Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easter gifts for kids... minus the chocolate

I can't believe how fast 2014 is going, it is Easter already! Crazy.

One of the things the girls and I enjoy doing together is making gifts for people. They are often found drawing pictures or constructing craft objects to mail to family members or friends. Last November Miss 4 wanted to spend some of her birthday money buying something for Miss 2, beautiful! I encourage them to want to give.

Now I have nothing against chocolate. In fact I love chocolate. But when it comes to kids at Easter time I would prefer to give something different (figuring they are already getting enough at home).

This Easter the girls and I made some cute (but very cheap) little 'bunny tail' bags to hand out to their friends.


I found a FREE printable from eighteen25 and simply printed them out, the girls helped fill little snack sized ziplock bags and then I stapled the labels on. 

I also bought numerous copies of 'Aussie Easter' for $2 from Miss 4's prep book club to add to the present.

This week the girls have been enjoying handing out their Easter presents to their friends.

Happy Easter everyone!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Obedience: Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego

 This was written a few months ago but in my pregnancy fog, I forgot to post it... so here it is, better late than never!

We are currently in week 2 of the 4th year ABC Jesus Loves Me program. Being in my 8th month of pregnancy and juggling the three girls at home, I am finding this to be a very easy, flexible way to teach them without having to think too much (let's face it, all my 'thinking' is on the arrival-to-be).

This week we have been talking and learning about obedience and more specifically doing what the bible tells us to do (James 1:22).


We've read the story about Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego and I've answered the thousand and one questions that Miss 4 had for me ("But why didn't the fire burn them?", "Why do people worship statues?" and "Why did the King want to chuck the men in the fire?").


We listen and danced to the JumpStart3 James 1:22 song. And yes, now I'm replaying it over and over again in my head!

We made a crepe paper/tissue paper fire craft and acted out what happened in the story.


The girls and I looked at google images of fires and flames so the girls could get an idea of what 'fiery' colours were. I lit a match and we talked about what colours we could see (and yes, we had all the necessary fire safety/don't play with matches talks).

The girls love to paint so we hand stamped 'fiery' colours over the top of three little men cut-out figures (used blu-tack to hold them to the paper) and we peeled the men away after the paint had dried.
Quite impressive!




Thursday, 6 February 2014

'Hibernate'

On Miss 4's third day of prep (she is going two days a week at the local Christian school) her teacher approached my husband and told us that they had learnt two new words 'exhausted' and 'hibernate'. She went on to tell us that Miss 4 had come up to her later on in the day and said "I'm so exhausted, I really need to hibernate now!". 

Her enthusiasm hasn't stopped since being home with her questions about what other animals hibernate, where they hibernate and what their 'habitat' or rather their sleeping arrangements look like.

We made a poster of other animals that hibernate. And then I had to google when I couldn't answer all of Miss 4's questions about each animal!
I found a free download from Teachers pay Teachers and the girls and I made a little 'My book about hibernating animals'.
We then went exploring outside and found leaves, twigs and bark to make a nest in an old box. The girls made clay hedgehogs using clay, matchsticks, beads and googly eyes.
And then we played 'hibernation' games... too cute!

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