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Owls and Fireflies


Lots of owls and fireflies this week, inspired by PD Eastman, Sam and the Firefly. Beginner Books, 1958.


– paper bag owls (inspired by this)

– bottle fireflies with glowsticks (inspired by this)


– pom pom addition with owl and firefly cups (inspired by this)

– decorating jars as candle holders

– glow-in-the-dark painting

– owl and firefly facts, similarities and differences

– beginning letters

– shadow puppets (idea from here. Made from cardboard and straws, with freehand drawings)







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.


















Play Shop

“Let’s play shop-keepers,” is one of the most common phrases we hear these days, so I thought I might as well embrace it.


I attempted to teach the little man some simple addition with price tags but playing with them was short-lived. He’d rather have his items scanned and bagged so he can pay and take them back to his car, always via the lift, and drive home. Conveniently when he gets home he often puts his shopping back where it belongs, so this game sometimes doubles as packing away.


(The wheels on the nappy/diaper box shopping trolley are Rolobox and are brilliant).


Bus Drivers

Last week was God’s creation of and love for bus drivers. Buses and fire engines are the little man’s favourite vehicles so this was particularly fun for him, although we did just as much singing of, “The Wheels on the Bus” as any ordinary week (he loves it so much).

– bus shape and colour recognition

– “B” shaped road and traffic signs (and an opportunity to talk about road safety)



– bus pretend play using our cardboard box bus

– bus cracker (using this goldfish cracker recipe)

– we saw a few different types of bus stops and took a bus ride

– “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus” by Mo Willems cut out crafts (the little man is really into glueing at the moment so we have made many more of this type of picture. The hand print pigeon idea is from here, although there are many of them around)



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