This year I want to be a little less haphazard about my two little one’s activities. A4 will continue to have her one hour school with me doing Mathusee Primer and Jolly Phonics. I want to be more purposeful about the fun school I do with the two little girls. To this end I’ve created a Preschool Adventure Box and a written frame-work with which to organise my planning of the short units I do with them. Each week the two youngest are given a preschool adventure work box full of lots of exciting activities for them to do throughout the week. They are allowed to have a quick look through to build up their excitement for the week ahead:
Read aloud fiction books
Go along non fiction books
For more book themed ideas see:
Book Led play dough fun
Each morning I put out some play dough at their table with a photocopied sheet of the cover of the book we are studying. They both really enjoy play dough and having different themed cutters and molds each week keeps it fresh and exciting.
Dress up and drama
- This week we reused their bear costumes (again!) from a couple of weeks age, added a pin on tail and a card kangaroo printed mask from here:
- We also made her an apron to practice being Katy:
- Little world tub – I put together a kangaroo and a joey and popped it into A4′s quiet time box. I had wanted to include all the animals in the box but I couldn’t get hold of an alligator or an owl. A4 didn’t seem to notice or care. This was her favourite toy all week.
- I also managed to get my hands on a kangaroo and joey cuddly toys, from our local charity shop. Everything went into her quiet time basket and she was all set:
Our Classification Cards
I particularly wanted her to look through the jungle one and tell me that there weren’t any kangaroos (which she did) and then look through the other packs to find out where kangaroos actually come from. (grass lands)
We don’t often use printables, but next year when we revisit each book I’ll be using them.
Mummy and A4 activity
- Kangaroo shaped fairy bread.
Fairy bread is an Australian snack which sounds revolting (not to children) but actually tastes not too bad (although not an ounze of goodness in it!!)
To make it, you take a slice of bread, cut it into a kangaroo shape, butter it and sprinkle 100s and 1000s all over liberally, spreading them across the bread with a knife:
Another well-known Australian snack. It is made by cutting plain cake into squares, dipping the cake into a thin chocolate icing and rolling it in desiccated coconut:
- Damper bread
A bread made with out yeast, this is so easypeasy that A4 was able to do it all by herself. And it was delicious. We served it with better and honey. Yum!!
For more fun meal ideas see:
Our Special Tea
We made a Katy No Pocket Muffin Tin:
DVD’s and any other learning bits and pieces
We own a puzzle of the Animals Of The World. We built this up together and searched for any kangaroo pictures. A4 knows her continents fairly well so I asked her which continent the kangaroo was found (exclusively) on. B1 just enjoyed walking, crawling and looking at the map!