Construction

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We have been busy building recently, inspired by the little men singing about wise and foolish builders, and talking about listening and obeying Jesus’ words as the foundation of our lives.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.

~ Matthew 7:24-27

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– construction site small world

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– measuring tape rhyming words and addition

– padlock and key match and size ordering

– truck tracks with foam, cardboard tubes and cocoa (inspired by this)

– sandpaper and crayon art

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– building bridges with blocks and cardboard. We tested the strength of different designs with a cup of lentils (inspired by this)

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– building towers

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– painting safety masks

– pretend play and dressing up

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Pirates

The little men asked to make boats and somehow we turned it into a week of pirate fun, talking about earthly and heavenly treasures along the way.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

~ Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)

kerienepiratecoins– pirate cupcakes (inspired by these)

– alphabet coin match map

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– cardboard tube pirate parrots (the little man named his ‘Peter the Pirate Parrot’)

– blowing up pirate balloons with yeast (experiment instructions here)

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– pirate boats (first we made these. The boys enjoyed it so much that they searched the house for more materials to make more)

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– pirate lunch

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– pirate bandana counting (adding the corresponding number of dot stickers)

– pirate spelling (er//ir//ur)

– describing pirate words without using certain words (our little version of taboo)

– earthly and heavenly treasure

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Doctor

Some of the jobs that we have been talking about recently are those in medicine – doctors, nurses, chemists, physiotherapists, speech pathologists and so on.

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– maths with (lolly) pills

– homemade board game with reading and a few activities (such as cutting like a surgeon and labelling body parts). We chose “pill” and “achoo” to work on “l” and “ch” sounds

– painting with medical supplies

– cookies with a medical theme

– pretend play

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Jobs

We have been thinking about all sorts of jobs recently and talking about how God has made us all differently and that, while we may see these outward differences, God looks at our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7).

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I made the little man a folder with worksheets for different jobs (including diver, chef, waiter, explorer,  doctor, vet, clown, scientist, librarian, cleaner, banker, boat captain, minister, musician, artist, builder) and we visited lots of places around the city and talked about all the jobs we saw people doing. He put his maps and tickets into his folder and added pictures of the places he visited into the picture of the city. We also had a paper person with outfits so he could dress it up (as a teacher, astronaut, coach, fireman, policeman and so on) and a job match, matching job titles to their descriptions.

It led to a lot of dressing up, pretend play and plenty of fun activities which I will post more about during the week. {For more activities related to different jobs see bus driver, firefighters, doctors, bakers, postmen and farmers}.

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xo

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