Shrinking Plastic 

I found a material that has me inspired to draw more, to create characters and new worlds. It’s called “shrinking plastic ” or “plastique dingue” in French. I’ve used it to make pendants for necklaces and charms for bracelets and I’m officially hooked. However, now I understand why these little DIY items can be so pricey…they take a lot of work. The ones that I’ve made are all hand drawn, colored and cut. Then I add a piece of string and make it wearable. If I don’t answer my phone in the coming weeks it’s because I’m shrinking plastic :)

Have a great day!

Danielle 

  
   
 

   
 

  
  

Custom made crayons


 

Why not make some custom crayons to use at home, for a friend or to add as party favors in your birthday gift bags? 

What you need:

1. Old, broken crayons

2. Silicone muffin molds (any shape will work fine)

3. A baking tray to set the muffins on 

4. A preheated oven set to about 170 degrees Celsius 

Directions:

1. Peel the paper off of your crayons.

2. Place the broken crayon pieces into the silicone muffin molds.

3. Place the muffin molds on the baking tray and place the tray into your preheated oven.  Allow them to “bake” for about 15 minutes.

4. Take the molds out of the oven and allow them to cool for about an hour.

5. Pop the crayons out of the molds and put them to paper!

Just speak!

Danielle 

 
    

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Happy Easter! 

Bonjour!

Gobo et moi voulons vous souhaiter à tous de joyeuses fêtes de Pâques ! A la maison, nous célébrons Pâques en décorant des œufs et en attendant le lapin de Pâques . Dans les images suivantes vous pouvez voir votre ami Gobo profiter de Pâques durant la chasse aux oeufs et aux chocolats. J’ai également inclus quelques photos de nos oeufs décorés . Passez une bonne journée tout le monde et à très bientôt.

Just speak,

Danielle and Gobo

Hello!

Gobo and I would like to wish you all a happy Easter! In our house we celebrate Easter by decorating eggs and waiting for the Easter Bunny. In the following pictures you can see your friend Gobo enjoying Easter by hunting for eggs and candy.  I’ve also included some photos of our decorated eggs. 

Have a nice day everyone and we’ll  see you soon. 

Just speak,

Danielle & Gobo









“1,2,3,4,5, once I caught a fish alive!”

Gobo is fishing!
Gobo is fishing!

Bonjour!
Élèves de CP, voici une superbe vidéo qui va avec la nouvelle chanson que nous avons récemment appris . Vous y trouverez un petit garçon assis dans un bateau, vous pouvez chanter avec lui? J’espère que vous allez tous attraper quelques poissons ! ☺️

À bientôt!

Just speak,
Mme Browne et Gobo

Hello!
CP students, here’s a great new video that goes along with the new song that we recently learned. In it you’ll find a little boy sitting in a boat, will you sing along with him?  I hope that you all catch some fish! ☺️

See you soon!

Just speak,
Mrs. Browne and Gobo

Let’s sing some Christmas songs!

Gobo in front of his Christmas tree!
Gobo in front of his Christmas tree!

Bonjour tout le monde!

J’ai trouvé quelques belles vidéos pour vous amuser à chanter à la maison avec vos amis et votre famille. Je les ai reprises ci-dessous et classées selon le niveau scolaire de votre enfant. Amusez-vous bien et j’ai hate de vous revoir bientôt :)
Just Speak,
Danielle

Pour mes petits élèves de GS: Little Snowflake by Super Simple Songs.

Pour mes élèves de CP: We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Super Simple Songs.

Pour mes élèves de CE1: Hello Reindeer by Super Simple Songs.

Pour mes anciens élèves de CE2: Jingle Bells by Super Simple Songs.

Je vous souhaite un Joyeux Noël !!

Hello everyone!

I’ve found some lovely videos for you to sing along to at home with your friends and family. I’ve listed them below according to your child’s grade level. Have fun and I’ll see you soon :)
Just Speak,
Danielle

For my little students in GS:
Little Snowflake by Super Simple Songs.

For my students in CP:
We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Super Simple Songs.

For my students in CE1:
Hello Reindeer by Super Simple Songs.

For my oldest students in CE2:
Jingle Bells by Super Simple Songs.

Have a very Merry Christmas!!

 

Gobo stars!

Gobo's busy making cards for his friends.
Gobo’s busy making cards for his friends.

 

Gobo!
Gobo!

 

Gobo's work.
Gobo’s work.

Hello everyone!
I’ve got a lot of students to teach on a daily basis and some of them are as young as five years old. I actually teach my youngest group at the very end of the day, the time that they can be at their most rowdy, so I needed to come up with a system to reward the students that showed positive classroom behavior.

I eventually came up with what we now call, “Gobo Stars.” At the end of class I hand out (or draw directly in their notebooks) a Gobo Star to the students that actively participated in class by singing, dancing, etc. When they’ve accumulated 10 stars they are then given a card that was made by our favorite puppet, Gobo.

So far so good :) The kids are happy to receive their stars and cards and Gobo is happy to make them.

Wishing you a happy Wednesday afternoon!
Just Speak,
Danielle

How are you?

how are you worksheet by Learn and Play en Anglais
how are you worksheet by Learn and Play en Anglais

Pretty soon I will be guiding my students towards learning how to describe their emotions, or current physical state, in English. Although I’ve found a lot of nice resources and visuals online, it’s also nice to be able to make my own worksheets from time to time.

Have a nice Wednesday!

Danielle

Sleepover

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One of my students invited Gobo to stay at his house this past Tuesday :) Gobo had to decline the offer because he’s too young to leave his family behind but he did write his friend a thank you note. Could this situation get any cuter? :)

Have a nice evening,
Danielle

p.s. For those of you that are new to this blog, Gobo is our classroom puppet.

DIY beach/market bag

 

DIY basket by Learn and Play en Anglais
DIY basket by Learn and Play en Anglais

Bonjour tout le monde!

Maintenant que nous sommes tous installés dans notre nouvelle maison à Bordeaux, nous avons trouvé un peu de temps pour faire des activités. Cette activité particulière est destinée aux enfants plus âgés, aux adolescents et aux adultes.

L’idée n’est pas nouvelle, mais elle est devenue à la mode par la marque Rose in Avril. La marque décore à la main des paniers avec des phrases amusantes et aux couleurs vives. Les prix sont très raisonnables mais, si vous voulez économiser de l’argent ou tout simplement faire preuve de créativité, ce poste est pour vous.

Tout ce dont vous aurez besoin est un panier du marché, de la laine et une aiguille à tricoter. S’il vous plaît notez que j’ai essayé avec du fil à broder et celà ne rendait pas bien. J’ai inclus une photo ci-dessous et je vous laisse décider par vous-même.

Instructions:

1. Choisissez un mot ou une expression à utiliser pour décorer votre panier.

2. Essayez d’estimer combien d’espace votre phrase utilise. Ici, il y a deux facons de le faire:

a. Si vous avez la main ferme, vous pouvez utiliser un marqueur de couleur (jaune est probablement le meilleur) et écrire directement sur le panier.

b. Vous pouvez aussi enfiler une aiguille avec un morceau de fil de coton et écrire le mot ou la phrase de cette façon.

3. Maintenant, vous êtes prêt à utiliser votre fil de coton épais. Choisissez une belle couleur vive et couper environ un mètre de longueur. Ensuite, enfilez votre fil dans une aiguille à tricoter et faire un noeud à la fin d’un côté de votre fil.

4. Enfin, commencez à décorer en mettant votre aiguille à travers votre panier à partir de l’intérieur (de sorte que le noeud est caché de la vue) et tirer le reste du fil à travers. Pour un look plus moderne, vous devriez faire le lettrage sur le côté épais qui signifie que vous devrez aller sur chaque lettre plusieurs fois (trois fois en moyenne).

Amusez-vous et s’il vous plaît laissez-moi savoir car je serais ravi de voir votre travail fini.

Très bon été à tout le monde!

Danielle

 

Hello Everyone!

Now that we are all settled in our new home in Bordeaux we’ve had some time to do some activities just for the fun of it. This particular activity is one that is intended for older children, teens and adults.

The idea is not a new one but it has become relevant and modern thanks to the brand Rose in April. The brand hand-decorates baskets with fun phrases in bright colors. The prices are quite reasonable, however, if you want to save some money or just be creative, this post is for you.

All you’ll need is a market basket, some yarn and a knitting needle. Please note that I tried this with regular embroidery floss and the look was (in my opinion) outdated. I’ve included a picture below for you to decide for yourself.

Instructions:

1. Decide on a word or phrase to use to decorate your basket.

2. Try to figure out how much space your phrase will use up and space it out accordingly.Here are two ways you can do this:

a. If you have a steady hand, you can use a light colored marker (yellow is probably best) to write it out on the basket ahead of time.

b. You could also thread a needle with a regular piece of thread and write out your word or phrase that way.

3. Now you are ready to use your thick yarn. Pick out a nice bright color and cut off about a meter in length. Next, thread your yarn through a knitting needle and make a knot at the end of ONE side of your piece of yarn.

4. Finally, start decorating by putting your needle through your basket starting from the inside (so that the knot is hidden from view) and pull the rest of the yarn through. For a more modern look you should make the lettering on the thick side which means that you’ll have to go over each letter several times (three on average).

Have fun and please let me know if you tried the project and how it turned out. I’d love to see your finished work.

Happy Summer Everyone!

Danielle

Here's the difference between embroidery floss and regular yarn. I find the yarn to look more modern.
Here’s the difference between embroidery floss and regular yarn. I find the yarn to look more modern.
DIY market basket decoration by Learn and Play en Anglais!
DIY market basket decoration by Learn and Play en Anglais!
Market basket by Learn and Play en Anglais!
Market basket by Learn and Play en Anglais!