ITALIAN THEMED DAY

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We wanted to have some fun learning some basics about Italy so decided on an Italian themed day..
Here’s what we did..

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We painted flags..

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We looked at famous Italian paintings and tried to recreate them.

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We looked at Italian landmarks and tried to build them… Our leaning tower of Pisa

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We tried our hand at pasta art

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We bought and ground some Italian coffee beans

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We then made an Italian feast, we browsed through an Italian cookbook!!

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We made Pizzas and garlic bread!!

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We finished our Italian themed day wit a CORNETTO!!! (Just one!)

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FRENCH THEMED DAY

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We decided to learn a little about France and French culture in a fun themed day…
Here’s what we did..

We started by making a cardboard window with a French view, we chose the Eiffel Tower and turned the kitchen table into a French studio..
We then collected some items to set the scene..
French onions..

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We started the day with a continental breakfast with French delights..

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We learnt how to do French braids in our hair.

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We painted our view like an artist and learnt some facts about the Eiffel Tower.

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We pampered ourselves with French manicures.

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We painted French flags

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We learnt some French phrases

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Then we put together some French cuisine for dinner..
We made French bread pizza..

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We tried French cheese

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And French onion soup

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For dessert we filled croissants with chocolate spread..

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We finished of our day watching The Aristicats

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We had lots of fun learning some basic knowledge about another country..

ST DAVIDS DAY / WELSH THEMED DAY

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We LOVE Wales, & being Welsh gives us a great opportunity to celebrate St David’s Day, we decided to embark on a Welsh themed day, here’s what we did….

Firstly we set about scene setting got our traditional welsh tea…

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‘Pot of leeks’ we rolled up pieces of paper into tubes, we then made slits in the end with scissors and painted them green. We put them in a garden flower pot to make a nice centre piece for our Welsh themed table.

Next we made love spoons…

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We bought wooden spoons for 24p each & decorated them .

Then we made cardboard cut outs to hang on the wall…

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We made some daffodil hangers by folding a piece of paper like a concertina & drawing a simple template of a daffodil, we cut the daffodil out and folded the paper back out, after painting them we hung them to make pretty displays.

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We used a roll of wrapping paper which we drew a welsh scene on, we taped it to the wall and painted it. We then used cardboard to make the window frame… We finished off by making a vase of daffodils to go on the sill.

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We drew pictures of traditional welsh costume and hung them with our love spoons..

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We learnt some welsh words and discovered where Wales is on the atlas..

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We then went to the supermarket to buy welsh foods for our tea…

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We mixed together all our ingredients to make a dough, we then cooked our cakes in a frying pan over a medium heat, we cooked each side for a few minutes until brown…. We finished with a dusting of caster sugar.
225g/8oz self-raising flour, sieved
110g/4oz (preferably Welsh) salted butter
1 egg
handful of sultanas
milk, if needed
85g/3oz caster sugar
extra butter, for greasing

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Welsh rarebit.

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And we bought some yummy welsh fudge..& daffodils

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We made some welsh hats to hang using card and paper doilies…

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We found some welsh slate and coal whilst walking in the valleys…

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And we were ready to put together our tea…. We set the table and made a menu using out hats and chalk, and we got dressed in our traditional dress…

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After tea we watched some of the tv programmes that I watched as a child growing up in Wales….

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ST PATRICKS DAY, AN IRISH THEMED DAY

We decided to celebrate St Patricks day by learning all about Ireland…. Here’s how we did it….

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We used empty baby food jars to make our St Patricks Day treats. We simply filled with Rolos & Skittles (gold & rainbow) & topped with marshmallows (a cloud)…. You could replace the skittles with smarties & serve as a bedtime treat with hot chocolate.

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We made some marshmallows dipped in chocolate for St Patricks day, we melted the chocolate and added a few drops of green food colouring, we then cut out some shamrock using green paper which we sticky taped to cocktail sticks, we finished off with a packet of smarties and some gold chocolate coins (you could use Rolos)

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We used a pepper cut in half to print shamrock patterns…

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We did a simple shamrock hunt in the woods & then found the gold at the end of the rainbow…

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We went searching for Shamrock, we found Clover which is in the same family.

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We made some Irish flags for our scene setting.

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We used a roll of rainbow wrapping paper to make our rainbow over the table and we cut out white clouds…

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We used an old bottle that we filled with lime milkshake for breakfast..

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For breakfast we had a fruit rainbow with yoghurt clouds and a shortbread biscuit.

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We made place settings with cardboard.

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We bought some traditional Irish food.

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We made Irish stew..

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We had our own yummy rainbow…

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We looked at our globe to find out where Ireland is…

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‘Lucky scratch cards’ I drew a design on a piece of card, I then mixed a few drops of washing up liquid with a small amount of silver acrylic paint. I covered the part of the scratch card design I wanted to be scratched with sticky tape and then painted over it, once dry our scratch cards were ready to try our luck

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To finish our day us adults had a traditional taste of Ireland 🙂

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