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We’ve been exploring space here recently.


– Mission control station for pretend play



– Pop rockets (instructions here)



– Identifying space objects wrapped in foil (inspired by this and this)

– Adding to 10 with moon rocks

– One-to-one correlation with moon rocks in craters



– Rocket lunch


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– Balancing planets (balls on golf tees in play dough. Inspired by this)

– Sensory space play with play dough and dried beans and space objects

– Painting moons (idea from here)


Polar Bears

It has been hot here lately, extremely hot. So we’ve been trying to cool ourselves off by thinking about snow, ice and polar bears.


– sensory fun (snow made from flour and oil, ice, water, clear beads, toy animals)


– polar bear paintings

– true or false with polar bear facts

– sorting snowballs into words starting with “ch” and words starting with “s” (to work on speech sounds)

– polar bear snack (idea from here)





The little man brought the class pet tiger home with him this week which was all the inspiration we needed to have some tiger fun.


– tiger face collage


– sensory activities with jelly crystals and shaving cream with paint

– matching joke questions with answers

– tiger lunch

– paper tiger crafts



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


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

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


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


– pirate lunch


– 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




I love baking gingerbread and Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until I’ve made a gingerbread house. This year my inspiration was the little man who asked, “why can’t I have a gingerbread house that I can play with?” (we can work on the manners later, but I don’t see any reason why he can’t). Here’s what I came up with.



The two pieces slot together to make a 3-dimensional house, and of course we needed some people to play in it. I’m still hoping to add some gingerbread furniture (unless of course the house has been eaten before I have the chance).


The little man has also helped me make some more simple cookies (he is intrigued by wreaths at the moment so we decided to make an edible one). He has been playing with gingerbread playdough recently so he was quite excited that this dough was “real” and could bake in the “real oven” and, most importantly, that “we can eat this one”.



Robot Cookies


Some mix-and-match robot cookies, inspired by Hello Naomi’s cupcakes (although far more amateur, my first attempt at decorating cookies with fondant). Lots of fun!




We spent a week having fun with dinosaurs, choosing a book and a few activities for each day. I used this week to explain that God is bigger, stronger and smarter than anything we can imagine, even dinosaurs.

How great is God—beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. “He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion? See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea. Job 36:26-30 (NIV)



Whybrow and Reynolds, Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum. Koala Books, 2005.

– painting over a white crayon dinosaur drawing (pictured below in collage)

– making fossils (we used plastic dinosaurs in a salt dough, then baked the dough imprints. Idea from here)

– dinosaur dig

– trip to the museum (my favourite activity of the week. The little man was impressed by the dinosaur bones, “all the way to the roof!”)



Andreae and Wojtowycz, Dinosaurs Galore! Orchard Books, 2004.

– paper dinosaurs (not pictured)

– dinosaur egg hunt and sorting dinosaurs

– build-a-brontosaurus

– peg stegosaurus (idea from here)



Shealy and Biggs, I’m a T-Rex. Golden Books, 2010.

– word matching with dinosaurs and eggs

– spot the difference

– cutting and pasting with dinosaur teeth

– dinosaur snack



Donaldson and Roberts, Tyrannosaurus Drip. Macmillan Children’s, 2013.

– dinosaur world (with a volcano, instructions here. We sorted our dinosaurs into habitat by land, sea and sky)

– dinosaur memory game

– odd one out using emotions

– dinosaur snack (Arnotts Pizza Shapes)



Brian and James, I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. Penguin Books, 2013.

– Making dinosaurs dirty then clean

– Dirty dino letter tracing

– Action cards using words from the story (not pictured)

– Dinosaur feet to paint footprints (pictured below in the collage)



Other books we read: Ball and Lindgren, Flip-o-saurus. Abbeville Kids, 2009. Mayo and Ayliffe, Stomp, Dinosaur, Stomp! Walker, 2010.


















Bulldozer Cake

The little man requested a bulldozer cake for his birthday (continuing the theme from last year). Inspired by this cake and equipped with some family blocks of Kit Kats, yellow and black food colouring, fondant icing and a napping baby, I attempted to fulfil his wish.


Most importantly the little man loved it! (Meanwhile I was critical of my fondant icing, which I ran out of time to smooth properly, and my blade being too curved for a bulldozer). I’m hoping he wants a bulldozer cake every birthday – it was quite simple and not time-consuming. I’d recommend it if you have a construction-loving child.


Horse Sandwich

An easy sandwich with some peanut butter, raisins, banana and dried apricot inspired by the horse in this gallery.


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