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Circus Party -Part 3-

For this last part of the Circus party posts, let’s play with some good old games:

“Le Chamboultou” (with some pompoms and goggle eyes):

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The spy cage:

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The photo booth (clowning around highly encouraged):

Photo booth

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The Rings of Fire:

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Spinning some crayons on a potter’s wheel: (that was the biggest hit among the little guests!)

Color Spinning

And the Grand Final: Skate Boarding to go thought a bridge of cardboard boxes!…that was really fun!

circus skateAnd here is the very tired dad-clown at the end:

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(Note to self: 1/-take a picture of the cake before eating it. 2/-packing away is the easy part – do not complain for messy rooms anymore.)

Enjoy your day, and thanks to Pinterest for a few ideas!

Circus Party -Part1-

You remember that Pirate Party where the children had to catch a real hen to find the tresor?

Well now it is my daughter’s birthday and the theme is going to be fun:

Let’s the greatest show on earth begin!

After spending a bit of time on Pinterest we found cute animal jars to make. After painting the lids and the little plastic animals with acrylic , we just super-glued them together to have those beautiful Mason Jars!

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Mason Jar

 We will use them as Lollybags for the guests.

Mason Jars

 

 

 

Ohlala! toutes ces petites choses….

Aujourd’hui c’est vendredi et on démonte un appareil photo qui ne fonctionne plus du tout. Alors les mini vis et mini éléments en tout genre, il y en plein! Un beau moment plein de curiosité, mais alors quelle galère pour répondre aux questions: “qu’est ce que c’est cette piece, maman?” heu… bin heu pfff voyons voir sur Internet… 

Aller faire un tour sur le site de TODD MCLELLAN, c’est beau!

La prochaine fois ce sera au tour du grille pain, ce sera beaucoup plus facile!

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Today is Friday and we are disassembling on old photo camera that doesn’t work anymore. So there was so many-tiny screws and other tiny things! A nice moment of discovery, but such a hard work to answer the question: “What is this maman?” hmm…well…let’s check the Internet.

Go and check the work of TODD MCLELLAN, it is so neat!

Next time it will be the toaster’s turn, much easier!

Old Time Game: The Thaumatrope

Thaumatrope Kangaroo

After reading a book about optical illusions, we made a Thaumatrope with a kangaroo wearing boots and a top hat. And who wants a bit of wikipedia to start the day? 😉

“A Thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one.”

thaumatrope If you want to make the same one, here is the PDF to print: (you will then need to attach a loop of string (40cm )to each side and twist them before pulling them appart.) Thaumatrope Paris-Bourke <- Click to see PDF I couldn’t make the video go faster to be able to see the illusion on screen, but you will get the idea:

– La cabane amovible – The renter’s cubby house –

We had a few plank of timber in the shed sitting there waiting to be used. So we used the drill, the saw and sanded them to make material for a very special cubby house. You can built it in different shapes and pack it away for easy storage. If you want to make one, don’t use any timber (as us…) the better the material, the better looking and the more solid it will be. But don’t forget it has to be light for the children to build it themselves.

Avec des planches de pin qui traînaient dans le garage, nous avons scié, percé et poncé pour fabriquer une cabane amovible. Bon si vous souhaitez en faire une, utilisez un bois de qualité (pas comme nous…) mais n’oubliez pas d’en prendre un léger pour que les enfants construisent leur cabane eux-mêmes.
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Work in progress:

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Building time:

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cabane amovible cabane amovible runPlay time! Have a good day and a Very Good New Year!

Bonne Année 2015!

Le Jeu de l’Australie, The Map Game -Australia-

That’s it, the game is in the shop! We made a little video with the children to show you what we have been working on:

A force d’y travailler le voici enfin dans la boutique!Nous avons fait une petite video, avec les enfants,  pour vous le présenter:

The Map Game Australia.

So, do you think the children still have a french accent?

Alors, les enfants ont-ils toujours un petit accent français?

On your marks, set paper ball, fire!

rubber band canon

La découverte du site internet -Royal Institution- nous inspire tellement sur les activités du moment, qu’il faut absolument qu’on partage ce lien: http://rigb.org/experimental/rubber-band-cannons

Nous avons fabriqué des cannons à élastiques très simple et parfait pour jouer au chamboule-tout.

We just discovered a great website from the Royal Institution of Great Britain. We’ve made their Rubber band cannons and had so much fun. Here is the link: http://rigb.org/experimental/rubber-band-cannons

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-Puzzle Magnet-

Un petit project facile à faire avec les enfants: mettre des aimants derriere des puzzles, des cartes ou des lettres en bois. (il faut juste trouver des feuilles d’aimant souples et adhésives)

An easy project to do with the children: glue magnets behind puzzles or wooden letters.

Magnet making

Wooden Magnet

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De quoi décorer (ou cacher) le réfrigérateur…

Good to decorate (or hide) the fridge…;-)

-The best rainy afternoon ever! –

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What a find! On the side of the road, in the middle of old bikes, was an old typing machine, with a Grec alphabet! After a good wash we gave it to the children in the beginning of a rainy afternoon.They spend the full afternoon playing with it, being police officer taking complaints or giving fine to the other one and even creating a ”Wanted” poster!

Quelle trouvaille, sur le bord de la route, au milieu de vieux vélos, il y avait une vielle machine à écrire, avec l’alphabet Grecque! Après l’avoir nettoyé, nous l’avons donné aux enfants au début d’un apres-midi pluvieux. Ils ont joué aux policiers l’après-midi entier tapant des plaintes ou donnant des amendes, ils ont même accroché une affiche d’avis de recherche! 

IMG_1187 C’est rigolo comment un objet puisse inspirer un jeu de rôle si précis dans leur esprit.

It is funny how one object can be the start of a fabulous role play in their mind.

-Round and Little-

 

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 This weekend, I let the children use some wooden discs from the Australian Map Game. I just asked them what was Australia for them and they started drawing kangourous, camper vans,the sun, a hotdog, the beach, the sea, the opera house, a tent, some red earth and my favourite: a rhino on a skateboard! We even let the friends join in!

Only the people from Melbourne will understand.;-) (The Rhino on the skateboard campaign was created to encourage pedestrians to stay alert around trams.)

Ce weekend, j’ai laissé mes enfants jouer avec les disque de bois du jeu d’Australie. Je leur ai demandé ce que l’Australie était pour eux et ils ont commencé à dessiner des kangouroux, des camping cars, le soleil, la plage, la mer, l’opéra de Sydney, une tente, la terre rouge et mon préféré: un rhinocéros sur un Skateboard!

Seulement les Melbourniens comprendront. Il s’agit d’une affiche créée pour encourager les piétons à rester prudent autour des trams.

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Bonne journée!

 

 

Like Magic!

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In our house, when you lose a baby tooth, the tiny french mouse (or tooth fairy) comes and a little crystal is left behind. Now that the collection is growing quite quickly, we decided to ”build”our own crystals! (thanks to my friend and the website Scope for the idea.)

Chez nous, quand la petite souris passe, elle laisse derrière elle une petite pierre semi-precieuse. Maintenant que la collection est déjà bien grande, nous avons décidé de “fabriquer” nos propres cristaux! (Merci à mon amie et au site web Scope pour la bonne idée.)

You will need: Hot Water, Borax, Pipe Cleaners, 1 plastic container, 1 wooden spoon and some string. (and 24h of patience.)

Vous avez besoin de: Borax, Eau chaude, 1 pot en plastique, 1 cuillère en bois et de la ficelle.(et 24h de patience.)

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-Une tasse d’eau pour 3 cuillères à soupe de Borax-

-One cup of water for 3 large spoons of Borax-

IMG_1001Laisser suspendre les formes de chenille dans la solution et attendre le lendemain.

Let the pipe cleaner hang in the liquid and wait for tomorrow.

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Tadaam!