We have been enjoying alternative fairy tales with Mr Men and Little Miss Story Treasury by Roger Hargreaves to celebrate over 40 years of Mr Men! Who was the first character to be created in the Mr Men series? Why was he created? When was the first Little Misses created? For answers to these questions and links to the whole Mr Men and Little Misses story collection click here or alternatively click on the pictures below:
For each central character of a book there are some simple activities to do with your kids. Here are some of our favourites:
1:Mr Topsy Turvy: After reading Mr Topsy-Turvy we usually play two-three games:
a-Inside Out and Back to Front: We turn our clothes inside out or back to front and the we do everything opposite. So if one of us says forward the others in the game must walk backwards. If the next person says run fast then the other players need to go slow and so on.
b-Brain stimulation game: If it is Mr Topsy Turvy time we draw with our other hand and change the hand we usually eat with.
c-Backwards Codes: With older children you can also do the game of talking backwards, which becomes a secret code and creates hours of entertainment. Read the rest of this entry
Over the last two months my boys have mastered the laptop mouse so now they can play and do computer activities more freely. A friend of mine who works professionally in computer game education reminded me recently of a few things: Read the rest of this entry
We got caught in the pouring rain and had to dive for cover in a coffee shop. Except we were quite unprepared and it wasn’t really a child’s coffee shop. With two three year olds there is only so much that they can take when trapped somewhere for a long period of time. We had looked at all the pictures on the wall from a photography exhibition, talked with the owner, toured the whole of the coffee shop, made faces at strangers, counted cups etc and in that last moment of desperation when all was on the verge of chaos I spied a chess set, free and available for use. I asked the boys if they wanted to meet a king. We took the rolled chess set, tipped out the pieces, pulled out the board and they met chess for the first time. They touched all the pieces, looking for the kings. Then we looked for the queens and so on. Then they asked why there was a board. So I explained that it was a game and each piece had a place so they wanted to know where they all went and that’s how our chess began. Read the rest of this entry
Mix and Match Sock Fest
The humble drawer of socks, the ones where if my kids get a minute to sneak off and do something mischievous by singing a song and throwing them around the room when I have been distracted for a couple of minutes, gave me the inspiration for a game that uses math, matching and hunting around the house. We call this game “Oh no I’ve lost my sock”. We pick about 15 pairs of socks, some from their draws, some from mine and some from dad’s. We go to the living room and undo them and create two separate piles, one pile of each different sock. We then hide one pile of socks in different places. Sometimes I hide it or they hide it. Sometimes we have two teams. One team hides while the other plays in another room and then they come and find. We put the other pile of socks in a washing basket or bag and one of us pulls out a sock each and we have to go and find it. When it is found we bring it back and put the two socks together and put them in the found pile. When all the socks have been found we sort them into who they belong to and then deliver them back to the appropriate draws. For other activities: Read the rest of this entry
I was reading several posts today from different blogs. One from the Ministry of Letters describing the situation of a little girl who read a book perfectly using all of her phonics skills but when asked about who she would most like to have tea with from the story, she replies ‘the dog’. The post goes on to say:
Her heart was obviously not behind the statement and I realised that it hadn’t occurred to her recently (or perhaps ever) that reading can be incredibly enjoyable.
This went around in my head all day. How incredibly sad when reading can be so much fun and expansive. It allows you to explore the world and beyond that, leading you on unexpected journeys. Sometimes phonics takes over every area of reading, maybe due to the opaque nature of the English alphabet. 32 vowel sounds represented by 5 letters seems to push us towards more phonics. But this is what I loved about this post is that: Read the rest of this entry
Well since joining the Weekly Kid’s Co-op of at least 40 blogs in the last two weeks, Ways2play have taken many twists and turns on this fantastic journey and discovered places of play of all description, which continue to inspire. Here are some of our favourite highlights of this ongoing and exciting adventure: Read the rest of this entry
Fun, inexpensive and available in all shapes and sizes. It allows for self play, pairs and groups of children and adults (i.e. me) to brush the ball. To enjoy this game you need some small cheap hand brushes and dust pans from your dollar, pound or lira store and a ball. A soft ball is essential particularly if you live in an apartment and are playing inside, as the ball can sometimes make too much noise. Also, if the ball leaves the floor it means nothing gets broken. Balloons also work. With our dustpan and brush we play the following brush the ball games : Read the rest of this entry