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HOME EDUCATION

Welcome to our Education at Home page – packed full of ideas for those who Home Educate and those who support their schooled children in the home and beyond!

Book Inspired Learning

How to Make and Play a Fun Acorn Sharing Game

Virtual Book Club for Kids Acorn Sharing Game Acorns, Leaves and Squirrels always mean harvest gathering, Fall activities and Autumn games!  This week we are back with the Virtual Book Club for Kids and the theme of Acorns and Squirrels!  We have been introduced to a new great...
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How to Make These Easy to Cook Baked Apples

Easy to Cook Baked Apples We are making baked apples this week which focuses on our cooking skills as we join in with the Virtual Book Club.  The featured book is 10 Red Apples by Pat Hutchins.  A delightful counting book with some fantastic illustrations and a quirky storyline...
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How to Make Calming Sensory Playdough

Calming Sensory Playdough We’ve made Calming Sensory Playdough after reading this week’s Virtual Book Club book, Time for Bed by Mem Fox.  This is a simple and easy dough to make which can help little ones calm down in their play before bedtime.  We loved making and...
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How to Make Happy Faces in a Sand Tray

Happy Face Sand Tray Big Owl Little Owl welcomes you to the Virtual Book Club for Kids – this week we read Should I Share My Ice Cream by Mo Williems.  This is a great book for exploring friendships, sharing and moral dilemmas with preschoolers! The book starts with Gerald...
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How to Make a Colour Mixing Ice Cream

Colour Mixing Ice Cream? Peakles and I are excited about this week’s book for the Virtual Book Club which is Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Williems.  This is a new book for us and we all enjoyed reading it.  We loved the dilemma that faces Gerland the Elephant when he...
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How to Trace Your Name with Fingerprint Apples

Trace Your Name with Fingerprint Apples Big Owl Little Owl would like to welcome you to the Virtual Book Club for Kids – this week we read 10 Apples up on Top by Dr Suess.  This is a great book for building excitement, learning numbers and words through repetition and is...
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Are Apples Round? Fun Ways for Exploring Shapes

Are Apples Round? Peakles and I love this month’s book for the Virtual Book Club which is 10 Apples up on Top by Dr Suess.  This was one of our favourite books when Peakles was a toddler.  She loved joining in and became obsessed with apple counting in the supermarket!  She...
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Sensory Dough Activities

How to Make Some Fantastic Spooky Dough

Make Some Fantastic Spooky Soda Dough Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired Spooky Soda Dough play!  We are enjoying combining sensory play doughs with music and you can read more about why we are using different types of music on the link below. – read...
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Easy to Make Soda Dough for Awesome Seasonal Fun

  Easy to Make Soda Dough for Awesome Seasonal Fun Peakles and I are really excited that we are sharing our 10th dough with you as part of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough 2015. We love being outdoors and are always collecting things from walks along the beach or in the...
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How To Make Sand Dough for Beach Fun

  How To Make Sand Dough for Beach Fun With Summer Music Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired sensory sand dough for lots of beach fun!  We are enjoying combining sensory play doughs with music and you can read more about why we are using different types of...
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More Creative Fun with Weird Harvest Oobleck Dough

More Creative Fun with Weird Harvest Oobleck Dough Peakles and I are really excited that we are sharing our 9th dough with you as part of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough 2015. We love being outdoors and are always collecting things from walks along the beach or in the countryside....
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Inspiring Dragon Play Dough Fun with Great Music

  Inspiring Dragon Play Dough Fun with Great Music Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired traditional sensory dough for lots of beach fun!  We are enjoying combining sensory play doughs with music and you can read more about why we are using different types...
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Sensory Fun with this Easy to Make Buttercup Playdough

Sensory Fun with this Easy to Make Buttercup Playdough Peakles and I are really excited about taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough this year.  We love being outdoors and are always collecting things from walks along the beach or in the countryside.  This is one of the...
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Easily Made Sand Dough for Fun Rock Pool Play

Easily Made Sand Dough Fun Rock Pool Play Peakles and I are really excited about taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough this year.  We love being outdoors and are always collecting things from walks along the beach or in the countryside.  This is one of the reasons why we...
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Making Primordial Fizzy Playdough for Sensory Fun

Primordial Fizzy Playdough Peakles and I are really excited about taking part in the 12 Months of Sensory Dough this year.  We love being outdoors and are always collecting things from walks along the beach or in the countryside.  This is one of the reasons why we are featuring...
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Fizzy Playdough Fun with Fantastic Eruptions Music

  Fizzy Playdough Fun with Fantastic Eruptions Music! Welcome to our post all about exploring music inspired erupting fizzy dough.  As this series is all about stimulating the senses we decided to create some salt dough and use music to stimulate the ‘aural or hearing...
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Up-cycling and Recycling

How to Make Juggling Bags from Recycled Socks

Recycled Socks for Juggling! We have to recycle so many socks at the moment as Peakles has grown again and rather than just pop them in the recycling bin I thought they would make ideal juggling bags or balls so we can practise those circus skills!  This fits in brilliantly with...
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How To Make Scrunchy Pictures with Plastic Bags

Scrunchy Pictures with Plastic Bags We never know what to do with plastic bags, so what better craft activity for this month’s Project Recycle and Create than using them to make a scrunchy picture?  Peakles has used lots of different materials over the past few years to...
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How to Make a Fairy Palace with Cardboard Tubes

Make a Fairy Palace with Cardboard Tubes Peakles loves making things with cardboard tubes, so what better craft activity for this month’s Project Recycle and Create than a fairy palace from them?  Peakles has made castles, periscopes, telescopes and a variety of other...
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How to Make a Cool Hairband from Buttons

Make a Cool Hairband from Buttons Peakles loves buttons and loves hairbands, so what better craft activity for this month’s Project Recycle and Create that a hairband made from buttons?  Peakles seems to have lots and lots of hairbands, a collection that is ever growing and...
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How to Make Fairy Lights from Recycled Jars

Fairy Lights from Recycled Jars We made some magical fairy lights with glass and plastic jars which are this month’s Project Recycle material!  These are not only colourful but easy for Peakles to make as well.  They are ideal for decorating the patio or for putting on her...
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How to Make a Spacestation from an Egg Box

How to Make a Spacestation from an Egg Box Egg box space stations!  As we gear up for Easter we have been making lots of egg-based recipes and crafts.  We have decorated easter eggs, we have made puddings and savoury egg dishes, we have even grown some cress heads with the...
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How to Make Pictures from Scrap Fabric

Scrap Fabric Pictures Peakles and I are thrilled to be taking part in Project: Recycle and Create again this year!  What a brilliant way to use the bits and pieces around the home that would normally go in the recycling bin!  Now we can put those things to good use and make some...
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How to Make Pretty Flowers from Recycled Gift Paper

How to Make Pretty Flowers from Recycled Gift Paper Peakles and I are thrilled to be taking part in Project: Recycle and Create again this year!  What a brilliant way to use the bits and pieces around the home that would normally go in the recycling bin!  Now we can put those...
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Mardi Gras Carnival Masks – Recycled Packaging

Mardi Gras Carnival Masks were featured in some books we looked at recently.  Carnivals are festivals that are full of colour, costumes and lots of music! We had found these books at our local library which were very interesting.  One of our favourites was ‘Mardi Gras and...
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Maths Ideas

More Number Fun with Pirate Treasure Games

  More Number Fun with Pirate Treasure Games Peakles has been fascinated by pirates and treasure since she was a little girl so what better way to help her learn more about mathematics than with some pirate sharing games!  These are ideal for showing children how to share...
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5 Funny Ways to Measure My Foot!

5 Funny Ways to Measure My Foot! Peakles has always been interested in measuring things and from an early age I used to find my tailors measuring tape hidden in her toy box!  I really love the fact that she is becoming more aware of spaces and shapes and she does have some funny...
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Play, Make and Learn

How to Hold a Spooky Halloween Party

Spooky Halloween Party Halloween means Party Time!  We loved trying out these ideas a few years ago, and we plan to make some more this year too!  Simple party ideas that are quick and easy to make too! Halloween Party bits and pieces for a great spooky get together!  We wanted...
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How to Make These Awesome Pom Pom Decorations

It is that time of year when we are thinking about decorating our home.  This year we are trying to make as many decorations as possible during our craft time and we are delighted with these simple and awesome pompom decorations.  Ideal for kids of all ages and fun to make as...
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How to Make a Cool Fingerprint Castle Keyring

Northumberland Castle Keyrings A castle keyring has got to be one of the coolest things we have made this month!  We love castles and where we are spoilt for choice here in Northumberland as there are over 70 castles!  You can find out more at the Visit Northumberland website.  I...
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How to Make and Play a Fun Acorn Sharing Game

Virtual Book Club for Kids Acorn Sharing Game Acorns, Leaves and Squirrels always mean harvest gathering, Fall activities and Autumn games!  This week we are back with the Virtual Book Club for Kids and the theme of Acorns and Squirrels!  We have been introduced to a new great...
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Enjoying an Autumn Nature Walk

Autumn Nature Walks Nature walks in Autumn is one of our favourite pastimes.  I love how our walks still continue today and we have fond memories of crunching through the leaves.  We cannot wait to go on another walk very soon. Memories of Going on a Nature Walk The colours and...
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Make a Happy Halloween Stained Glass Window

This Stained Glass Window idea was a favourite of ours a few years ago.  Written for Peakle Pie (our sister site) as part of a blog hop series.  For Halloween this year we are revisiting some of our old posts and joining in with some other bloggers too! Halloween Stained Glass...
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How to Make Salt Dough Pirate Treasures

Salt Dough Pirate Treasures These salt dough pirate treasures are perfect for little kids to make and to play with!  Ideal for general pirate play and to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate day as well.  So grab some flour, some silver foil and a paintbrush and join in with the fun!...
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A Wonderful Way to Celebrate Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day and Esio Trot Books written by Roald Dahl have always been favourites in our family, especially the more famous books such as James and the Magic Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate factory.  It was only after buying the complete series in a box set that we...
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3 Awesome Cutie Stix Cut and Create Station Ideas

Make Some Awesome Jewellery with a Cutie Stix Cut & Create Station   Cutie Stix Jewellery!  Want a kids craft that will keep them occupied for a few hours?  Are your kids bored of the same type of craft beads and jewellery trinkets? Do they want to make their own...
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Early Learning with Peakle Pie

How to Hold a Spooky Halloween Party

Spooky Halloween Party Halloween means Party Time!  We loved trying out these ideas a few years ago, and we plan to make some more this year too!  Simple party ideas that are quick and easy to make too! Halloween Party bits and pieces for a great spooky get together!  We wanted...
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Enjoying an Autumn Nature Walk

Autumn Nature Walks Nature walks in Autumn is one of our favourite pastimes.  I love how our walks still continue today and we have fond memories of crunching through the leaves.  We cannot wait to go on another walk very soon. Memories of Going on a Nature Walk The colours and...
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Make a Happy Halloween Stained Glass Window

This Stained Glass Window idea was a favourite of ours a few years ago.  Written for Peakle Pie (our sister site) as part of a blog hop series.  For Halloween this year we are revisiting some of our old posts and joining in with some other bloggers too! Halloween Stained Glass...
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Celebrating Roald Dahl Day with Fantastic Mr Fox

Celebrating Roald Dahl Day with Fantastic Mr Fox September 13th is Roald Dahl Day and Peakles is becoming more interested in his children’s stories as she gets older.  Her older brother gave her his boxed set of books as well as the audio CD collection.  Out of all the...
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Paper Heart Bunting

 Paper Heart Bunting Simple Craft for Developing Scissor Skills Peakles loves Valentine’s Day and now that we are through our ‘snowflake’ crafting phase for this year, she naturally began to want more heart crafts to do! We are concentrating on her fine motor...
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How to Create Printed Heart Cards With Tiles

How to Create Printed Heart Cards With Tiles We enjoy exploring art, design and crafting together.  Often we may follow certain patterns or designs, other times my daughter will use the skills she has to explore a medium or idea on her own.  I was wanting to introduce printing as...
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How to Make a Festive Gift Pen Holder

How to Make a Christmas Gift Pen Holder Want to make a pretty and useful gift for your kids for Christmas?  Peakles and I have been thinking about gifts that we can make for the grandparents for Christmas.  Peakles she really enjoys drawing and writing when she visits, so we...
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How to Make a Pretty Christmas LED Light Holder

Christmas LED Light Holder Have you ever been in a candle-lit parade or procession only for your candle to blow out?  Are you worried about younger kids carrying naked flames when they are part of a choir?  We share a simple craft that is safe, practical and easy to make too! We...
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How to Make a Lovely Christmas Tree Calendar

Christmas Tree Calendar Are you wanting to avoid the candy and chocolate filled advent calendars this year?  Do you want a simple way to count down the days to Christmas?  Then our fun and easy to make Advent Calendar should be perfect for you and your family! We love advent...
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