Wednesday Tips 2014 #8

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As children grow they reach many milestones and each one is an exciting development. One of the most exciting for me to watch has been the ability of my grandchild to work a swing by herself. She is so proud of herself now that she can make the swing go higher and higher after a little push from me to get her started. My back is excited too!!!

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Wednesday Tips #27

I found these cute little Santas in my daily newspaper last week and thought they looked like fun to make with the grandchildren as part of dessert for Christmas Day festivities.
Large strawberries are in season and with the addition of some whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles they can be changed into something special for the Christmas table. An added bonus is the fact that small fingers make the placement of the chocolate sprinkle eyes a breeze!

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Wednesday Tips #23

colour mixing

One of the best ways for children to learn is by discovery. Given the opportunity to investigate, hypothesise and test their theories is a great learning experience for young children (within reason of course!)

I follow this principle when it comes to setting up a painting activity for my young grandchildren. Instead of offering a multitude of different coloured paints, I provide small, multiple amounts of the primary colours and also some white.

An old egg container makes a handy container with some compartments left empty for the children to mix dabs of different colours together using a range of different  sized paintbrushes. As they mix and mingle the colours all sorts of colours emerge , much to the children’s delight.

A sheet of paper and a small container of water for washing a brush if necessary, complete the equipment needed to explore a world of colour. So try not to tell your little artists how to make the colours pink, orange, purple etc. but let them make their own discoveries.  

Wednesdays at Gam’s
Providing daycare for grandchildren: What really works
Available from http://www.bookpal.com.au RRP $24.95

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Wednesdays at Gam's

I am feeling rather excited as the day is drawing near for the launch of my book .
On reflection of the process undergone, I think publishing a book can be likened a little to having a child.
In the beginning there is a desire to produce something personal and a tingle as the seed of an idea begins to grow. There are days when the development of the seed progresses well and others where it just seems hard and uncomfortable work, however,  all along the seed needs to be nurtured in order to grow. The work grows in size and begins to develop an identity of its own until finally a first draft is done. The next few months allow for refinement of ideas, corrections and reviews until finally it is time to publish and a new book is born. The labour of producing a book can be long and hard but similar to having a child the end result is worth all that effort.

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