Friday, November 29, 2013

Buddies~ advent spiral

**In September 2011 6 families got together and started Buddies Home School. Each week we meet in each other's home and follow a simple rhythm: movement and music, craft/ baking, snack time, free play and story time. Each part of the session is led by a different family. We are sharing this week's session with you here...***

This week at Buddies we made a salt dough advent spiral. All along the spiral there are 23 little dents the size of a marble, each day of advent the child can move the marble one space closer to the middle of the spiral where a little tea light candle will sit waiting to be lit to celebrate the 24th of December.
To make one spiral we mixed 1 cup of plain flour and half a cup of salt together in a bowl,
then we added half a cup of water
then mixed it together well
When the dough has come together (you can add more water or flour if appropriate) roll it into a long sausage.
The with a little help from your mama make the sausage into a spiral on a floured baking tray
Gently press a little tea light (or any other candle) into the centre of the spiral and then remove (as obviously baking a candle isn't a great idea)
Then using a marble make 23 (or several thousand more depending on your self control and enjoyment level) little dents in the dough going from the centre out.

Bake in a very low over for a few hours to harden. Then, if you like, you can paint the spiral or cover it with greenery or glitter or anything you fancy.

I think this is a lovely, tactile way to feel the days of advent passing by.

To finish we read this sweet little story:


Us Buddies mummies are all very excited this week because we are going out for a meal and a few drinks together, just us girls :-)

8 comments:


  1. What good fellows !!! My mother's helpers !))

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  2. We used to have a fir spiral in the Kindergarten Advent Feast, each child walked on their own turn into the center to light their own candle from the pillar candle burning in the middle, and then out again, sitting down in a ring with all candles burning, singing. The light grew stronger with each child's candle. These Buddie's spirals woke up beautiful memories. :-)

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    1. that's lovely, we have been invited to an advent spiral like that on Sunday, sadly we won't make it though, but I hope perhaps next year we can do something similar x

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  3. Precious! How wonderful for your family! We Waldorf homeschool too and it would be so great to find a lovely group such as this near our home!

    Blessings,
    Samantha Disch {Wild Maple Wool}

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    1. we set up the group ourselves Samantha, I'd be very happy to chat about it if you needed any advice, you can email me laura.whalen@yahoo.ie x

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