Monday, 3 February 2014

stone circle building

Before I was born, Mum and Dad visited Stonehenge but the trip was tainted by Daddy crashing the car; they were even picked up by a company called Stone Henge Recovery. 

I'd like to point out that nobody was injured but it's a bit of a soar point so it doesn't get brought up very often. Dad swore never to visit Stonehenge again but, since their last visit, much work has been done to improve the visitor's experience of this great heritage site, including the building of a large and modern visitor's centre.

And so... Mummy is working on getting Dad to change his mind. After all, every Time Travelling Toddler needs a trip to Stonehenge, right?

In the mean time, we've been making our own Timber and Stone Circles.

To make one too, you will need to...

1. Go on an adventure to find your building materials. (Sticks and/or stones are ideal).

2. Find some suitable containers, we used seed trays but you could use old roasting trays, tin foil trays or old biscuit tins.

3. Fill your trays with soil or sand.

4.Build your structures in a rough circle or in any pattern you desire.

To discover more about Stonehenge please click here.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Aztec Hot Chocolate

According to the Hands on History series of books by Fiona MacDonald, the Aztecs (well the rich ones) would sometimes drink hot chocolate.

It's been a bit damp and grey around here lately so what could be a better excuse to test the recipe.

We adapted the amounts of some of the ingredients to suit our tastes (a little less coco and a bit more honey) but the recipe suggests to use...

4 TBSP Cocoa Powder
250 ML Milk
1 TSP Honey
A few drops of Vanilla Essence

Remember to have an adult around at all times whilst making this recipe.

1. Ask your adult to heat the milk on the stove or in a microwave
2. In a jug, mix together all the other ingredients with a little milk, until smooth.
3. Get your adult to pour the heated milk into the jug and carefully whisk together.
4. Pour into mugs and enjoy.
The ingredients quantities are for one mug, so double for two and so on.

The Hands on History series are a great set of books for children, with so many ideas for activities, on a wide range of subjects. Other books in the series include Egyptians and Celts.

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Ancient Trees

We have a Chicken Pox stricken little boy here today so here's just a quick one for the fact file.

One of the oldest trees in Britain can be found in Sherwood Forest and is known as the Major Oak

It is thought to be around 800 years old and legend suggests that Robin Hood's men used it's hollow trunk as a hide out (though this particular tree would have been incredibly young in Robin Hood's day).

You can find out more about the Major Oak here and if you'd like more information about ancient trees and how to spot them, you may wish to take a look at The Woodland Trust's, Ancient Tree Hunt website. 

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Great Dino Book Pile

We asked Santa not to bring William too many dinosaur themed gifts for Christmas. I had a feeling his dino obsession would be fully indulged by friends & family and William wasn't disappointed. He pretty much got dinosaur everything but amongst all his presents were these four beautiful books.

Below from left to right: Pop-up Facts Dinosaurs, National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs, Rex the Big Dinosaur, Little Dino's Big Roar

Pop-up Facts Dinosaurs; this book is seriously packed with facts! William's still at a very curious stage so (knowing the pop-ups would be in bits if I left him with it for more than a minute) this is just a sharing book for now. I can however imagine him spending hours looking at this one, by himself, for many years to come. 

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs; mainly because of the pronunciation guide for each dinosaur, this is my own personal favourite out of the four. The major issue with having a dinosaur obsessed child are all those ridiculously big words you have to read out. It is also a great reference book with stunning illustrations and questions on each page, encouraging further discussion and comparing the subject with everyday life. As well as all that, there is a great section with ideas for activities, including making dinosaurs out of shapes. You can see William's version below. 

Rex the Big Dinosaur; part of Ladybird's Read it Yourself range, it is of course great for children who are just starting to read and includes some questions and a small activity to do at the end. The illustrations are great and follow along with the story nicely. There is a little something for everyone in this range of books, they have even included a few Peppa Pig stories.

Little Dino's Big Roar; a really cute story about a dinosaur trying to find something he is good at. The book also comes with a plush toy, helping the youngest of book lovers identify with it's main character. William has become quite protective over him. 

How to make a Shapes Dinosaur

This is a great activity for shape and colour recognition.

1.Cut out various shapes in a range of colours.
2. Glue your shapes to a piece of paper creating your chosen dinosaur.

Above is William's Tyrannosaurus Rex. 

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Best of 2013

The new year is now here and we are back to continue on our time travelling adventures. 

We thought we would start the year off with a little look back at some of our favourite moments in 2013. Please click on the 'best' links to go to the relevant post.

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire

An interview with Steve Brusatte, Palaeontologist

Old Sarum, Wiltshire 

Georgian England Chocolate Puffs

Toilet Roll Castle

Wookey Hole, Somerset

Bolingbroke Castle, Lincolnshire

Lotherton Hall, Leeds

The Knight Time Story Book Review and reading by William.

We are very excited to be continuing on our little journey and we would love to know what any other Tiny Time Travellers have been up to. From time to time we will post a round-up of our favourite posts from other blogs so if you've been having your own historical adventures (days out, crafts, pretend play) please do feel free to leave us a link.

May you all have a very Happy New Year :)

Saturday, 14 December 2013

A Quick Update

It's all been rather quiet around here lately and it seemed like a good idea to update you all on the reason why. I have in fact been pondering over where to take this blog next; you see, The Time Travelling Toddler turned three last month and, as much as I can deny the thought of him growing-up, he is in fact no longer toddling.

I've been weighing up the options and have decided to keep it going for another 6 months. He's still pre-school so I think I can get away with it for a little while yet. I still love writing this blog and think it's concept continues to have huge potential. Over the next 6 months I plan on developing ideas for a sister blog as a continuation of William's time travelling journey.

For now however I have decided to sign off for the rest of December, whilst we enjoy some Christmas festivities. If you follow us over at the dc project you will already be aware that William's Dad is on detachment for the holiday season and all focus is on making Christmas as special as it can be whilst he is away.

We have lots of projects planned for the New Year and we hope that you will join us again in January 2014 for some more time travelling adventures.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

William and DC

Monday, 18 November 2013

Exploring Local Ruins


Sitting proud, amongst a farmer's field in Lincolnshire, stands what now remains of  Kirkstead Abbey. The ruins show just a glimpse of  it's former self, a lasting monument to what once was and a bitter reminder of what was lost during the dissolution of the monasteries. The marsh like land, with it's swampy areas, offer some compensation; perhaps the abbey would have eventually fallen into decay anyway. I guess we will never know.

We often drive past Kirkstead Abbey but today I decided to stop so William could explore some more of the local heritage. The light wasn't great for taking photographs with a little compact camera but I kind of like the overall tone and wintry feel of the end pictures. It seems to fit well with such a place. Even the trees seem to reflect the mood of their ruined, overlooking neighbour.

You can read more about William's explorations of local heritage here. 

Where do you like to explore in your local area?