musical instruments

Adorning some recycled kids’ musical instruments. They will be used in the Czech School music lessons.


more birds

Two more birds arrived to our backyard this year:



gone fishing

Home made game of fishing. Print out the PDF, cut out the fish, fold their fins and cut a hole along their gills. Next you will need a stick, yarn and a paperclip. Attach the yarn to the stick, and the paperclip. Open up the paperclip at one end, that will be your fishing hook. Scatter the fish on the floor and try to catch them on the hook. You will need a good dose of a patience.

The PDF is here: Rybičky, rybičky, rybáři jedou

I dubbed this game after a Czech game of “Fish, Fish! The fisherman are here!”  The game starts with one person being the fisherman, the rest of the group being fish in the pond. You need a large open space with a beforehand defined limits of “the pond”. The fisher man, on one end of the field, calls out “fish, fish, the fishermen are coming”. The fish (rest of the group), on the other end of the field, and the fisherman start running towards each other. The fisherman tries to tag as many fish as possible; the fish try to avoid being tagged. The fisherman and the fish can move only in opposite direction. Once they passed each other the round is over. Whoever the fisherman tags joins the fishermen team. Following rounds repeat with more and more fishermen. The last fish in the pond wins!



Czech kids this week

Another in the line of the Doggie and Kitty art projects. This time the kids were putting together the story of How they Made a Cake. I used the 10 minute video as a launching point for the kids to name all the ingredients that go into a proper cake. That is were a cat and a dog make one: mice, bones, lard, sausage, saurkraut and much more as you can see from the pictures, but most importantly one head of a goose.

so proud of these kids

One of our weekly July art meets with the Czech kids. Our work this week was a homage  to over 80 year old story “All about Doggie and Pussycat” by Josef Čapek, “How they washed the floor”. Stamps are home made out of repurposed materials, acrylic paints and a large piece of a paper was all we needed. It is fascinating how these 80 year old stories are still capturing kids’ imagination today.

Dive In

Not only did I not know that the sea cucumbers are a pretty cool animals (not vegetables), but they are really fun to paint also. I am also finding out that the most intimidating objects to paint are at the same time the most interesting ones. In this case it was the jellyfish.