Category Archives: covid-19

We are Back

Thanks everyone, for your patience during the COVID-19 pause.

We are returning to operations, with increased hygiene protocols, as follows:

GAP: Monday 18 May 2020
Schlaumaeuse: Wed 3 June 2020
Spiel und Spass: Wed 24 June 2020
Pfadfinder: Monday 20 July 2020

The maximum occupancy in our hall, at 4 sqm per person, is as follows:

main hall: 21 people
large (east) foyer: 10 people
kitchen: 3 people
quiet room: 4 people
and if we spread into the smaller rooms and washrooms, the max is 51 people in the building (not including the storage sheds, of course)!

sniffles and coughs: When Is It Okay To Come Back?

This winter (2020) the advice is clear: stay home if you are sick. This applies equally to adults and children. It applies whether it is a simple cold, flu or the dreaded corona virus.

So, the rules at Spielwelt are:

Stay home if you are sick. Even if it is just a cold.

You can return when you are symptom-free.

The only exception is for a lingering dry unproductive cough IF it has been 14 days since your cold started AND all the other cold/flu symptoms have cleared up.

How long do you need to stay away from playgroup, playschool or scouts though?

We have sought advice from our resident doctor and infectious diseases expert to help us all clarify when children with sniffles or coughs can return to their groups.  His advice is paraphrased here:

The short answer is that people can be infectious while they have symptoms. … In most cases, children will be infectious for around 5-7 days (but perhaps up to 2 weeks). Even after people have recovered, some may have a persistent cough for quite a while. This is usually not because they are still in any way infectious, more a reflex to the damage done to the airways that causes them to be extremely susceptible to any kind of irritation. More information about catching and caring for colds can be found here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/common-cold/

Why do I need to keep my child home when it is just a cold?

Whenever a simple cold spreads to other children and families or staff members, it means those people then have also to take time off unnecessarily to isolate and get tested for coronavirus.

Do I need a note from the doctor?

There is no requirement from Spielwelt to present evidence that you have been tested for corona virus and returned a negative results in order to start attending sessions again. (Obviously, you should stay home and get tested if you suspect you might have the virus, though!)

It’s just asthma!

Children who have an asthmatic cough can attend, and are likely to have their puffer with them. Asthma is not contagious.

Our apologies and thanks

Sorry to make you stay home when you are busting to join us, folks. We know it is hard, especially for our GAP families needing to get back to work – but you are doing your bit to help protect everyone else and we all appreciate that.  

Save the Date for Lantern Walk 2021

Lantern Walk 2020 was cancelled due to covid… but we are looking forward to 2021.

If you want to practice with your own lantern walk at home, here’s what you’ll need: http://spielwelt.org.au/events/lantern-walk-june/host-your-own-lantern-walk/

If you aren’t on the Spielwelt mailing list, follow our Facebook page to keep apprised of our event announcements.

Next lantern walk is scheduled for:

Saturday 19 June 2021
4:30pm to 6:30pm*
*  or until 8:30pm, for those who wish to stay later for the After Party!  All welcome!

Here’s more info about our Lantern Walk event.

Choc Chip Cookies / Schoko Kekse

Looking for a nice treat? A baking session with your child is always fun.

Here is Gerda’s super easy recipe for chocolate chip banana oatmeal cookies.

They are vegan and gluten-free. The photo above is one Gerda took when she baked these delicious chewy bikkies.

Download the recipe in German (with pictures for children).

If you need to cheat and look at the English version, you can.

While you wait for them to come out of the oven, you could sing along to this traditional German children’s song about baking cakes, which we sing at GAP, called Backe backe Kuchen.

Here’s some handy German vocabulary for any baking session.

Vorbereiten – to prepare

die Schale – bowl
messen – to measure
die Tasse – cup
der Löffel – spoon
der Essöffel (EL) – tablespoon
der Teelöffel (TL) – teaspoon
der Spatel – spatula
der Ofen – oven
backen – bake

Combining ingredients

entrahmen – to cream
mischen – to mix
rühren – to stir
kneten – to knead

Common baking ingredients

die Butter – no prizes for guessing what this is
das Mehl – flour
der Zucker – sugar
das Ei – egg (Eier – eggs)
die Milch – yes that’s right, milk
das Backpulver – baking powder

After baking

putzen – to clean
schmecken – to taste
lecker – yummy, tasty
süβ – sweet

and hopefully you don’t need this word:

gebrannt – burnt!


Get Ready for Mothers Day

Hallo Papa! It’s time to help your child prepare for Mothers’ Day…. and the GAP teachers are hereby offering their loving support for mums and dads to guide you through with craft and breakfast ideas.

Hopefully all GAP children will have received their second envelope in time, as this contains some of the things that Papa and children will find useful in making the following Mothers Day gifts. (If you aren’t enrolled at GAP or your envelope is late arriving, we hope you can find or substitute craft items from home.)

Make a wool-wrapped heart ornament

Here is Gerda’s video to show you how to make a wool-wrapped heart ornament for Mum. You will need a bit of cardboard from home, and there is 4 meters of multi-coloured wool in your GAP envelope for you.

Make a paper flower garden

Lisa3 has provided the complete instructions and materials in your child’s envelope so you can help your child to create a paper flower garden. For non-GAP families, you will need a variety of coloured paper and here are the instructions for you.

Make a beautiful rainbow heart ornament

Here is Gerda’s video to show you how to make a rainbow heart ornament. You will need cardboard, paper and a few colours of paint for this. If you don’t have paint, coloured markers or pencil crayons could do the trick. Or there might be enough coloured paper left over from your paper flower garden.

You can guess at the sizes of hearts or use our handy heart sizes template.

Breakfast in Bed

Here’s a super simple and really cute breakfast idea so children can make something pretty much all by themselves for Mama on Mothers’ Day (and if that goes well, then they can make it on all the other days afterwards!)

This is toast with peanut butter, banana and raisins. I guess the luxury version has almond butter, banana and choc chips. I have it on good authority that Germans love peanut butter though, so go nuts! Serve warm!

Adding a little paper heart (or a small flower from the garden) at the side of the plate will elevate your creation from “breakfast” to “present”.

The response you are looking for from Mum is “Oooh, lecker!” (Oooh, yummy!)

I made this toast teddy for you. By the time I finished uploading the photo, I’d eaten it! Hee hee!

And here’s what to say in German

You’d think “ich liebe dich” would be just perfect… but that’s only used between, well, lovers. You wouldn’t say it to a child, nor would a child say it to their parent. So what CAN you say? Here are some suggestions that won’t raise any German eyebrows:

“Ich hab dich lieb, Mama” or “Mama, Ich hab’ Dich so lieb”

“Alles Gute zum Muttertag” or “Alles Liebe zum Muttertag”

“Mama, Du bist die Tollste von allen!’

“Mama, Du bist wunderbar!” or “Danke Mama, Du bist die Beste!”

“Fuer die beste Mama auf der ganzen Welt!”

Here are some other fun sayings or poems you could make use of.

Happy Mothers Day to all our Spielwelt mums, from the teachers, leaders, committee and director.

Pirate Knots and Dancing

Ahoy there! Here is our sixth lesson in our pirate series.

Every pirate needs to know how to tie knots.  Get some shoe strings and teach your child how to tie their (or your) shoes.  To make it more piratey and get more practice, get a meter of rope, and learn to tie a granny knot around a chair leg, or around your ship’s mast or flag pole.  Remember the old sailor’s adage:  “If you can’t tie knots, tie lots!”  (Be sure to put the rope away when you stop supervising though, please.)

Ready to dance a hearty sailor’s jig? Sing and dance along to Lisa-Marie’s favourite pirate song (2019 GAP children will remember this super jaunty tune too): Piraten Tanzen So (also on Spotify).

Pirate Food

Ahoy there! Here’s instalment five of our pirate series.

For lunch, why not get creative and make some pirate themed food?

To make Piraten veggie ships (Piratenschiffe), you can use a carrot (Karotte) stick mast (Mast), lettuce (Salat) leaf sail (Segel), on top of a boat hull (das Bot) made of a cucumber (Gurke) sliced in half lengthwise.

Alternatively, here are some hard boiled egg (Eier) and red/ green/ yellow (rot/ gruen/ gelb) capsicum (Paprika) boats.

Bagel life-rings (Rettungsringe): cream cheese and red capsicum strips for stripes.

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Pirate Maps and Adventure

Ahoy there! Here’s the fourth lesson in our pirate series.

Time to read a treasure map and find the treasure!  Hide some “treasure” (Schatz) in your child’s bedroom, or the living room or kitchen.  Make a map of the room or house (in PEN) and mark an X where the treasure is (in PENCIL).  Give your child the map and explain how maps work.  Let your pirate find the treasure.  Your child will no doubt want to do this repeatedly or hide treasure for you to find, hence the PENCIL mark which can be erased and put somewhere else on the page. Click here for a fun treasure map template.

Here’s another pirate adventure to go on:  Download and read out the Bewegungsgeschichte fuer Piraten and act it out together as per the instructions. 

Pirate Parrots

Ahoy there! Here’s the second lesson in our pirate series.

Every pirate needs a parrot (ein Papagei), too.  Here is Gerda to show you one way to make a cute feather-and-toilet-paper-roll parrot

If you want to take your Papagei parrot in the bath with you, here’s a picture of our simple wash-cloth/elastic band bird, suitable for any sailor. Add masking tape eyes and as many feathers as you like, for effect.

With (or without) your Papagei parrot, you can fly around the house annoying everyone by singing this funny parrot song:  Ich habe einen kleinen Papagei.