Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Cosy Winter Reading

Winter is almost upon us! Now is the time to cosy up in front of the fire in pyjamas with hot chocolate and favourite stories!

Look out for lovely winter tales at your local library or bookstore. Here are some we'll be reserving:

Otto The Book Bear in the Snow by Katie Cleminson

'Otto and Ernest love nothing more than for their book to be borrowed and read. But this winter they are desperate to get back to the library for the special winter party. It's time for an incredible adventure through the snow.'

Little One by Jo Weaver

'Big Bear stepped out of her winter den. By her side, half asleep and blinking in the spring sunshine, wobbled a tiny cub. Spring is here and new life is stirring. There is so much for Big Bear to teach her new cub as they step out into the forest. Their journey will take them through summer and autumn and winter, always together, always discovering.'

The Snow Beast by Chris Judge

'Beast has been robbed! And so has the whole village. Without tools the villagers can't put on their legendary winter festival, so Beast sets off to solve the mystery. Discovering that a stranded snow beast is behind the robbery, Beast has to decide whether to help this odd-looking stranger.'

Robin's Winter Song by Suzanne Barton

'The forest was bustling with activity. As the red and orange leaves swirled in the wind, Robin started to worry. Something was changing. Finch was flying south, because Winter was coming. Squirrel was burying food, because Winter was coming. Even Owl was making his nest warm. Why? That's right - because Winter was coming. Robin decided he didn't like the sound of Winter one little bit. But that was before the snow.'

All Hands on Deck by Richard Dungworth

'Shiver me timbers! Captain Cutlass's crew don't want to come out because they say it's too cold! How can he persuade them to come out and have some freezing fun?'

What book will you be reading this winter with your little ones?

My Wild Winter

'The winter holidays are the perfect time to create your own family nature adventures. Despite being the coldest and darkest time of the year, there’s a wonderland of wildlife experiences waiting to be had during the winter months - so wrap up your young ones in preparation for their wildest winter yet!'

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nICE ideas!

Playing with ice is a great, cheap sensory activity and so much fun for the kiddies. Water play is a childhood favourite, so ice play is a great follow on activity which can easily be set up at home.

Through this sensory play children are introduced to the early science topic of 'solids and liquids'. They will start to question and understand the differences between these two states and how things change from a liquid into a solid and back again.

We keep and reuse any old fruit or biscuit trays as they make interesting shapes. We freeze objects into each mould along with a string. Once frozen we hang them up to watch them melt.

Ice activities can cover all sorts of subjects as well as Science. We have been using ice play with DS6 for his Maths. We froze silver glitter into hexagonal moulds and used the shapes to make tessellations. Much more exciting than learning from a Maths workbook! See the video we uploaded  on our Instagram page @theworldistheirclassroom

We are also planning more Maths lessons with ice such as learning cube numbers with ice cubes!

Another favourite is preparing ice excavations! We freeze items ready to be excavated such as dinosaurs and ocean creatures. Use larger tubs, such as chocolate tubs, for larger ice blocks and leave to freeze overnight. The kiddies can use salt to sprinkle onto the ice and watch what happens. Perhaps make coloured salt to make it more interesting!

Making frozen bird feeders is always a great activity for the winter.

We also use jelly moulds as they come in fun shapes, adding food colouring to the water too!

We freeze DD3's nature finds after she's been on her scavenger hunts!

We sometimes add water beads to our sensory ice trays!

Children will enjoy
  • Pouring
  • Stacking
  • Building
  • Rubbing
  • Painting
  • Stirring

    They will ask questions such as 'How does ice melt'? Allow them to investigate on their own and ask their own questions.
    Hope you all have fun with your ice activities!!!

    Tuesday, 21 November 2017

    Top Winter activities for the kiddies

    Looking for exciting activities for the kiddies this winter? Check out Nature Detectives for some great ideas to keep them entertained! I've listed a few here which we will be doing.
    Make an ice lantern
    Make a glittering, icy candle holder to brighten up dark winter evenings.  
                         These lanterns are super easy to make and look amazing!
    • Add holly leaves, berries or conifer greenery to the water for decoration
    • Freeze your lantern outside on a cold winter night, or pop it in your freezer
    • When the water’s frozen, ask a grown-up to help you free your lantern from the container

    Paper Snowflakes
              Don’t wait for the snow to fall: make your own snowstorm using paper, scissors and glitter!
    • Make huge and tiny snowflakes, just like a real blizzard
    • Add a sparkly finish using glitter or metallic pens
    • Choose, blue, white and silver paper and get snipping!
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    Ice Decorations
    Create icy decorations to hang up in your garden  
            All you need is your imagination and a few woodland items – easy peasy!
    • Find unusual and interesting items next time you’re in the woods
    • Ask your grown-up to help you put your art in the freezer
    • Take a photo of your sculptures to capture them before they melt
           Be patient! The water might take a day to freeze, but it’s so exciting when you finally hang it up!
    Go on a wonderful winter hunt
    There’s still so much to spot during the coldest months of the year. So what are you waiting for? Get outside!
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    Winter Scavenger hunt
    Head off on a winter scavenger hunt and get collecting!
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    Make Winter Badges
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    Build a winter home
    Build cosy winter homes for woodland creatures.
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    Colour in Robins
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     Holly colouring page

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