Penguins

This week the cold inspired some penguin activities in our household.

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– melting ice to find which will free the penguins fastest using warm water, salt, sugar and vinegar (idea from here)

– feeding the penguin letters written on fish

– cutting snowflakes

– cardboard tube penguins

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– fizzing snow dough (recipe from here)

– painting with cotton buds

– using snowballs to knock over rhyming words

– banana penguin snack (idea from here via here and here)

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Bears

The weather has kept us inside more than usual, “hibernating like bears” as the little man put it.

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– bear cake

– fork bear painting (idea from here)

– painting with pine needles and pinecones

– our little baby bear

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– autumn leaf crowns (idea from here)

– gummy bear science (instructions here)

– teddy bears picnic

– bear toast (this idea is in lots of places, I first saw it here)

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– matching bears to make compound words

– origami bears (instructions here)

– tying bows

– bear sums (sums on ping pong balls to throw into the cup with the correct answer)

– textured bears (contact, cardboard, sandpaper and felt)

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The Beach

We’ve been warming our winter with some beach activities.

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– paper plate seagull (idea from here)

– paper cup and tissue paper jellyfish and fish

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– beach small world

– sandcastle from geometric shapes (cut from contact)

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– cetacean facts

{Worth, Bonnie, Aristides Ruiz, and Joe Mathieu. A Whale of a Tale!:. New York: Random House, 2006. and Gallagher, Belinda. Whales & Dolphins: Essex: Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd, 2013.}

– fish and chips sound matching (match each chip word to the fish word with the same sound)

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– sinking and floating in plain and salt water

– painting ocean animal shapes

– matching upper and lower case letters

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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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