Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
You will need some sticks (around 17-20cm long), sanded and beeswaxed if you wish. String (for tying and hanging), coloured wool, beads, charms and feathers
and there you have it.
Friday, July 23, 2010
and enjoyed playing amongst the trees and logs.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I met my first tree stick gnome at the Mt Barker Steiner School Fair in Adelaide many years ago. We paid a 'gold piece' to enter a beautiful little cave, and were able to choose whichever treasure we desired. My girls chose lovely felt brooches, but I fell in love with this little tree stick gnome.
I have since made a couple more to add to our collection (one is currently playing the part of the kindly gnome in our story), and I thought it would be lovely to make some at playgroup this week for the children to take home. I must say our efforts met with varying degrees of success.
The children were rather more interested in making the most of lovely winter sunshine, playing with our outoor cubby and on the swings, so our attention was directed there.
And there are some mama's who will no longer be allowed to play with carving blades (lol)!
But anyway, here goes - Making a Tree Stick Gnome
Cut up some pieces of wood approx 4-7cm long and a couple of cm diameter. Make sure they will stand up straight
Cut out some felt in the above shape, wide enough to fit around your gnomes head
You will also need a wood carving tool/knife and needle and thread.
Give your gnome a light sanding over.
Sew up your hat along the curved edges using blanket stitch and glue it onto your gnome.
Now your gnome is ready to...
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
We had lots of children coated in honey and bird seed too, but it was great fun.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
in the sandpit and on balancing logs
and help out in the garden.
Each morning we follow the same rhythm, unfolding around the nourishing tradition of making bread, creative indoor play and home based activities such as cutting fruit for our morning tea, circle time including songs, blessing and shared morning tea, outdoor play and planned seasonal activities, and finishing with a warm, nurturing story telling circle.
Each term we have a small celebration to honour the seasons or special days, which the whole family is welcome to attend.
Craft nights are held on a monthly basis, gathering around with a cuppa and good company, and guidance on how to create beautiful toys for your children. The toys we create ourselves are intrinsically filled with the love we put into them.
A newly crafted 'mushroom child'
Each month we organise a get together in local parks/bushland reserves. This group is open to all families who are unable to attend our weekly playgroup, as a means of meeting like minded people, sharing some nourishing food together, and giving our children the opportunity for free unhindered play in nature.