All posts by Lisa St

Bohnenblumen: Bean Flowers

Spring is in the air and flowers are starting to appear! Maybe you can make flowers appear inside your house too…

Join GAP Teacher Gerda in making some beautiful flowers and hearts using beans and lentils! Click on the link to download / watch the video.

As you know, we love art and craft using natural and recycled items!

The educational value here is developing fine motor skills, art and creativity, counting, colours, and the concept of symmetry, if you like.

You can download Gerda’s Bohnenblumen instructions (in German and English) to augment your educational experience by reading aloud and following instructions in German, and be inspired by some of her example pieces.

Please supervise and/or discuss safety with children, as we have heard stories of children putting beans up their noses… and nobody wants that to happen!

Natural objects like beans and lentils make great things to glue to your art work!
Glue on your stem and leaf, and then clutter (ähm! I mean decorate) your house with your beautiful creation!

Once you have made your flower, try some of the variations below.

Variation 1: You could also decorate other shapes (see our activity about learning geometric shapes).

Variation 2: Hunt around the house and garden for other little objects to glue on: grass, pine needles, tiny flowers, wool, cereal, pasta shapes…

Try different shapes!

Vogeldrachen: Bird Kite

A craft and an outdoor activity in one! Here is Lisa3 to show you how to make a super bird kite that you can take to the park or play with in your garden!

Download and watch Lisa3’s awesome Vogeldrachen instruction and demo video.

Tip: Before you punch the hole for the string, reinforce the area with sticky tape. Try to make sure the hole isn’t too close to the edge of the paper too.

Craft variation: You could decorate your kite to look like a rocket, astronaut, butterfly or anything else you fancy.

Song: You might also like to try learning this German children’s song about flying kites! (The lyrics appear on the screen, the singing is fairly slow and each line is sung twice, making it easier for beginners to learn.)

Kite vocabulary: In German, we say “einen Drachen steigen lassen” (to let a kite rise). For fun, when you are letting your kite fly, be sure to call out, “Alle Vögel fliegen hooooooch!” (This actually refers to another popular German children’s game, the instructions for which are below.)

Game: Alle Vögel fliegen hoch!
Alle Mitspieler sitzen an einem Tisch. Der Spielleiter beginnt indem er ruft. „Alle Vögel fliegen hoch!“ Die Kinder trommeln während er dies sagt leicht mit beiden Handflächen oder de Fingerspitzen auf die Tischplatte. Bei „…fliegen hoch!“ heben alle Mitspieler die Hände mit aus gestreckten Armen in die Luft.
Danach ruft der Spielleiter ein weiteres Tier, zum Beispiel, „Alle Pferde fliegen hoch!“
Die Mitspieler müssen nun blitzschnell überlegen, ob das Tier fliegen kann. Kann es dies nicht, dürfen sie auch nicht die Hände hochstrecken. Hält jemand fälschlicherweise doch die Hände in die Luft, sagen alle “Ausgetrickt! ___ [Tier] können nicht fliegen!”
Nennt der Spielleiter wieder ein Tier, das fliegen kann, schnellen die Hände wieder nach oben. Vergisst dies ein Mitspieler, sagen alle “___ [Tier] können fliegen!”
Ein spaßiges Spiel bei dem man blitzschnell überlegen und reagieren muss.

Potato Prints

Here is a great craft you can do indoors or outdoors: Kartoffeldrucken (potato prints)!

Parent supervision / help will be needed with the knife and cutting part, but the rest children can likely do themselves.

You can download and watch Lisa3’s lesson about Kartoffeldrucken in German.

Tip 1: If you plan to do letters, make sure to cut out the mirror image so when you print it, it will be the right way around.

Tip 2: If you are ready to make a new print shape, just slice off your old shape and start again on the same potato.

Tip 3: After a good wash, your potato scraps are ready to make delicious German Kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes)!

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 . The leaders would love to see it!