Mr Men School: Mr Tickle

This week’s Mr Men school was all about Mr Tickle and what a fabulous week we had, with so, so many activities.  I am exhausted and the little ones still keep asking for ‘more Mr Men-ny activities, pleeease Mummy!’.  Needless to say, it has been a huge hit and I’m not at all certain I can keep up!  This is what my littles have been up to, in addition to All about Reading preschool (B2) and Level 1 (A5), and their daily bible study.

Literature

C10 reading a selection of Mr Men books to B2
C10 reading Mr Tickle to B2

Magazine Work

You know sometimes in life when things all come together in a way you couldn’t possibly have envisioned at the start?  This is how I feel about this Mr Men school.  Just weeks after deciding to use Mr Men as the basis for our school this year I came across the very first edition of a new Mr Men magazine that is to be published every two months over in the UK.  Each publication will come complete with two Mr Men or Little Miss toys.  I was so excited and intend to utilise every single solitary bit of each magazine this year!  And you will never guess the character they focused on in their first edition?  Yes, Mr Tickle!  How cool is that?  So I had A5 fill out the double sheet all about Mr Tickle, stickers and all:Ribbet collage 1

This edition also came with a free poster outlining all of the characters.  I will be using this to create a new Mr Men themed chore chart to go in the girls’ room to replace the one that is there at the moment.

Maths

This week we primarily used the Mr Tickle number tool box:

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The girls counted, threw dice, ordered numbers, made up number puzzles and wrote their numbers.  I am glad to say it was a hit and well worth the work it took to create it:

A5 making up the Mr Tickle number ordering puzzle
A5 making up the Mr Tickle number ordering puzzle
B2 counting the dots on dice
B2 counting the dots on dice
Throwing the dice, choosing the number and writing it
Throwing the dice, choosing the number and writing it
A5 ordering the number sticks...
A5 ordering the number sticks…
A5 ordered the stick numbers which B2 promptly unordered!
…Which B2 then proceeded to unorder!
B2 threading whilst A5 tosses a dice and writes the number
B2 threading whilst A5 tosses a dice and writes the number
A5 threads whilst B2 draws a Mr Tickle
A5 threads whilst B2 draws a Mr Tickle

In addition A5 did a Mr Men puzzle I had found for 49p:

This is a really cool puzzle because it is double sided and the other side the girls can colour in with the crayons provided with the puzzle!
This is a really cool puzzle because it is double-sided and the other side the girls can colour in with the crayons provided with the puzzle!  They will probably colour it in one character at a time as we learn about them

Science

The science of orange

  •  Mixing red and yellow food colouring to create an orange mixture:
I placed water down red food dye in one test tube, and yellow in the other.  The girls folded up some kitchen roll and placed the ends into the dye with the other ends suspended in some clear water in a beaker in the middle.  We waited and sure enough the dye moved up through the kitchen roll and into the water and mixed to form an orange solution
I placed watered down red food dye in one test tube, and yellow in the other. The girls folded up some kitchen roll and placed the ends into the dye with the other ends suspended in some clear water in a beaker in the middle. We waited and sure enough the dye moved up through the kitchen roll and into the water and mixed to form an orange solution
  • Mixing the traditional yellow and red paint:
I put yellow and red paint into conical jars and they used a turkey baster to place a bit of each into their pots and stirred with a spoon.  I tell you, anything is made more fun with a turkey baster!
I put yellow and red paint into conical jars and they used a turkey baster to place a bit of each into their pots and stirred with a spoon. I tell you, anything is made more fun with a turkey baster!
We used the resulting orange paint for our art lesson
We used the resulting orange paint for our art lesson

Art

  • Junk modelling: the girls built a Mr Tickle from junk:
Junk for our junk model of Mr Tickle
Junk for our junk model of Mr Tickle
The girls filled a flour bag full of polyester filling from an old duvet and I taped it down.  they then painted the filled bag and four toilet rolls which would be his arms.  We also found a blue pot, which when taped upside down to the sack would work well as a het.  Here the girls are painting everything
The girls filled a flour bag full of polyester filling from an old duvet and I taped it down. they then painted the filled bag and four toilet rolls which would be his arms. We also found a blue pot, which when taped upside down to the sack would work well as a het. Here the girls are painting everything
This was so much fun to do.  I want to be a child again!
This was so much fun to do. I want to be a child again!
  • Using Wiki sticks to recreate some of the Mr Men characters:
A5 with her creations
A5 with her creations
Look at that cute Mr Man.  Not sure which one it is though...
Look at that cute Mr Man. Not sure which one it is though…

Play Dough

The girls made some fabulous Mr Tickle models:

A5 particularly enjoyed this and brought out her toy Mr Tickle to copy!
A5 particularly enjoyed this and brought out her toy Mr Tickle to copy!
Is not that the coolest looking Mr Tickle in the world?
Is that not the coolest looking Mr Tickle in the world?

Textiles

  • Creating a Mr Tickle from felt body parts onto a felt board.  For this activity I had created a ‘Make a Mr Men Character’ kit:

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Each week I will add the body parts of the Mr Men or Little Miss character we are studying that week.  For now though the girls simply played with the one character they had, Mr Tickle:

A5 putting Mr Tickle together
A5 putting Mr Tickle together
Yes, she liked this very much!
Yes, she liked this very much!

Cooking

  • Mr Tickle Tortilla pizza

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  • Home made Mr Men Chocolates
A5 made these with L10's help
A5 made these with L10’s help
  • Choc chip biscuits and apples (from book):

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Mr Tickle Activity

I thought for a bit of fun the girls could make their own Tickle sticks.  I cut out, from sticky back foam, two Mr Tickle shapes for each girl, one back to front (it was to be stuck onto the other Mr Tickle shape); two hats, one back to front and gave each girl and Chinese chop stick:

Bits and pieces to make the tickle stick
Bits and pieces to make the tickle stick
First the girls peeled off the paper from one of the Mr Tickle shapes
First the girls peeled off the paper from one of the Mr Tickle shapes
Next they placed the stick down the middle
Next they placed the stick down the middle
They then peeled the backing off the second Mr Tickle and stuck it onto the sticky side of the first one, covering up the stick
They then peeled the backing off the second Mr Tickle and stuck it onto the sticky side of the first one, covering up the stick
They peeled and added the two hats, one backed onto the other
They peeled and added the two hats, one backed onto the other
They added the smile
They added the smile
And the eyes
And the eyes
And here they are, two Mr Tickle stickles, for tickling your sisters with!
And here they are, two Mr Tickle sticks, for tickling your sisters with!

We have a week off next week and during that time I’ll be sharing how we school at angellicscalliwags.  After that it’s back to Mr Men School with Little Miss Bossy.  I shall be modelling the whole week on me!

14 comments

  1. I want to come to your house for school! I loved the Mr. Men books when I was a little girl (ahem… that’s a long time ago now!) — and I love seeing you using this as the spine for your homeschool. And yes, how perfect that the magazine came out and featured Mr. Tickle right off!

    I love reading your blog each week!

  2. I am telling you, I am going to find those books and put them up for one of these days, then I am going to copy you! The girls look so happy with all of the Mr. Men activities. I especially liked mixing the two colors with the paper towels as the wick. Never thought about doing it that way. Once again, you have shown just how creative you are, Claire. You should win an award for the homeschool mom with the most creativity! I do wish you could package some of it and send it to me. Most days I feel like a lump:/
    I am looking forward to next week.
    Have a most excellent Friday and weekend.

  3. Looks like SO much fun! Will drop you an e-mail soon. Been lovely, but we have all been sick and now better, but it took a 2-week chunk out of our time together. Grateful we are through it though. Loving the Mr Men theme! You are SO clever!

    1. Bummer! I can’t believe you were ill now! That is not good timing on the account of the virus!! (I’ll have words with it). So pleased you are feeling better and it’s lovely to have you back!! (Looking forward to your email)

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