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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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!

 

 

Saying goodbye to La Ciotat

La Ciotat,
La Ciotat,

Bonjour tout le monde!

C’était très triste de dire au revoir à mes élèves, leurs parents et leurs nounous à La Ciotat en Juin dernier. J’ai passé deux années fantastiques à enseigner à Petits Pieds Grands Pas et j’espère que je serai en mesure de rester en contact avec mes élèves et leurs familles à travers ce site web.

Je voudrais saisir cette occasion pour remercier tout le monde pour leurs lettres, chocolats et dessins lors de mon dernier jour. Je tiens à vous remercier de votre soutien constant pour mon travail, de vos sourires sans fin, de vos encouragements et d’avoir pris le temps d’amener vos enfants semaine après semaine. J’ai eu le plaisir de passer du temps avec vous et de voir l’enthousiasme et l’intérêt de vos enfants dans la langue anglaise.

Pour l’instant, Learn and Play en Anglais est officiellement en vacances mais je vais de temps en temps poster une activité amusante que je pense vous aimerez faire à la maison. Concernant le travail, je tiens à vous faire savoir que j’ai obtenu un poste dans une école ici à Bordeaux. J’ai l’intention de continuer ce que je fais dans une école et de proposer des stages durant les vacances scolaires.

Donc, j’espère pouvoir continuer à travailler sur Learn and Play en Anglais pour essayer d’en faire un endroit où l’expérience de la langue anglaise se fait dans un cadre ludique.

Merci encore à tous mes petits élèves! Vous étiez fantastique!

Bisous,

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

It was VERY sad saying goodbye to my students, their parents and their nannies in La Ciotat this past June. I spent two fantastic years teaching at Petit Pieds Grands Pas and  it is my hope that I will be able to keep in touch with my students and their families through this website.

I’d like to take this time to thank everyone for their letters, chocolate and artwork on my last day. Mostly though, I’d like to thank you all for your constant support of my work, for your never ending smiles, for your encouragement and for taking out the time to bring your children to my class week after week. It was a pleasure to spend time with all of you and to see your children’s enthusiasm and interest in the English language grow.

As for now, Learn and Play en Anglais is officially on vacation but I will pop up from time to time to post a fun activity that I think you might like doing at home. As for work, I’d like to let you know that I’ve acquired a job teaching English in a school here in Bordeaux. I plan on continuing what I do in a school setting and to also delve into the area of “des stages” during school holidays.

So please know that I will still continue working on building Learn and Play en Anglais to try to make it an even better place to experience the English language in a playful setting.

Thank you again to all of my little students! You guys were fantastic!

Just Speak,

Danielle

10 little Indians

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Bonjour à tous,

Je sens que l’été arrive ici à La Ciotat et nous allons célébrer cela en chantant une nouvelle chanson pour accueillir l’été indiene. Cette chanson ne sera pas seulement enseigner à vos enfants pour apprendre à compter de un à dix, mais également pour leur enseigner quelques phrases utiles.

J’ai également inclus deux courtes vidéos de Hoople Kidz et Muffin Songs qui dépeignent deux versions de notre chanson des 10 Little Indians (10 petits indiens).

Gobo et moi espérons que vous aimerez chanter avec nous!

Rendez-vous Jeudi!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Hello Everyone,

It feels like summer has arrived over here in La Ciotat and we’re celebrating by singing a new song that will welcome an Indian summer. This song will not only teach your children how to count from one to ten but it will also teach them some directional phrases too. If you don’t recognize the directional phrase part of the song it’s because I made it up :)

I’ve also included two short videos from Hoopla Kidz and Muffin Songs that portray two versions of our 10 Little Indians song. Gobo and I sure hope that you enjoy singing along!

See you all on Thursday!

Just Speak,

Danielle from Learn and Play en Anglais

Fête des mères – Mother’s Day

 

DIY necklace by Learn and Play en Anglais
DIY necklace by Learn and Play en Anglais

Bonjour à tous,

Nous avons terminé le projet de fête des mères commencé samedi dernier lors de notre Maternelle Club. Pour ceux d’entre vous qui n’ont pas suivi, vous pouvez trouver la première partie de notre projet ici. Dans ce post, vous trouverez un collier et une carte faites main.

Bien que la fête des mères soit passée, vous pouvez toujours utiliser ces projets pour d’autres occasions comme les anniversaires, ou juste pour dire je t’aime à quelqu’un que vous les aimez. Nous espérons que ce projet rendra quelqu’un de spécial dans votre vie heureux!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Hello Everyone,

We finished our Mother’s Day project this past Saturday during our Maternelle Club. For those of you that haven’t been following along, you can find the first part of our project here. In today’s post you’ll find a DIY necklace and a handmade card.

Although Mother’s Day has come and gone you can still use these projects for other occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or just as a way to tell someone that you love them or that you’ve been thinking about them. We hope that this project will make someone special in your life happy!

Just Speak,

Danielle

Practice writing your message out on a piece of paper first.
Practice writing the message (that will go on your hearts) out on a piece of paper .

 Écrire un message à l’arrière de votre cœur, mais assurez-vous de pratiquer d’abord!

 Write a special message on the back of your heart but make sure to practice first!:

Mère, maman / Mother, mom

Vous êtes spéciales / You are special 

Je t’aime – amour / I love you – love

Merci d’être une super maman! / Thank you for being a great mom!

Now write it out on the back of your heart decoration.
Now write it out on the back of your heart decoration.

Passez maintenant à faire votre carte …

Now move on to making your card…

Younger children can draw freely and skip the writing.
Use the stencils that you used to make your heart decoration on your card.
Use the stencils that you used to make your heart decoration (in the first part of this project) on your card.
Use bunched up scraps of paper to decorate the inside of your hearts.
Use bunched up scraps of paper to decorate the inside of your hearts.
Here's an example of a finished heart on a card.
Here’s an example of a finished heart on a card.

Ensuite, il est temps de faire notre collier d’été fait main!

Next, it’s time to make our DIY summer necklace!

Use a skewer to make it easier to paint your beads.
Use a skewer to make it easier to paint your beads.
Paint your beads
Paint your beads
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...beads drying...
Let them dry out.

Vernir les perles après les avoir peint. Le vernis empêche la peinture de se détacher des perles et d’endommager vos vêtements.

Please note that we varnished our beads after we painted them. The varnish keeps the paint from coming off of the beads and damaging your clothes.

Now have the children string their necklaces in whatever order they'd like.
Now have the children string their necklaces in whatever order they’d like.
Very young children can aslo benefit from this activity.
Very young children can aslo benefit from this activity.
Now I'll show you how to tie an adjustable knot for your necklace...


Apprenez comment attacher un nœud réglable pour votre collier:

Learn how to tie an adjustable knot for your necklace:

Here is our finished necklace!
Here is our finished necklace!

Enveloppez votre cadeau avec du papier recyclé:

Wrap your gift with recycled items:

Use some cellophane (we used one that held fresh flowers from the market) as packaging for your gifts.
Use some cellophane (we used one that held fresh flowers from the market) as packaging for your gifts.
Use a stapler to seal the bottom (cut off some cellophane from the bottom if you need to).
Use a stapler to seal the bottom (cut off some cellophane from the bottom if you need to).
Wrap up the necklace in some tissue paper (our tissue paper came from the fresh flowers that we purchased too).
Wrap up the necklace in some tissue paper (our tissue paper came from the fresh flowers that we purchased too).
use stickers  to seal your gift
use stickers to seal your gift
Seal the back of your package with a sticker.
Place the necklace with the hearts and then seal the back of your package with a sticker.
Roll up your card and add a ribbon.
Roll up your card and add a ribbon.
Here's our finished Mother's Day gift, made with love!
Here’s our finished Mother’s Day gift, made with love!

À bientôt!

Danielle de Learn and Play en Anglais

See you all again very soon!

Danielle from Learn and Play en Anglais

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearts for mom

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Bonjour tout le monde!

La fête des mères est déjà passée aux États-Unis, mais nous avons encore un peu de temps en France. Certains de mes étudiants ont travaillé dur ces deux dernières semaines pour faire un cadeau pour une dame spéciale dans leur vie.

Dans ce post, nous allons vous montrer la façon dont nous mettons ensemble la première partie de leur cadeau en espérant vous inspirer pour prendre du temps pour faire un petit quelque chose pour votre maman :)

Just Speak,

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

Mother’s Day has come and gone in the United States but we’ve still got some time here in France. Some of my students have been working hard these past two weeks putting together a little Mother’s Day gift for a special lady in their lives.

In this post we’ll give you a look at how we put together the first part of their gift and hopefully inspire you to take the time to make a little something for that special lady in your life too :)

Just Speak,

Danielle

Cut out a large heart from a cereal box.
Cut out a large heart from a cereal box.
cut out a small heart from the large one
cut out a small heart from the larger one
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Trace your large and small heart onto some cardboard.
choose your colors
choose your colors
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add white to your existing colors to give a different touch to your smaller heart.
add white to your existing colors to give a different touch to your smaller heart.
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cut out your hearts AFTER you paint them
Add a short message or poem to the backs of the hearts to personalize them even more.
Add a short message or poem to the backs of the hearts to personalize them even more.

capteur de rêves / dream catcher

Dream catcher by Learn and Play en Anglais
Dream catcher by Learn and Play en Anglais
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Use a tea towel to help you manipulate the wire without hurting your hands.
Use a tea towel to help you manipulate the wire without hurting your hands.
Cut a long piece of wool and fold it in half.
Cut a long piece of yarn and fold it in half.
Start with a new piece of wool and knot it just above your previous knot.
Start with a new piece of yarn and knot it just above your previous knot.
Add some hot glue before making another knot so as to hold it in place.
Add some hot glue before making another knot so as to hold it in place.
Now continue to wrap the wool around the wire, making knots and adding glue as needed...
Now continue to wrap the yarn around the wire, making knots and adding glue as needed…
...until you are all done.
…until you are all done.
cut a piece of wool that is longer than the diameter of your circle
cut a piece of yarn that is longer than the diameter of your circle
Now tie the other end of the string to the opposite side of your circle.
Now tie the other end of the yarn to the opposite side of your dream catcher.
Now decorate the second half before tying it to the other side of your circle.
Now decorate the second half before tying it to the other side of your dream catcher.
Add some pieces of yarn to the bottom portion of your dream catcher.
Add some pieces of yarn, ribbon etc. to the bottom portion of your dream catcher.
Add some hot glue to the inside of your beads...
Add some hot glue to the inside of your beads…
...then place your feather into your bead.
…then place your feather into your bead.

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Bonjour tout le monde!

Certains de mes étudiants ont travaillé à fabriquer des capteurs de rêves lors des dernières semaines et j’ai pensé que je devais partager notre projet avec vous. Avant de les faire, nous avons eu une petite discussion sur ce que les rêves sont et le genre de rêves que nous pouvons faire. J’ai expliqué que le travail d’un capteur de rêves est d’attraper tous ces mauvais rêves afin de ne faire que des beaux rêves la nuit.

La semaine prochaine, je vais étendre ce projet avec des dessins et de la peinture, mais pour l’instant je suis très heureuse de la façon dont tout s’est passé.

Passez une bonne soirée et n’oubliez pas,

Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

Some of my students have been working on making dream catchers for the last few weeks and I thought that I’d share our project with you. Before making them we had a little chat about what dreams are and what kind of dreams we can have. I explained that a dream catcher’s job is to catch all of those bad dreams so that we only have sweet dreams at night.

Next week I’ll extend this project with some drawing and painting but for now I’m very happy with how everything turned out.

Have a nice evening and remember,

Just Speak!

Danielle

 

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motricité fine. fine motor skills

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Bonjour tout le monde !

Je commence à explorer un nouveau domaine de l’enseignement qui est la motricité fine , la plupart du temps en se concentrant sur les mouvements des petits muscles des mains, des poignets et les doigts de jeunes enfants. Il y a beaucoup de raisons d’utiliser ces muscles dans notre vie quotidienne (boutonner notre veste par exemple) et nous avons tendance à les négliger.

Comme la plupart des enfants trouverait ennuyeux (au point d’être une punition) de boutonner et déboutonner leurs manteaux maintes et maintes fois, j’ai essayé de trouver des projets faciles qui les aident à travailler ces petits muscles, en pur plaisir.

Pour ce projet, vous pouvez utiliser des boîtes de céréales afin que vos enfants jouent tout de suite ou vous pouvez utiliser du papier imprimante ordinaire (brut ou coloré), puis laminer afin que vos patrons de couture durent plus longtemps. Une dernière chose, si vous choisissez de laminer vos formes, assurez-vous de percer des trous après les avoir plastifier et pas avant.

matériaux:

Cartons ou boites de céréales

Papier blanc ou de couleur

crayons ou marqueurs

plastifieuse (feuilles de laminage)

perforation (utiliser la perforatrice APRÈS plastifier vos cartes de couture)

pelote de laine

aiguille de laine

Amusez-vous et rappelez-vous …

Just Speak!

Danielle

Hello Everyone!

I’m starting to really get into a new area of teaching that’s all about fine motor skills, mostly focusing on the small muscle movements in the hands, wrists and fingers of young children. There are a lot of ways to practice using these muscles and sometimes, those ways are already such a big part of our everyday lives (like buttoning a button on our jacket) that we tend to overlook them.

Since most kids would find it boring (to the point of punishment) to button and unbutton their coat buttons over and over again, I’ve been trying to find some easy projects that would inspire them to work those little muscles out of sheer fun.

For this project you can either use cereal boxes and have your kids play right away or you can use regular printer paper (plain or colored) and then laminate it so that your sewing patterns last longer. Just a little note, if you choose to laminate your shapes make sure that you punch holes in them AFTER you laminate them and not before.

Materials:

Cardstock or cereal boxes

Regular white or colored paper

crayons or markers

laminator (laminating sheets)

hole punch (use the hole punch AFTER you laminate your sewing cards)

ball of wool

wool needle

Have fun and remember…

Just Speak!

Danielle