Happy Halloween!

Boo!

I just wanted to share a last minute Halloween costume with all of you. This one will be used by my Star Wars crazy boy but it can be tailored to fit any size. For detailed instructions please go to Earnest Home Co. because that’s what I did and it seriously took me about thirty minutes to make Luke Walker’s kimono – so thank you Earnest Home Co.!

Tomorrow I’ll add some neutral colored pants and whatever else I can find around the house to make the costume “Halloween ready” and then it’s go time!

Have a happy Halloween!

Just speak,

Danielle

 Ps. No, I haven’t a clue as to why my daughter is hugging the finished kimono…

   
   

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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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

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!

 

 

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
...
...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