Sunday, 24 November 2013

a festive cardboard house

The days are getting shorter and we start to spend more ime inside... Our house is small and we don't have much space so it is not always easy to give the kids enough space.

Some days ago we found this huge cardboard box. Someone bought a new fridge. We carried the whole thing back to our house. We cut out some windows, the kids decorated their new house with crayons and I made holes in the ceiling and pushed the lights from the Christmas decoration through.
The kids spent the whole afternoon playing peacefully in their new home :-)

Now the house is filling out almost all of our living room and I guess we will have to get rid of the box soon to get our space back...

Sunday, 17 November 2013

kids clothes

I hardly buy clothes for my kids. We get a lot of hand-me-down clothes and I am very grateful for this. But there are times I need to buy new stuff or I just would like to have something new for the kids.
It is usually a frustruating task.
Up to the age of 2 it was mostly okay. But when they needed bigger clothes I could not find anymore things I liked or things I found appropriate.
My girls are still girls. They are not teenagers! They also play a lot outside.
To hell with those frilly, glittery, pink-with lace-clothes! Give me something with happy colours! Give me some functonal clothes! My oldest daughter likes blue- go and find something blue for a girl!
Same with shoes. One day I asked in the shoe shop if they don't have anything beside those glittery white and silver shoes. I told her that I need something that will survive a trip to the fields... many trip to the fields and forest and waddi... The sales lady looked at me as if I would be a Martian...

Looks like that almost the same applies for boys too. Can I get something that is not grey and blue and dark green?
Hey- I want orange and yellow and red and happy-green!

Oh yes- and what happened to the uni-sex clothes of my childhood?

Don't get me wrong- I love the occasional pink and grey clothes too... 

I do find stuff- on the internet. Unfortunately way out of our budget. I would pay up to 3 or 4 times more... not even including the shipment.
So- if someone has a great tip for cheaper happy clothes on the net or in Israel- PLEASE tell me!

Have a great day!

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Friday, 1 November 2013

reading arrow

My biggest one is learning to read. I remembered this little helper from when I was in 1st class and started to read. The arrow points into the direction you read (In case of Hebrew from right to left). When you move with the arrow along the line you can slowly read each letter (or word) without getting all mixed up with the lines and letters...

This whole my-daughter-is-learning-to-read-thing is a bit weird for me, since I learned Hebrew only around 10 years ago as a grown up. I do try to help her and it's still easy, but since I am many times unsure of how to write things my helping-abilities are limited...

On the other way it's a good thing for me too. Maybe my Hebrew writing-skills will get better too :-)

Thursday, 31 October 2013

the (almost) first rain

I can tell you- when you have sunshine and heat for around 5 months a year you get really excited when the first rain comes! We had a few drops before, but today it rained over ONE hour. Time to take out the gum boots and head for the puddles... A first time for Yotam. The most attractive puddle was of course the one with the mud.
The girls went inside after a while but Yotam would not move one meter away from the water/ mud. In the end I had to lure him away with the promise of a banana....

We are looking forward for more rain and puddles and rain walks and puddle hopping.... 

on the sand hill

Some days ago there was some work going on in the Kibbutz- some electricity lines were replaced (or something like that) and on one of the parking places a pile of sand was placed. Great fun for the kids. They spent almost a whole afternoon digging tunnels, building castles and most of all baking beautifully decorated sand-cakes.

We planed to head out again to ride up and down the hill with the bikes, but as the work on the electricity line continued the sand disappeared.

Monday, 14 October 2013

almost jumping clown

A nice small activity- a "jumping jack"- or as we call this "Hampelmann".
I made a drawing of a clown and Helen coloured it. We glued the paper onto cardboard, cut out the pieces and connected them. You could add strings to make him move- you can find an instruction here.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

hunt the treasure... or something like this

Where is the above place? Well- you probably don't know- except if you live here in the Kibbutz. One day I made a walk through the Kibbutz and shot many pictures of all kinds of details. I printed them on paper and today we made a treasure hunt. The girls had to look for the places on the pictures and find the treasure there (we used small paper notes and in one place a bag of almonds for the break).
The girls loved them and they recognizes everything immediately  Next time I will have to use harder clues and maybe we will give the game a new twist....
Simple and fun and nice for all ages.

easy toddler activity

It's not always easy to find something nice to do for Yotam. He's one year and 4 months old and mostly keeps himself busy with all kinds of things (mostly dadys tools....), but sometimes he just wanders around. He's too small yet to really play with his sisters.
I found this nice and simple (and cheap) activity here and tried it today. I stuck two paper rolls to the fridge (lovely scratches, no :o) and gave Yotam pompoms (he loves them anyway) and wooden cubes to let them fall through the tubes. Later I added two more rolls, arranged in an angle.

Later on the girls plaid too and of course all pompoms got stuck (I mean- how many pompoms can you stuff at one time into the tube....)...

Monday, 30 September 2013


We have beautiful autumn weather. Perfect for kite flying. That's what the whole Kibbutz did on Saturday. Yesterday I made with the girls some nice kites asa window decoration. I cut out the frames from thick paper, attached the frame to sticky contact paper and the girls filled the empty spots with tissue paper pieces. We added a tail and now they decorate the windows in the girls rooms. I love how the warm autumn sun is illuminating the colours!

sukkot decoration

With a bit of a delay here the pictures of the decoration for our "sukka". Sukkot is over- we had some nice days off from work- to enjoy with family and friends.

We built a sukka under our pergola. Well- it would not stand up to all the rules, but this is not so important to us. One side we covered with palm leafs, one side with a sheet and one side with stripes of fabric.I made with the girl this easy and fun decoration from egg-cartons. Cut them, paint them and string them. For space between the "flowers" we cut drinking straws in pieces and strung them too.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

rosh hashana

The jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) just started. We started the year traditionally with lots of apples dipped in honey- this should provide a sweet new year. There are other symbols for the new year- one is the pomengranade. They are hanging red and ripe on the trees now. A lovely fruit- by look and taste.
I made with the girls simple cards. We stamped with potatoes and the back of pencils. I found the idea here and it was easy and fun for both Neomi and Helen.

I wish you all a happy new year. May it be a peaceful one for everyone!

toilet-paper-roll rapunzel

Thankfully everything is (still) quiet here. And I hope it will stay that way. Time to post some pictures of a craft Neomi came up with. Neomi and Helen love the movie "Rapunzel". So one day Neomi decided that she wants to make a Rapunzel out of a toilet paper roll. Her prototype had eyes made of pompom. So when I found some plastic eyes we made two more rapunzels- also with attached arms that you can move up and down.
I loved the simplicity of the doll.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

here we go (again)....

Well- it's better not to read news these days...
I am sick to the stomach. I do not usually write about those things here. I prefer to write about our creative projects, about family life and the happy sides of life...
Not about war and hate and fear and helplessness.
I do often think about those people in Syria. After all- they are only a few kilometes away. To Damaskus it's around 140 kilometres (around 88 miles)- to the border less.
After hearing of the gas attak last week I felt really disgusted, sad, horrified and afraid...
After hearing the threats from Assad and Iran- that they will attak Israel should the USA attak Syria- well I am a short distance from panic.

Life goes on as normal here. Neomi had her first school-day yesterday and the 1-class-ceremony today. It was strange. Is she already already that big? She is very eager to learn :-)
And other than this life seems to go on as usual. I guess it is the many years people already live with all kinds of threats and wars like this. They don't panic easily. They shut their eyes and tell themselfs that everything will be okay... Well- I very much hope, I pray, that we won't be dragged into a war and that the situation in this part of the world will calm down for everyone very fast. After all- what do we allwant? What do we simple people want- no matter on which side we live? To have a job, to have a place to live, to rais our kids in peace and see them grow, to just live.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

simple toy for small toddlers

I had this empty bottle from dish soap, cut some holes, fixed the top in a way that the kids can open it and close it and the new toy for Yotam was finished... He has now all kinds of small stuff he can try to push into the bottle- Lego pieces, big beads, buttons, cork...

Thursday, 8 August 2013

body paint

I thought I will give body paint a try. Anyway it is hot and humid outside- and this is perfect for this weather...

I used:

2 tablespoons body cream 
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons cornflour

Just mixed everything together and started with the fun...
... Neomi turned very fast into a Smurfette- she loved it, Yotam basically wanted to eat the whole stuff- probably thought that it's yogurt, and Helen preferred to just rub her arms and belly slowly with the cream...

After they finished, I hosed them down. Because the body-cream was very oily, I also had to put them in the shower and use quite a bit of soap.
If you want to do this- use a cream that is not oily! Be also aware that some food colours are hard to get down... the blue we have is leaving stains!

We had a bit body paint less- I filled it into a zip bag for further sensory play... (like here and here)