 Ways to Get Ready For Summer
week fifteen: 7 Summer Ideas for Children
week sixteen: 7 Summer Nature Projects
week seventeen: 7 Summer Water Play Activities
week eighteen: 7 Summer Things To Do Outdoors
week nineteen: 7 Summer and Summer Solstice Crafts for All Ages
week twenty: 7 Summer Book Lists and Literacy Projects
week twenty one: 7 Summer Nature Crafts
week twenty two: 7 Summer Nature Walks
week twenty three: 7 Summer Outdoor Games for Children
week twenty four: 7 Summer Garden Projects
week twenty five: 7 Summer Crafts for Children
week twenty six: 7 Summer Picnics and Days Out
week twenty seven: 7 Summer Ideas for All Ages
week twenty eight: 7 Blogs in Summer

Carnival co-hosts:
sunnydaytodaymama, Mama Smiles, Winding Circle,
The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine, Home Baked,
famiglia&seoul, All Things Beautiful, Like Mama~Like Daughter,
Plain Vanilla Mom, Little Homeschool Blessings, Simple Whimsy,
2 Big, 2 Little, jabberwocky

Science play in the garden



Experimenting with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), vinegar and food colouring.















If you have a post about a summer activity or any post with a summer theme, we'd love you to link up at our All Year Round Blog Carnival: Summer, which is open for new links until 31st August.

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Click here to see the play, crafts and learning ideas blog link-ups we share at.

25 May 2012

{this moment}



{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember...
SouleMama

Where I Live - pavements

Where I Live is a Friday photo series by Francesca at FuoriBorgo and this week's theme is 'pavements'.

 









Friday 27 April, Where I Live - roofs
Friday 4 May, Where I Live - doors
Friday 11 May, Where I Live - walls
Friday 18 May, Where I Live - windows
Friday 25 May, Where I Live - pavements

24 May 2012

All Year Round week fourteen: 7 Ways to Get Ready For Summer



Here are some of the great posts shared at the All Year Round Blog Carnival with different ways to get ready for summer. You can see more summer posts, and join us, at the Summer Carnival which is open for new links until 31st August. You can find out more about All Year Round here and also follow All Year Round on Pinterest.

Only Small Things visited Bellaire Woods in Late-Spring on a positively beautiful day.


Rainy Day Mum has been exploring outdoors and observing the Seasons changing.


The Freedom Five went on a nature walk full of discoveries and smelled the flowers today!


There are some great Tips for Summer Science in the Science Corner at Elemental blogging.


Living Montessori Now has lots of good ideas for How to Create a Summer Bucket List for Your Family.


You can see an amazing example of a Summer Bucket list at Winding Circle.


Little Homeschool Blessings is Dreaming of Summer and has also started a summer bucket list in honour of summer coming.


If your post is featured today you're very welcome to get a "Featured On" button for your blog.

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week fourteen: 7 Ways to Get Ready For Summer
week fifteen: 7 Summer Ideas for Children
week sixteen: 7 Summer Nature Projects
week seventeen: 7 Summer Water Play Activities
week eighteen: 7 Summer Things To Do Outdoors
week nineteen: 7 Summer and Summer Solstice Crafts for All Ages
week twenty: 7 Summer Book Lists and Literacy Projects
week twenty one: 7 Summer Nature Crafts
week twenty two: 7 Summer Nature Walks
week twenty three: 7 Summer Outdoor Games for Children
week twenty four: 7 Summer Garden Projects
week twenty five: 7 Summer Crafts for Children
week twenty six: 7 Summer Picnics and Days Out
week twenty seven: 7 Summer Ideas for All Ages
week twenty eight: 7 Blogs in Summer

Carnival co-hosts:
sunnydaytodaymama, Mama Smiles, Winding Circle,
The Mahogany Way, Smiling like Sunshine, Home Baked,
famiglia&seoul, All Things Beautiful, Like Mama~Like Daughter,
Plain Vanilla Mom, Little Homeschool Blessings, Simple Whimsy,
2 Big, 2 Little, jabberwocky

23 May 2012

Dandelions and other flowers





Our garden is full of dandelions and this is what we've been doing with them.

We made a "dandelion wishes" keyring with dandelion seeds,



and another keyring with more wild flowers.



We made a dandelions and other flowers pool.














We made dandelion prints in clay (this was inspired by a dandelion post at You're Not Lost, You're Here).







We painted a picture using dandelion flowers as paint brushes (this was inspired by a dandelion post at Simple Kids).



We've been reading dandelion poems and stories.

Dandelions
Bright coinage of the generous sun,
Down-flung, and scattered, one by one -
They star with gold the green plateau,
And light the landscape with their glow!

Andrew Downing [1838-1917]

The Dandelion Fairy
Here's the Dandelion's rhyme;
See my leaves with tooth-like edges;
Blow my clocks to tell the time;
See me flaunting by the hedges,
In the meadow, in the lane,
Gay and naughty in the garden;
Pull me up - I grow again,
Asking neither leave nor pardon.
Sillies, what are you about
With you spades and hoes of iron?
You can never drive me out -
Me, the dauntless Dandelion!

Cicely Mary Parker [1895-1973]

THE LEGEND OF THE DANDELION

Of course we've also been picking more dandelions.







We often pick dandelions to put in a vase indoors during the spring and summer, and for the first time we kept them in the vase until the flowers had changed to seed heads (this was inspired by a dandelion post at Almost Unschoolers). We didn't take any photographs of those dandelions but here's a time lapse video we found on YouTube.



Dandelion links:
Dandelions Indoors at Almost Unschoolers
Dandelion Flower Paintbrush Cards at Simple Kids
Dandelions at You're not Lost, You're Here
Fun with Dandelions! at Universal Preschool
Wildflowers-Dandelions at Handbook of Nature Study
Dandy Dandelions at In the Sparrow's Nest
Dandelion Crafts & Recipes at The Crafty Crow
What the Dandelions Gave Us at Full Circle
Celebrating Dandelions at Jan White Natural Play
O’ Dandelion Song at 5 Orange Potatoes
My Quest to make Dandelion Wine at Aprils Cooking and Lifestyle Show
Taraxacum officinale, the common dandelion at Wikipedia

If you have a post about a summer craft, activity or nature study, or any post with a summer theme, we'd love you to link up at our All Year Round Blog Carnival: Summer, which is open for new links until 31st August.

sunnydaytodaymama

You may also like:

Homemade pressed flower keyrings


Science experiments with plastic bottles


Lemonade with frozen strawberries


Bunting made from an old children's book


Making a mini pond


Rainbows


Click here to see the play, crafts and learning ideas blog link-ups we share at.

NATURE STUDY on Sunny Days Pinterest.
SUMMER on Sunny Days Pinterest.

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