Here is a fun craft activity to do with the kids – how to make your own very hungry caterpillar. This could be an activity for your own kids or something you can do in batches for a group of children, e.g at a playgroup or preschool.
The result is this, the caterpillar before he ate through all that food and got a tummy ache!
What you will need:
- green card (or paper or can be white)
- red paper (again can be white)
- white card
- sticky eyes (optional)
- lolly stick (optional)
- green paint
- yellow paint
- glue stick
Firstly paint your green card or paper with a very rough mix of dark green and yellow paint. Make sure the colours don’t blend together too well!
Mark up the back of the card with discs. If you are just doing one or two you can obviously make them much bigger.
Cut them out so that they all have slightly differing colours in them.
Cut a body shape out of white card and a head out of the red paper. if you don’t have red paper colour in some white paper with a red pen!
Use a glue stick to start gluing down the body pieces one at a time, overlapping each other onto the card body.
Stick on the head and then you can either use sticky eyes or else just draw on your own eyes (the rights colours are green in the middle and yellow outside but sticky eyes do just fine). Draw in his mouth with a marker or felt pen.
You can then use sellotape to attach the lolly stick to the back of the head so that you can move the caterpillar around – ideal to use with the story book.
And there you go, the finished hungry caterpillar:
And if you want to buy the book…
It seems that people either think in Fahrenheit or Celsius and are often unable to really ‘feel’ what a temperature is unless they have it in the units that they are used to. That is often the case with weather temperatures anyway.
But not only do we have different measurements for weather in Celsius and Fahrenheit but also when cooking, some ovens use one and some use another temperature. Often it differs from country to country but in some places you can buy ovens that read either celsius or Fahrenheit.
Anyway, to convert from one to the other manually you do the following:
Celsius to Fahrenheit
multiply by 8 and divide by 5 then add 32
Fahrenheit to Celsius
Take off 32 then multiply by 5 and divide by 8
These are not totally accurate figures but this is the easiest way to remember it if you need to get an approximate number and you don’t have google to hand! The easiest way is to just type in Google the conversion that you want like ’28 celsius to fahrenheit’ and it will tell you the answer.
There are many different types of friendship bracelets and to be honest you can choose any type of bracelet as a friendship bracelet if that is the manner in which you are giving it to your friend. Quite often with friendship bracelets, you can either buy or make 2 similar or identical bracelets that both you and your friend wear so that you have that connection of the dame friendship bracelets between you.
If you want to know how to make friendship bracelets then there are plenty of detailed instructions on the internet for different types of friendship bracelets – the most common type are ones that are made with embroidery floss and the floss is woven into patterns by hand by following a pattern if necessary. Instructions are quite easy to follow and involve twisting and knotting the floss.
Of course the easy way out is to buy friendship bracelets and you can buy then for a reasonable price (although obviously not as cheaply as you can make them) on craft websites like etsy.
As well as friendship bracelets you can also find friendship necklaces which often have two halves of one piece of metal or symbol that match each other, split between the two necklaces. When the two pieces are together they form one solid piece.
If you are a fan of doing your own home improvements or home decorating then you are probably also a fan of Home Depot.
Home Depot pretty much have everything that you might want on the home improvement front from plumbing and electrical supplies to paint and tiles as well as much more besides. Although some small jobs around the home are quite easy to do, it may be the case that you need a little bit of extra help and guidance in other areas, in the form of a ‘how to’ workshop. These how to workshops offer everyday home improvement enthusiasts extra guidance and help on their home maintenance issues.
There are a whole load of how to workshops that you can go to at Home Depot – from interior design type concepts like choosing and matching colors and creating special paint effects, to outdoor home maintenance, tiling and outdoor planting – in fact there is probably a how to workshop for pretty much anyone.
The Home Depot how to workshops are often run on a regular basis and often take place at a weekend so that they are convenient to attend for most people. They only take an hour or two but can give you the key information that may help to make or break your project.
And the best thing about these Home Depot ‘how to’ workshops? They are FREE!
One of the greatest fears of getting older for people is that they may suffer with dementia in later life. Dementia often strikes people over the age of 70 but it is not exclusive to this age group and can strike people as young as those in their 40’s.
So if you have a relative who you suspect may be starting to suffer with dementia then you might be wondering how to tell if this is the case? I have recently gone through this experience and so thought I would share it with you.
The first symptoms of dementia in the case of my elderly relative were that she kept forgetting things – she would get muddled about what she was doing and where she was going and also she had a few unexplained falls. These kind of symptoms seem to be quite common in early onset dementia but obviously every case is different, depending on the cause of the dementia.
Sometimes the symptoms can get worse very quickly and at other times they are a slow and systematic set of symptoms that may take a while to pick up – thinking that things like being forgetful is just ‘down to old age’.
However, the only real way to tell if someone has dementia is to go through a system of tests where the patient is scored on various tasks that test their cognitive ability. From here they will be given a score that can show the extent of any dementia. The most common test is the MMSE where patients are given a score out of 30 and the lower the score the worse the dementia. There are drugs that can be taken and these are often prescribed for those who have a score under 26.
Dementia can be isolating and confusing for the individual who often doesn’t realise what is happening. One of the best ways to help them cope is to set up a regular routine and also not to forget that they need to have a life outside of dementia and to do the things that they would normally do for as long as possible.