Friday, 24 March 2017

Mother's Day Fun

This Sunday is Mother's Day here in the UK so we have been having lots of fun in class this week making some goodies to send home to our students mums. We always make a card, some crafts and bake some goodies for them, then put it all together in a big envelope/gift bag for the mums to have. 

The work is all done by the students too - so it makes it a lot more personal for the mums to receive them. 😊

MUM, I LOVE YOU TO PIECES card




We folded a large piece of card into 3 parts. The first part we decorated and had the students write 'mum' the second part we had them decorate again and write 'i love you' and the last part we had them use the pieces of ripped tissue paper to make a heart shape and added 'to pieces'



Next, we made some melted chocolate hearts/butterflies and some flower biscuits. We just made the biscuit dough, had the children use a flower cutter to cut out the biscuits, baked them, let them cool then decorated with some pink icing and decorations. For the chocolate hearts/butterflies we just used some heart and butterfly moulds, poured some hundreds and thousands into the moulds first, then melted some white chocolate and poured it into the moulds over the hundreds and thousands then put them into the fridge to harden. 

We wrapped them all up into this beautiful cone to make them more presentable.



Next, we used our hands. The children love having their hands painted and it definitely adds that personal touch. We painted their fingers the colour of the parents hair and their palms the skin colour. Then pushed the handprint down onto white card. Once it had dried, we cut out the handprints, stuck them onto pink card, deception with eyes, nose, mouth and a flower in the hair and added 'happy mothers day' on the bottom.



Being from Wales, sheep are pretty well known around here, so why not include them in our Mother's Day crafts? This adorable sheep is made from the children's fingerprints from white paint. Simply get the students to dip their fingers into white paint and put it into the shape of a sheep. Once the paint has dried, simply add all the pieces onto it to make it look like a sheep and add 'I love you maa' on the top.


And.. more handprints! This is on a canvas and is the most adorable gift. We painted the children's hands purple, then pressed them down onto white card. Once they had dried, we cut these out. We then got them to decorate a heart shape piece of card with glue and pink glitter. Once this had dried, we cut this out. Then we stuck them all onto the canvas and added some writing on to make this.

What do you do to celebrate Mother's Day?

Nikki 


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Welsh Tasting!

So, it's no secret that my favourite part about St. David's Day is having some delicious homemade welsh cakes. But we also do a lot of different cooking during St David's Day and get the children to taste lots of different Welsh foods.


This time we cooked some lava bread and cockles. Some of the children would touch and smell them, but some of our bravest children even gave a go at tasting them!

Nikki 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Crazy Welsh Hats


Check out some of our crazy Welsh hats for our St. David's Day party! We always have a crazy hat competition during our St. David's parties. It's a great way to get students creative and another way for us to celebrate St. David's Day.

Nikki 



Monday, 27 February 2017

St. David's Day Card

St. David's Day is coming up on the 1st March here in Wales and we have been so excited in class getting ready to celebrate.

Today we made this craft;



St. David's Day is a huge celebration here in Wales and we devote a lot of time to learning about it in our class. These cards were easy to make and look great when finished.

Staff cut out the shape of the dragon and fire and the grass.
Students folded an A4 piece of white card in half, then stuck down the green grass on top. The dragon and fire got stuck down next.

Then, students dipped their fingers into white paint and dotted them on the green grass. On they were dry, staff added some heads and feet to the white dots to make them into sheep. To finish it off the students stuck the 'Happy St. David's Day!' banner on top.

Have you been making any fun crafts for St. David's Day?
Nikki 

Saturday, 25 February 2017

St David's Day: Daffodil Fingerprints

For St. David's Day we have been doing lots of fun Welsh crafts to celebrate. This week we made these adorable daffodil fingerprint paintings.


First, we mixed some water with green paint and painted the page so it and this water effect. Then we left it to dry.

Once it was dry, we used some yellow and orange paints, we dipped our fingers into it then placed them down to make daffodil shapes. Again, we left it to dry.

Once dry, we aded small enters for each of the daffodils, drew some stems and then backed it onto yellow card to create the finished piece!

Nikki 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Birthday Giveaway: 4 x $100 TpT Gift Cards!

So, my birthday is coming up and I've been trying to think of a fun way to celebrate not just my birthday, but also to celebrate my wonderful teaching friends all around the World who are constantly supporting me on my 'Teaching Autism' journey.

It didn't take me long to realise that I wanted to be able to offer out some TpT gift cards for teachers to use to buy some great resources for their classrooms! So, I decided to invite some TpT friends to tag along for the ride and this is where I give you my huge celebration giveaway...

There are going to be FOUR winners...

and..

they are going to win $100 TpT Gift Cards EACH

That's right folks, there are 4 $100 TpT Gift Cards up for grabs in this giveaway. Now, there are 4 rafflecopter giveaways included in this blog post. Make sure you complete ALL the actions on each of the 4 rafflecopters to gain your entries.

The giveaway only runs for a few days, once it's over I'll draw each of the winners, contact you and then send you your gift cards so you can start shopping on TpT!

As always, thank you for supporting me in my Teaching Autism journey/dream - yes, it's pretty much a dream come true. Now, my one wish when I blow my candles out this year, is going to be to spend a little more time working on this blog, sharing the fun that we have in class and some great resources too.

Thanks for stopping by - and good luck! 
(Scroll down for the giveaways - remember to enter all 4!)

Nikki 





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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Visit to the Beach

This month we went on a trip to the beach, we had a lot of fun, checking out the rock pools, looking at different types of shells and then the children collected some seaweed and stones for us to use in our art therapy sessions back in class.

We used the seaweed when we were painting portraits of ourselves. We first painted our portraits, then dipped the seaweed into paint, and dabbed the seaweed onto the paper to make a hair like effect for our hair.

Then, for our stones, we made little rock people.

First, we painted the rocks and. When they dried, we added some eyes and mouths. Once dry again we added a layer of PVA glue to secure it all together and to give it a shiny finish!

Check out our rock people below.






Nikki 


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