Category Archives: DECOR

January with Iona Lobban, off grid homeschooling.

A warm welcome to everyone from a very cold and snowy Scottish woodland. As a new year has begun we embrace the fresh start but the weather reminds us that we are still in the deepest of winter. Days are short and nights are long and chilly, many of the animals on our wood are […]

December Craft Decorations

There are so many wonderful craft opportunities for Christmas to choose from. One of our favourites is making Christmas ornaments from playdough. What you will need:   For the play dough: 130g of plain flour 70g warm water 40g fine sea salt 30g vegetable oil Food colourings of your choice.   Equipment:   Mixing bowl […]

Rabbit finger puppet, animal finger puppets printable

These little finger puppets are a great hand work project for older children or a wonderful one for adults to make and use in storytelling with younger children. Equipment 2 colours of felt, one white sheet at least 8.5cm x 10cm One bright spring colour at least 8.5cm x 10cm Thread White wool (for the […]

5 practical ways to avoid having a non commercial Christmas

Many of us feel overwhelmed and disappointed by the commercialism of Christmas: it can help to think about what you want Christmas to mean for your family?The mood in our house, in the build up to Christmas, is one of stillness and peace, an intake of breath and joyful expectation, a pause before the breath […]

Observation: nurturing critical skills for science

Observation and Our Future: Observation is not simply noticing something. It’s more than that. It’s something that we all start doing from our childhood; something that is done intuitively. All science begins with the close observation and direct experience of physical world. From this foundation children can gather evidence and rather than just describing what […]