We are learning using BFIAR and are rowing Yellow Ball:

 

Theme: Beach

Read aloud  fiction books

I just used any of the FIAR which were beach related:

     

Go along non fiction books

   

For more themed book ideas see:

jdaniel4smom

Book Led Play Dough Fun

Each morning I put out some play dough at their table.  They both really enjoy play dough and having different themed cutters and molds each week keeps it fresh and exciting.  This week we made sand dough (4 cups play sand 3 cup flour 1 1/4 cup water 1/4 cup oil- mix together thoroughly), to go along with our beach theme and I let the little ones have some of our beach toys:

The ingredients for our dough sand

The ingredients for our dough sand

Mixing with a spoon

Mixing with a spoon, before kneading it

One batch I made up with beach themed plastic shape makers

One batch I made up with beach themed plastic shape makers

The other batch I placed in a tray with a collection of beach finds

The other batch I placed in a tray with a collection of beach finds

Making impressions

Making impressions

'fossils!'

‘fossils!’

Special B2 and Mummy activity

I then taught her to make this sand dessert (although I added some Oreos to make the sand a bit more grainy):

First B2 poured the Angel Delight into the milk

First B2 poured the Angel Delight into the milk

mixed it

mixed it

He, he, she loved this!!

Chopped up the oreo and vanilla biscuits (I used one Oreo to every 10 vanilla)  He, he, she loved this!!

She then spooned layers into our little 'buckets'

She then spooned layers into our little ‘buckets’

Loved it!

Loved it!

The finished product

The finished product

After we had finished those she kept saying ‘more, mummy, more!’ so I quickly gathered the supplies together to make some edible sand for a snack I had planned later in the week:

We used Fruit Loops and divided them into their three colours

We used Fruit Loops and divided them into their three colours

Which she then whizzed up finely

Which she then whizzed up finely

Three colours for our edible sand art

Three colours for our edible sand art

Special A4 and Mummy activity

A4 and I decided to paint a few of the pebbles we picked up at the beach and later on in the year we will turn them into Christmas presents:

Large pebbles painted and a few egg casts (A4's idea)

Large pebbles painted and a few egg casts (A4′s idea)

The second activity was to make some shell shaped soaps, again for presents:

Soap making kit £1 at a charity shop, never been used!

Soap making kit
£1 at a charity shop, never been used!

I made her up a tray to surprise her with:

Cut up soap bits to melt in hot water, a basket of dyes and scents and shell and star shaped molds

Cut up soap bits to melt in hot water, a basket of dyes and scents and shell and star shaped molds

Having melted the soap bits, A4 added some red dye and some vanilla scent to the pot

Having melted the soap bits, A4 added some red dye and some vanilla scent to the pot, then gave it a good stir

Poured it into the shell molds

Poured it into the shell molds and left to set

emptied out...

emptied out…

Trays:

Our main tray activity was making bouncy balls.  We had attempted some home made ones in our science on Monday using borax and glue (posting about that tomorrow).  These bouncy balls were made using a kit we had purchased from Amazon, and it used some sort of powder,  water and the molds provided.  The result was a very bouncy ball:

The girls waiting patiently!

The girls waiting patiently!

First they needed to pour the powder into the mold provided.  I gave them the funnel from our science kit.  I'm not sure how they would have managed without!

First they needed to pour the powder into the mold provided. I gave them the funnel from our science kit. I’m not sure how they would have managed without!

Then using some tongs (again from our science box) they had so suspend the mold in water for a count of 60

Then using some tongs (again from our science box) they had to suspend the mold in water for a count of 60

After leaving it to dry off for 3 minutes they were able to peal off the molds...

After leaving it to dry off for 3 minutes they were able to peal off the molds…

...producing a very hard bouncy ball.

…producing a very hard bouncy ball.

We even had enough to do a yellow (ish) ball to go with our B4FIAR book

We even had enough to do a yellow (ish) ball to go with our B4FIAR book

Whilst this activity was quick, easy and fun which is perfect for a tray activity, the balls they made from scratch at the beginning of the week were a much bigger hit.  B2 even hid hers under her top and went for a nap with it and it half melted and stuck fast.  She lost some clothes to the bin that day!!  I’m posting about our foray into home made balls tomorrow.

Another activity I had planned was for some sand play.  I thought it would be fun to colour some sand but the play sand we bought was too dark in colour to be dyed successfully.  So we opted for some fake sand in the form of salt, which we first dyed in zip lock bags using food dye:

Bags of salt with food dye to add and make coloured 'sand' for another tray activity later on

Bags of salt with food dye to add and make coloured ‘sand’ for another tray activity later on

Adding food dye

Adding food dye

Giving it a good mix

Giving it a good mix

A4 with all her coloured 'sand'

A4 with all her coloured ‘sand’

This coloured sand was to be used during our art the next day to do some coloured sand art.  I’ll be posting about their morning activities tomorrow.

Which she did in a flash!

Last but not least the fishing puzzle which she did in a flash!

Games or group activities

We played with the yellow ball just like in the book:

A4 showed me low...

A4 showed me low…

...and high

…and high

And had jolly good fun playing with her sister

And had jolly good fun playing with her sister

Snacks

  • We made crabs from croissants, strawberries, chocolate spread and mini marshmallows:
Our crabby snack

Our crabby snack

  • The sand castle puddings B2 and I made together:
The finished product

Sand castle pudding

  • A fishing snack tray inspired by muffin tin mum:
Pretzal fishing rods, peanut butter hooks, melon fish, jelly star fish, green sugar plankton and grape sea weed

Pretzal fishing rods, peanut butter hooks, melon fish, jelly star fish, green sugar plankton and grape sea weed

  • Edible sand art:
Tortilla cut into beach related shapes, with peanut butter for 'glue' and coloured sand made by B2 earlier on in the week

Tortilla cut into beach related shapes, with peanut butter for ‘glue’ and coloured sand made by B2 earlier on in the week

B2 making up her tortillas

B2 making up her tortillas

Beach Themed Muffin Tin Meal

Lower row: half egg boats with pepper sails and tortilla and soft cheese yellow ball Upper row: mini ice cream cone, mini blue choc chip sea bed with a melon jelly fish and blue jelly and an orange boat with tortilla sail.  Muffin decorated with tiny star fish and cut out melon fish.

Lower row: half egg boats with pepper sails and tortilla and soft cheese yellow ball
Upper row: mini ice cream cone, mini blue choc chip sea bed with a melon jelly fish and blue jelly and an orange boat with tortilla sail. Muffin decorated with tiny star fish and cut out melon fish.

Young People at Play

In our one hour activity slot in the morning we made:

  • An ocean in a bottle

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  • A yellow bouncy ball

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  • We investigated beach finds

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  • We explored an ocean sensory box

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You can read about these activities here.

Printables

We don’t often use printables, but next year when we revisit each book I’ll be using them:

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/yellowball.php

http://3dinosaurs.com/wordpress/index.php/free-beach-pack/#comment-674

http://3dinosaurs.com/wordpress/index.php/free-ocean-pack/

http://www.2teachingmommies.com/2011/08/oceans-updated.html

http://www.wiseowlfactory.com/BookaDay/archives/6372

Further inspiration

http://delightfullearning.blogspot.co.uk/2010/04/yellow-ball.html

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