Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Gingerbread houses and men!!

Hello lovely people!

The other day I went round to Alice and Daisy's house to make some gingerbread houses.  I had seen a picture of some tiny ones perched on a coffee cup and thought we could give it a go!  We had lots of different sweeties to stick on the top!

Alice had made the dough and baked the walls and roof then we could decorate them......... These are my attempt at the houses :S  I have never made these before so mine are a wee bit wonky. 

Oh the the extra icing was meant to be like that's  icicles.........

And this is Alice showing off her lovely wee houses :)  and Daisy came to help with the decorating!

Here is one of my finished houses!  I was really pleased with it even tho it's a bit wonky :)

We tried to balance one on a cup and it is a little big but will still taste yummy!!!

Then disaster struck and it just fell apart when a it was moved slightly.

We had enough dough left to make a gingerbread man and Daisy decided that it should look like Ady.

And it's such a good likeness, don't you think.......

Dittery Dot

Monday, 23 December 2013

It's A Knitted Christmas!!!

Hello lovely people!

Well it's nearly Christmas and we have some very cute decorations up and 2 small Christmas trees that my mum made us!  They are knitted and covered in wee buttons and have a bell on the top!  So cute!!

 Mum also got me some nice wee candy canes from Tesco.  They are cute on their own but I made some red bows and added to them!

I just glued them on with a hot glue gun and I think they look lovely.  I had some bells too so I stitched them on too!

Then I taped them onto our very cluttered bookcase and added some holly tinsel!

Dittery Dot

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Craft Club Christmas Wreaths

Hello lovely people!

I have some more work to show you from craft club!  We were making some Christmas wreaths and wrapping them up to give as presents and the children did such a good job!  

The children were given some plastic wreaths and a long piece of green felt to wrap around it.  Once this was done we pinned them in place and cut out our red strip of felt.

This piece was wrapped over the green felt and pinned in place when the children were happy.  We left two long pieces of red so we could have a bow at the bottom of the wreath.

The children then decorated these with buttons, beads, snowflakes and other bits and pieces.  Here is one example :)

Dittery Dots

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Holly Garlands! It's Christmas!!

Hello lovely people!

It's nearly Christmas and I have been making some decorations for our house!  Holly garlands!!!  I saw these at the knitting and stitching show and purchased a kit to try it out.

First I had to iron my fabric onto the wadding and pin all my fabric layers together.  Then draw around my paper holly template.

Once this was done I had to stitch around the outline and made sure the stitches were small and neat.  I used cotton thread to so this.

Then I had to trim off the excess fabric and cut a slit down the back so that I could turn it inside out, making sure that I poked out the corners correctly.

So then I had 15 holly leaves that I pressed flat and to add some decoration I had to do a running stitch around the outside and down the centre.

Then I simply had to stitch these onto a length of ribbon, making sure that I didn't stitch through the front of the holly.  After this I added some red buttons that looked like berries.  The ends of the ribbon kept fraying so I melted them with a match to seal them.

Ta-dah!! I love my holly garland and can't wait to make some more!  It would be a great project to do with kids and instead of fabric you could just use felt as this wouldn't fray.

Dittery Dot

Sunday, 1 December 2013

George's Marvellous Medicine

Hello lovely people,

I am creating a few new pages on my blog!! One is for craft club and will feature all the wonderful crafty things we make with the school children.  The other is a teaching resource for literacy at the moment.  I had noticed, while doing research for my course, that for some books there was limited resources or you had to pay lots of money to be able to access these.  

I wanted to teach the children  Roald Dahl's George's Marvellous Medicine.  As it is a really funny book and some of the children had never read it before.  I started by re-reading the book and planning out what I wanted to teach and started designing worksheets.  You can download my worksheets by clicking this link.  My breakdown of each chapter is also available to download.

The children were really engaged throughout this book and asked to read another one, which made me feel great :)  I worked with the top Year 3 literacy group but the worksheets can be easily adapted for all ages.

Here are some examples of their finished worksheets.  I used 3 folders that I glued together to display their work and it worked really well.  At the end of the book each child had a portfolio of work to show off to parents and at Friday assembly.

Dittery Dot