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Space

We’ve been exploring space here recently.

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– Mission control station for pretend play

 

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– Pop rockets (instructions here)

 

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– 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

 

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– 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)

xo

Love

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I like to take the opportunity of Valentine’s Day to talk to the boys about God’s love for us and our love for God and each other, this year using 1 John 3 as we did so. If you would like to read more about God’s love I would recommend this article by Paul Tripp.

– matching verses and answering simple questions about love

– bicarb soda and vinegar fizzing hearts

– crayon resist heart paintings

Happy Valentine’s Day!

xo

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.

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

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– 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)

xo

 

Christmas Activities

We have been enjoying lots of Christmas activities and using them to to talk about Jesus as the joy, hope, peace, saviour, light, king and judge of the world (see here).

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– tape resist Christmas tree paintings

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– shadow puppet nativity

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– decorating play dough Christmas tree

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– decorating cardboard Christmas tree

– target practice (aiming for stars with the descriptions of Jesus written on them)

– bell maze (inspired by this one)

– trees from paintings with the descriptions of Jesus on them

We hope you are enjoying preparing for Christmas too. xo

 

 

Tigers

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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.

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– tiger face collage

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– sensory activities with jelly crystals and shaving cream with paint

– matching joke questions with answers

– tiger lunch

– paper tiger crafts

xo

Christmas Superheroes

Our final Christmas theme for this year has been Christmas superheroes. We have been looking at some of the many names of Jesus to learn that he is so much more than a superhero. While it seems like there are some similarities (such as saving others and being kind) Jesus is far superior – he is real, God himself, more powerful, more selfless and humble, and saves us from sin, something more sinister than any of the physical threats that superheroes save people from. His many names are like “word pictures” to help us understand how great Jesus is.

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– names of Jesus spider web. The web is covered in a piece of contact with the sticky side facing outward. We threw balls of paper at the web, talking about the different names of Jesus as the paper landed near them. (Inspired by this sticky web).

– names of Jesus x-ray bags. Each bag contains a clue for a name of Jesus. We guessed the name and talked about what it means. (Inspired by this guessing game).

  • Bread – Bread of Life (John 6:35)
  • Light – Light of the World (John 8:12)
  • Sheep – Good Shepherd (John 10:11-15)
  • Book – the Word (John 1:1)
  • Branch – the True Vine (John 15:1-5)
  • Crown – King of Kings (Revelation 19:16)

 

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– superhero capes

 

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– comic strip of the nativity

– painting a Christmas tree with spray bottles and brushes

– superhero sensory box (including some clues for names of Jesus, similar to those in the x-ray bags above)

– movie night (we watched, Vischer, P. (1996). The Toy that Saved Christmas: VeggieTales).

 

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– superhero baubles (Inspired by these baubles and simplified for the little men)

 

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– invisible paintings (tape resist paintings of Christmas trees)

– Bethlehem skyline (watercolour painting for the background, cut out paper for the buildings)

xo

 

Christmas Travellers

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We have been exploring Christmas around the world and all the differences there are in traditions and celebrations. Despite all the differences we could see that there are people all over the world celebrating the birth of Jesus, a truth we kept coming back to throughout all these activities. We enjoyed Christmas celebrations, Christmas crafts, Christmas cookies (and other special foods) and Christmas cheer.

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Christmas Celebrating

We chose a few cities and found out what continent and country they are in, what language they speak and what the climate is at Christmas time. Then we researched what Christmas is like in that city. Some of the cities we chose for their unique Christmas traditions and others because we know people living there.

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Christmas Crafts

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We enjoyed some crafts from around the world.

– Danish woven hearts

– Scandinavian gnomes (inspired by these, although we used cardboard rolls and cotton wool balls)

– Stencilling Mexican patterns (using bunting from Kmart as a stencil)

– Painting poinsettias with cardboard tubes (idea from here)

– Paper parol from the Philippines (instructions here)

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– Class gifts for the little man to give (chocolate bar wrapped and decorated)

 

Christmas Cookies

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We baked cookies from other countries. Links to some of the recipes we used are here and here, the other recipes we used are family favourites.

 

Christmas Cheer

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We matched the Christmas greeting in different languages to the country in which they speak it.

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We hope you are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus wherever you are.

xo

 

 

Christmas Detectives {part 2}

We have had a great week as Christmas Detectives with the mission of finding out the truth about Christmas, that being the birth of Jesus and his fulfilment of God’s promises. We’ve used these activities as an opportunity to talk about Jesus, his birth and its implications for us and to read passages in the Bible and Christmas stories.

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– Mini explosions. We made wise men bon bons (crackers) and talked about worshipping Jesus, even when he was a baby.

We make bon bons each year and usually include the snap, a toy, a chocolate, a bauble and a joke. Simply wrap a cardboard tube in some paper, place or tape the snap inside and tie up one end with some ribbon. Fill the tube with the rest of your treasures and tie the other end. Add details with cut up paper and a pen to make them resemble wise men.

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– laser maze (inspired by this spider web). The little men used tweezers to remove the stars without touching the string. We also collected larger stars using a life-size laser maze made of string. The stars gave us a chance to talk about following Jesus just as the wise men followed a star to find him.

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– bauble eye spy. The little men looked for the item(s) inside each bauble and then matched them to a meaning/reminder:

  • a candle for Jesus as the light of the world
  • a gold coin to remind us to worship Jesus
  • stars to remind us to follow Jesus
  • a bell to remind us to share the news about Jesus
  • a tree to celebrate Jesus

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– footprint analysis. We matched footprints to the type of animal that may have left them (and that may have possibly been near the manger). Then the little men made footprints with plastic animals.

We read two books along with this activity: Lloyd-Jones, S & Jay, A. (2011). Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story. Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz. and Wiersum, G & Morgan, A. (2007). The Animals’ Christmas Eve. New York: Golden Books.

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– bauble target practice

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– matching Christmas shapes

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– detective kits (read more here)

– painting with combs

– chocolate angel spoons

– decoding Christmas words (reading while looking for certain words and then defining those words). We read passages in Luke and Matthew and also Poole, S. (2014). A Christmas Journey. Nashville, TN: B&H Kids.

– fingerprint match and disguise. We lifted fingerprints using these instructions and then we stamped our own fingerprints and disguised them as angels, shepherds, sheep and wise men.

– candy cone search and decode. We had a hunt for the candy canes and then put them in order to make the verse from Matthew 1:21: “[Mary] will have a son, and you will name him Jesus – because he will save his people from their sins.”

– Christmas secret messages. The little men wrote messages and pictures about Christmas using invisible inks (baking soda and water; lemon juice).

– traditions of Christmas investigation. Matching up traditions with their origins.

– carol clues. Listening to sections of songs and guessing which carol it is.

xo

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)

xo

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