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homeeducationideas. MERRY GO ROUND CRAFT - 
It has just been the fun fair season in town a

MERRY GO ROUND CRAFT - It has just been the fun fair season in town and it completely transforms our town centre 😍 4YO and 2YO are recovering from chicken pox but were able to enjoy a few rides and are still talking about it. . This is adaptable to different ages as the slightly older kids can get involved in the slightly more fiddly part putting it together, and gems/ more intricate designs can be done. We had a brief trial session with volunteers at a new Home Ed friendly stay and play group that we have set up. This craft was a hit with the children. . Take a paper cup and poke a small hole in the bottom-middle with a pen. Turn upside down and poke a straw through from underneath. Secure the straw from inside the cup with tape. You can also secure it from the outer part where it poked through. On coloured card, draw a unicorn template and cut out. The little ones can decorate with stickers/pens/crayons. Tape the back of the unicorn to the straw, leaving a small bit of the straw revealed on top. This can be topped with a two star stickers backed onto each other. . We used tesco paper cups (£1.50 for 8) and Tesco star foam stickers (£1.25). Paper straws preferable. . #homeeducation #educate #homeschool #unschool #childrensmindfulness #childled #learning #homeed #craft #fair #funfair #kids #mumslife #montessori #homelearning #playandlearn #art #playgroup #merrygoround #kidscrafts #kidsideas #unicorns

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homeeducationideas. Our invitation to learn about fungi today.  Making mini displays makes

Our invitation to learn about fungi today. Making mini displays makes the topic even more of interest as the children come to the table and say "oh, what's this?" . Credit to @fiddlesticks.kids for the bookmark, thank you! The fairy house tealight jar was made by me back when I used to have an etsy. 4YO helped paint the mushroom stones and thoroughly enjoyed. . The lifecycle of a mushroom poster I made explains how spores disperse and germinate, before forming hyphae and then mycelium, growing into a baby mushroom. The other poster I have shared before labels parts of the mushroom. These are learning resources I will keep and reuse when they are older and able to understand more. For now, slowly making them helps me fulfill my desire to create something whilst not having much time to do so. . #homeed #homeeducation #educate #homeschool #unschool #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoor #invitations #kidsideas #playandlearn #art #flyagaric #fungi #fungus #mushroom #kidsinvitations #ENWCfungusweek #kidscrafts #homeeducationuk

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homeeducationideas. WOODLAND FRIENDS - 
This one was very fiddly! A great idea sent by @nu

WOODLAND FRIENDS - This one was very fiddly! A great idea sent by @nursmum and definitely a pinterest fail if compared to the original versions. 🍃🍂🌳🍂🌳🍃🍂🌳 4YO joined in with the woodland "sculpture" - he referred to it as this because our local woods did indeed have a sculpture trail in the summer and it was full of beautiful sculptures by Nita Rao among others. He remembers this and so regarded our little friend as his own sculpture trail. What nature can be used from around the woods? Acorns, acorn hats, twigs, pine cones perhaps, leaves.. you could spend hours on this! The balancing work was tough and I did have to use glue for the eyes but otherwise we tried to keep it as natural as possible 🍃🍃🌳🍂🍂🌳 🌳🍃🍂🌳🍃🍂🌳🍃🍂🌳🍃🍂 #homeed #homeeducation #educate #homeschool #unschool #childrensmindfulness #childled #learning #autumn #forestschool #nature #kids #mumslife #montessori #outdoor #outdoorcrafts #woodlands #sculpture #sculpturetrail #woods #forest #childrenscrafts #kidsideas #playandlearn #art

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homeeducationideas. WINTER CLOTHES CHARITY
🌨🌫❄☃️🌨🌫❄☃️
Read below for our learning them

WINTER CLOTHES CHARITY 🌨🌫❄☃️🌨🌫❄☃️ Read below for our learning theme today. Related quote: . "Every day, every hour, the parents are either passively or actively forming those habits in their children upon which, more than upon anything else, future character and conduct depend." - Charlotte Mason . 🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂 . We like to keep up with the play outdoors even in cold weather, because we can always dress for it. My 2YO daughter here is wearing some gorgeous handmade knitwear from her great grandmother, along with her Peter rabbit dungaree handmade from @helenslittlewardrobe ❤ . However, we are currently collecting winter clothes for refugee children and we have had a discussion with 4YO about how there are some children who don't have these warm clothes and need our help to receive some. . Today, his learning has been all about generosity and charity. It sounds like a cliche, but it was actually a great thing for him to think about. He was involved in the shopping for the winter items, organising them into age separated bags, and dropping them off at our friend's house, as she is kindly arranging collection. 💚❄💚❄💚❄💚❄💚❄💚❄ 4YO has an avid interest in engineering and problem solving, so spoke to me for a whole hour about how he wants to go there and with a generator install electricity to ensure they have lights, and to take along air mattresses (because these can be stored easily in suitcases) before declaring they might as well come back with him and live here. We don't know what countries they are going to, but he gathered it is not for people around here. I tried to demonstrate the importance of giving to him without burdening too much, and I am glad he is thinking about it and expressing himself. As quoted above, we are setting examples for what our children will become - whether consciously or not. #homeeducation #educate #wild #nature #learning #homeed #homeschool #unschool #childrensmindfulness #childled #charlottemason #naturewalk #mumslife #charity #generous #giving #teachthemright #refugees #kids #children #winterclothes #onenation

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homeeducationideas. Happy bonfire night! Thank you @inspiremyplay for this cotton bud and

Happy bonfire night! Thank you @inspiremyplay for this cotton bud and paint idea, it was the perfect way for 4YO to recreate the Saturday night firework display that we saw. #bonfirenight #bonfire #fireworks #fireworkart #sparklers #paint #kidscrafts #kidsideas #playandlearn #art #homeeducation #educate #wild #nature #learning #homeed #homeschool #unschool #fireworkdisplay #rememberremember #mumslife #montessori

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homeeducationideas. We finally found her 😁! The red spotted mushroom - the FLY AGARIC - i

We finally found her 😁! The red spotted mushroom - the FLY AGARIC - is known for it's hallucinogenic properties as well as making you feel quite ill! 🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄 The name came about because of how it used to be used as a fly killer/insecticide when sprinkled in milk. It is still eaten by slugs and red squirrels, which would explain the hole in this one. 🍄🍄🍄🍄🍄 4YO was most fascinated. 🍄 #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #outdoor #ENWCfungusweek #mushroom #playandlearn #parenting #fungi #fungus #flyagaric

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homeeducationideas. We have enjoyed continuing to hunt for fungi, the kids including 2YO s

We have enjoyed continuing to hunt for fungi, the kids including 2YO say "look! Fungi!" There are so many photographs for me to share, I can't choose which. I have settled for this purple beauty. . 🍄🍄🍄 #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #outdoor #fungi #mushroom #playandlearn #parenting #play #funus #ENWCfungusweek #naturewalk

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homeeducationideas. Thanks for looking at our #30autumnactivities guys! 
I did it so that

Thanks for looking at our #30autumnactivities guys! I did it so that I could inspire myself and others to set up interesting activities for the kids, with an approach that allowed them to notice and appreciate the nature around them. 🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂 4YO definitely appreciates that there are 4 seasons now, and knows what to look out for in Autumn. 🐿🦉🦋🐌 I think it was a challenge for me to post something "Instagram worthy" everyday, some days were just gloomy and some activities didn't photograph so well. All in all I have enjoyed finding ideas to share with others. Sharing this journey is part of what helps me see that others have struggles too and not every activity is going to suit every child. 🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂 🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂 This is one from our woodland walk today, we tried to be outside as much as possible with the gorgeous autumn sun. We found some fungi although alot of it is drying out now. #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #childrensmindfulness #charlottemason #naturewalk #mumslife #outdoorcrafts #outdoor #children #cute #siblings #love #dinosaurs

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homeeducationideas. Day 30 of our #30autumnactivities - 
SYCAMORE DRAGONFLY -

I first saw

Day 30 of our #30autumnactivities - SYCAMORE DRAGONFLY - I first saw this on pinterest and then again on @nats_nature_trail account, hers are gorgeous, thank you! Wasn't today a beautiful day? The trees and their gorgeous autumnal colours glistening in the sun! 🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂 🦋🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃🍂🍃 We opened up the sycamore leaves and took out the seeds and wrapped either side around the stick. Glitter paint and googly eyes optional, 4YO prefers the googly eyes version. The book behind is Disney's The wonderful world of knowledge: Insects and spiders. 2YO is currently glued to this book, she loves insects and animals. . . It's a simple one for the last of our 30 days, 4YO had a blood test today and we really wanted to make the most of the autumn sunshine after that. #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #outdoor #leaves #sycamore #sycamoretree #cute #dragonfly #deagonflies #crafts #ideas #creativity

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homeeducationideas. Day 29 of our #30autumnactivities - 
AUTUMN LEAF ANIMALS - 
Can you id

Day 29 of our #30autumnactivities - AUTUMN LEAF ANIMALS - Can you identify these animals? 4YO helped me pick leaves in different shapes and colours and we took them to his grandmas house. We used googly eyes and the bird with the long tail was entirely his creation! Thank you to @nursmum for sending us this idea to try. There are lots of examples on pinterest and Instagram. . We used glue dots as they were a quick and mess free option for us to do at grandma's house. #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #outdoor #homeed #homeeduk #leaves #trees #animals #crafts #creativity #golden #seasons #wildschooling #art

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homeeducationideas. We have been at @woburn_safari today so our Autumn activities have bee

We have been at @woburn_safari today so our Autumn activities have been on hold! The kids are going to miss their cousins, who are visiting from Malaysia. We have seen some beautiful animals today, so the learning hasn't stopped! #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoor #unschool #familyday #family #woburmsafari #safari #childrenoutside #freshair #penguins #penguin

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homeeducationideas. Day 28 of our #30autumnactivities - 
MUSHROOM STUDY -

Lately we have

Day 28 of our #30autumnactivities - MUSHROOM STUDY - Lately we have been exploring fungi and taking lots of photographs. It is an opportunity to explore the different parts and learn more about them. . A few weeks ago I saw @multiculturalmotherhood post a story with her son in front of a large fungi poster with parts labelled on it. It inspired me to do an A4 version with sticky label arrows for the different parts. . 4YO has 2 of his cousins from Malaysia staying with us (7 & 8). They have all labelled up the parts of the mushroom several times and right now they are all sat around me drawing and colouring their mushrooms. 8YO is particularly talented and has drawn a very detailed fly agaric. I wasn't expecting everyone to get involved like they have, so it's lovely. . . #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoor #outdoorcrafts #montessori #homelearning #homeschool #unschool #childrensmindfulness #fungi #mushroom #playandlearn #parenting #play #kidsideas #flyagaric

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homeeducationideas. Day 27 of our #30autumnactivities - 
FUNGI SCAVENGER HUNT 
We have bee

Day 27 of our #30autumnactivities - FUNGI SCAVENGER HUNT We have been doing this for a few weeks, and now with every outing it is automatic for us to search for fungi 🤣 We found a fly agaric after searching, but that was detached from the ground on a side road. The other day 4YO spotted some and was so excited, he was calling out to his cousins, "looks guys, it's fungi!!" I looked at him and said that I dont think they're as excited as we are, but that's okay 😅 Getting the children to notice the nature around them is a beautiful thing and brings a whole sense of adventure to every walk. We are looking more into different types of fungi and 4YO takes my phone and takes some (blurry) pictures 😁 2YO has even started to say "look! Fungi!" #mushrooms #fungi #homeeducation #educate #wild #nature #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #kids #mumslife #unschool #childrensmindfulness #outdoor #homeed #homeschool #leaves #trees #playandlearn #parenting

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homeeducationideas. Day 26 of our #30autumnactivities -

BUBBLEWRAP AUTUMN TREES - 
I saw

Day 26 of our #30autumnactivities - BUBBLEWRAP AUTUMN TREES - I saw this idea on @etkinlik_fikirleri, teşekur ederiz 🙌🏻 4YO loved it! So easy yet looks brilliant. I decided to make this a one to one focused activity with him, so he could see the results of his concentration. If you have any scraps of bubblewrap anywhere, cut them into different sized circles. Paint them with autumn coloured paints and print onto black paper. Once dried, paint on white trunks and use a smaller brush for some branches. Turn the brush over to the other side to scratch out lines from the trunks whilst the white paint is still wet. Then flick the brushes with wet white paint for effect. #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoor #outdoorcrafts #montessori #educate #seasons #easycrafts #paint #kidscrafts #kidsideas #playandlearn #art

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homeeducationideas. Day 25 of our #30autumnactivities 
LEAF PRINTING -

We went for a beau

Day 25 of our #30autumnactivities LEAF PRINTING - We went for a beautiful walk this morning and collected these leaves. We had a lovely surprise visit from @nursmum so the kids had a go at this activity together. Autumn colours were used which 4YO chose and helped set up prior to their arrival. We spread the paint over plates (you can use a proper pallette or paper plates). We did it this way so it is easy to immerse the leaf in a layer of paint. The kids used brushes to paint the leaves regardless. They probably painted for 15-20 minutes in total - and to get the leaf pattern you would need to paint on the back of the leaves where the lines are more pronounced. We have ended up with some nicely painted leaves as this is the direction they took it in 😊🍁🍃🍂 This will get messy so be prepared, we had fun anyway. #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #leaves #trees #playandlearn #parenting #paint #creativity #kidsideas #nature

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homeeducationideas. Day 24 of our #30autumnactivities - 
PUMPKIN SOUP -

Is it even Octobe

Day 24 of our #30autumnactivities - PUMPKIN SOUP - Is it even October if we haven't made a pumpkin soup?! 4YO and 2YO were involved in harvesting these pumpkins, so it was important for them to see them cooked too! I chopped the ingredients as they were too hard for 4YO to do with the butter knife he likes to use 🤣 he was involved in picking out the seeds though, which we are drying and saving for next year. Ingredients include a spoon of butter, the pumpkins, 2 onions,3 garlic cloves, a yellow pepper, glass of milk, half a spoon of nutmeg, 1 spoon of cumin, 1 spoon paprika, salt and pepper. Blend once boiled. #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoor #cooking #pumpkins #pumpkinsoup #souprecipe #seasons

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homeeducationideas. Day 23 of our #30autumnactivities - 
PLANTING GARLIC BULBS 
Or any bul

Day 23 of our #30autumnactivities - PLANTING GARLIC BULBS Or any bulbs you and your kids prefer for this season. This photograph is from home education gardening group, where the children planted garlic and onion bulbs. You can simply allow your onions to sprout and plant the bulb. With the garlic you simply pick apart the bulbs (do not peel) and plant them. . They need to be in loose compost, and obviously these will be moved to the ground in a few months. The children love the sensory element of digging up the soil and feeling it in their hands. They were fighting over the bulbs for planting! We always come away from gardening group feeling refreshed and happy. . You can also plant flower bulbs straight in the ground, as long as it is a clear enough area with rich composted soil. For this time of year some bulbs you can plant include daffodils, tulips and snowdrops. #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #outdoor #gardening #fall

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homeeducationideas. Day 22 of our #30autumnactivities -

SEED SAVING 
Autumn is a time whe

Day 22 of our #30autumnactivities - SEED SAVING Autumn is a time when alot of plants and flowers have reached their natural end of season and of life. However, much like a metaphor of some human belief systems, this is also the opportunity for their rebirth with new seeds and plenty of them. You can take some of the seeds from their current location and plant more elsewhere. . . With your children you can look at what flowers are dying around you and what seeds you can save. This is a Verbena bonariensis, you can see a dried out version in my hand which I posted a fresher look at. . Keep them in some newspaper in an airy, cool part of the house. They mustn't be kept too warm. Once completely dry, they can be replanted. These can be sown straight into the ground in spring. . . This can be done with fruits and vegetables too. We have done this with tomato seeds (spread onto kitchen towel to dry them). 4YO harvested pumpkins from the seeds we saved last year, and we have now saved more of the seeds for him to plant next year. I would go as far as to say this is an essential lesson of life. . . . #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #outdoor #unschool #homeschool #leaves #trees #plants #seedsaving #verbena #flowers #seeds #homelearning

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homeeducationideas. Day 22 of our #30autumnactivities -

SEED SAVING 
Autumn is a time whe

Day 22 of our #30autumnactivities - SEED SAVING Autumn is a time when alot of plants and flowers have reached their natural end of season and of life. However, much like a metaphor of some human belief systems, this is also the opportunity for their rebirth with new seeds and plenty of them. You can take some of the seeds from their current location and plant more elsewhere. . . With your children you can look at what flowers are dying around you and what seeds you can save. This is a Verbena bonariensis, you can see a dried out version in my hand which I will post a closer look at. . Keep them in some newspaper in an airy, cool part of the house. They mustn't be kept too warm. Once completely dry, they can be replanted. These can be sown straight into the ground in spring. . . This can be done with fruits and vegetables too. We have done this with tomato seeds (spread onto kitchen towel to dry them). 4YO harvested pumpkins from the seeds we saved last year, and we have now saved more of the seeds for him to plant next year. I would go as far as to say this is an essential lesson of life. . . . #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #outdoor #unschool #homeschool #leaves #trees #plants #seedsaving #verbena #flowers #seeds #homelearning

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homeeducationideas. Day 21 of our #30autumnactivities 
CONKER WEB VERSION 2 -

I think I m

Day 21 of our #30autumnactivities CONKER WEB VERSION 2 - I think I mentioned the other day that the conker web with yarn was quite fiddly for 4YO. I present to you the easier and more colourful version! We used pipecleaners which was 4YO idea. It kept his attention for longer as it wouldn't come untied as easily as yarn did and easier to wrap around the toothpicks and stay put. . . . #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #homeed #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #montessori #outdoor #pipecleaners #conkers #kidscrafts #kidsideas #playandlearn #vibrant #colourful #conkerweb

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homeeducationideas. Another one from our recent tree studies.  Some leaves green and some

Another one from our recent tree studies. Some leaves green and some orange, allowing the children to recognise the transition phase. #wild #wildchild #unschool #homeschool #leaves #trees #ENWCautumnleavesweek #ENWCautumntreeweek #homeeducation #educate #forestschool #nature #kids #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoor #homeed

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homeeducationideas. Day 20 of our #30autumnactivities 
TREE STUDY - 
We chose an oak tree

Day 20 of our #30autumnactivities TREE STUDY - We chose an oak tree as 4YO had been collecting acorns for various crafts. We used the bookmark by @fiddlesticks.kids which we had featured on our autumn table. Her art is amazing - thank you! 🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳 4YO drew some leaves and acorns, noting that the leaves had edges "like clouds." 🌳🍃🌳🍃🌳🍃🌳🍃🌳🍃🌳🍃 As the weather has been somewhat soggy, we found some acorns that were sprouting, which helped to demonstrate the example on the bookmark. It's great to get some fresh air. Did you know that oak trees grow as tall as 80 feet and can live for 150 years or more? The shorter lived variety last 50-60 years. . . #homeed #homeeducation #educate #wild #nature #learning #autumn #childled #fall #outdoorcrafts #kids #mumslife #unschool #childrensmindfulness #ENWCautumntreeweek #oaktree #acorn #homeschool

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homeeducationideas. Day 19 of our #30autumnactivities - 
TREE LEAF COLOUR MATCH 
This one

Day 19 of our #30autumnactivities - TREE LEAF COLOUR MATCH This one has been going on for a few different days and for different walks. You can find a generic colour match picture on Google (the example here is from giftofcuriosity.com) 🍁🦔🐿🍃🍂🦉🦋🍎 Why not make your own colour sampler? It becomes a bit like a scavenger hunt for the kids as they go looking for the trees. We found a beautiful vibrant orange not far from our house, and a deep purple that wasn't on our colour match list! 🦋🌳🦔🍃🐿🍂🍁 By the way, 2YO won't part with her summer hat 😅

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