Learning with Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand

I have recently purchased a bag of kinetic sand for our boys.  Kinetic Sand is 98% sand and 2% Magic! It has special properties that make it soft and stretchy, mess free, keep its shape and it doesn't stick to you! It is also really fun to play with! We have been using our kinetic sand to help the boys with their learning, which they have really enjoyed.  Here are some great educational ways to use kinetic sand! * Spelling Practice - Our boys used alphabet stamps to stamp their spelling words into the sand. * Stamping - Picklebums * Maths Sums - I stamped in a sum and … {Read More}

Floating Grapes Experiment

Floating Grapes 1

B and I used this to play a 'magic' trick on daddy and R. In the kitchen, we filled up two glasses with warm water. In one of the glasses we added and stirred in sugar until it dissolved. Then we took the glasses outside to the table where daddy and R were. R placed some grapes into the glass without the sugar. These grapes sank straight to the bottom. B told him that he could make his grapes float. R was like, "As if!"  B carefully placed his grapes into his glass that contained the sugar and Voila! The grapes floated. R and daddy were very surprised. This activity has to do with … {Read More}

Pastissets – Powered Sugar Cookies from Spain

Spanish SugarCookies

While completing our Spain Unit, we came across these Pastissets. They are powdered sugar cookies and are deliciously. Both of our boys loved them so much! R helped me bake them which was even better.   … {Read More}

Pirate Unit

Treasure Island Book

 The Poppins Book Nook theme for July was Pirates. We chose to read the book Treasure Island by Robert Stevenson.  We also borrowed and read many books about pirates.   Our boys had an awesome time this month, completing pirate activities. We did purchase some pirate accessories that they really enjoyed using as well.    This is a cannon that we made from modelling clay. The cannon is supposed to be black, but we didn't have any black clay, so we made a rainbow cannon.     We made this cutlass by cutting 2 of the same shape out of … {Read More}

UNCLE TOBYS Oats Quick Sachets

UT Oats 2

I am definitely not a morning person. I have loads of trouble getting out of bed in the morning, especially when it is cold.  It is in this cool weather, when our family looks for something warm to have for breakfast. We were recently given two variety packets of UNCLE TOBYS Quick Sachets to try: Berry and Fruit.     Uncle Tobys have been providing for Australians with this natural superfood since 1893! Wholegrain oats are high in fibre, help lower cholesterol re-absorption and are a natural source of energy. Uncle Tobys Oats Quick Sachets also contain no … {Read More}

Monday Memory Verse: Genesis 9:13

Genesis 9:13

In each pack there is an A4 poster with the verse on it. This can be printed on white paper or card stock, laminate if you wish, and place in an area in which it will be read quite frequently like: on the fridge door in your child’s bedroom on the back of the toilet door in your ‘school room’ or play room To help your child, you could get them to look at the poster, read it 3 times and then get them to turn around so that their back is facing the poster. Then get them to try and say the verse without looking. You will have to prompt them for the first couple of days, but hopefully … {Read More}

Free Word Search Fun

Word Search Fun

Our boys are loving word searches at the moment, so I made these 5 {FREE} printable word searches! Themes include: Movie Night At the Circus I'm a Detective Farm Animals I'm a Pirate     Two of the pages have coloured graphics, but the other three have black and white graphics which the kids will love colouring in. You can download your free copy by clicking the link below: Word Search Fun … {Read More}

Balloon Hovercraft

Balloon Hovercraft

Since the first time we saw the balloon hovercraft, we have wanted to try them out. Our problem has been getting the pop top lids as we don't usually buy drinks with this type of push up, pull down lid. Coles had the powerade bottles half price and they had the lid we needed, so I purchased two for hubby to take with him when he played golf.  Once I cleaned the lids, the boys and I gathered all our materials and set to work. You need: * a balloon * an old cd * a pop top (one that can be pulled up and pushed down) * hot glue gun * a big flat surface like a table or tiled … {Read More}

Melted Crayon Shapes

melted crayon shapes4

After making our melted crayon art a while ago, we had quite a few crayons left over.  We decided to break them up into little pieces and melt them into different shapes. The boys loved this activity and love drawing with their lego men crayons. The crayons were quite easy to break. To some of the molds we added the same colour crayon pieces and to others we added different coloured crayon pieces. We placed the broken pieces of crayon in small silicon baking trays and baked them in the oven. We watched the crayons melt, it didn't take more than around 5 minutes. It all depends on … {Read More}

Churro Cupcakes

Churros Cupcakes

While we were learning about Spain, we made some Churros with Chilli Chocolate and then we found this Churro Cupcake recipe.  These cupcakes are so yummy and taste so much like the churros it is unbelievable.  … {Read More}