Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Easter: Minute to Win It Games!

Today for our Science co-op we played Easter Minute to Win It games! That's physics, right? We went to The Dollar Store and picked up some Easter supplies. Once we got we home we had fun making up games and then I typed them up. Just like in the game show the children had one minute to complete each game. We did teams for some of them for the sake of time.

If you would like to have some Easter fun with your own family you can click on the link above for a free copy of the games and a shopping list. Everything on the list was purchased at the Dollar Store. The images are in black and white, so you may want to print them on Easter colored cardstock! 
P.S.If you want to keep your little bunnies busy when the games are through check out this really fun Easter Thematic unit on Teacher's Helper: Easter Thematic Unit. 

The children had to use their, 'Bunny ears' to put the eggs in order based on how many jelly beans were in each egg. We did 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, but you could do more if you have older children!
P.S. Make sure to tape the eggs shut or they WILL fly open and jelly beans will fly everywhere.                    Our pug was delighted.


We used this cute egg-shaped chalk for the next game. The children had one minute to draw an Easter basket and fill it with 5 eggs.

For the, 'Bunny Toss' the children had to toss six Frisbees into a hula hoop.

 This one was soooo cute. The children had one minute to dress up all the peeps. I found these cute little dress up Peeper Dolls and outfits at the wonderful Sandy Toes and Popsicle blog. The boy's did not love this one. As you can see we were low on color ink...they will print much brighter.


For, 'Spring Fling' they had to use a marble and roll it through a pool noodle and knock down a stack of five cups.  The boys figured out they could blow through the noodle to make the marble go faster. Hopefully we find all the marbles before the first lawn mowing of Spring:)

This one was definitely the funniest. The children had to use their face muscles to move a marshmallow peep from their foreheads to their mouths. They made some hilarious faces!!!

This was actually one of the most difficult games. The object was to bounce five pencils into the cup. Not as easy as it sounds!


 The children had to complete each Easter maze within a minute. They did an aMAZEing job (heh-heh).

The children had to blow up a balloon and use it to keep the bird's wings moving for 10 consecutive seconds. Even little Alec got in on this one!


We used 26 Easter colored cups and they had to stack them and take them down in under a minute. I just love Cason's look of pure joy in the first picture and Elle's intense look of concentration.

No pictures of this one, but they had to find 11 eggs and arrange the letters within to spell out Happy Easter.

                           Very blurry scorecard. We just checked each event if they won it.

So that's it! The kids had a blast and we had a lot of fun watching them!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           We have a lot of fun during the Easter season but also make sure we do not forget what Easter really means. The absolute best Bible I have found for the children is the Jesus Storybook Bible. It tells the Easter story in such a perfect way for little ears (and big ones). I always boo-hoo when I read it to my little sweeties.
                                                                             Happy Easter!.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Around the World: Australia

We spent the month of February 'traveling' around the wonderful continent of Australia. 

  Each morning the children flew our plane to Australia.  
 Then we read some books and played some games from our Australia 
sensory suitcase to help us learn all about the, 'Land Down Under'.


I used this wonderful thematic unit from Teachers Pay Teachers for Elle. I just downloaded it from  Very Busy Teachers,and put the unit in a folder for her to work on a little bit each day.

I also used a fantastic webquest with Elle called W.W. Australian Jeep Tours. If you are not familiar with Webquests they are such a great way to get children excited about researching a topic.  Between this and the thematic unit above I felt Elle had a very thorough knowledge of Australia when we finished this unit.

Aiden enjoyed acting out, 'Pouch!' and other stories with our little felted Kangaroo.


 Elle made this relief map of Australia using salt dough (1 cup salt, 2 cups flour, 1 cup water) and this fantastic.map. This was a great way for the children to see why the majority of Australian's live on the coast! We also found a neat image of Australia at night on night earth and they had to infer where most people lived based on where the lights were.

    We reviewed these  Australian fact cards each day. I found these and lots of
other great resources at Our Worldwide Classroom.

 We found more great resources at  Cornerstone Confessions. She has an awesome K is for Kangaroo unit. Aiden used his glass stones to spell words. He used word strips and then found each letter in order.

The children played a kangaroo version of, 'Battleship' to practice their grid coordinates.


Aiden practiced greater than and less than using kangaroo 
counters (also from Cornerstone Confessions) and greater than and 
       less than crocodiles.We found the cute little crocodiles at 


Elle colored this picture of a Yowie and we cut it out and glued it to this gameboard.
It worked for all sorts of number games. I can not remember where I found this cute little Yowie!

We had lots of fun doing Aboriginal dot art.

We learned that the Aborigines' art told stories, so we  made some story stones and used them to tell our own. This was pretty simple. My fabulous little brother is an artist, so he sent me the pictures and we Modge Podged them onto stones we bought at Lowe's.

      Elle and Aiden made us some yummy butterfly shaped Lamington's to wrap up the unit. The Usborne Around the World Cookbook has easy to make recipes for children. I must say Lamington's are much better tasting than Vegemite!

This was such a fun unit. We learned so much about this amazing continent and its unusual animals!