Friday, 18 April 2014

Joyeuses Pâques week 2 - Easter bunny biscuits

For our second Easter themed week we decorated Easter bunny biscuits.  I have to admit that I cheated and bought ready made bunny gingerbread biscuits from the local supermarket as I just ran out of time to bake any but the children didn't seem to mind! :0)

They were more than happy to set to work with various shades of icing, sprinkles and mini smarties to create these delicious masterpieces!!

Wishing you all a Joyeuses Pâques and hoping that the Easter Bunny or the cloches de Pâques leave plenty of chocolate eggs in your gardens on Sunday! 

Emma and Little Imp :0)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Joyeuses Pâques week 1 - Pom Pom painting

Last week was the first of our two Easter themed weeks.  The songs and rhymes I chose for this mini topic were: poussin poussinet, lapin pistache, saute petit lapin (a French version of sleepy bunnies), deux petits lapins (an Easter version of 2 petits oiseaux), le printemps and lapin de pâques (like nounours nounours but an Easter bunny version I made up).

For our craft I took my inspiration from Pinterest and decided we would paint Easter egg pictures with pom-poms.

First we drew the outline of the eggs onto craft paper, the children then had a variety of different coloured paints and different sized pom-poms to use for their painting.  They used pegs to pick up the pom-poms and dip them in the paint and then printed onto the paper with them.  Once dry you can either display as they are or cut out the eggs and glue onto Easter cards.

Here are some of our eggs, sadly I got distracted and didn't manage to photograph them all.

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Thursday, 3 April 2014

La fête des mamans - hand holding flowers

Last Sunday was Mothers' Day here in the UK and although I know it is not until May in France, I decided we needed to mark the occasion last Friday - maybe we will celebrate again in May!! :0)

We sang the farmyard songs that have formed our theme for the last few weeks and I added a simple mothers' day song too.  It is the same one that I have used the last 2 years with the toddler group, simply because it is not too difficult for them to sing along to even though we just have it one week a year.

The song is called "comptine des bisous pour maman" (kisses for mummy) and the lyrics are as follows and the tune is the same as ah vous dirais je maman of twinkle twinkle little star.

Sur un tissu très très doux 
Je dessine, Je dessine,
Sur un tissu très très doux,
Je dessine des bisous.
Pour la fête de maman,
Je dessine, je dessine,
Pour la fête des mamans
Je dessine en m'appliquant.

Roughly translated that would be:

On a very soft piece of material,
I am drawing, I am drawing,
On a very soft piece of material
I am drawing kisses.
For mummy's day,
I am drawing, I am drawing,
For mummies' day
I am drawing and doing my best.

If you search on YouTube you can listen to various versions of it.

To accompany our song, we made a special mothers' day craft of a 3d hand holding a bunch of flowers.

To make your own you will need:
Coloured paper
Pipe cleaners or straws (for the stems)
A selection of materials for the flowers themselves, we had: cupcake cases, tissue paper, doilies, foam shapes, felt shapes, buttons, pom-poms, glitter glue, ribbon, etc

First, draw around your toddler's hand and lower arm on the coloured paper.  Cut out and glue the arm and palm to the card. DO NOT stick the fingers down.

Then let your toddler design their flowers on the card.

Once completed, bend the fingers over the flower stems and glue down onto the palm.

Here are our creations to give you some inspiration:

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Monday, 24 March 2014

À la ferme week 5 - farm animal masks

For our 5th week on our farm theme, our craft was farm animal masks.  I found some templates online and printed them out on card.  The children then got busy decorating them with a variety of materials from the craft boxes - felt, foam, tissue paper, wool, cotton wool, feathers, glitter glue, etc.

Once the creations were complete the mummies got busy cutting them out and cutting out the eye holes.  We then stuck coloured lollipop sticks onto the back so that the children could hold their masks in front of their faces.  You could of course punch holes in the sides and thread elastic through but given the ages of our little ones I felt they might prefer the lolly sticks.

Here are our amazing animal masks:

Un canard (a duck)

Un mouton (a sheep)

Une vache (a cow)

Un canard (a duck)

Une chèvre (a goat)

Un cochon (a pig)

Once all our masks were complete we sang "dans la ferme de Macdonald" (Old Macdonald had a farm) with each child taking a turn to be their animal.  We had to add an extra verse in as "une chèvre" isn't in our usual lyrics but the children were not phased by the introduction of a new animal and sang just as loudly :0)

Next week we will be singing a special song for la fête des mamans (mothers' day) and making a special craft for mummy as it will be mothers' day here on the UK on Sunday.

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Monday, 17 March 2014

À la ferme week 4 - piggy pancakes

Little Imp and I had come across this idea on Pinterest a couple of weeks ago although the version we saw used bagels.  Assuming that our toddlers would like to make and eat more than one snack though I decided on mini bagels - typical that all the local supermarkets decided to be out of stock of them on the same week! What I did find though were some little ready made scotch pancakes and decided these would actually be perfect - especially given the alliteration in both English (piggy pancakes) and French (crêpes cochons)!!

To make your own tasty farmyard treat, you will need:
Mini bagels, pancakes or similar
Cream cheese
Icing sugar
Pink food colouring

First colour the cream cheese with a little food colouring, I found that this made the cream cheese too runny and so added a little icing sugar to thicken it up to a spreadable consistency.

Slice the strawberries into circles for the snouts and triangles for the ears.

Then let your toddler assemble their snack - spread on the cream cheese, add a strawberry snout and ears and add raisins for eyes and a smile.

Finally, enjoy eating your work!! :0)

Here are our fantastic piggy pancakes, they tasted just as good as they look :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Sunday, 9 March 2014

À la ferme week 3 - farm collage pictures

For the third week of our farm topic, we made some lovely farm collage pictures using a variety of materials from the craft boxes, including felt, tissue paper, crepe paper, shiny paper, foam, cotton wool, lollipop sticks, wool, ribbon, pipe cleaners and some lovely foam farm animal shapes which I found in our local craft shop.  These materials along with our toddlers imaginations were the perfect combination to produce some fantastic farm scene pictures.

I love the way that each picture is totally different from the others, it just highlights how independent and creative out little ones are becoming that they all have their own ideas about what they want to create and how they want their craft to look. :0)

Here are our pictures to give you some ideas and we hope you have fun making your own farm scene :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Sunday, 2 March 2014

À la ferme week 2 - muddy pig paintings

For the second week of our farm theme, Little Imp and I decided that a painting craft would be a good idea.  Little Imp is very keen on painting on the moment and especially likes using the various sponges, textured stamps and rollers that we have so I thought it would be good to have a craft that involved using those.  I had a good search on Pinterest and liked the idea of making muddy pigs so that is what we did.  You will see from the pictures the different textures of stamps and rollers we used, some look like muddy tractor prints, etc.

Here are our fabulous creations, hope you like them:

Happy singing and crafting! :0)