TO is discovering her inner grandma, watching embroidery soap operas and embroidering. With a quarantined child and a stressful time at work, a great way to calm and enjoy, if you ask me. Try it yourselves!
Is it to early for Spring? Baba Marta coming, 8 March coming, here a fast activity to keep little/and big people busy:
I was supposed to show you a "real" project, but 6th grade woodworking was probably not enough to implement my (genius) idea to attach wooden legs to a pizza plate. :D You would need to wait for an update on that one.
Each year I ask N and K what kind of party they want for their birthdays, usually good 3-6 months in advance. This time, K announced: "I want a Snowman party!". Rrrright, there are some chances of that happening, considering the month, but we haven't really had much snow in recent years. Add to that a lockdown, and somehow TO could not think of an online party that involves at-home snowmen (and will not make parents hate me). But, K was born lucky, cause it ACTUALLY SNOWED on her birthday (and only on her birthday). So there you go, maybe not much of an inspiration for you, but a great outdoors celebration for us. :)
Hope you also get lucky this month, one way or another :). Cause what better way to start 2021!
It's been a different year, sort of. A different December too. Yes, we baked our gingerbread houses, and even tried our hands at Zwetschkenkrampus. And a real-size snowman on the one day with snow. And a family photoshoot. Only all of that in a much smaller company than usual.
And yet, we are trying to get the best out of the "new normal". Cause it looks like it's here to stay for a while. Despite December marking the end of a different year.
PS: sounds too depressing? Here, have a cat photo :) Happy end of 2020!
Yes, it has come to this – what do we do to still stay friends with our offspring while locked in with them for half a year (or longer, it seems)? During warmer months there is always the outside energy spending – bikes, skateboards, swimming and splashing, ball games, inflatables, even gardening – you name it. But what do we do when it’s murky and foggy and plain freezing and the outings are limited to 1 hour before your fingers start turning blue? You make it fun at home, of course! So there it is – the survival activity guide for gloomy days.
Now, R form my German class suggested you write down all activities on pieces of paper, put them in a jar, and ask the kids take one out each day. R has 3 children, so I will trust him on that one. But even if you don’t have an activity jar, here are some suggestions:
1. Make a treasure hunt;
2. Ask them to exchange their clothes with their sibling and act like said sibling for an hour;
3. Paint pet stones;
4. Play a board game. Anything goes – Battleship, Azul, Ticket to Ride, Just One...;
5. Make/build your own board game. Or floor game. Or obstacle course;
6. Draw a picture. Make a felt toy that looks like your drawing;
7. Make a vinegar-and-bicarbonate of soda volcano;
8. Have a karaoke night;
9. Set-up a tent in the house for indoor camping. Don’t forget the stories around the “fire”;
10. Have the kids write a fairy tale – alternating at each sentence;
11. Make homemade gummy bears;
12. Make a laser obstacle for young secret agents out of masking tape or yarn;
13. Build a fort;
14. Learn a dance off YouTube – maybe a salsa? Or a Bollywood one? Or just follow a KidsBop dance or a Zumba routine;
15. Make a paper project;
16. Learn how to knit, crochet or embroider. Or all 3;
17. Put up a theatre show;
18. Ask them to teach you something. Assign a night for each kid to present;
19. Paint with window paints/crayons;
20. Make slime.
Whatever you do, have fun! And remember meditation works for kids too (meditation, not wine). :)
And let’s get the record straight, I am really talking about the soap operas found on YouTube and Dramacool, photo of my garden is unrelated. For those of you who have already completed Netflix and Prime Video, maybe you’ll need this. Especially if you are learning Chinese and want some practice (hey, you can at least say so!)
First, a basic list of (costume, otherwise called historical) dramas to start you with:
1. The Legend of Xiao Chuo
2. The Untamed
3. The Romance of Hua Rong
4. Ashes of Love
5. The Princess Wei Young
6. The Romance of Tiger and Rose
7. General and I
8. Princess Silver
9. Love and Redemption
10. Under the Power
Reading the titles you already get the picture, right? It’s about generals and princesses and emperors and legends and love and romance. Noo, wait, I will make it more comprehensive.
No, I wasn't really dancing in September, but I do have something to remember. And took some photos to go with it. Hope you like them :)
Yes, school is around the corner, and the summer school assignments suddenly cannot fill the optimistically big scrapbooks you bought some months ago? Got your back covered with a DIY notebook, with as many or as little pages as you need. In only 10 minutes, I promise. Just follow the photos of the TO-pro, who had to make not less than 4 of these. Because summer school assignments are so much fun... for parents. :)
Another home-improvement idea for that ever-increasing collection? Only, one that you might actually try your hands at? :) If you are in a bit of a quarantine situation, there you go, a 5-minute DIY project to make your garden, balcony or living room feel the summer. Have fun!
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