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.

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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!

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/

    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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    DIY Braille feely blocks – Sensory Fun

    I have been meaning to make this activity for ages.  Freya and Seb have really enjoyed it this morning and I was very surprised how well they could actually recognise the letters.

    We have really enjoyed this magical book called ‘The black book of colour’. #affiliate

    We have also enjoyed a book called ‘Mole’s Sunrise’

    Both of these books help to talk about the concept of not being able to see with young children.

    We started talking about braille and I used this resource from the wonderful website Twinkl – Braille Alphabet strip (I am including this as it is a great site – I have no affiliate link with them).

    That gave me the idea to create a Braille block to he Freya and Seb understand what the letters feel like.

    DIY Braille feely blocks

    These really are simple to make – for ease I have included a link to where you can get the supplies on amazon but you can get these in other places – I got my topple tower from poundland.

    Shopping list:

    Wooden Tumbling Stacking
    Pearl stickers
    Sharpies

    For Feely box:

    Craft foam
    O
    ld shoe box

    Instructions:

    Simply write the letters on the blocks with a sharpie.  I have chosen to use the montessori colours for letters and isolated the vowels by using blue.  Then stick the pearl stickers on!  Voila!

    I also made a quick feely box.  I cut out circles from the shoe box.  I then stuck craft foam on the inside with a cross cut out so the hands can fit in but it covers up and gaps for peeking!

    Here you can see Freya’s hand on the inside of the box.

    I then used double sided tape to stick a laminated version of the Twinkl – Braille Alphabet strip to the top so they could use it or refrence.

    The Game

    Place some or all of the braille blocks in the box and then the person feeling has to say which letter it is before pulling it out.

    Variations could be to place blocks that make a word in the box and the child has to lay the blocks out in order before opening the lid!

    I am sure there are so many other ways we will explore and play with this but for now we will say goodbye.

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    Slime Bubbles – UK recipe Borax Free

    We have been playing with Slime for the past two days.  Lots of fun, fine motor and this time we added in straws which the children have been blowing bubbles with!  Its been great for controlling breath.

    We whipped up a batch of Borax Free slime (Recipe available here) and added some straws #affiliate

    We have had so much fun!

     

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    Sun Safety for Kids with UV Bracelets

    We all know how important it is to teach our kids about staying safe in the sun.  Since a young age we have talked about this with Freya and Seb.  Sometimes though it is hard for them to see when we need to put on suncream.  How can they tell when UV isn’t visible?  Well they can now with these simple UV bracelets.  As soon as they are exposed to UV they start to change colour!

    As you can see above – the beads are white when there is no UV and then Purple, pink or blue when they are exposed to UV.

    These UV beads are very affordable – I got mine from amazon. #affiliate https://alexa.design/2orsE0O

    I have made these in school too.  It was a great lesson and I didn’t tell the children about the special beads, we just made the bracelets to start with.  I saw this design on the fabulous blog RedTedArt – no need to make my own so here it is.  Simply use the UV Pony beads instead of the coloured ones. You will need loom bands too!

    Once we got outside the children started to notice the change.

    We discussed what it might be.  Eventually we decided it was the sun.  I told the children it was UV light that is invisible but comes from the sun.  This is what also causes sunburn,  So now the children know when their bracelet changes colour they need Sun Screen.

    Here are some pics of Freya and Seb making them too 🙂

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    DIY Bird Feeders in 5 Minutes!

    We have started to learn about the birds in our garden and we decided we wanted to try and encourage some more!

    A quick trip to the local supermarket and we got some bird seed and dried worms!  (Much to Seb’s delight!)  You can also order these on amazon http://amzn.to/2nAI4vG #affiliate.

    We have been using these free cards to learn about British birds:

    British birds (Three part cards)
    British birds (Three part cards)
    Free printable to show 48 common british birds. ...
    Download

    Now we needed to find a way to feed the birds without spending a fortune on bird feeders.  Luckily we had camembert for lunch and it gave me this idea!

    Shopping list:

    Camembert box (never far from my fridge and I always keep old ones for crafting much to my husbands dismay!
    String – I always like to use natural string
    Bradawl or small screw driver

    Instructions:

    First, make four holes in the camembert case on opposite sides.

    Next, cut 2 lengths of string approximately 60 cms.

    Thread the string through the holes on opposite sides and secure with a knot.

    Voila!

    Fill with seeds and worms and you are ready to go.

    Ready to hang in a tree

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    Top Tips for lighting fires the Forest School Way

    Lighting fires the forest school way!

    I have learnt alot in my forest school training.  Who knew that you could use pixie pillows (cotton wool), dragons snot (vaseline, although this wasn’t allowed during my assessment) and dragons breath (from a fire steel).  But, what I have really learnt is how to make a good controlled fire, using natural materials.  Most importantly I have leant how to do this safely and remove it leaving little impact on the woodlands.

    Materials:

    King Alfred Cakes are a fungus that is found in woods, often growing on tree stumps and rotting wood.  Now I know what I am looking for I actually see them all the time!

    I have discovered that their are different types of silver birch. Some have this wonderful ‘paper’ that is great for fire lighting.

    I have found it is important to make sure you are prepared with lots of wood in different sizes.  Here I had some dried nettles which lit really well.  I then had some matchstick thickness sticks.  Next, pencil thickness sticks.  Followed by finger thick sticks.  I think you get the idea!  But they were all laid out and ready for when I needed them.  I also had some more birch bark which really burns well.

    First you need to prepare the ground.  Ensure that the soil is suitable for lighting fires, peat for example can catch on fire.  Find some larger logs to make a surround to help contain the fire.  Next use so sticks about thumb thickness and create a waffle effect at the bottom.  This will help ensure that the air can get to the fire.

    In this video you will see that I have used Pixie pillows (aka cotton wool), birch paper and king alfred cakes as the base of my fire.   I have then added some dried nettles in a rough tepee shape to form the base.

    I have used this brilliant fire steel that I found on amazon for just £5.99 – it gives great sparks and my 8 year old can use it with a bit of practice too. http://amzn.to/2oqOX7d #affiliate

    Once it got going I then added the sticks, gradually getting thicker, in a teepee shape to help the air get to the fire.  The key here is to not add the thick sticks too quickly.

    When you want to put the fire out the first thing to do is break the fire up using a stick.

    Once the fire has died down you can then dowse the fire with a bit of water.

    Next, you can remove the surround and any big bits of debris.

    Finally, when you are sure the site is fully cooled, cover the site with leaf litter so you can’t tell the fire has been there.

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    Easter Egg Pinata

     

    We had so much fun making this Easter Egg Pinata for an event at school.  It was really popular there too!

    I was inspired by a post from Studio DIY for DIY Egg Popper Tree.   I have adapted this idea slightly though – see details below.

    To make this Pinata you will need the following.  Poundland in the UK is where I got my supplies so a ten egg Pinata is less than £4!

    Shopping list (affiliate links for amazon):

    Plastic eggs
    Pipe cleaners
    Tissue paper
    String (I love jute string for its natural feel)

    You can choose to hide whatever you like in the eggs.  Here are some ideas we tried-

    Mini chocolate eggs
    Easter chicks
    Sweets
    Tattoo stickers
    Letters – we did this as part of a challenge where children collected eggs with letters in and had to find the code word to get the prize!

    Instructions:

    First thread a pipe cleaner through the two holes in the bottom of the egg.

    Now form the pipe cleaner into a loop.

    Finish by wrapping the pipecleaner ends round so they are tucked away.  I have put a marshmallow in this one.

    Now close the egg and choose some tissue paper to wrap it in.  Cut a square of tissue paper.

    Cut 2 pieces of sting about 60cm long.  Tie one onto the bottom of the pipe cleaner loop.

    Now roll the tissue paper round the egg and then twist the ends like a sweet wrapper.  Twisting the pipe cleaner with the tissue paper will help hold it securely.

    Secure the top of the tissue paper with the other piece of string.

    Now repeat, making as many eggs as you think you will need.

    I actually tied mine all on to an old sellotape roll – but you could just tie them all together.

    We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!

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    Valentines Slime UK Ingredients 

    We’ve been playing and adapted our slime for Valentine’s Day – what says I love you more than… Slime!

    We played around with the recipe a bit and tested them out. We made one Slime which was more like a silly putty. The second was super stretchy and Freya and Seb preferred this stretching it across the room…

    Recipe 1: firmer silly putty slime

    Ingredients:

    Method:
    For each 1 cup of PVA glue that you use you will need 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda.

    Add gel colour.

    Mix these together in a bowl.

    Add desired amount of glitter – you can always add more later 🙂

    Next you need to add the contact lens solution – we add about a tablespoon at a time.

    Mix well and then add another tablespoon.

    Repeat this until the desired slime is achieved.

    It will start to come together in a lump on the spoon.  If you then touch it with your finger to test if it is sticky.  If it is – add some more contact lens solution.

    Now you are ready to play!!

    Recipe 2: Super Stretchy Slime

    This recipe is almost identical to the recipe above but includes water and makes it more stretchy.

    Ingredients:

    Method:
    For each 1 cup of PVA glue that you use you will need 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda and 1/4 cup of warm water.

    Add gel colour.

    Mix these together in a bowl.

    Add desired amount of glitter – you can always add more later 🙂

    Next you need to add the contact lens solution – we add about a tablespoon at a time.

    Mix well and then add another tablespoon.

    Repeat this until the desired slime is achieved.

    It will start to come together in a lump on the spoon.  If you then touch it with your finger to test if it is sticky.  If it is – add some more contact lens solution.

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