Preschool Adventure Box: B4FIAR Katy No Pocket

Topic: Kangaroos

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:

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Read aloud  fiction books

   

Go along non fiction books

   

For more book themed ideas see:

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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.

A4 helps her little sister
A4 helps her little sister
Enjoying the play dough together
Enjoying the play dough together
One of the points to photocopying the front cover is for the littles to use the pictures as stencils for their play dough, helping them create shapes they may struggles with otherwise.
One of the points to photocopying the front cover is for the littles to use the pictures as stencils for their play dough, helping them create shapes they may struggles with otherwise.

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:
A4 with dress up and practicing bouncing on her kangeroo ball
A4 with dress up and practicing bouncing on her kangaroo ball
  • We also made her an apron to practice being Katy:
Looking after her Joey
Looking after her Joey
T11 said she looked more like a donkey!  She was not impressed!
T11 said she looked more like a donkey! She was not impressed!
  • 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:
Quiet time basket
Quiet time basket

Trays:

Rainbow painting with kangeroo colouring in sheets, jungle puzzle and Two Kangaroo books
Rainbow painting with kangaroo colouring in sheets, jungle puzzle and Two Kangaroo books
A couple of kangeroo books, another jungle puzzle and some jungle animal stamps with paper
A couple of kangaroo books, another jungle puzzle and some jungle animal stamps with paper
Every time we tackle a new book I photocopy the front cover and cut up to make a free puzzle
Every time we tackle a new book I photocopy the front cover and cut up to make a free puzzle
A4 whizzed through the puzzle
A4 whizzed through the puzzle
Colouring in with her sister
Colouring in with her sister

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)

Printables

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

http://www.examiner.com/article/preschool-treasures-katy-no-pocket-lapbook-printables-and-resources

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/b4_resources_katy_nopocket.php

Mummy and A4 activity

I always try to get activities that can be used and adapted no matter the book we're studying.  This one was perfect!
I always try to get activities that can be used and adapted no matter the book we’re studying. This one was perfect!
It makes rubber stickers that lightly stick on anything.  As you can see, you can make the stickers in any shape you choose.  A4 placed the transparency over a Katy No Pocket picture...
It makes rubber stickers that lightly stick on anything. As you can see, you can make the stickers in any shape you choose. A4 placed the transparency over a Katy No Pocket picture…
I used the black outline and outlined Katy.  We left it to dry for a few hours
I used the black outline and outlined Katy. We left it to dry for a few hours
A4 filled inside the kangeroo with pink paint, left it to dry, then yellow and left that to dry...
A4 filled inside the kangaroo with pink paint, left it to dry, then yellow and left that to dry…
....and finished off with the blue paint.
….and finished off with the blue paint.
We had to leave it to dry over night (it's still not dry!)  A4 will peal the gel sticker of and can stick and restick to her hearts content.  Well, that is if it ever dries!!
We had to leave it to dry over night (it’s still not dry!) A4 will peel the gel sticker off and can stick and restick to her heart’s content. Well, that is if it ever dries!!

Snacks

  • 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:

Ready to start sprinkling...
Ready to start sprinkling…
Popping on lots of sprinkles
Popping on lots of sprinkles
And there you have it, kangaroo fairy bread!
And there you have it, kangaroo fairy bread!
  • Lamingtons

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:

Cake cut up, A4 mixes a thin chocolate icing
Cake cut up, A4 mixes a thin chocolate icing
Stabbing a fork into the cake, she covers it with frosting
Stabbing a fork into the cake, she covers it with frosting
Then, straight away, transfers the cake into a bowl of dessicated coconut and covers
Then, straight away, transfers the cake into a bowl of desiccated coconut and covers
The resulting lamingtons!  They were really good!
The resulting Lamingtons! They were really good!
  • 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!!

A4 mixed the flour, salt and butter, added the milk and kneaded into a soft dough
A4 mixed the flour, salt and butter, added the milk and kneaded into a soft dough
She popped it on a floured baking sheet, flattened it and i put it in the oven
She popped it on a floured baking sheet, flattened it and i put it in the oven
It was so good!
It was so good!

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Our Special Tea

We made a Katy No Pocket Muffin Tin:

Pink Lady apples, sliced (Australian), Australian Damper bread served with Australian Vegemite and butter.  Lastly I made amuffin tin sized pavalova (the Australian national dish!)
Pink Lady apples, sliced (Australian), Australian Damper bread served with Australian Vegemite and butter. Lastly I made a muffin tin sized Pavlova (the Australian national dish!)

For more muffin tin meal ideas see:
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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!

Building the puzzle together
Building the puzzle together
Searching for the kangaroos
Searching for the kangaroos
Placing the toy kangeroos in Australia
Placing the toy kangaroos in Australia
Lots of fun simply playing!
Lots of fun simply playing!

More Inspiration

http://delightfullearning.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/katy-no-pocket.html

http://pinterest.com/mamahess/b4fiar-katy-no-pocket/

Tot School   Highhill Homeschool

Delightful Learning

http://fiveinarow.com/blog/2013/03/04/how-others-use-before-five-in-a-row-blog-hop/

26 comments

  1. We studied kangaroos a few months ago and made pockets out of paper plates, it was a lot of fun.
    The sticker thing looks like some of the window cling crafts I’ve seen over here. Supposedly you can make them by adding food dye to school glue, that’s on the list of things Jeff would probably freak over………

    1. A is 4 and B is almost 2. We do each book twice. The first time for fun (which is what we’re doing now) and the second time a bit more educationally (that will be next year) We love B4FIAR!!

  2. Would you be open to carrying on an email correspondence? I am a grandmother (retired public school teacher) who teaches 4 of my grandchildren – ages 5, 7, 8, and 14. The 14 year old has some medical issues which create some complications to his learning. However, he has always shied away from writing of any kind. I LOVED your informationary and created one for him. We are on our first week of using it. I wondered whether you would mind being a resource for me in my challenges with his writing?

    I live in central Canada. If your children would like any information about Canada, or a penpal or two, our little school would certainly love to oblige.

    Myra Meyer gwmeyer@shaw.ca

  3. Hey Guys,
    It is your cousin Megan from Northern Ireland.
    Lovely snacks you made A4 they look scrummy.
    Good working together A4 and R1.
    Love Megan xxxxx

    1. Thanks Megan for popping by and taking the time to comment. We LOVE comments!! Hope you are all well, take care, with love Auntie Claire (and Uncle Gary, and T11, and L10 and C10, And A4 and B2!!)

  4. Katy No Pocket is a family favorite story in our house. I love the kangaroo cookies and I think all children who read this story need an apron and lots of little stuffed animals.

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