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We have been busily preparing for a trip to Disney World by studying the various countries at Epcot, learning about Walt Disney, and about how roller coasters work. We left on May 9th for Disney World and we came home on the 20th. We had a fantastic time!! Here is just a tiny peek into some of the educational things we did while we were there.
We visited all of the countries we had studied:
Hailey in Mexico
Hunter and Hailey in Norway
We ate lunch in America
Hailey in Japan
Hailey in Morocco
Hailey and Hunter in France
Hailey in Canada
Hailey in China
Hailey in Germany
Hailey in Italy
Hailey in the United Kingdom
We stopped and colored at the various Kidcot stops and learned some more about the countries.
While we were at Epcot we also visited the butterfly garden.
Hailey even had a butterfly crawl on her hand.
While we were at Hollywood Studios we visited One Man’s Dream- a museum all about Walt Disney. Hailey wasn’t too excited about going in at first, but she ended up loving it. She was stopping and reading everything and was excited when we would see something we had read about before our trip in Who Was Walt Disney?
Part of our day at Animal Kingdom was spent doing the Wilderness Explorer program- very fun and educational.
Hailey and Hunter worked on matching up dinosaur teeth.
Hailey searching for various animals.
Trying to figure out a code in the Wilderness Explorer book.
Of course, we also saw lots of animals:
Hailey brushing a goat.
Hailey was very interested in this macaw. We stayed after the show so she could ask some questions and get her picture taken with it.
She was brave enough to touch this snake and also asked several questions about it.
On the safari ride, we saw crocodiles,
a lion… and so much more!
And of course, we studied how rides and roller coasters work, so we had to get some real life experience with those too
Hailey on her favorite ride at Magic Kingdom- Splash Mountain.
Hailey’s favorite ride at Epcot- Test Track.
Waiting to go on Thunder Mountain Railroad.
Hailey’s favorite ride at Hollywood Studios- the Tower of Terror.
We had a wonderful trip, and of course, we can’t wait to go back!
We had a great time learning about Mexico!
Hailey used playdough to make an Aztec Temple.
We made some maracas.
Hailey and Hunter loved dancing with their maracas.
The finished maracas- they were very easy to make. I put popcorn kernels inside some of our left over plastic Easter Eggs. Then we taped spoons to the eggs and decorated the tape.
We also made some lovely Mexican bowls.
After shaping air dry clay, Hailey and Hunter pressed beads and sequence into the bowls.
When the bowls were dry, they painted them with water colors and used them for Mother’s day presents.
Our next country to visit during Expedition Earth was Canada.
Hailey started out doing the mapping activity.
She made a book of animals from Canada.
She added Canada to her lapbook.
We talked about snow shoes and how they are used and watched some videos on Youtube about it. Then we made our own and tried walking in them.
We read about the ice hotel in Canada. We looked at pictures online and it looks so amazing!! I would love to visit, but not actually stay- I don’t know how people stay warm enough to sleep. So, after we learned all about it, we made some colored ice to build our own castle.
We used water to paint the ice and make it stick together.
Hailey and Hunter both loved this activity.
The completed ice castle.
We are moving along in our Expedition Earth study. We only have a few countries left before we head to Disney World and “visit” the countries in Epcot that we have learned about while doing Expedition Earth.
This week we learned all about Germany.
Hailey colored the flag.
We learned about and looked at pictures of the many castles in Germany. Then Hailey built her own castle.
Hailey ate a pretzel.
She read about Germany.
A definite favorite activity was eating some Nutella.
We wrapped up the week with a German meal. I made bratwurst, potato pancakes and sauerkraut. The sauerkraut was not a hit hahaha, but we liked everything else.