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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.

Pirate Hats

Ahoy there, me hearties!!  Boy, have we got a whole lot of fun for you!  Here is the first in our pirate series.

First off, you’re going to need a newspaper pirate hat, of course.  You can fold one like Gerda shows in her awesome pirate hat craft video. If you really want to go to town, paint and decorate your hat like she demonstrates too.

That pirate hat is just begging for you to sing along with your Director and Truffle to that old German favourite song and video, Mein Hut der hat drei Ecken

A bath tub makes a great pirate ship. 

Blow-Worm Racing

Here’s your GAP Director in a video showing the children how to make and race their own blow worms (or caterpillars)! Machen wir ein Wettrennen mit Raupen! They are cute, super simple to make and lots of fun to race.

Hint 1: Blowing them along the floor or table is easier with a proper straw, but as you will see in the video, you can make your own paper straw if you like. (If you do, cut your paper strip quite a bit wider than I did, to make it easier to roll and so you have more overlap when you tape it together.)

Hint 2: For older children, if you blow on the ‘sweet spot’ you can get the worm to appear as though it is moving along in an undulating movement a bit like a little inch worm. This takes some practice but it’s pretty cute when you can get it right!

And yes, parents, you might notice me laughing in the video because I suddenly realised it will look like I am teaching children how to roll their own ciggies at one point… (email me for that out-take if you are in need of a good laugh)… but that’s NOT the idea! Those are just paper straws to blow the worms along, I promise!!!

Thanks to my videographer and German grammar coach. 😉

Lisa-Marie’s Bewegungsgeschichte

Former GAP teacher Lisa-Marie has produced a Bewegungsgeschichte for us all to enjoy! Children from the class of 2019 are sure to remember her, although I’m sure all the children will enjoy her story.

Watch her video to hear her story and follow along with the actions.

Parents can download Lisa-Marie’s story (as a PDF) and read it at home with their children, too.

We thank Lisa-Marie (and her little family) for volunteering to do this for us. She was even brave enough to include some of her out-takes at the end of her video for us! 🙂

Alle Leut Song

The GAP children will all be familiar with our end-of-the-day song, “Alle Leut'”.

Here’s your GAP Director performing an updated version of Alle Leut (incredibly poorly) for you. (At least Truffle had an idea of what my singing might be like, and she’s run off!)

Here’s the deal: You don’t judge me for my singing and extremely beginner guitar playing; I won’t judge you for your marzipan mice and Tschu-tschu-wa dancing! 🙂