Here in the Maus house, it’s definitely beginning to look a lot like Christmas. We’ve mostly focused on Christmas crafting this week, and a bit of letter writing to Father Christmas too. Our decorations all went up at the weekend too, so we’re all feeling super festive already!
Christmas crafting is a go! We started to make some Christmas decorations today. I found some 3D cardboard shapes (trees and stars) in the decorations box.
I must have bought them last year but I don’t remember! The girls used small pieces of tissue paper to decorate them and they look lovely!
I read a few books to Phoebe whilst Eleanor was reading by herself. She really loves Mr Men books at the moment but I have to confess that I can’t stand them!
The girls played some small world kind of imaginative games together using their old Happyland Nativity and a few other bits.
We didn’t go to the library today as we were meeting my uncle in Birmingham for a bit of Christmas shopping. We went on the train.
Our first stop was to have a look around a bookshop and then we headed to John Lewis. The girls chose a present for Andy and we all enjoyed having a look around a couple of shops. I managed to be some kind of Christmas ninja and buy a present for the girls without them noticing! We headed home on the train.
We watched Carmen Sandiego on Netflix for a bit and then Eleanor wanted to go and play around with her camera. She’s got this one and has had it for two years now. Phoebe joined her and they started taking pictures to make a stop frame animation. Chances are they won’t do anything with them, but I like that they had the idea!
This morning we looked at the features of an informal letter and I modelled how to set one out. Then we started to draft letters to Father Christmas. Phoebe has asked for a cushion she can colour in and some clothes for her Dino. Eleanor would also like a cushion to colour in and also a mustard coloured jumper.
After lunch we all went to a garden centre so that the girls could choose a decoration each for the tree. It’s one of our family Christmas traditions and they always choose something really nice. The girls had an hour in the soft play whilst I snuck off to buy a stocking filler each for them. We were feeling pretty festive by the time we left and ended up going to Hobbycraft so they the girls could get a couple of bits to continue their Christmas crafting.
This morning we went to the library and mixed things up by going to a different one. Phoebe picked up a lovely book of Christmas crafting for younger children. This afternoon they followed the instructions and made an angel tree topper each.
We got out the girls’ Christmas books so they both spent a bit of time having a look through them. This fuzzy felt one was bought when Eleanor was 1, but they still love it!
We had our visit to Birmingham Museum Collection Centre this afternoon. I found out in the summer that over 80% of Birmingham Museum’s items are actually stored in a large warehouse. It’s only open to the public on certain days, but visiting is free.
Phoebe said it looked like a cross between a museum and Costco. She’s not wrong.
We had a really interesting couple of hours wandering around looking at all kinds of things.
Phoebe was really pleased to see plenty of Ancient Egyptian artefacts and Eleanor was surprisingly interested in the taxidermy animals collection. Both of them spent the afternoon practising their digital photography skills and we had lots of conversations about what we saw.
This coming week are our last planned activities for the month, like Forest School. Everything is winding down until the new year. I’m not sure at the moment what we’re going to end up doing with all of our time. Maybe I just let them carry on with doing their own thing? We’ll see..