Thursday, March 31, 2011
I always have a chapter book that I am reading aloud to my kids. Currently, we are reading the Burgess Bird Book for Children. We love the Burgess books. He has a series of children's books about animals. We have so much fun reading about the animals, then looking them up to see what they look like. Thornton Burgess has a great way of making the animals come alive to the reader. We already read his Animal Book for Children, as well as most of the other animal stories. IF you haven't read them, I highly recommend them!
Also, here is a great resource to go along with the bird book- The Sartori Smiles blog has a whole section dedicated to it with links to bird pages to learn about each bird, watch videos, and hear their songs.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Remember the card game, war? I loved that game as a kid. Today, I played addition war with my son. We had so much fun. Here's how you do it :
Take out all the face cards from the deck of cards. Deal the whole deck out to the two people playing. Each turn you flip up your top two cards. You add together the sum of the two cards. Whoever has the higher sum wins & keeps all four cards. If the sum is the same, you have a war & flip over 2 more cards. The highest sum the second time wins it.
You could also play it with subtraction and multiplication.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Have you ever made Gak with your kids? It is so much fun! My kids always love it. It's really simple. However, watch out for their clothes. It's tough to get out.
Here is the recipe:
In one bowl, mix:
1 1/2 c. very warm water
2 c. glue
food coloring (if desired)
In another bowl:
1 1/3 c. very warm water
2 tsp borax (this is found in the laundry aisle at the grocery store)
Combine the two bowls and mix until combined. It starts to thicken. Discard the extra liquid after it is all mixed together.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
When I was a kid, my Mom made an alphabet mat. I remember having lots of fun playing on it. I decided to make one for my kids. They love it! We use it for so many things.
- We use it to say the alphabet & march along it as we sing or chant it.
- We also like to use it with bean bags- we'll say a letter & try to toss the bean bags to that letter.
- We spell out the kids names and they hop from letter to letter.
- I have a pack of alphabet flash cards that my daughter uses to match the cards with the letters on the mat.
- She's also learning to match the lower case letter cards with the upper case letters on the mat.
- My older son likes to do his spelling words on it.
If you want to make, one it's really easy. I used a flat sheet. Then I cut the letters out of multicolored fabrics with pinking shears. To divide the rows, I used grograin ribbon. (4 rows of 7) Then I sewed the letters on with a zig-zag stitch. There were 2 extra squares that I filled with shapes.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
My son and I have been writing a choose your own adventure story.
Here is what we did:
We decided our story would be about superheroes.- but you could choose anything, really. We wrote about 10 superheroes on little slips of paper and put them into a little bag. We decided on three other categories- places, villains (of course!), and catastrophes/disasters that the heroes would solve. Each category got its own bag. Then, we chose one paper from each bag and began writing our story. We were the charatcers in the story- along with the chosen hero & villain. My son (who is only 6-years-old) illustrated the story & we both chose what would happen, while I wrote. It ended up being a lot of fun. I think we will continue it with many more heroes & villains & make it into a little book.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Posted by Karyn Tripp at 3:32 PM