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Crafty Language fun at Lingotastic

BusThis term we have had lots of fun blasting off to Germany. We had lots of crafty language fun. The favourite song this term has been our easy to pronounce German translation of die Räder am Bus. I love to hear them shouting “Die Kinder im Bus sind Viel zu laut!” We made our own buses with wheels and windows. A great chance to talk about shapes and colours.

We looked at the book “Guess How Much I Love You?” in German, “Weißt du eigenlich, wie lieb ich dich hab?”

This book inspired the brilliant crafts you can see in the pictures. The hopping bunnies are from pre cut bunny shapes. We concertina folded strips of paper to make hopping legs. When doing this we sung our Häschen hüpf song and talked about colours. The bunny masks are pre cut from Hobbycraft with added pink shapes to finish off. We talked about our face in German whilst doing this. In Germany they love to make Fensterbilder (lit. window pictures) and this simple paper plate and tissue paper moon was a great way to practice the word der Mond and revise colours too. The children really enjoyed making paper plate suns with googly eyes This is another chance to name parts of the face.

Another well loved song this term was Summ, Summ Summ. We made our own bees to buzz around, yet another chance to practice colours.Bienchen

We had Father’s day early on this term which was a great opportunity to learn a few more German words and be creative too.Papi card

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The cards were a lot of fun to design and make. I cut out heart shapes from an old German road map and provided lots of materials for the children to design their own cards for their daddies. The mums were really excited to find places in Germany which were significant for their families and include them in the card. The daddies loved the cards they received.

This term was eight weeks long so by week six the children and carers had picked up most of the songs and other vocabulary so we introduced a new challenge.


The families loved dressing der Junge and das Mädchen. We chatted about colours and what the clothes are called in German. We gave the families a colouring sheet with clothes vocabulary to have a go at home too.

The final week of the term was an extravaganza. We gave certificates to four children moving on to school in September so no longer coming to weekly classes. Their progress, in the year they’ve been coming along, is astounding. I’m sure I’ll see them at our holiday classes.

We brought along our teddy bears. We decorated Lebkuchenmänner which was a great way to talk about colours and body parts. We ended the class playing with our teddies and a parachute; a great way to learn hoch und runter (up and down).
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As you can see we’ve had a brilliant term. I hope this blog has inspired your family language learning. Check out our pintrestfeed for simple children’s crafts. Let me know if you try some of these crafts for yourself.

Countdown to Blast Off to Spain. ¡VAMOS!

I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter break!

We’ve just finished a term of French. Each time we finish a block I’m astounded at how much the mums and little ones have picked up. By the end of the term almost everyone was singing along, knowing all the words!

This term, only two weeks in two mummies messaged me excitedly to say their little ones were saying the “Toc Toc Toc” rhyme word perfect. (They are only just two years old!)
We’ve recorded our version of this over the holidays. I hope you enjoy it!

We made some lovely Easter crafts and learned some French along the way.
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We enjoyed the Bébés Chouettes story this term. We had a few little ones worried that Maman Chouette had gone, but she always came back safely!

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It’s been great to have a few more families join us this term and we are expecting more next term.

We had a lovely surprise on the final Chesham class where two mummies brought cake to share after the class. Yum!
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This week we’re starting with a Spanish holiday class at Little Beans and Co then blasting off to Spain to meet “la Oruga Muy Hambrienta!” It’s going to be an exciting term. We’ve some favourite songs like “la Vaca Lola” and new translations like “Cinco Patitos” Here’s a sneek preview.

Make your own Rocket!

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Hi there! We’ve a very different blog this week. These beautiful rockets have been custom designed, printed and made for Lingotastic by the very talented Emily Kane at Make Play Do She wrote a brilliant step by step guide of how to do it on her blog, and here it is…

I was recently asked by the lovely Sarah at Lingotastic if I could make some custom rocket cushions for her super toddler foreign language classes. The little ones ‘blast off’ with these rocket cushions to a different country each term, and are exposed to foreign language learning through music, puppets, stories and crafts. I am really impressed by Sarah’s venture and was delighted to be asked, and made 10 of these smart little cushions, here’s how:

I began by recreating the Lingotastic rocket logo in Illustrator to reshape it suitably for a 3Dimensional use (as the shape of the flat rocket changes significantly once it is stuffed), adjust the colours to make suitable for digital fabric printing, and added some ‘bleed colour’ for the seams. I ordered a colour swatch from Woven Monkey and was sure to match their RGB values – you can get some nasty surprises with fabric printing if you don’t prepare properly! I uploaded the digital file and waited with anticipation for the fabric to arrive in the post! The fabric cost around £25 for a 1000mm x 1500mm on cotton drill, and I was really happy with the final result. (If you want to make your own plain rocket cushions you can just cut the rocket shapes from your own fabric)

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I cut out the rockets and carefully laid a pair together, facing sides in to each other. I stitched around the rocket with a 10mm seam allowance, leaving a gap at the bottom for turning right side out. I then trimmed the seam, firstly by shortening it all over to 3-5mm and then cutting diagonal darts every 15mm or so, in order to allow a good shape when turned inside out. This stage is VERY IMPORTANT! Your cushion shape will look puckered and rough if you skip this.

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I carefully pulled the rocket inside out (the right way out!) and ironed out the creases, ironing gently into the corners to give a nice shape. I stuffed the fins first, by pushing stuffing into the fin and then stitching it up down the edge. This part is fiddly, and it may help to do a loose running stitch by hand first to hold the sides in place if you have the time.
*TIP: When stuffing, try to always use a continuous handful of stuffing, rather than tear off bits to push in. This will avoid unnecessary lumpiness!

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Once the fins were both suitably stuffed and stitched, I stuffed the main section and sewed up along the bottom, leaving the flames area at the bottom. I found this excellent crinkle paper on ebay, it was about a fiver for a half metre. This is regulation grade crinkle paper suitable for toys, and I thought it would make an excellent ‘blast-off’ detail! I cut 2 pieces, the shape of the flamed area, and inserted them carefully through the opening. I folded the last open piece of seam in on itself and stitched on the top to finish off and secure the crinkle paper in one go.

3, 2, 1 Blast Off! Why not have a go at some custom rocket cushions yourself?

“With a degree in Animation and a subsequent MA in Graphic Design, Emily has had her hand in all sorts of creative work over the last decade, areas of specific interest being puppet-making and identity design. In 2013 she became a mum, and started the blog as a way to keep her hand in creative work and document her projects and ideas.”

Follow Emily Kane on her blog at Make Play Do