Archive for July, 2013

Poppins Book Nook- Ocean/Beach Theme

29
Jul

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The theme for the Poppins Book Nook for the month of July is ocean/beach.  This worked out perfectly for us because Hailey really showed a big interest in learning about the ocean after our recent trip to the beach.

Dolphin Unit

Dolphin Unit

The first thing Hailey did was make a KWL chart… she listed the things she knows and the things she wants to know.

Ocean Unit

Then we got some books out of the library… some ocean related books…

Dolphin Unit

and some dolphin related books.  There were just so many good ones I couldn’t decide what to pick!

Dolphin Unit

We really enjoyed the books, but this was our favorite.  There were so many interesting facts and bright, colorful pictures.

Dolphin Unit

Hailey is working on a unit study about dolphins.  We didn’t finish it in time to include it in this post, but I hope to post about later this week as we are almost done.

Dolphin Unit

She is also creating a dolphin lapbook, which is not done either.  Come back later this week to see a post about that.

Dolphin Unit Snack

We made a yummy treat to go along with our ocean theme… Hunter ate his before I could take a picture.

Dolphin Unit Snack

They turned out cute!  It’s just a graham cracker with blue frosting, some goldfish and some sprinkles.

Dolphin Unit Snack

Hailey was pleased with the results too :-)

Of course, we had to make a craft, and we decided to make a killer whale.

Dolphin Unit Craft

You’ll need:
paper plate
black paint
black construction paper
something to paint with
pencil
googly eyes
glue
yarn

Dolphin Unit Craft

Hunter saw me setting up to do an activity and he got super excited to get started!

Dolphin Unit Craft

The first thing we did was draw a line with a pencil on the plates, showing how far we wanted the black paint to go.  Then Hunter and Hailey painted their plates.

Dolphin Unit Craft

Add some googly eyes

Dolphin Unit Craft

Some yarn for a mouth

Dolphin Unit Craft

Our completed killer whales.

 If you’re looking for more beach/ocean related activities I have posted several this month- check them out!

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Check out some (or all!) of the other bloggers participating in Poppins Book Nook:

Enchanted Homeschooling MomRoyal Baloo3 DinosaursMonsters EdChestnut Grove AcademyGrowing in God’s GraceRoyal Little LambsLife with Moore BabiesTeach Beside MeThe Usual MayhemMum CentralFantastic Fun and LearningKathys Cluttered MindPlay Create ExploreToddler ApprovedGrowing Book by BookAdventures in MommydomB-Inspired MamaThe Fairy and The FrogEdventures with KidsLearning & Growing the Piwi wayA Gluten Free JourneyMom to Crazy Monkeys No Doubt LearningPreschool Powol PacketsTo The Moon and Back Our Craft ~N~ ThingsFarm Fresh AdventuresProverbial Homemaker

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Bee Crafty Kids- Jellyfish Craft

26
Jul

Welcome back to the Bee Crafty Kids link up that I am co-hosting with To The Moon and Back, Look! We’re Learning and Monster’s Ed Homeschooling Academy.

I can not believe that it’s already Friday again.  We have been so busy the last couple of weeks that we haven’t done very many activities, which is why I haven’t been posting much.  But here it is Friday again, so here is what we made for Bee Crafty Kids this week.

Jellyfish Craft

We are still learning about the ocean, so we made some jellyfish.

Jellyfish Craft

Here’s what you’ll need:
paper bowls
paint
something to paint with
tissue paper
double sided tape
fishing line

Jellyfish Craft

Paint the paper bowls- Hailey decided to mix her colored paint with white paint to lighten up the colors.

Jellyfish Craft

Hunter took the painting very seriously.

Jellyfish Craft

Once the paint is dry, add some spots.

Jellyfish Craft

Hunter working on his jellyfish.

Then I turned away for a few seconds and turned back to see this:

Jellyfish Craft

Jellyfish Craft

You can’t see it very well, but there is paint on his other cheek too.

Jellyfish Craft

Once the paint is dry, put some fishing line through the center of the bowl.  I tied a knot and used tape to reinforce it.

Jellyfish Craft

Cut the tissue paper into strips, then use the the double sided tape to stick them to the inside of the bowl.

Jellyfish Craft

Hailey working on adding the tissue paper.

Jellyfish Craft

The completed jellyfish.

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Mapping With Flat Stanley

24
Jul

Back in June we started a Flat Stanley project and we have been having some fun with his travels.  First he did a little traveling on the east, then he went out west for another adventure.  Right now he’s busy in Pennsylvania and we are looking forward to seeing some pictures of his travels.  I wanted Hailey not only see all the great pictures of where Stanley has been, but I also wanted her to see where these places are on the map.

Flat Stanley

On our US map Hailey put pushpins in for each of the locations that Flat Stanley has been.

Flat Stanley

I tried to get a little better picture so you can see the pushpins.  There is too much glare so it’s hard to see, but this is how we’re keeping track of where Stanley goes.

We can’t wait to add some more pushpins as Stanley does more traveling!

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Bee Crafty Kids- Popsicle Stick Fish

19
Jul

Welcome back to the Bee Crafty Kids link up that I am co-hosting with To The Moon and Back, Look! We’re Learning and Monster’s Ed Homeschooling Academy.

This week we made these popsicle stick fish:

Popsicle Stick Fish

To make these cute fish you will need:
8 popsicle sticks (for each fish)
2 small googly eyes (for each fish)
glue
paint
glitter
fishing wire

Popsicle Stick Fish

First, glue the popsicle sticks together as Hailey is doing above.

Popsicle Stick Fish

Then add a popsicle stick across the top as shown here.  Once that is dry, turn your fish over and add another one to the other side.

Popsicle Stick Fish

Once the glue is dry, paint your fish the color of your choice.

Popsicle Stick Fish

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle on some glitter.

Popsicle Stick Fish

Add a googly eye to each side.

Popsicle Stick Fish

Use some fishing wire to hang up your fish.

Popsicle Stick Fish

Hailey’s completed popsicle stick fish… hanging from the chandelier in our dining room ;-)

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