This wonderful book unit contains lots and lots of hands on activities linked to the book Katy No-Pocket. A lovely kangaroo themed book unit!
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Katy No-Pocket Topic: Kangaroos
This week I created an Adventure Box themed around kangaroos. I do this for each book unit, and the little ones love to have a sneak preview to build up their excitement for the week ahead:
I collected all the books I could find around the house about kangaroos and Australia
Contents of the Katy No-Pocket Adventure Box
Katy No-Pocket Dressing Up
A main stay in the preschool adventure box is always dressing up. On this week, we reused the bear costumes and added a slightly weird kangaroo mask and a kangaroo bouncer so she could hop like a kangaroo:
We also made her an apron to practice being Katy:
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.
Katy No-Pocket 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:
Katy No-Pocket Activity Trays
The first set of trays contained books, and animal puzzle and some rainbow paints and colouring sheets. Becs always likes to do anything art related so I knew the rainbow paints would go down a treat. The books were Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? and Kangaroo’s Can Can Cafe:
Book Themed Hand Made Puzzle
If I can’t buy a commercial puzzle, I print the front of the book and cut it up into different shapes. I pop them into an envelope and then the girls just need to fit them together again to create the book cover!
This is the simplest activity to provide. There is a wealth of printable material out there to print out and colour in:
Mummy and Abigail Activity
Each week I plan at least one activity to do just with one child. This means they get a certain amount of time with me alone, which I think is so important in a big family. This week we made some reelable stickers in the form of a kangaroo:
Kangaroo Themed 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:
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:
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!!
Katy No Pocket Muffin Tin Meal
You know how much I like muffin tin meals! These are some of my most creative work and I seriously dig them! Here, I cut up an apple and sliced the damper bread with some butter and Australian Vegemite:
Kangaroo Themed Films
As always, at the end of the week we had a video night watching some kangaroo themed videos. Skippy was a hit on all fronts and even the older children joined in! And of course, National Geographic is always a huge hit in our house and was a perfect go along to Katy No Pocket:
Finding Kangeroos on the Map
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!
This was another great week of book unit learning! Looking for more ideas for book units? Go check out my book unit page!
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