Monday, March 19, 2018

Number Puzzle File Folder Game

Morning all!

We've been exploring file folder games for a while now, and Master J really REALLY enjoys them! I really enjoy how easy they are to store, and to make.

Not only are they oodles of fun, but they are educational, and great for hand eye co-ordination too. I've got a few more of these up my sleeve this year so keep an eye out for them!

Today's file folder game is for puzzle number matching. We've been working on numbers a lot lately so I thought a puzzle match would be fantastic to help with number/word recognition and also matching. I have colour coded them to help out younger kids, but if you want to make it a little more challenging you could always print it in black and white.

If you've never made a file folder game before, they are super easy to do!

Here's How!

First, grab the files and print them, you can access the files HERE from my Google Drive. I've included both the JPEG and PDF versions, so whichever you prefer to download, and also a cover image for the front of your file folder.

Cut the pieces out! Now, I laminate EVERYTHING because I want them to last got a long time, but if you don't have one, you could always clear contact them, or not cover them at all and just use the pieces as they are, however I wouldn't use Velcro on them if you are not covering them, as they may rip easily.

I positioned the word side of each puzzle on some coloured paper and laminated the entire sheet, and then stuck it into the file folder with double sided tape.

For the other half of the puzzles, I laminated them cut them out, and used velcro self sticking dots for attaching them to the file folder in the right spots. Honestly, I had such trouble finding a way of sticking things to laminate! I went through 5 types of glue and nothing would hold, and then a friend mentioned the self sticking dots and they work PERFECTLY! So forget the glue, and grab the dots! I picked mine up from Woolworths (a big pack for around $6), but most craft/grocery/discount stores have them.

Then stick the cover on the folder and your done! Told you it was easy peasy. I used double sided tape for the cover too, and I didn't bother to laminate that piece.

The only thing left to do now is enjoy it with your little one!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Florian Preemie Cocoon

Good morning beautiful people!

I've been playing more and more lately with textured stitches. I just love how you can create so many various looks from nothing more than a handful of stitches. It's pretty amazing right?

Today, I have a wonderfully textured cocoon pattern for you all! It's so sweet, and I think would look fantastic in any colour, or even a long colour change variegated/self striping yarn to get some lovely colour changing effects. This one will fit 24-26 weeks gestation and is completely side opening, allowing for ease of use. Now I know, I know, it's only small, and this would also be fantastic for a newborn, so I promise I'll have a larger version done soon! Because I know I definitely want a larger version too!

If you wanted to jazz it up some, you could do stripes, blocks of various colours, or simply change the colour for the last 4 rows!

Florian Cocoon

You Will Need:
DK Weight/Light Worsted Weight/8Ply Yarn
4mm Hook
3-4 Buttons

1: Into a magic ring, ch3, dc 12 times, join to the first dc. -12

2: Ch3, 2dc into the first stitch, 2dc into each remaining stitch, join to the first dc. - 24

3: Ch3, 2dc in the first stitch, dc in the next stitch, *2dc in the next stitch, dc in the next stitch*, repeat around, join to the first dc. - 36

4: Ch3, 2dc in the first stitch, dc in the next 2 stitch, *2dc in the first stitch, dc in the next 2 stitches*, repeat around, do not join. - 48

5: Ch6, turn, dc into the 3rd chain from hook and the next 3 chains, dc in the next 48 stitches. - 52

NOTE: When making the front post double crochets 2 rows below, do not pull tightly, allow your yarn to come up to the height of the first dc. Also, remember that because you are working around the stitch from 2 rows below, the stitch you would usually work into will be left un-worked, and the next dc into the next stitch. Sometimes it's easy to forget to leave it un-worked and you'll end up with too many stitches.

6: Ch3, turn, dc into the first stitch, fpdc around the dc 2 rows below, *dc into the next stitch, fpdc around the stitch 2 rows below*, repeat until you have 4 stitches left, dc in the last 4 stitches.

7: Ch3, turn, dc in each stitch across.

8: Ch3, turn, dc in the first stitch, fpdc around the fpdc from 2 rows below, *dc in the next stitch, fpdc in the fpdc from 2 rows below*, repeat across (the last fpdc will be on the little flap, and will be around a regular dc as there was no fpdc there for that row), dc in the last 2 stitches. - 52

9: Ch3, turn, dc in each stitch across. - 52

10: Ch3, turn, dc in the first stitch, fpdc around the fpdc from 2 rows below, *dc in the next stitch, fpdc in the fpdc from 2 rows below*, repeat across, dc in the last 2 stitches. - 52

11-34 Repeat rounds 9 and 10.

35-37: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across.

38: Ch1, turn, sc in each stitch across, when you reach the last stitch, make 2sc into it, then working in the ends of the rows, sc evenly down the side of the cocoon opening, around the bottom of the flap and then back up the other side if the opening. Join to the first sc from this row. End off

Flatten out your cocoon with the split to the right side, and make sure the flap is UNDER the front edge. This gives a neater finish than having the flap on top. Position your buttons into place and sew them on. You won't need button holes as the gaps in the end stitches are big enough to just pass the buttons through. I used large buttons 20mm (2cm) buttons, and I think you'd struggle with anything smaller with the side of the dc ends.

Once your buttons are in place weave in all ends and you are done.

For an alternating look, you could make the last sc round in a contrasting colour, or even complete it using a crab stitch.