Play dough always a winner

We made play dough this morning. Recipe found here ? ? A really easy and quick recipe. I added some essential oils but that’s optional.

I am also including a pic of the girls playing with play dough yesterday that a friend gifted them. The play dough came with the most awesome bits and bobs to create and play with. The company is called Squiggle. Check out their website, so many awesome products for indoor imaginative play

Painting an animal peeking through the jungle

We started this weekend self isolating as far as possible and today we kept the girls home in an effort to flatten the curve. Keeping away from everyone is as much important for our health as to others especially the elderly and immunocompromised. In an effort to give inspiration and “help” to those searching for ideas on what activities can be done at home with what is generally found at home I will be sharing some of the activities we do on a daily basis over the next few weeks. Parents at my children’s school have even volunteered to read books for an hour a day over some form of online viewing to help parents get a bit of a breather (some parents still needing to work remotely while having to keep children entertained is difficult). But I digress, today we painted ( we have paints but you could probably use food colouring). It was a good 30 mins down time for me? the aim was to create an animal peeking through a jungle type scenery. Scarlett did the tiger, Leah did the snake. We used a National Geographic Kids magazine we had as inspiration.

It happened again

Sometimes we just need to slow life down a bit, take a stroll and just be…

Yes, I seriously suck at this blogging thing. I struggle to stay committed and have the time (and energy) to keep this little blog updated regularly. I have quite a few blogger friends and I honestly take my hat off to them, keeping it up with interesting content, not to mention the editing and uploading of images must be like a second job!

So a lot has happened in a year, main event being that I stopped homeschooling (so naturally lost my need to blog here) and life got a bit crazier- is that even possible? So like before I neglected this blog …sob sob sad story. However, I’m starting it again and will hopefully be writing about a lot more than just one aspect of our lives. I will change the tag line in time but for now I will leave it because I think this blog is evolving into something slowly, so let’s see where it goes. This is a blog first and foremost (if I can keep it up) a place for my girls to look back at one day and maybe relive some fond memories in addition to the emails that I send them which I’m proud to say is more regular than this blogging has been! Secondly, it’s for me to write, something I’ve always loved doing ( although not very good at especially grammatically) so please forgive my long sentences with poor grammar, I just want to get my thoughts and feelings down, maybe I will go back later to correct… or maybe not 🙂 Lastly, I do not for one second expect anyone to read this or to make fame and fortune (I will leave that to my real blogger friends to do) but if someone does happen to land here, I hope that it will at least be a fun read or maybe a bit thought provoking.

Chasing the wind is a very appropriate blog title for me personally, it is based on a verse in the Bible – Ecclesiastes 1:14 as well as the way I have always seemed to live life, always searching for the next adventure, chasing dreams and looking forward. It’s crazy because have you ever tried chasing wind? Exactly! It’s pretty tiring and probably impossible and yet in a way, I think we all chase the wind from day to day. Life is hectic and chaotic, like a windy day but then some days are slower, softer, like a breeze through the leaves on an autumn afternoon. Sometimes like on a windy day we get caught up in it all and get a little wind swept! I’m trying hard to have more autumn breeze days though, I need to chase the wind but at a softer pace and so I’m hoping that this will become the space to slow it down a bit. So here’s to a retake x3 of this little blog called Chasing the Wind…

Cape Town Science Centre

A great place to take your kids is to the Cape Town Science Centre in Observatory. We went with a group of homeschoolers for this outing and it was jam packed with exploring all the different stations, a lecture on genes and a video (in an inflated sphere) about dinosaurs! Day made for Leah! Anything remotely relating to dinosaurs is a super highlight for this dinosaur crazy kid!

We ended off the Science morning with different experiments done by the Science Centre’s Scientist 🙂 They learnt about different types of elements and how different reactions take place depending on what chemical was used. A very ‘explosive’ and exciting demonstration.

You can find out more info about the Science Centre here.

Clay Cafe fun

If you know my daughter Leah, you will know she is quite a creative little girl. She loves to draw, paint, sing and dance and if she could, she would probably try and do all of it at once. 

Recently, as a treat, we went to the Clay Cafe in Hout Bay. They have opened up new premises which provides much more space for playing and creating beautiful ceramic pieces. You pay a studio fee for the item you will be painting. The studio fee includes a choice of three colours, firing and glazing. They have a range of objects to paint from cups, plates, bowels, serving dishes to popular objects like Olaf and fairy figurines. You can check out their website here.

This was one of the Adventure Clubs outings we signed up for and one that we will definitely be repeating! Both my girls are finally at an age where they can sit for a good amount of time and focus on a task at hand. They both worked so diligently on their pieces.

To end off the day they enjoyed babychino’s and a play in the Clay Cafe’s amazing and super kid friendly play area!