Monday, July 31, 2017

Monthly play roundup: July

We’re right in the middle of winter--the weather is often pretty miserable outside on most days. This is the time in winter where I’m pining for warm and sunny days. But for now we’re staying nice and dry indoors and humming long with out usual hustle and bustle of activities…


The Monkey Game
Earlier this month we celebrated Grace’s fourth birthday. I thought I share one of the party games we prepared which was a version of this game I came across via Pinterest. Nathan helped design a simple board game and I made a giant monkey face with my stash of construction paper. To play the game, each player took turns to throw a dice and move their counters along the board. At the end of their turn, each player then gets to feed the giant monkey a piece of fruit.

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Spiders and Spiderwebs
We had a big week of spiders this month. A couple of girls had freaked out over a spider on a spiderweb they came across in the garden one time. So I thought to extend on that encounter into some learning activities. We read some great spider books (‘Walter’s Wonderful Web’ by Tim Hopgood and ‘The Very Busy Spider’ by Eric Carle). We made our own spiderwebs, incorporating threading and weaving. And we made some spider puppets which we incorporated into some nursery rhyme play.

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Pete the Cat’s Groovy Buttons
A favourite book we read this month was ‘Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons’ by Eric Litwin. We made buttons from paint sample cards using my circle punch. I printed out some shirt templates for the buttons to go onto.

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Circle Drawing Prompts
A simple and fun creative activity I prepared consisted of some pencils and crayons, sheets of paper and circle stencils. The circles were turned into smiley faces, animal faces and even aliens. Lots of scope for imagination through these simple little circles.

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Walkie Talkies
One very wet afternoon, the children were running around inside playing fire fighters and policemen. To extend on their play and just for fun, I rummaged through my stash of recyclables (every good educator should have one) and pulled out some wet wipe lids. We turned them into walkie talkies. The fact they flipped open to reveal hidden buttons inside were just a little extra coolness factor.

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Cheesy Biscuits
Our favourite recipe this month were these cheesy biscuits. The biscuit dough was super simple to whip up and plenty of fun to roll out and cut out shapes from. The savoury biscuits were a nice change from the sweet gingerbread and sugar cookie dough I usually make for our cookie baking activities.

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Pom Pom Drop
A different kind of loose parts I made were using these recycled paper towel tubes. I attached on some magnet strips on the tubes so they could be positioned in different arrangements on the magnet board. We then dropped pom poms into the tubes to explore trajectory, rearranging the tubes to test how the direction of the pom poms change with various arrangements.

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If you enjoyed this post, you can check out  last month’s roundup of activities and more of my other play and learning ideas. Stay tuned for next month’s roundup!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What a girl!

And here she is….

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Presenting four-year-old Grace!

After months of talk of the big day…

“ …I like to have a monkey birthday!

“ …with a monkey cake

“ …the cake must be brown because monkey is brown

“ …and we must have banana sweets

“ …actually I change my mind

“ …I don’t want a monkey birthday anymore

“ …I want a SUPERHERO monkey birthday!”

Everything finally came together in one small but happy celebration.

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I have to admire the fact that despite the overwhelming influx of obsessive princessy talk amongst her peers, Grace did not waver one bit from her theme of choice. One must admire a girl with a mind of her own.

In the weeks leading up to the big day. I admit that I harboured some doubts over that mind of hers though. Where does one draw the line between ‘independent thinking’ and plain obstinate stubbornness?

There were many times when she would explode over the most inconsequential things. Blankets not arranged a particular way. Not being able to wear a particular outfit because it was in the wash. Not being allowed to have a particular treat before dinner. Not being able to use kor-kor’s markers. Things like that.

She added a whole other level to the meaning of ‘tantrum’. Usually when her screeching and screaming gets out of hand, I will tell her to go to her room until she calms down. Her response varies widely from reluctant compliance to often wailing and pleading. On one occasion a week before her birthday she stubbornly refused to budge over an issue…

“Gracie, please go to your room now until you’ve calmed down.”

“No, no, no, NOOOO!!! I DON’T WANT TO!!!”

“I will speak to you once you’ve calmed down. So please go to your room at once!”

“Then I will stay in my room for A HUNDRED YEARS!!!”

[Proceeds to rush off into her room and slams the door. Hard.]

This, ladies and gentlemen, is a classic example of: The Threenager.

I was beginning to worry that all these were somehow indicators of a permanent particular bent in her character. But almost immediately after she officially turned four. It was as if a special switch inside her clicked into place. Her dramatic meltdowns began to mellow down. She still had her moments like everyone does. But the screeching and screaming started to cease.

It was like the calm AFTER the storm.

And I could finally see how those tantrums were simply just indicators of particular quirks in her personality. Some of them still drive me slightly bonkers. But they are decidedly unique quirks for sure.

For one thing she’s obsessed with organising and arranging things.

In. A. Very. Specific. Way.

Which only she knows the right way to do.

The plus side is that her room is in pristine condition compared to her brother’s. Items all stacked or lined up neatly on shelves. Floors clear of clutter. Bed neatly made.

The downside? Well… that is the bit that drives me nuts.

Because I too have my own particular way of arranging things.

Like sofa cushions.

I like them colour-coordinated in a particular way. With the throw rug strewn over the armrest in a deliberate yet casual manner.

And Grace? Well she has her own ideas of how the cushions should go.

So every single day it’s like a silent tennis match.

Grace wakes up to find the cushions arranged my way. So she proceeds to rearrange them. Around mid-morning I try to rearrange them as I routinely neaten up things around the house. After lunch it’s TV time, so Grace rearranges the cushions her way so she can sit back to watch her show. During naptime I usually leave it because I need a break. And it usually stays her way for the rest of the afternoon. In the evening after the kids are in bed, I start clearing things up and take the chance to give the cushions one final rearrangement. My way. Because it’s the end of the day. And I like going to bed seeing the cushions arranged the way I like. Then morning comes and it starts all over again.

Then there’s the matter of the bed. Grace is obsessed with neat beds.

The plus side is that she loves making beds. Including ours. So often, our master bed is neatly made up, courtesy of our in-house bed-making expert, Grace.

The downside is… well, how can I put it? It makes bedtime a pain.

You see, Grace needs to have all her sheets, pillows and quilt arranged absolutely perfectly. She takes her time to arrange her pillow and each toy and lovey, and smoothen down every corner of her quilt. And EVERYTHING has to remain perfect all the way while she gets under the covers. So sometimes bedtime can drag out for a bit while she stealthily tries to wiggle her way in gently from the opening at the top of the quilt. And not a single soft toy or lovey is allowed to shift out of place during this entire exercise. And when she finally manages to get her entire body under the covers, Nathan (knowingly) marches in and announces that he wants to jump in her bed to give Grace a big, hearty goodnight kiss and hug. And then all hell breaks loose.

There are other interesting facets to these quirks of hers…

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She enjoys writing letters. Repeatedly. She will fill a sheet of paper with them.

Her scissor skills are fairly advanced as she likes to have lines cut as neatly as possible.

She likes to separate different groups of food on her plate and eat them in order.

She is instinctively systematic in her method when assembling puzzles… looking for corner or side pieces, observing patterns in the shapes of the puzzles as she tests their fit.

She can sometimes get a little bossy with friends during play over how things should be arranged in their play house or various play set ups. Though she is learning to compromise.

She is very thorough and meticulous in her work. Such as colouring. She will fill every space thoroughly in marker or crayon or pencil to complete her work.

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She pays great attention to detail. One time we decided to set up a puppet show and a couple of the children insisted that we must have popcorn. Grace immediately set to work making the popcorn. Using her own resourcefulness, she came up with the idea of drawing little cloudy puffs of popcorn on paper. And then using scissors, she meticulously cut out every single puff one by one until she filled a paper container.

But I must clarify that these facets are only one side of her personality…

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On the other side, she exuberantly joins forces with the boys in their play.

I have never ONCE seen her play the damsel in distress in any role play. The other girls gladly comply. But Grace will either be a sword-wielding princess galloping on a horse, a girl-firefighter, Wonder-woman, Supergirl, or lately she has taken on another secret identity as Black Widow (from The Avengers).

Although she is naturally drawn to books and shows featuring fairies and princesses, she keeps up with other boy-dominated trends such as Lego Ninjago, The Avengers and Star Wars (thanks to her brother). She can name all the main Lego Ninjago characters. She will tell you which of The Avengers are her favourite Marvel superheroes. And she guffaws along with Nathan as he watches episodes of his Lego Ninjago or Lego Star Wars series.

She is decidedly tough as nails and strong for her size. Other girls in the group usually leave the heavy lifting to her. And check this out. And this. Not even her brother could match her in this when he was this age.

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What a girl!

Monday, July 03, 2017

Monthly play roundup: June

So we’re finally past the halfway point of the year. Things have begun to cool down rather rapidly recently. But we’ve been keeping nice and cosy indoors and keeping busy with lots of activities…


‘S’ is for Snake
We’ve been focusing a lot more on letter sounds. And this month one of the featured letters was ‘S’… for ‘Snake!’ of course. A favourite book that tied in perfectly was ‘I Saw Anaconda’ by Jane Clarke. I made some snake toys using my scrap fabric stash to make a snake corner. And we made spiral snakes which was good practice for cutting curved lines

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‘L’ is for Lemon
We read ‘Millie-Mae and the Lemon Tree’ by Natalie Marshall which featured Millie-Mae making lemonade. So of course we had to make our own lemonade too. Squeezing lemon juice from lemons was good practice to build up hand/arm strength. We used the extra lemons to do some fruit stamping with paint.

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Freshly baked Baugettes
Our top favourite book this month was ‘Nanette’s Baugette’ by Mo Willems. Learning and recognising rhyming words is one of the early literacy keys. This book certainly plays up the rhymes in a fun and entertaining way, which the children recognised immediately. There was talk of baugettes for days, so what better way to warm up the house in this cold weather by making our own baugettes!

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Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?
We’ve been hit with Frozen fever again since the live ‘Frozen on Ice’ show hit town. I’ve been experiencing a bit of a groundhog day having to listen to ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?’ on repeat in a continuous loop all day as my little girls dance and twirl to the music. To give my ears a break one morning, I set up a ‘make your own snowman’ activity for morning tea with bananas, carrots and other bits.

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Apple & Banana Cars
Tiny Teddies are one of the staple go-to snacks in our pantry. Nathan had discovered a serving suggestion for the teddies using chocolate bikkies and lollies to make mini cars for the teddies. I came up with a healthier version using apples and bananas (and saved myself from the sugar high).

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Sponge Loose Parts
A new addition to our loose parts collection are these colourful sponges. I had cut them into various shapes and sizes. Apart from being used as play sponges for pretend cleaning, they’ve been used as pretend cakes and food, stacking as soft building blocks, arranging together as puzzle pieces, and tiny beds for small toys. I bought two packs at two dollars each and they’ve squeezed out every cents worth and more.

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If you enjoyed this post, you can check out  last month’s roundup of activities and more of my other play and learning ideas. Stay tuned for next month’s roundup!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

More on what I’ve been reading (and listening to)

Since my last ‘what I’ve been reading’ post, a few people have remarked that my choice in books seemed rather morbid. It was nice to spark some conversation on good reads so I thought I’d share more on what’s been on my reading list. I’ve also started getting into podcasts and audiobooks as well, which I find to be a good ‘pick-me-up’ morning routine, listening to a good book while I brush my teeth.


Australian History in 7 Questions
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(Simple, straightforward, and to the point. Not having studied in high school here in Australia, I found this a good book to tie some of the bits and pieces of general knowledge I knew of Australian history together)


The Charisma Myth
Mastering the Art of Personal Magnetism
by Olivia Fox Cabane
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(This was a typical ‘self help’ type book which laid out very practical tips for ‘mastering the art of personal magnetism’ as the author puts it. Which essentially was about leadership. Some of the chapters seem almost lifted out of Dale Carnegie’s ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’. Still it was interesting to get a different perspective on how to approach this particular ‘art’).


The Memory Code
The traditional Aboriginal memory technique that unlocks the secrets of
Stonehenge, Easter Island and ancient monuments the world over
by Lynne Kelly 
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(This big reveal of this book was somewhat anticlimactic for me. I was hoping for some mindblowing insight into the secrets behind Stonehenge, Easter Island etc. But the key topic was essentially all about the link between Indigenous song patterns and physical landmarks as visual cues. I admit that is an interesting key on it’s own. However the various points in the book do not vary far from that one key. So the chapters became somewhat repetitive for me).


Zealot
The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
by Reza Aslan
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(My mind was so blown away by this book that I decided to re-read ‘Zealot’ by Reza Aslan. Particularly the chapters that expanded on the divergence of the apostle Paul’s preaching on the Jesus cult during that period from the original mother church led by James, Peter and John)


Growing Up Godless
A Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Without Religion
by Deborah Mitchell
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(Does this reading choice seem too heretical? I suppose I just like to throw the boundaries wide open. I can judge for myself which points to keep and which to discard. The book reads like collection of personal reflections and essays. I took away a few interesting perspectives to ponder over).


The Crumbs Family Cookbook
150 really quick and very easy recipes
by Claire McDonald
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(Every now and then I need to find a good, solid cookbook to refresh my menu ideas. The ‘Hipster Chilli’ recipe alone makes the entire book worthwhile. Most of the recipes in the book can be prepared within 30 minutes. And even if it takes longer, it would usually involve a ‘leave it to simmer on the stove’. And it has lots of fun ideas for cooking with kids too).


For audiobooks, I’ve been using Borrowbox to access my local library’s collection of eAudiobooks. I especially enjoyed listening to Dan Stevens’ narration of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I must confess that Dan Stevens’ deep, soothing voice was the initial reason I started listening to this old classic. But he has certainly open the doors to the wide array of audiobooks available through this app.


Since the last podcast series I listened to, I haven’t found another one as gripping or addictive. But this one definitely makes the cut: The History of English Podcast. It’s more than just a history of the English language… it’s almost a series on the history of the entire world. The episodes are sometimes a bit repetitive on certain points and topics, but I find that okay as it makes it ideal for listening while you’re on the go. I highly recommend it. Here is the link to the first episode.


And just as a fun little postscript, my music playlist lately has been filled with Latino sounds of David Bisbal and Juanes, which is largely due to my recent guilty pleasure series, ‘Jane The Virgin’.

This is my current favourite song from my favourite scene in the series…


So what good stuff have you been reading, watching or listening to lately?

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monthly play roundup: May

We’re almost halfway through the year! Every day is a buzz of activities. So much so that it’s often hard to decide on the favourites to feature on this roundup. But here are a few noteworthy ones worth highlighting…

 

Lego Gadgets and Toys
Thanks to Nathan’s and Grace’s Lego stash and some creative building, I was able to add some cool new toys to our indoor play area: A Lego paper crimper, Lego scales, Lego fidget spinner, Lego circle drawing machine and a Lego candy dispenser [lots more ideas on frugalfun4boys].

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Magic Show
The kids have been showing some interest in magic lately, so for fun we put together our own little magic show with some real bona fide magic tricks. We made our own magic kits which included a disappearing coin trick and a magic wallet. Here’s a little video snippet of the disappearing coin trick in action.

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Sheep and Ducks
We read some Mem Fox books about sheep and ducks, including ‘Where is the Green Sheep’ and ‘Ducks Away’. One of the children’s favourite games using our felt board pieces is ‘Find the Green Sheep’ and colour matching game. The children then their own game and story boards to take home to play out the story themselves.

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Portuguese Bean Soup
We read some books about cooking and food and found a simple recipe for Portuguese Bean Soup. I set out all the ingredients and a portable stove. The children were thrilled to do some real hands on cooking, preparing all the ingredients and stirring everything over a real stove. And we ate it all up for lunch afterwards.

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If you enjoyed this post, you can check out  last month’s George Marvelous Medicine science and cooking activity and more of my other play and learning ideas. Stay tuned for next month’s roundup!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Grace and Nathan’s Marvelous Medicine

We’ve been working our way through more Roald Dahl chapter books these past few months, including ‘The Witches’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ and ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’… and having a blast I must say.

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This weekend as we were midway through ‘George’s Marvelous Medicine’, we had a little intermission to bring the book to life by concocting up our own version of the marvelous medicine.

Materials and equipment
Water
Food colouring
Containers, cups, bowls
Assortment of kitchen utensils (spoons, whisks, pipettes, syringes)

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Nathan and Grace spent close to an hour mixing, pouring, stirring the coloured waters together to make their ‘medicine’ mixture. And then came the magic bit--I set out some bicarbonate soda and vinegar and instructed the children how to mix them into their medicine to create a marvelous fizzy effect.

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Afterwards the insisted on bottling up a sample of their marvelous to keep.  But it was purely for research purposes. I would definitely NOT want to venture a taste of this weird concoction. You never know what effects marvelous medicines can have on you. Better not to risk it.

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Instead for a special treat, I set out a few sweet ingredients for the children to concoct their own sweet ‘medicine’. As it was an impromptu idea, I had to raid my fridge and pantry for whatever sweet liquids I could find: grape juice, rose cordial and lemon-lime cordial.

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[If had time to put more preparation and planning into this activity, I would set out various freshly squeezed or blended fruit juices for the children to mix together their own healthy ‘medicine’].


P.S. If you enjoyed this post, check out the previous ‘bringing books to life’ activity we did based on Roald Dahl’s ‘The BFG’ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Bar by Bar

I just had to take a bit of time to record my feeling of immense pride at this moment.

For this little guy.

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This week at school, the music teacher had planned a ‘Performance Week’ where each child was free to prepare a song or dance or play a musical instrument in class. “To give them an opportunity to perform in front of an encouraging audience”, as she put it.

And Nathan apparently took the spotlight that day.

I spoke to the music teacher afterwards to get the lowdown…

“He did very well! He was the little superstar of that day!” she told me.

“Oh, I’m sure every child performing was a little superstar in their own right”, I said modestly.

“True, true… but I have to say, he was definitely a cut above the rest. Most kids at this age just go up and play something they made up on the spot just for fun. But I can see that Nathan put a lot of effort and preparation into his performance”, she assured me.

Nathan’s proud recount of the experience with a beaming face…

“I played really well! Everyone clapped. So many people put up their hands to tell me that they liked my playing. They all asked me to play the song again**. So I did! And the teacher said ‘Well Done, Nathan!’

We had both been working together really hard on piano this term. So this was definitely a proud moment for both of us. Though I never in my life imagined I’d find myself in the piano teacher’s seat, with my own child as the student.

People always warn us against being our own child’s tutor.

“You cannot be your own child’s tutor… it’s emotionally impossible!”

“Somehow you can stand stupidity in other children, but never in your own child”

“They will make you vomit blood I tell you… VOMIT BLOOD!!!”

The last remark was from my own dad when he at one time made an attempt at tutoring me in math. [Almost] every session would end in tears for one reason or another.

Hubs and I have had many philosophical ‘discussions’ on the subject of extra-curricular classes and activities for our children. Should we send them to learn piano, violin, or to sports, ballet or maybe art class? I was inclined towards just letting them be and not inflict the same torture I had received when I was a child.

“Let them pick it up when they are older if they are keen on it” I said.

“But how will they know if they like it unless they are exposed to it?” hubs countered.

We went back and forth on the subject at length. In the end I agreed to have a go at introducing Nathan to a few basics on the piano and see how things progress from there. We decided not to send him to formal piano lessons. One--because it costs a fair bit of money. Two--I didn’t want the bother of having to become one of those chauffer mums (at least not so soon). And three--I might as well put the expensive piano lessons I had received as a child to good use.

The two main resources I used were Mr Hoffman’s YouTube channel and this book. Both resources I would highly recommend (btw this is not a paid post). Especially the Mr Hoffman YouTube videos which are great for just dipping your toes in the water to see if you or your child show any early inclination to the instrument or to music in general.

The lessons kicked off very well at first. Smooth sailing. Then they petered out a bit when the hurdles began to surface. Deciphering notes and musical symbols. Getting that pinkie finger on the left hand to work right. Increasing the tempo of songs. And just generally exercising and coordinating those ten little fingers to build up all those new neuron connections in the brain.

“I can’t do this! My fingers don’t want to work properly! It’s TOO HARD!” cue tears and slamming of piano keys.

It took every ounce of moral fiber within me not to bark at him to buck up and get over himself.

“Nathan. I promise you that you will be able to play this song”

“No! I can never, EVER do it! It’s too hard!”

“You will. Maybe not today. But you will be able to play every note in this song. I promise you.

“But how? I can’t get anything right. My fingers keep getting mixed up.”

“This is how you do it. Bar by bar. One bar at a time.”

That’s how it’s done. Bar by bar. That’s how you do piano. And that’s how you do life.

Anyway, at this point hubs decided it was appropriate to dangle a small carrot* to get over this hump.

I was not keen on the idea initially.

After all shouldn’t the object of doing something be for it’s own sake?

But hubs assured me that it was a tried and tested method for generations.

I admit that it definitely helped to keep things moving along.

Then once we were past the hump, Nathan discovered to his surprise that he was actually enjoying it for it’s own sake after all.

And that’s how it’s done.

Bar by bar.

With a little carrot every now and then to keep things moving along.

 

[*P.S. A snapshot of some of the prized carrots waiting in the wings in the carrot vault…]IMG_20170407_122746_912[*P.P.S. It should be noted that the carrots have been dangled before the prospective recipient however no carrots have been officially awarded as yet. Carrot awards are subject to final assessment and review by the keeper of the carrot vault.]

[**P.P.P.S. For those who are interested to know, the song Nathan chose to play was ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’. Initially I had suggested that he play a slightly more complex song which showed off a bit more technique. However Nathan insisted on his choice. “It’s much better to play a song that everyone knows, mummy--then they can enjoy listening to my playing”. And it turns out the little PR man was right.]

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Summer highlights: Crabbing

From last summer’s beachy highlights… this summer’s highlight was sunset crabbing parties. We found a couple of families who were happy to be our crabbing partners.

There’s something very satisfying about spotting a crab and scooping it up quickly in one swift motion (before it gets a chance to scuttle off or nip your toes). Even more so when the scene is framed against a backdrop of beautifully golden and ombre sunsets.

We started a bit later in the season than most folks, so it took some patience to track down bigger sized crabs that meet the minimum size. But on one of the evenings, we hit a sweet spot and managed to catch decent haul to share between each family. Just enough for everyone to enjoy a light supper.

Freshly steamed crab for supper. So. Good.

Can’t wait for next summer.

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Resuming our monthly play roundups

So, now that we’re well under way into 2017, time to roll up my sleeves and get back to play work. Here are some snapshots and notes on some of the things we’ve been doing so far over the past month…

 

Rainy days and rainbows
Rainy weather is back now that summer is over.

Making drip art rain picture: We used a pipette to drop paint onto paper then slowly tilted paper forward to make paint drip/roll down across paper (children were fascinated observing the paint drip down slowly, and exploring tilting paper in various directions to observe trajectory of the paint dribbling down).

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Making a rainbow picture: Colour exploration painting with cards (we dolloped on some paint onto paper and used some old plastic cards to mix and scrape the paint across the paper).

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We read a story about a rainbow and talked about the specific colours of the rainbow as well as the number and order of the colours. The children had a go at colouring in a rainbow picture. The activity focused on observing the various colours in a rainbow and practicing pre-writing skills of colouring their rainbow within the lines of each row of the rainbow.

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Donuts, donuts, donuts!
Chillier weather calls for some baking.

One of our favourite books this month was ‘The Donut Chef’ by Bob Staake. And of course we got us craving for some real donuts. I used my favourite pretzel recipe to make the dough which we shaped it into donut shapes. We made them glazed (with a simple icing sugar glaze) just like in the story.

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We also made some cardboard donuts which the children decorated to their heart’s content with lots of colourful and sparkly embellishments and sequins.

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The colourful, sparkly cardboard donuts went on the display at our very own little donut shop on sale for one dollar a piece.

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Scissor practice ideas
Some simple ideas I did with the kids for scissor skills practice.

Giving haircuts to paper-towel roll people.

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Simple lines and patterns drawn on coloured paper for children to cut along.

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(P.S. Some information on scissor skills development and practice for preschoolers you might find helpful)

 


If you enjoyed this post, you can check out  our last roundup of activities and more of my other play and learning ideas. Stay tuned for next month’s roundup!