The Fact Frame & a New Season

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Last week marked the start of a new season in The Rainbow Tree house. I am now a Mummy of a school girl. Little Feet A has started Reception, which in the UK is the first year of Primary School.  For those of you who follow me on Instagram and Facebook you may have seen the post I put up the night before her first day. It has been a bit of a rollercoaster for me, as I know it is for any other Mummy or Daddy out there whose Little Feet are starting school. 

Feeling all the feels tonight. Relief, guilt at my relief, sad as well as happy, hopes that she won't grow up too fast, my own mortality in not feeling old enough to be a Mummy of a school girl, nerves that she'll be nervous, nerves that I'll be nervous, that I'll cry, that she cries, worries that she makes friends, worries that she makes the right friends, that friends will except her and her light just the way she is and no one is mean. And pride. Pride that I've kept her alive this long (no really) and that I was chosen to be her Mummy. Being a parent is the best but hardest job in the world. Your parents tell you that but that doesn't really have any clarity until you have your own. Told you. All the feels.

Feeling all the feels tonight. Relief, guilt at my relief, sad as well as happy, hopes that she won't grow up too fast, my own mortality in not feeling old enough to be a Mummy of a school girl, nerves that she'll be nervous, nerves that I'll be nervous, that I'll cry, that she cries, worries that she makes friends, worries that she makes the right friends, that friends will except her and her light just the way she is and no one is mean. And pride. Pride that I've kept her alive this long (no really) and that I was chosen to be her Mummy. Being a parent is the best but hardest job in the world. Your parents tell you that but that doesn't really have any clarity until you have your own. Told you. All the feels.

As it turns out I haven't had much to be worried about. Throughout the whole process there have been no tears and she has genuinely been excited for school every morning. After all my angst and preparation for getting her used to the idea of going to school, I feel like I can pat myself on my back and say that I am relieved the transition was smooth and uneventful. She is one of the youngest in her year so there is always the worry that emotionally your child may be behind the rest. However, time and time again she has shown me how emotionally mature she is and I know that - she's got this. 

I really wanted to document her first day of school with something crafty...obviously. So I came up with this Fact Frame. After posting it on Facebook, I had three separate friends say they were going to pinch the idea for when their littlies start school next year so I figured perhaps some others may be interested too. I got the idea after her nursery photos came home in borders and I combined it with some American Pinterest posts of Little Feet holding up signs on their first days of Kindergarten.

When she finishes school she will be a completely different person, in fact she will be a completely different person by the end of this year. For me this is kind of a melancholy thought. I love her spirit right now, the way her mind is always questioning but most of all her imagination. With that in mind I wanted to remember the things she loved when she was 4 years old, starting school. 

How to:

I just used some cardboard, grey spray paint and Sharpie pens, all of these things we had in the house. During our evening meal on the Sunday before school I asked a bunch of questions. And then after she was asleep quickly created this. Some of the questions I asked  were:

-What her favourite colour is?

- What her favourite animals is?

-What she wants to be when she grows up? 

And a bunch of other things too. The ones that I included were my absolute favourites. I adore that she said, 'ALL the colours in the rainbow' and that she thinks unicorns are real animals. God have mercy on me and my reaction when I find out who finally decides to destroy this innocence. I have no doubt it will be during her first year of school. Kids are mean like that. 

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There was a beautiful moment walking home from school with her when I started to film her waking from the back. She looked so grown up I could hardly believe it and was I feeling a little emotional. All of a sudden she spots a tree and says, 'Mummy, the fairies live there' and goes on for a few minutes about them. I'm not sure I could have loved anyone more then I did her in that moment. She may have been in school uniform, but she still has that innocence a while longer.  

A few months ago, she asked if she could be a 'Spaceman'. I said, 'SURE'! You'll have to work really hard at school though.' She paused, thought for a few seconds and responded, 'YOU can't have worked hard at school then Mummy.' HAHAHA. I meeeeeean! Burn. 

Why am I telling you all this? 

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Good question... apart from getting it off my chest and giving some solidarity to other Mummies feeling the same way, it means that I will be sharing more Preschool Toddler activities then I have been recently. With Little Feet A being at school all day, Little Feet B and I get to spend more solo time together and so I get to go back to the basics. We will be doing lots of sensory play, fine and gross motor skill practise and loads of fun and easy art together. Little Feet B will be 2 years old at the end of October so if you have any Little Feet around that age then keep an eye out. 

Fear not though, the Kids section will not get neglected! We will be sharing some seriously fun Autumn/ Fall activities for all ages in the weeks to come. I don't know about you guys but Autumn is coming in quick where we are and we aren't devastated about it! 

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Negative Space Splatter

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So before we moved I was given a salad spinner by my Aunt. I had been wanting to buy one for a while and had never got round to it. So I've been dying to show Patronus A how to use it for something other then spinning salad. Does anyone actually use them for that...?! 

So we did some experimenting. Now, I can't by any stretch of the imagination claim this genius idea, i'd love to find out who did. I'd seen it somewhere, probably Pinterest, lets be honest! I've been wanting to try it for a while and boy did it not disappoint! 

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After having done the above I felt like we could go further and have a little fun with it. We had a load of freshly 'harvested' leaves on the table that we have working on so I decided to use prit stick to stick the leaves on the measured and cut out circle. 

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Once stuck down, we popped it in the salad spinner and squirted some paint on top and got spinning. The result was so effective and actually I almost love the leaves more then the negative leaf shape left on the paper circle!

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All you have to do is close the lid once the paint is in and get spinning. Note, if you spin it too vigorously the paper does fly up and crunch, so not too fast. Once we were happy that there paint covered the entire leaf and edges we lifted it out and carefully placed it on the table. Once it had sat for about 5 minutes, I lifted the leaves out slowly. 

Don't they look awesome?!

Don't they look awesome?!

 

What you need:

  • A salad spinner
  • Paints, post or acrylic will be fine (we picked autumnal colours)
  • White card or paper
  • Scissors
  • Autumn leaves
  • Prit stick glue
  • Tweezers or a toothpick

Instructions:

  1. Cut out as many circles from your paper as you like. Measure them to the size of your salad spinner. Ours was small, but you can buy bigger ones if you wish. 
  2. Put glue on the back of a leaf and gently press it down into the middle of one of the paper circles. Place the circle into the middle of the salad spinner. 
  3. Squeeze three paints into the salad spinner, when there is enough, close the lid on it. Make sure its fitted on properly. Ours wouldn't move unless it was fitted on properly. 
  4. Now is the fun part, get spinning! Not too fast though. 
  5. Have a peek in, if you think you need to add more paint then do so. If not, then carefully take out with with a toothpick or tweezers. 
  6. Lay on a flat surface and allow to sit for 5-10minutes. Then using the tweezers or just your hands slowly lift the leaf off the paper. Allow to dry. Then repeat until you run out of leaves or get bored! 
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Finally. We utilised our 'Wall of Fame' to display them. 

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