Monday, 25 May 2020

Pàirtean den Bhodhaig


An t-seachdain seo: Pàirtean den Bhodhaig

This week we are going to look at some parts of our body. We will use our fingers and hands, and our toes and feet to get messy and create some biastagan, and beathaichean.

You can also download a version of our DF to print out at home.



Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Làmh(an)  - Hand(s)
Cas(an) - Foot(Feet)
Corrag(an) - Finger(s) 
Ceann - Head 
Gualann (Guailnean) - Shoulder(s) 
Glùin(ean) - Knee(s)

You can hear how to pronounce these words by clicking here.

Song Time

Lots of you will be familiar with this week’s songs, as we sing them often. They both use words for parts of the body. 



Craft Time

For this week’s craft, you will need some paint, some paper, and your hands and feet! There are all sorts of beasties and animals you could make in this way, we have given you a few different ideas here. If you don’t have any paint at home, you could cut out your handprint or footprint from some paper. Gabhaibh spòrs, and don’t forget to send us some photos of what you make. 

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Biastagan(2)


An t-seachdain seo

This week we are continuing to look at bugs and beasties! What sorts did you fidn around your house on on your walks last week? Will you find different ones this week? 

Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Biastag(an)  - Beastie(s)
Burras - Caterpillar
Damhan-allaidh - Spider
Seillean - Bee
Daolag - Beetle
Daolag-bhreac - Ladybird

You can hear how to pronounce these words by clicking here.

You can hear our song for this week being sung on the Bookbug website and also on their free app.

Craft time 

Did you enjoy making the racing caterpillars last week? We did! This week we are going to make some bigger beasties! You will need toilet roll tubes or cardboard, and some bits and pieces of paper or card to decorate your bugs.
You can now watch a video of some bugs being crafted by one of our playleaders on our Youtube channel. 

Monday, 11 May 2020

Biastagan(1)


Fàilte air ais gu Cròileagan! 

Cò tha comhla rinn an duigh?

An t-seachdain seo

This week we are looking at bugs and beasties! Can you find any in your garden or when you go for a walk? 

Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Biastag(an)  - Beastie(s)
Burras - Caterpillar
Damhan-allaidh - Spider
Seillean - Bee
Daolag - Beetle
Daolag-bhreac - Ladybird

You can hear how to pronounce these words by clicking here.

Craft time 

Let's make some bugs! You and someone else in your family can make your own burras (caterpillar) out of paper and then race them along a table or floor! You will need a straw, some paper, scissors and some pens or crayons to decorate your beasties. 

If you love spiders, we also made them from egg boxes in a previous craft, you can find the link here.

Song time

Our song this week is "Damhan-allaidh, damhan allaidh" - "Spider, spider". You can listen to the song being sung here as part of Gaelic Bookbug. 



Don’t forget to share your art work with us, and we can share it all at the end of the week. We would really love to see what everyone is doing.

Stay safe!

An Sgioba Cròileagan 🙂






Monday, 4 May 2020

Cuairt-danach - Adventures!


Fàilte air ais gu Cròileagan! 

Cò tha comhla rinn an duigh?

As we begin another week of lockdown in Edinburgh, our new online version of Cròileagan continues. Just to remind you all, we will continue to post our weekly newsletter with craft and song and words to learn. We can't do circle time (we miss it!) like normal so we will add soundfiles to this blog or link to ones elsewhere online that you can use with your wee ones. We will be choosing crafts that we think most people will have the materials for at home and we would love to see pictures of your inventions if you don't mind sharing them! The easiest way for you to send them to us is probably by Facebook messenger to our page, or you could also email them to us. 

An t-seachdain seo

This week we are continuing with our imaginary adventures!

Abairt na Seachdain

Our words for this week are:

Tiugainn! - Let’s go!
Càit an tèid sinn an-duigh? - Where will we go today?
Co bhios sinn an-duigh? - What/who will we be today?
Spùinneadair - Pirate
Còcaire - Cook
Speuradair - Astronaut
(Tiugainn) Dhachaigh - (Let’s go) Home

You can hear how to pronounce these words by clicking here.

Craft time 


Why not try making a map for your adventures? You can venture into the garden if you have one, or simply explore your home! You could even make a paper 'x' to mark a spot somewhere - what treasures can you find?

If you have some toilet roll tubes or card in the house why not try making your own glainneachan-prosbaig (binoculars)? You can watch a video of one of our playleaders showing you how to make them here on our Youtube channel.


Song time

Our song this week is "Is toigh leam a bhith a-muigh" - "I like to be outside". You can listen to the song being sung here as part of a new set of children's Gaelic songs put together by Storlann. 




Don’t forget to share your art work with us, and we can share it all at the end of the week. We would really love to see what everyone is doing.

Stay safe!

An Sgioba Cròileagan 🙂






Monday, 27 April 2020

Bròg is Ad, Cò leis a tha iad.


Fàilte air ais gu Cròileagan! An-dràsta, s’docha gu bheil ‘cabin-fever’ air choireigin aig a h-uile teaghlach againn. 

Welcome back to Cròileagan! Right now, all of our families probably have cabin-fever. It’s hard to stay at home for so long with wee ones, especially with the nice weather we have been having. 

An t-seachdain seo, tha na crafts agus na h-òrain againn mu bhith a ‘dol air cuairt-dànachd. Toisich sinn le seinn fear de na h-òrain nas fhearr againn bhon Cròileagan agus a’faighinn am bus - càit an tèid sin?

So, this week, our crafts and songs are about going on adventures using our imaginations. We can start by singing one of our favourite songs and getting on the bus - where will you go? You can watch this being sung a few years ago at Cròileagan here.

On our handout the phrases come from the book Bròg is Ad, Cò leis a tha iad. You can listen to the book being read on Soundcloud here. Scroll down to the section for a Toddler Books and you will find it in amongst those ones. You can also watch one of our playleaders read the book on our Youtube channel - thank you to publishers Acair for permission to share it. 

For craft we have a few options - you can use a paper plate to make a crown and decorate it however you like or you can be really fancy and try out the dinosaur hat in the second picture.

Here is how our handout looks for this week...





If you have dressing up clothes at home, why not use those to make up your own adventure? You can send us photos from your travels if you like, we miss you all!

Tuesday, 21 April 2020

An t-sìde

Welcome back to Cròileagan! We hope you all had as good an Easter holiday was was possible in the circumstances. 

Since the weather has been so good we decided that we would revisit some phrases about the weather. 

On our handout the phrases are:

Ciamar a tha an t-sìde an-diugh? - How is the weather today?

Tha i grianach - It is sunny
Tha i fliuch - It is wet
Tha i gaothach - It is windy
Tha i sgòthach - It is cloudy
Tha is brèagha - It is beautiful

You can find out how to pronounce all of these phrases by watching this clip here  There are some extra phrases there that you could also learn, if you like. 

They are:
Tha i fuar - It is cold
Tha i garbh - It is terrible
Tha i tioram - It is dry
Tha an t-uisge ann - It is raining
Tha ceò ann - It is foggy
Tha sneachd ann - It is snowing


For craft we have a few options for you. Firstly you could print off some of these colouring in pages and colour in the one that suits the weather that day. 


You can find these pages here.

You could also make this weather dice. It is available as a black and white print out that your little one can colour in. You can find it here.


Finally, if you don’t have access to a printer you could simply source a paper plate and paint/colour it yellow. If you don’t have paper plates then just cut out a big circle. If you’re feeling ambitious you could also draw around your little one’s hands lots of times, cut them out and then stick them around the sun, like this one below.



Our handout this week is below.


The song is a nice simple one, sung to the tune of Frere Jaques. The words are:

Tha i grianach, Tha i grianach 
Lèine-t, lèine-t
Agus briogais ghoirid, agus briogais ghoirid 
Tha mi blàth, Tha mi blàth.

It is sunny, it is sunny,
T shirt, t shirt,
And shorts, and shorts,
I am warm, I am warm.

Don’t forget to share your crafts with us. We would love to be able to share them all with everybody else at the end of the week.





Monday, 30 March 2020

Lockdown Cròileagan Week 1 - A’ Chaisg

Welcome to our new way of doing Cròileagan, for as long as the Covid-19 lockdown lasts.

Officially last week was the first week of lockdown, but we thought that everyone would need that week to get used to their new normal of having everybody at home all the time, and that Cròileagan would be quite low down everybody’s list of priorities!

Our plan is to continue making up our DFs each week as normal, with some words or phrases, a song and a suitable craft. Since we can’t go through the sheets with you all like we usually do at circle time, we will include links to sound files here on our blog. In these sound files you will be able to hear the phrases and the songs.

We will be choosing crafts that we think most people will have the materials for at home. 

Every Monday morning we will share our blog post with all the information for that week in it. We would love for you all to send us pictures of the crafts that you and your little ones make at home, then at the end of each week we can share them all here on our blog again. The easiest way for you to send them to us is probably by Facebook messenger to our page, or you could also email them to us if you don’t have Facebook.

So, let’s get started with our first lockdown Cròileagan!

This week we are learning about Easter - a’ Chàisg.

Our words for this week are:

A’ Chàisg - Easter
Là na Caisg - Easter Day
Ugh na Càisge - Easter Egg
Teòclaid - Chocolate

You can hear how to pronounce these words by clicking here.



If you want to download a version of our DF to print out for yourself you can do so here.

For craft time we thought it would be fun to make some Easter Egg pictures, and since we knew that not everyone would have the same craft supplies at home we have three different options for you. You can make one of them or you can make all of them if you would like!

Our first suggestion is an egg shape of paper with strips of paper stuck across to decorate.


Our second idea is similar, but uses masking tape to mark off sections. Colour in each section with whatever you have at home and then remove the masking tape.


And our final suggestion uses white crayons, or even a white candle, to draw on some markings. Use watered down paint to paint over and the paint won’t stick to the crayon/wax markings.





Our song this week is the Gaelic version of Ring a Ring a Roses, which we had chosen to do this week before realising that the original English one is said to date from the time of the Great Plague. Absolutely no connections whatsoever with the fact that we are learning it at the time of Coronavirus, honestly!

If you want to listen to a version of this you can find one here  The second verse is slightly different from our version as they just repeat the first line three times. In our version lines 2-4 of verse two are almost exactly the same as in the first verse, so you will still hear how to pronounce all the lines.

Don’t forget to share your art work with us, and we can share it all at the end of the week. We would really love to see what everyone is doing.

Stay safe!

An Sgioba Cròileagan 🙂