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Pumpkins

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We have been embracing all things pumpkin this week.

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– pumpkin volcano

– pumpkin m&m colour run (instructions here, using Reese’s Pieces. We made one with cold water and a second with warm water to see if it reacted differently)

– pumpkin battery

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– pumpkin word sort (words with /s/ sounds and words with /sh/ sounds)

– pumpkin maths (adding to 10)

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– pumpkin patch collage

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– pumpkin play dough (idea from here)

– painting pumpkins

– baking with pumpkins (chocolate cake recipe from here)

– movie night (Melendez, Bill, et al. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. 2008.)

– pumpkin bowls (a take on lawn bowls, rolling small pumpkins as close to the larger pumpkin as possible)

xo

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Magic Show

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The little men wanted to do something special for me so they put on a magic show and organised a few other ‘magical’ activities for us to do together.

– magic maths questions (inspired by this)

– magic triangle maths (idea here)

– read-rhyme-write magic hats

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– magically appearing star (instructions here)

– magically moving pepper (instructions here)

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– magician’s rabbit craft

xo

 

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

Back to School

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We have been playing school quite a bit lately with a preschooler and kindergartener eager to start the year (which runs calendar year here in Australia).

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– Story about what the little men are looking forward to

– School cake

– Noun-adjective-verb sort

– Tissue paper apples

– Dot number match

– Apple science (oxidation)

– Letter hunt

– Vocabulary expansion word profiles

– Letter stamp painting

 

We hope your little ones get off to a great start this school year!

xo

Science

The little man has been enjoying some science activities at preschool lately and has organised me to do some at home.kerienesciencereactions

– science snacks

– comparing reactions (bicarb soda and vinegar vs hydrogen peroxide, dishwashing liquid and yeast)

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– finding items that magnets attract

– taste testing with and without sight (idea from here)

– silly sentence test tubes

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– measurement with coloured water, syringes, droppers, jugs, cups and spoons

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– colour mixing

– multiplication (finding answers on beakers that match those on flasks)

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– test tube bubbly painting

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

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)

xo

Scientist

Science is always popular at our place so being scientists was always going to be fun.

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– dancing worms (instructions here)

– fizzy painting (instructions here)

– electric lemon (not pictured)

More science activities here. xo

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