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. Continue reading
We have moon fever in our house. Serious moon fever. Barış is obsessed with the Moon. A month ago on the way home from creche he huffed and stopped walking. Then he started pointing at the sky and was nearly in tears. It turned out that the thing that had really upset him was that he hadn’t seen the Moon. He was quite upset. He asked me quite frankly, “mummy where is it?”. Now that is a tricky question to answer particularly when it is dark because the answer needs clouds and these are hard to see at night. I took a deep breath and explained to him that the Moon was there but he couldn’t see it because of the clouds. At this point he started jumping up and down on the pavement, “clouds!? clouds!? Mummy you are joking, where are the clouds”. Fortunately while quickly scanning the night sky I noticed a cloudless patch of dark sky where the color was slightly different and explained he could tell where the clouds were with the change in color. I took a deep breath thinking I was off the hook when he then asked, “Why isn’t the moon there then?”. Thinking how to explain this one, frantically I reminded him of the Sun and asked was it always in the same place and he said ‘no’. I asked him ‘Why?’ and he looked at me with his big dark eyes and said in a matter of fact way, “Well because we (The Earth) is moving, we go around the Sun”, so then I went on to explain “the Moon also moves around us so we see it in different places”. He got it.
So now we are on full Moon alert and every time he sees it we all need to stop and admire it. Despite Moon madness in our house we have always explored the Moon. Here are some resources you can use to explore the Moon: Continue reading