Willow Star wand

Earlier in the year we planted some willow.  We decided to harvest some and make these lovely willow wands.

Once we cut it we then stripped all of the leaves off.  I presume that you could use and fresh, thin tree branch if you don’t have willow.

Instructions:

Make a bend in the willow about 1/3 of the way from the bottom.  (See above)

Next make another bend and bring the willow underneath the bottom 1/3.

Now bend it back over and then weave it through the triangle  you have made.

Finally bend the willow back over the top and the down through to complete your star.

Wrap the end of the willow around the main stem and then tuck it in to hold it tight.

The perfect wand for halloween!

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Halloween Slime – UK recipe

We have been having a lovely relaxed family day today as we start half term.  Seb wanted to make some Halloween slime – so I thought we would share it with you.

We still love our simple slime recipe and it literally takes 4 minutes to make.   Seb has made a little video showing how it is done.  Full instructions below.

Once it was turned out it was still a bit sticky so we kneaded it with a bit more contact lens solution and it all came together perfectly 🙂

How fab are these glass eyes – perfect for this spooky slime.  #affiliate

OOOHHHHHH spooky!!

I have created a free printable of this recipe and instructions – or see below with links to purchase bits you need from amazon:

UK Slime recipe borax free

Ingredients:

1 cup of PVA glue

¼ cup of water

Food colour (gels work best)

1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda

Contact lens solution (with boric acid)

Method:

  1. Put the all the ingredients except for the contact lens solution into a bowl and mix well – until combined.
  2. Add a tablespoon of contact lens solution and mix well. It should start coming together.
  3. Add more contact lens solution if needed. Mix well.  Keep going until the slime is not too sticky to touch.
  4. Turn out onto a smooth surface and knead for a few minutes. Then it should be ready.

We hope you have fun!

See our other halloween bits here:

Parts of a Bat cards

Halloween minbeast matching cards

Halloween Minibeasts (types of)

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    Multiplication Times table circles pegging activity

    I have been trying to think of ways to incorporate fine motor skills into the classroom.  I am hoping that improving hand strength will help with handwriting.

    As I am in Year 3 at the moment we are also starting to learn times tables.  So I made these times table wheels.  They are attractive to look at so hopefully the children will want to pick them up.  They are colour coded for each number to match the Montessori beads that I have in the classroom.

    Multiplication circles 1 - 12

    You could use them to chant the times tables as you turn the disk.

    I have used a sharpie to add numbers to pegs (#affiliate) so that the children can peg the the right answer to the sum.

    To do this activity I have laminated them with 125 pouches so there is extra rigidity.  I also printed them on card.

    It was a great activity at home too as Freya and Seb could both work at their own levels.

    I have lots of other free download printables for multiplication and times tables:

    3 Times Tables Multiplication/Division Triangles

    Times Table charts

    Multiplication circles 1 - 12

    Multiplication circles

    4 Times Table fidget spinner challenge

    8 times table fidget spinner challenge

    Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Sum Cards Blank Montessori

    Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Montessori

    A4 TIMES TABLE CHART Colour coded INCLUDING BLANK

    A4 Times table chart including blank

    A3 Times table chart including blank

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      5 Minute Ikea Classroom Clock hack – Free Download

      I have updated my teaching time printable to make this simple clock by hacking the Ikea Rusch clock.  If you can’t get to ikea not as you can buy the clock for a little extra on Amazon 🙂  Ikea Rusch clock #affilaite

      Just download my Free Clock printable and cut it out.

      Carefully remove the clock front.  There are three little tabs you need to push in – then the front will come out.  I did the biggest one first.  You do need to be careful not to damage the plastic.

      Carefully remove the hands.

      I used a skewer to carefully make a hole in the middle of my clock printable.  Then glued it in place.

      NB:  Make sure your put it the right way up!  12 needs to cover the ole 12!

      Now carefully place the hands back.  Hour hand first, then minutes, then seconds.

      Finally, place the front back on. Voila!

      I have added the beads round the edge for a more visual approach – see how the printable also has the 5 bead bars to mark the minutes/seconds.

      You could use numicon here as well 🙂

      See all of my FREE teaching time downloads here:

      Blank Clock faces 2/6/8 per page

      Digital Clocks (Quarter to)

      Digital Clocks (Quarter past)

      Analogue Clocks (Quarter to)

      Analogue Clocks (Quarter past)

      Ikea RUSCH clock printable

      Telling time printables

      Half past analogue clock (3 part cards)

      Half past digital 24 hour clock (3 part cards)

      Kaboom - Time

      Digital clock cards (O'clock times)

      Analogue clock cards (O'clock times)

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        Classroom editing kit

        In the past year I have been trying to learn about children’s writing and the different processes it involves.

        I have decided that I really want to focus on the task of editing as a separate task so that the mechanics of writing don’t inhibit young writers.

        In the video above you will see I have found some great boxes from Really Useful Boxes.  This is the 0.55l box. If you want to order some they are available on amazon – affiliate link.

        I created a cover to help engage the children.  Inside the box I have made a key to remind the children what they should be looking at.

        Inside the box I am going to include a highlighter pen and a purple pen.  The idea is that they can highlight any errors they find and then use the purple pen to show their corrections.

        Letter Formation card - Cursive

        Letter Formation card

        200 HFW wordbank

        Digraph and Trigraph grapheme card

        Editing kit cover and key

          I have also created some cards that will help with the corrections:

          I am really excited to try this out in the classroom and really hope that it helps inspire my little writers!

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          Dates in the classroom

          I have been setting up my new classroom recently and have moved up into KS2.

          I want to try and encourage my class to be more independent when it comes to writing the date.  I plan to teach them how the shower date is formed and that the numbers represent the day, then the month, e.g. January = 1, then the year, 16 = 2016.

          I have this great clock I got in a Habitat sale but you can find similar on Amazon –  http://amzn.to/2wgZjLw (affiliate).

          Underneath the clock I have used my month and days of the week cards:

          Month Name cards - Southern Hemisphere

          Days of the week cards

          Date cards 1st - 31st

          Seasons label cards

          Season Name cards

          Month Name cards

            Hopefully the children will learn to write their own short and long dates and work more independently 🙂

            Also, living my hessian backed boards and fabric surrounds. A little effort to set up but this will be the second year I use them and they still look like new!!  Get your hessian from Amazon – (affiliate link).

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            DIY Giant Bubbles – 4 simple ingredients – NEW and improved!

            We have updated our bubble mixture and its got even better with 4 simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

            This video shows how big the bubbles can get!

            We have played a game called Pop, blow or shoot!  Great for listening and patience!

            Basically as the bubble floats off you shot Pop Blow or Shoot!

            #

            Seb loves this Distributor nerf gun – less than £10 and an accurate shot.   #affiliate

            Top tips for giant bubbles

            Making the giant bubbles is a skill in itself!

            You need to move quite slowly and then almost snip the bubble off by pulling the sticks together smoothly.  You can see Freya doing this in the picture above.

            GIant Bubbles Recipe

            Ingredients

            Glycerine  2 tbsp (affiliate link)
            Baking powder 1 tbsp  (affiliate link)
            Fairy Liquid 1/2 cup
            Corn Flour 1/2 cup
            HOT (just boiled) water 6 cups

            First, we mixed the dry ingredients with a whisk.

            Then, we mixed in the Glycerine and hot water.

            We found that mixing half the water glycerine mix so that it makes a thick paste with the cornflour and baking powder.  

            Then add the remaining water to make an opaque liquid.

            Finally, we added the fairy liquid – we slowly mixed this so that we didn’t create any bubbles.

            You can use this straight away but we have found that leaving it to rest over night makes it even better!

            DIY Giant bubble wand

            2 Nails
            Dowel or sticks (we used two bits of  willow) about 40cm long
            A weight – you could use a nut – we have used stones with holes or buttons!)
            Natural cord or wool – This is my go to I always have a supply.  Jute String 

            First, put the two nails in the end of your wooden rods.

            Next cut 2 piece of string.  One about 45 cm long, the other about 60cm long.

            Put the ends together and tie on to the nail – I used a clove hitch.

            No thread the weight onto the other end and then put the other ends together.

            Secure with a clove hitch or any knot on the other stick.

            I normally leave the string in the bubble mixture for a minute or two before we start blowing bubbles.

            We have had so much fun – hope you do to!

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            Fidget Spinner Tricky Words challenge

            Freya and Seb have finally caught on to the trend of fidget spinners! #affiliate We found some great ones on Amazon that didn’t break the bank (around £3) and came quickly.

            Seb especially has loved this challenge – he has read his tricky words at least 8 times today!!  I need to make him a harder challenge!

            These printables are so easy to use.  I just printed them and laminated them (so they last longer) and then we were ready to go!

            Set the spinner spinning placing it on the image top right of this printable and the child has to complete the challenge before the spinner stops.  Lots of options:

            How many words can they read?
            How many words can they find (adult calls out word)
            How many words can they write – CORRECTLY?

            I am certain that you will have plenty more great ideas too!

            These are the printables available:

            Phase 2 and 3 tricky words.

            Phase 4 and 5 tricky words.

            Year 3 common exception words (part 1)

            Blank fidget Spinner template – I have also added a blank one so you can choose your own challenges.

            Get a free trial now! #affiliate

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            DIY Egg candler

            We we have 12 runner duck eggs in our incubator at the moment. They have been in for 5 days and I wanted to check their progress. I normally use the titan egg candler Which is fantastic, however we are mid house move so it’s packed away.

            Instead i found this easy DIY version which isn’t as detailed but does a great job.

            I used a toilet roll over the light of my iPhone. You could easily use a high powered torch too!

            As you can see from the picture above the area of shadow shows that the egg is beginning to develop. If there is no development the whole egg will just glow one colour.

            Here is a picture of our incubator. As you can see Freya is very excited about the eggs hatching and is counting down the days.   We bought this incubator second hand but there are lots of others good ones available. Check our incubators on Amazon. #affilate

            I would recommend Getting an incubator with an auto turning feature.

            We got our eggs from eBay – amazing they were delivered through the post!

            British bird photos 2 a page

            British birds (Three part cards)

            Ducks and Wildfowl (Three part cards)

            Chicken (family)

            Chicken (parts of)

            Turkey (Family and collective noun)

            Turkey (parts of)

            Ant Life Cycle

            Penguin (Parts of)

            Birds and their eggs

            We will keep you posted with how the ducklings develop.

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            Multiplication and Times Tables – Fun Montessori Style

            Freya is starting to learn her times tables at school.  I remember hating this as a child and thinking it was pointless!  I now know the importance of it – but still remember my own struggles so I have been trying to make it as fun and easy for Freya as possible.

            I saw this wonderful idea on the blog – The adventures of Adam for getting addition using dice.  Emma has kindly said I can include a modified version for multiplication.

            Penguin Multiplication:

            By putting the dice in the penguin not only added an element of fun – but also contained the dice!!

            Shopping list:

            Penguin Ice cube tray
            Sharpie pens
            12 sided dice

            I have chosen to use some prepared sheets for Freya to record the sums.  Free printable – Multiplication Sum sheets blank.

            I have also made some Multiplication tables for Freya to check her work herself:

            Other Multiplication printables are here:

            http://www.montessorisoul.com/free-downloads/timestables/

            3 Times Tables Multiplication/Division Triangles

            Times Table charts

            Multiplication circles 1 - 12

            Multiplication circles

            4 Times Table fidget spinner challenge

            8 times table fidget spinner challenge

            Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Sum Cards Blank Montessori

            Multiplication tables - Stage 3 Montessori

            A4 TIMES TABLE CHART Colour coded INCLUDING BLANK

            A4 Times table chart including blank

            Time Table Songs:

            We have quite along car journey at the moment so we have been listening to some times table songs:

            http://www.percyparker.com/

            This is not an affiliate link – this is just something which has really helped!

            We have also found a number of songs which are good on Amazon Music which is free as part of Prime – I don’t know how I would live without Prime!  Get a free trial now! #affiliate

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