With another wonderful author to focus on this month in the Virtual Book Club I went straight to the Christmas story that Karma Wilson wrote: Bear stays up for Christmas! I'd not heard of the Bear series before but after reading a few-Bear
Snores on, Bear's new friend and the Christmas special the children and I
are looking forward to ordering some more and adding to our new
To have some fun with this book I took inspiration right from the beautiful pictures (that Jane Chapman drew) with Bear at the tree after making and baking lots of Christmas goodies! When taking a closer look you will notice some yummy animal shaped cookies!!
Make up your favourite vanilla biscuit dough and cut out your shapes, then add little chocolate chips to make the eyes and the noses!
We used a heart for the mouse head and then with a round circle and some
rectangle shapes you can make a bunny! Hannah LOVES chocolate so we
added some cocoa powder to some of the dough and so then made a bear, a
raven & some very groovy badgers (which Sophia thought up!)
All of Bear's friends were accounted for!
Top left: Badger, mouse, Raven and wren
Bottom left: Mole, Gopher, Hare and Bear
What a lot of fun the children had creating their little animals! Of course the eating was just as fun with delicious cookies to munch on for afternoon tea!
We are now up to day six with more Lego Christmas fun and today you can
build an easy Holly and berry wreath!
Here are the bits you will need:
Start off with this red slide plate
Now put some of the red "berries" on the green branches
Attach branches to the red slide plate
Finish it with the final round red plate and the last branch!
Wreath now done!! YAY!
Do you know that in the Edwardian time decorating your home was very important in the Christmas season especially with the very popular holly and berries!! However it was said "Holly, the very prettiest and most Christmas-like of all adornments, does undoubtedly scratch and tear....." so the writer of the time warns that "Beauty at Christmas will not pay for the ugliness all year round!
Holly is best therefore in bouquets for jars and vases!!"