Dancing Stick Figures

Lisa3 has another great activity for you to try at home: These dancing stick figures she made are so cool!

You will need:

  • Eine Auflaufform mit eine ganz glatte Oberfläche — Glas oder Keramik. (A flat bottomed casserole dish — preferably glass, but ceramic will do.)
  • Whiteboard-Markers (keine Permanentmarker) (Whiteboard markers (not permanent markers))
  • Ein Becher oder Kännchen Wasser. (A little cup or jug of water.)

Tip: Whiteboard markers are available at supermarkets, in case you want to add one to your ‘essential groceries’ list.

Download Lisa3’s Tanzende Strichmännchen Video and Lisa3 will explain what you need to do (in German). For non-German speakers it is easy to follow along by watching.

You can make dancing flowers, animals, birds, whatever you like. Send us your photos!

Viel Spass!

Verstecken: Hide and Seek

Good old fashioned Verstecken (hide and seek) is always a popular game with children of all ages. The best part is calling out, “Gefunden!” (found!) at the end.

You can refresh your child’s memory of the rules and counting (and what it looks like at the GAP/Scout Hall) by watching our hilarious video of Truffle and Lisa playing Verstecken from last year.

Here is a handy German translation sheet for Verstecken (which I clearly did not have when making the video… ahem!). You will be able to keep your child’s (correct) German going at home!

Fussparcours: Foot Challenges

Spring is here and we can walk barefoot a lot again. Our feet can do a lot more than just walk. Try Gerda’s Fussparcours / foot challenges!

Endlich ist der Frühling da. Jetzt können wir wieder viel barfuß laufen. Aber unsere Füße können noch viel mehr als nur laufen. Probiert doch einmal diesen Fußparcours!

There are six things to try!  You can also invent some of your own.  Here is the first challenge, below. Download the Fussparcours sheet to try all six challenges.

Viel Spaß!  (Have fun!)

Kochlöffelmännchen – Spoon People

Kochlöffelmännchen (spoon people) are easy to make. A wooden spoon and some craft items you might find around the house are all that’s needed.

Tip: If you want to use your spoon again to cook with, just stick your craft items on with BluTac or similar.

Gerda made her Spoon Lady using BluTac, so she can use her spoon again later…

No need to restrict yourself to people: animals and other fanciful creatures are also fun to make.

Valentin made a Kochlöffel mermaid!

A red dress and matching hat has made this spoon princess even more enchanting.

Be sure to take your Kochlöffelmännchen with you when you take a walk. Your spoon person might find some friends! Or you could start your own Spoonville in a park near you, like this one discovered by one of our GAP families.

Nudelkette – Pasta Necklace

This wearable craft activity has it all — fine motor skills, threading, patterns, colours, counting and shapes.

You can make a cool Nudelkette (pasta chain for a necklace, bracelet or anklet) at home with pasta and string or wool. If you like, you can even colour your pasta with coloured markers/textas. You can download Gerda’s Nudelkette instructions in German (with English translations) here.

If you don’t have noodles at home, you can substitute cereal like Cheerios (or order suitable pasta for your next click-and-collect / home delivery of groceries!)

Tip: To make threading less frustrating, wrap some tape around the threading end of your wool to make it stiffer and easier to poke through a noodle. Tape up a little bit more wool than your longest noodle (about 5cm, say).

We especially like that the craft items are all biodegradable and reusable (except for the sticky tape, sorry).

Looking forward to seeing your crafty creations on a future online meeting, perhaps!

Sensory Game

Here’s another great game! It’s another good one for German vocabulary, too.

Wie wäre es mit einem einfachen, aber lustigen Tastsinn-Spiel? (How about a simple but fun touch sensory game?)

Du brauchst mindestens 6 verschiedene kleine Gegenstände, z.B. (You need at least 6 different small items, for example….)

  • Minibuch (Minibook)
  • Wollfaden (wool thread)
  • Klebeband (sticky tape)
  • Highlighter (highlighter)
  • Wattebausch (cotton ball)
  • Pompon (pompom)
  • Eisstiel (popsicle)
  • Pfeifenputzer (pipe cleaner)
  • Schneckenhaus (shell)
  • Bleistiftspitzer (sharpener)
  • Radiergummi (eraser)
  • Rad (wheel)
  • Flummi (bouncy ball)
  • Büroklammer (paper clip)
  • Aufkleber (sticker)
  • Korken (cork)
  • Herz (heart)
  • Legostein (lego brick)
  • Stoff (fabric)
  • Murmel (marble)
  • Würfel (dice)
  • Filzstift (felt pen)

Gib die Gegenstände in einen Beutel. Stecke Deine Hand in den Beutel (ohne hineinzuschauen) und versuche zu ertasten, was Du in der Hand hast. (Put the items in a bag. Put your hand in the bag (without looking into it) and try to feel what you have in your hand.)

Nimm den Gegenstand aus dem Beutel und sieh, ob Du richtig geraten hast. (Take the item out of the bag and see if you guessed correctly.)

Spielvarianten (Game variations):

  • Zwei oder mehr Spieler versuchen abwechselnd, einen Gegenstand zu erraten. Es gewinnt der Spieler, der die meisten Gegenstände richtig errät. (Two or more players take turns trying to guess an item. The player who guesses most of the objects correctly wins.)
  • Oder ihr spielt gemeinsam gegen den  Beutel: Könnt Ihr alle / die Hälfte der Gegenstände erraten, gewinnt ihr. (Or you play together against the bag: If you can guess all / half of the items, you win.)
Um das Spiel einfacher zu machen (To make the game easier):
  • Verwende wenige Gegenstände. (Use fewer items.)
  • Sieh Dir die Gegenstände gut an, greife sie an und benenne sie, bevor Du sie in den Beutel steckst. (Take a good look at the items, touch them, and name them before you put them in the bag.)
  • Wenn Ihr von jedem Gegenstand 2 Stück habt, könnt Ihr ein Set in den Beutel geben und das andere auf den Tisch legen. Wählt einen Gegenstand aus und sucht dann das passende Gegenstück. (If you have 2 of each item, you can put one set in the bag and put the other on the table. Select an item and then look for the matching counterpart.)
Um das Spiel schwieriger zu machen (To make the game harder):
  • Verwende mehr Gegenstände. (Use more items.)
  • Bitte jemand anderen, Gegenstände für Dich in den Beutel zu geben, ohne dass Du sie siehst (Ask someone else to put items in the bag for you without you seeing the items.)
Für die ganz Wagemutigen (For the vary daring):
  • Spielt “Geschmack” erraten. Ihr kostet abwechselnd mit verbundenen Augen verschiedene Lebensmittel und versucht zu erraten, was ihr da gerade esst. (Play taste guessing. You take turns blind-folded to taste different foods and try to guess what you are eating.)

Gerda’s hot tip: Ihr solltet vor dem Start festlegen, was (nicht) serviert werden kann. Tabasco ist ein gutes Beispiel, dass ich erwähnen hätte sollen, bevor ich das letzte Mal mit meinen Kindern gespielt habe. (Before you start, you should agree on what can and cannot be served. Tabasco is something I wish I had mentioned before I played this with my kids.)

Balus Faltspiel

Here is Balu with a Pfadfinder Joey and Cub variation of Lisa3’s Faltspiel activity.

Joeys and Cubs can make their Faltspiel chatterbox more fun and challenging by adding German words to spell out, letters, numbers or even math questions to your choices. (This activity helps you keep up your German too, because if you forget some of your German during lockdown, Balu and Tschil will cry and nobody wants to see that.)

Check our our previous blog to see how to fold your Faltspiel chatterbox.

Now you can check out Balu and Tschil’s example in their silly video.

Tip: In each opening, make sure your answers involve both odd and even numbers.

Not sure what an Einfaltspinsel is? Find out at the link. Baluuuuu!!!!

Feel free to send a video or photo of yourself with your German Faltspiel to pfadfinder.group.leader@spielwelt.org.au . The leaders would love to see it!

Faltspiel – Chatterbox

Our crafty and clever Lisa3 has a fun craft activity for you, to make something you can play with, and keep up with speaking German! Younger children will need help from Mama or Papa or a big brother or sister, but once it is made, you can have hours of fun.

Chatterboxes are good for finger dexterity, colours, numbers, counting, and following brief instructions (like “hop on one leg”) in German.

Follow Lisa3 as she creates a very simple Chatterbox in video 1 then video 2.

Older kids can ramp up their fun with Balu’s version.

Watch video 1 then video 2 for instructions

Ideen für die Aufgaben / Ideas for the activities:

Here are some suggestions for things you can write inside. You can either write your own activities, or copy the text from the picture below, or print this list and cut the icons out and glue them in.

Note: Lisa3 has also provided little icon suggestions in case you want to draw those next to the words so younger children (who can’t quite read yet) can identify the activities.

Use the German version. The English translations are only there for our non-German speaking parents’ reference.

You can download this list and print it if you like. Or older children can copy it by hand for good German practice.
Make it nice and colourful.

Friederikes Pfannkuchen

At today’s GAP Morgenkreis Online, the Thursday Friday class talked about Friederike’s German pancake recipe. Now you can make them at home too! Whether you call them Pfannkuchen (the official spelling), Pfannekuchen or Pfannenkuchen, they are just as delicious.

Zutaten (ingredients)

  • 1 Tasse Mehl (1 cup flour)
  • 2 Eier (2 eggs)
  • 1 Tasse Milch (1 cup milk)
  • etwas Butter (a bit of butter)
  • Zitronensaft und Zucker (lemon juice and sugar)

Anleitung (instructions)

Damit die Pfannkuchen besonders luftig werden, siebe das Mehl in eine Schüssel. (To make your pancakes nice and fluffy, sift the flour into a mixing bowl.)

Füge nun die Eier und die Milch hinzu und vermische alles mit einem Löffel oder Schneebesen*, bis ein glatter Teig entsteht. (Add the eggs and milk to the flour and mix everything together with a spoon or a whisk until the batter is smooth.)

*Isn’t Schneebesen a great German word?! It’s whisk, and translates directly as a snow broom!

Schmelze ein Stück Butter in der Pfanne bis es knistert und gieße dann eine Kelle Pfannenkuchen-Teig hinein. (Melt a bit of butter in a fry pan until it sizzles, then pour some batter in.)

Einmal wenden und fertig ist der goldbraune Pfannkuchen. (Turn your pancake over in the pan to cook the other side. It will be golden brown when it is finished.)

Serviere ihn mit Zitronensaft und Zucker. (Serve them with lemon juice and sugar.)

Guten Apetit! (No prizes for guessing the translation of Guten Apetit!)

Seifenblasen – Bubbles (Part 2)

Did you enjoy part one of our bubble fun? Ready to ramp up your bubble production? Here’s part two: Bubble Socks!

Diese Dinge brauchst du (What you’ll need):

  • einen Behälter mit flachem Boden (a container with a flat bottom)
  • einen Papp- oder Plastikbecher (hier wird später ein Loch reingebohrt) (a paper cup or plastic cup (you will be poking a hole in the bottom of it))
  • Flüssigseife (liquid soap)
  • einen Sock (yep, you guessed the correct translation: a sock)
  • wahlweise: ein Strohhalm (optional: a straw)
  • wahlweise: du kannst etwas gekauftes Seifenblasenwasser hinzufügen, aber unser Mix funktioniert auch ohne. (optional: you can add a couple of drops of commercial bubble mix to this, but ours worked just as well without.)

Anleitung (Instructions)

Zuerst stelle sicher, dass dein Behälter breit genug ist, um den Becher verkehrt herum  hinein zu stellen. (Make sure your cup fits upside down into your container.)

Nimm den Becher wieder heraus und fülle ca. 3 Spritzer Flüssigseife in den Behälter. (Take the cup out again and put 3 squirts of liquid soap into your container.)

Füge Wasser deinem Behälter zu bis der Boden bedeckt ist, und vermische es gut. Es muss nicht schäumig werden, nur gut vermischt sein. (Add enough water to just cover the bottom of your container, and mix the soap and water together. It doesn’t need to be bubbly; just mixed together is fine. )

Benutze einen Stift um ein Loch in den Boden des Bechers zu bohren. Das Loch sollte allerdings nicht viel größer sein als dein Strohhalm dick ist. (Use a pen to poke a hole in the bottom of your paper cup. The hole should be just big enough for a straw.)

Optional: You can use a straw, or just blow directly through the hole with your mouth.

Spanne deinen Socken über die offene Seite des Bechers. Für ein besonders gutes Ergebnis, spanne den Socken besonders straff. (Stretch your sock over the top of the cup. For best results, make the stretch across the top reasonably tight. )

Lass den Spaß beginnen (Ready for the fun)

Wenn du nicht dein ganzes Haus voller Seifenblasen haben möchtest, gehst du nun am besten nach draußen oder ins Badezimmer. (If you don’t want bubbles everywhere, you need to go outside or into the bath for this next bit.)

Tunke den Teil des Bechers, der mit dem Socken bespannt ist in den Behälter mit dem Seifenwasser bis der Socken durchnässt ist und nehme ihn wieder heraus. (Dip the top of the cup (now covered in your sock) into the container of bubble mix, to wet the sock, then lift it out again. )

Nun kannst du, entweder direkt mit dem Mund oder durch einen Strohhalm, durch das Loch im Becherboden pusten. Es sollten viele schaumige Seifenblasen aus der Sockenseite des Bechers kommen. (Either directly with your mouth, or using a straw, blow through the hole in the cup. You should see a lovely stream of foamy bubbles come out from the sock end of the cup!)

Tipp: Wenn du einen alten oder dunklen Socken nimmst, kannst du auch ein paar Tropfen Lebensmittelfarbe in den Seifenmix tun, um bunte Seifenblasen zu bekommen. (Tip: If you use a sock that you don’t mind staining, you can put a tiny drop of food colouring into your mixture and get colourful foamy bubbles!)

Click on this link to see our sock bubble maker in action!

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