Friday, August 22, 2014

Cave Painting for kids (History craft)

With a new History curriculum that I've just started with the children (which by the way we are LOVING!!!) We've been looking at the Ice Age and Dinosaurs and Noah and more......
It came to me that for Art this Friday we would make a cave (like HERE) and do some cave paintings!! WOW the children were soooo excited!! That of course makes for a happy homeschooling Mummy!!
 I suggested that they could "draw" under the table, similar to how early man/woman would have done it! Zeke and Sophia jumped in for that..... as did Sapphire, well she jumped on Soph more to the point!!! hee he!
 Sophia's finished cave art
 Zeke's Wolly Rhino cave painting

Hannah went to drawing straight on the "cave" sides.......
A cave being drawn complete with family

To finish their art off I sprayed over their hands to mark it like a signature (saw that idea HERE) The cave is proving to be a HUGE hit, even our new kitten loves the russle of the paper cave walls!! Who would have thought History could be sooo fun!!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, August 15, 2014

DIY Terrariums {perfect party favours for a woodland party!}


Gardening is a whole lot of fun!! There's dirt, there's learning, there's Nature!!
For my birthday back in May (see HERE) I wanted to make for each of my guests something special to take home after my party in the Forest! Terrariums was the perfect gift!! I searched the net for many a design and idea and in the end came up with wanting to make little mushrooms and filling the jar itself with moss and lichen covered sticks!
We went hunting for the moss locally and the sticks too and then with all our supplies gathered got to work on making 15 terrariums!!
The children LOVED it, and Sophia in particular had a real flare for details and adding just the right stick or moss!

We were all sooo excited about the process that we had to make more and so the extras now sit happily on our outdoor table.
I would have to recommend to anyone to give them a try, terrariums really are sooo simple to make and the end results are truly wonderful!
Smiles The Torrents'

Friday, August 8, 2014

South Africa theme night

About every month we have a little theme night to end the country the children have been studying. We have had 4 nights now (still need to share those) and the last one we had was a South African night!
We get dressed up, Allan finds some traditional music to play in the background over dinner and I cook some traditional meals from the region!! I LOVE Google!! All you need to do is type in "traditional .... insert country......meals" and you have a WONDERFUL list of recipes to view!!
Our menu consisted of
*Cabbage side dish
*Frikadelles (meat balls)
*assorted vegetables
*Melktert (Milk Tart)

We really enjoyed the food and have a wonderful evening in South Africa!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Ice Age - Timeline Tuesday and History day!

We believe in the power of words, they can either speak life or death! SO when our family gets hit with constant amounts of colds and viruses we have a saying....
"we are sick and tired of being unwell and sleepy!!!"
It's a funny thing to say but its the truth as we hit another week of one of our treasures being unwell!
Last week it was Hannah, beginning this week it was Sophia and now as of today Zeke has the hot and colds!! OHhh dear it certainly is that time of year!!!!!

On an up side we looked at the Ice Age on Tuesday for History and timeline Tuesday!! It was wonderful, we all had heaps of fun and I've got some cool ideas of what we can do while people are getting their strength back......
Like making a cave painting
picture from HERE

or even a cave!!
picture from HERE

Drawing a Mammoth
Draw a Wooly Mammoth Intro.jpg
picture from HERE

or simply looking through a book and reading!
The Great Dinosaur Search
just got this from the library as it has pages on The Ice Ages!

Either way we are taking things easy and with the rain outside I think the Ice Age Movies will be rented very soon for some popcorn and movie time!!! Yippee to that!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our newest Addition!

We have a new addition to our little family!! She is of the fluffy kind and she is soft and sweet!

Welcome to Thea
6 months old
Tabby kitten
and LOVES cuddles!!

It's only been 8 days since Thea joined our family but we are all loving having her!! The children especially think it's wonderful, infact Sapphire is always wanting to know where the "meowff" is!! CUTE!!! She's well and truly made herself at home and I think it's made our Winter time much sunnier and warm!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Savoury Scones

Basically every Thursday we have a cooked lunch! It's nice to have something different each day for lunch and my absolute fav day is Thursday cause I always make Savoury Scones!!
Sometimes they are pumpkin ones but mostly they are zucchini. It's just a basic scone recipe which I then add the savoury flavours too. The children and I LOVE them and they are perfect for a picnic too!! (just as long as they are still warm as Zeke only likes them that way!! hee he!)
The children never used to like them though..... until one day I said they were just like Zucchini slice, why don't you just add sauce!! SO from that day the scones are served with tomato sauce (and butter for those who want it too!!)

I like to put avocado, tomato and spinach on top of mine like it's a warm sandwitch... Ummm delish!!!
Can't wait till we eat them again!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Circus Fun {book making}

One of the blogs I follow HERE, is by the very talented, arty Gail!! The ideas she comes up with are totally awesome!!! This particular arty activity is to make a Circus book and a few weeks ago the children and I invited some friends to join us and have some Big Top Fun! The instructions are super easy to follow from that artist woman and the extra pictures we found from HERE!
 Sophia decorating her envelope to hold her extra pieces!
 Zeke getting busy drawing his trapeze artist!
 Zeke's finished tent, complete with Lion Tammer, 
he made the jump hoop and whip!!
A clever seal balancing a ball!
Mr strong man!! Ready to lift....
YAY, he did it!!
(check out that six pack!!)
My finished Tent I made for Esther!
I went with two clowns, one being the puppet and then also 
added the acrobatic to the background of my trapeze guy!
Sophia went with an all white tent...
She designed the lady trapeze artist from the original picture!
It was soo much fun putting these together, can't wait to do some more book fun with the children in the future!
Smiles The Torrents'