Thursday, 1 November 2012

M a s t

Yesterday Puddles had a bit of a break through. He descided that he was ok with the feal of playdough, usually one poke and he can't stand the stuff on his fingers. Yesterday he spent quite a while making tiny rugby ball shapes, and he identified them as rugby balls which took me by surprise, don't know where he knew that from!

Today with the play dought I squashed it flat and then Puddle made some inprints with the star biscuit cutter (photos on the camera but I can't get them on to the computer!)

Using a cut up cerial box I made flash cards of the letters A M T S, after showing them each in turn and telling Puddles the sound they make, I layed them down on the floor and asked him where each letter was. Hes good with "A" but the rest is a bit hit and miss.

I also made cards with numbers 1 - 6 with the relevant amount of dots on each and he put small wooden lady birds on each dot. He seamed to enjoy doing this.

Puddles REALLY liked cbeebies numtums so hes been using the numtums website games which are good for him as only the space bar is needed he doesn't need any computer dexterity.

We also Made Oat honey and banana cookies.

Pre heat the oven to 170

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oats
Bake for 10 mins! nomnom!

I think next time I will put more banana and honey and less flour.

I also made Falafal from scratch for the first time

Rince and put one tins worth of chickpeas in boiling water and simmer for an hour. Drain and add in one finely chopped leak 1.5 tsp of corriander and 1.5tsp of cumin, 2 cloves garlic, 2 tsp gram flour, 2 tbs olive oil and 4 tbs warm water. Salt and Pepper. Mash it all up, put in to balls and slightly flatten them, then fry in olive oil for 5 mins each side.

They were nice but next time I will add more salt and some lemon juice.

I have just seen a video on youtube that shows pounding playdough, the lady sujested that to move on from this you can use a hammer and pound golf tees in to the playdough. I have just bought Puddles some golf tees for another game so we shall be having a go at that soon!


I set my self a Haloween resolution, (no point in waiting till New Year!) to read a chapter of a book a day. At the moment I am reading You are Your Child's First Teacher by Rahima Baldwin Dancy, as well as a book on vaccinations and one about teaching Montessori in the home.

Yesterdays chapter was about the importance of story telling, talking about how smaller children like repetition so enjoy stories like Three billy goats gruff. It also said how children don't mind drama as long as you don't dramatise it to much in your voice. It went on to talk about children not minding cruelty when it is bestowed upon the evil in the book, (the witch being burned in Hansel and Gretal.) Still, I think I will leave scaryer childrens stories till Puddle is older and can communicate his worried and fears a bit better.

I found the part where it talked about memorising stories and reading then with out the book helps you and your child connect very interesting. Its an activity I will be trying with Puddle. This activity can be extended by using floor puppets. I plan to make him some wooden cloth peg puppets for xmas, those will do nicely!

Today's chapter was about Artistic creativity. Concentrating on visual art. It covered in detail wet on wet painting which I have heard about being used in Enki and would like to know more about. In this method of painting you use wet good quality water colour paper and watered down artist quality water colours. The point of the exercises at Puddles age is to watch the colours swirl run and interact rather than painting something that is a picture of something. There is a whole ritual around setting up the play invitation that I find quite appealing too, I need to find a nice small glass jug and some glass jars so Puddle can be more in controle of the setting things up, which is a nice way of blending Montessori and Steiner.