Thursday, 22 September 2016

Smudging paint - mess free baby painting

I hope I will have more time to write about some baby activities we've been doing, just like this one - smudging paint in a plastic bag. An easy to prepare activity for a baby.

What you need is in the picture. I used baby paint but any kind will do as the baby won't touch the paint directly.

I put dabs of paint on a white sheet of paper of 3 colours. Unfortunately, I used too much paint. In this case less is more. Next, I placed the white sheet with paint into the zip lock bag. You need to be extra careful not to smudge the paint while sliding it in the bag.

With painters' tape I fixed it on the floor and put L. close to it. In seconds she scooted there to check what it is.

To be perfectly honest, she was a bit more interested in the tape than the paint blobs against the white background. Kids are unpredictable.

I showed her how to press her little hands on the paint then she got the hang of it... I don't want to mislead you... her attention span was maximum 1 minute... 

While she was messing around I was talking to her about the colours: red, yellow and blue. When E. came home from the kindergarten and she saw what we did. She enjoyed looking at the colour mixture. We talked about what happens when we mix colours: blue and yellow makes green; red and blue makes purple, red and yellow makes orange. So it's a two in one activity if you also have a bigger child.

We might do this activity again a little later too.

The original idea comes from Jen, a Canadian mum. You can find her great ideas on

Saturday, 27 August 2016

English camp for the first time - long post, loads of pics

E. took part in her very first day-time camp in the first week of August. Of course, it was an English camp. What else?

Zs. from our old Helen Doron school founded her own HD school and summer camps were organised for kids throughout the summer. On the first week of August E. took part in  fantastic adventures in English.

Every day started at 9 (with breakfast) and ended at 15:30 when kids needed to be picked up (one could arrived later and the kids were taken care of. They watched some animations until parents arrived). The age group was quite appropriate for E.: from age 4 to 8.

Here comes the detailed overview of the week:

Day 1 - Introductory day

This was a getting to know each other day. They stayed in and did a lot of arts and crafts and played games so the kids could get familiar with each other and the teachers (Zs. and Z.). E. was rather quiet on her first day, but I expected that. She always needs time to get used to a new situation.

They painted a mask

E.'s mask

There was English circle time in the morning

...and in the afternoon

They went to a playground nearby and "found" some dinos frozen in eggs

For a while E. was watching the frozen dino and waiting for it to melt... but it was BORING so she went climbing a bit...

Then returned and waited and waited patiently...

The dino is free!!!

As the topic of the day was dinosaurs, dino fossils were also made by the kids.

Day 2 - Tarzan Park

After breakfast there was some English circle time again

They always had some free playtime with lots of fun toys, books and games, too.

They visited Tarzan Park  (an outdoor fun park) after lunch. (By the way lunch was ordered for the kids from Egészségkonyha and arrived every day in the morning. As for food, kids got food 4 times a day - breakfast, snack in the morning, lunch and snack in the afternoon too - got bakery products, cereals, vegetables and fruit. E. liked them all and didn't complain at all. On the first day their chicken nuggets were dino-shaped)

The group in Tarzan Park with Zs.:

E. got really tired after this day full of climbing and moving around a lot. She didn't nap in the afternoon. (After lunch on most days they had some quiet time. Whoever wanted (needed) could sleep but a Disney film was usually shown and E. was more interested in watching it than taking a nap)

She was a little bit braver this time as for talking in English but I needed to motivate her with something. As Baby Sis didn't let me do anything creative I offered her some treats when I pick her up if she spoke more than the day before. And she did. I took her some M&Ms. A rare treat so she did appreciate it.

Day 3 - Rex Animal Farm - E.'s favourite day

They visited Rex Animal Farm where they fed the goats (as well as some rabbits)

...saw some special animals

...listened to a lady talking about how to be a responsible pet owner. 

Your dog has to be vaccinated - just pretend in this pic

They also had a dog agility training session. E. was brave enough to take the dog (called Gesztenye) through the course.

They also had their lunch at the Farm

They had time to enjoy the small playground at the farm

The whole group with their teachers Zs. and Z.

There was no English session at the farm only the HD teachers talked to the group in English but the other days were full of English from morning till the afternoon. The teachers know it well that E. is bilingual and they didn't use any Hungarian to her throughout the whole week.

Day 4 - Picnic

After the usual morning session in English (when they painted some stones and their dino fossils from day 1 with glow-in-the-dark paint) the kids went to Margit sziget (Margaret Island) to have a picnic.

They were watching the big fountain show, 

went to a playground, 

walked on dino feet 

and had their picnic (yummy lángos, E.'s favourite street food). 

The kids were really tired after the long and action-packed week so when they got back they had some nap time. At last E. slept a bit and felt more relaxed in the evening.

Day 5 - Mini show for parents

On the last day a mini show was prepared for the parents to finish the camp with.

There were some arts and crafts: kids prepared their presents for their parents by themselves (and with a little help from the teachers.

The parents received a paper basket decorated by the kids with some hand-made artwork, like an origami frog or the painted dino fossils, plus a greeting card with the best photo of the child taken during the week, stuck in it. The show was great and touching all the kids could show themselves a bit in English.

All in all, the whole camp was a great experience for E. (trying herself in an unfamiliar English environment and meeting new people), packed with a lot of fun activities and programmes in English. It was value for money indeed. We're surely signing up for the next year's camp too. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Olympics hall of fame - sticky wall

The Olympic craze is still on in our home. Every evening we watch a little (30-40 mins) of the Olympic Games on TV no matter what's on. So far E. has seen handball, swimming, fencing, shooting (I wasn't very happy with that), water-polo and judo.

We don't just watch the Hungarians but all nations but of course we try to focus on the Hungarian victories. We've  won so many medals so far we can be really proud of our Olympians. I thought we should pay a tribute to them somehow and that's when the idea of a hall of fame on our wall came to my mind.

I put contact paper on the wall (sticky side out) with the help of some painter's tape. Then E. coloured the letters of the Olympic Games, which I printed from the net, using the colours of the Olympic rings.

She also coloured a gold, a silver and a bronze medal. We stuck them all up the sticky paper.
Daddy printed the picture of our Olympians together with their sports and I laminated them.

Next, E. put them up in the right column depending who won what kind of medal.

Szilágyi Áron (fencing) is to come to the gold medallists.

Congratulations to all our Olympians. We're proud of you, all!  

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