Purim

I missed Wordless Wednesday yesterday.  I was really busy trying to finish making gifts for my Pumpkins for Purim.  So I thought I’d share some pictures from our fun today.

I thought, since dressing up is part of the holiday, dying playsilks would be a great tradition.  It’s the first time we’ve done it.  I bought plain silk scarves from the Dharma Trading Co  I went with the 35×35″ Habotai scarves.  I always thought playsilks were expensive and why were they any better than just scarves you can buy for cheap.  Once I felt the silk though, I understood.  It’s just lovely.  So smooth and lightweight yet strong, with a wonderful drape.  I fell in love with them.  We dyed them with food colouring following recipes I came across online.  It was really easy and they turned out beautifully.  The kids loved them.

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Dying the scarves with food coloring.

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Lovely colors!

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Then of course you have to make hamantaschen cookies for Purim.  We used apple butter for the center.

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I also told them the story of Esther.  I’m trying to do more story telling instead of reading from books.  It was hard for the kids to understand at first (“but where are the pictures?”) but then I found they listen with rapt attention, something they don’t always do for books.

Finally, after dinner I gave my Pumpkins their gifts I had made.  A Waldorf bunting doll and wool felt horse for Pumpkin 1 and a wool crochet dog for Pumpkin 2 (his horse is still in process of being made).  Gammie and Grandaddy also came for a visit to make everything complete.

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Math and Music

Pumpkin 1 knows the names of the numbers from 1-9, she doesn’t know how to count yet and doesn’t understand these numbers equal amounts of things except for 2.  When she has 2 of something she’ll say “2”.  To encourage her exploration of numbers I purchased this number pegboards http://toys.scholarschoice.ca/number-pegboards.html  I thought a long time about purchasing it but I’m so glad I did.  I only gave her the cards 1-4 with just the right amount of pegs to start with.  She’s pulled it out several times to play with.  Not only is she learning the concept of numbers, but exercising fine motor skills as well.

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Pumpking 1 LOVES music.  She’s always singing and dancing.  Music is so important for learning and with winter coming, I want to work in more gross motor skills indoors.  So today I put on a cassette tape (yes, I still have some of those and a player) of Bollywood dance music.  We don’t have actual playsilks, though I’d love to purchase some from here https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeneathTheRowanTree, but we do have a few regular scarfs.  The kids use them for so many things – dress up, blankets, baby clothes, and today we used them for dancing.  Pumpkin and I waved them and also did a “follow the leader” type of dancing with them. She loved it and out danced me. Pumpkin 2 enjoyed watching all the activity.

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