A Wet Froggy Sunday!

Yesterday it POURED with rain all day!
So we had a wet froggy Sunday – with froggy (mostly) fingerprint pictures….

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…with the (non-competitive) lily-pad hopping game (hop from one to the other, and freeze when the music stops)….

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..a froggy sensory tray…

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…using black water beads to represent the tadpoles (or eggs)…

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…and of course, the number rhyme ‘5 little speckled frogs’…

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Tadpoles

Yesterday we took the kids to a local lake to look for tadpoles….

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…and we were lucky to find quite a few….!

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We took a few home (but just a few), and using directions from the library’s ‘Pettsson & Findus’ book…

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…set up our own tadpole habitat.

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Sand at the bottom, a few rocks for when they sprout legs, and a few leaves from the lake. Be sure to use water from the lake and keep it cool – and don’t put the habitat under direct sunlight. Food? Fish food works fine.
We took the time to then read and learn a little about frogs, from both a factual book…

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…with great pictures, and clear succinct explanations.
And a fictional book – a story about a girl who collected tadpoles, and what she did and how they grew…

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We also read a factual book about toads (with real photos, which Alfie preferred) from the library, to learn about the difference between frog and toad….

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Light And Dark Colours

We got our supplies together…

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…put two lots of yellow, red and blue paint in a palette, then added one drop of black in each colour, and one drop of white in each colour….

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…then we mixed…

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…and with both black paper, and white, we started to paint…

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There was a lot of talk about dark colours, and light colours, night time pictures and day time pictures.
At first Ted simply wanted to use black paper, and paint the whole paper one colour…

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..so I sat down, and painted a picture using all the colours, which he was fascinated by…

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…and proceeded to paint his own, exceedingly beautiful picture, on white paper….

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…and many more besides!
Now I wonder why he didn’t think of using all the colours before, and chose to stick to just one colour? Interesting. πŸ˜‰πŸŽ¨

‘Fabulous Robots’ : English Club

‘Fabots’ is a word short for ‘fabulous robots’, made up by my oldest son and his friend. It was their wish, therefore, to be able to make ‘fabots’ in english club…
“What do we need?” I asked. Some cylindrical pieces of wood about 5cm in width, small nails, big nails and maybe some wood glue, came the reply – and then I got a little detailed plan…..

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…and so, last week, we started to make ‘fabots’. πŸ˜‰

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…with a fabulous outcome….

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The kids then told me, while I scribed, the characters of their ‘fabots’, and the jobs the ‘fabots’ were employed to do…

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The kids decided they wanted to make their own board games for these ‘fabots’, so this week we continued with that.
There was an incredible amount of discussion involved – entirely in english – pretty fantastic considering they barely spoke less than a year ago. And using words such as ‘strategies’ and ‘combat’ too!

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Eventually the boys started on their game board…

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…though the girls seem to be right on track with theirs….

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Oh! And my Leon added a few more ‘fabots’ to the equation….😊

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To be continued next week! Great stuff guys! πŸ˜†

Observing Flowers

Observing flowers is a must every year. 😊
We use this book…

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…which is simple but succinct…

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Primrose, Violet, Crocus and Dandelion have taken the place of Snowdrop on the nature shelf….

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….along with Ted’s ‘tussilago’ he made at the church playgroup.
Dandelions are always a favourite with us. Good for making crowns and necklaces….

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This one Ted decided he wanted to leave on a path for the bees to find….

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Though we took a bunch home and put them in a vase on the nature shelf…

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..and simply waited for them to seed. An amazing chance to learn about the ‘dandelion clock’…

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Some foam flowers we had from a craft kit have also found their way on the nature shelf. These were too tricky for Ted to do, but he loves beautiful things, and insisted I made them for the nature shelf….

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We have a large box of seeds which we have now taken out…

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…and have been looking closely at some of the different seeds…

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..while we wait for the seeds we have planted, to grow….

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Cutting Fun

We’ve been trying to teach Ted to use scissors properly, and not so long ago I found a fun kit just perfect for that…

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The fun papers are ‘levelled’ , so I just took out numbers 1, 2 and 3 (it turned out that 3 was a little tricky still)…

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‘Snipping’ was just fine, but cutting in long lines was still difficult….

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Of course, the paper was too lovely to throw away, so Ted made a collage (which suited him just fine, being our current ‘glue friend’!)…

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