Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - Jelly Fungus

It's been awhile since sharing some Wonderful World Wednesday with you so we're here to show you one of our favourite finds over the Autumn...... JELLY FUNGUS!!
While walking around Holly Bank (Tasmania) we found these wonderful, bright Jelly Fungus. I came across THIS so I'm fairly certain that this is what it is! How fabulous is that colour!! You can even see the different stages of growth, from the tiny little "bud" to the longer stalk, flattened, fan looking top! God is soooo creative, I LOVE IT!
Smiles The Torrents'

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Penguin Art fun for kids {Arctic and Antarctica Unit study}

Here is another fun activity suitable for ALL ages to go along nicely with our Arctic and Antarctica study. I found this idea HERE
 Hannah isn't a big fan of painting... but she LOVES to paint backgrounds!!
 All the penguins pieces ready to assemble.
 Sapphire's finished Penguin
 Esther's finished Penguin
 Hannah's Finished Penguin Mother and baby.
 Sophia made two, her fav is the Mother and baby one
From my youngest at 2 1/2 to my oldest at 14 everyone had a wonderful time creating their backgrounds, making their penguins and designing their scene!! It was sooo great to see them all come to life!

Smiles The Torrents'

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Polar Bear cupcakes (Arctic and Antartica unit study)

With a wonderful theme of SNOW and Ice and all that goes with that we had HEAPS of fun coming up with treats for Tea Party Thursday.
Here is one of those ideas..... The cute Polar Bear and Walrus cupcakes!!!!


 (inspiration HERE & HERE)

Sophia loves cooking with me on Thursdays, especially when she gets to be arty with our treats!

Hannah is a fan of chocolate cupcakes and Zeke vanilla so we made a perfect mix of both to keep everyone happy! Let me tell you they were totally delicious!! LOVED every bite!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, August 31, 2015

Arctic and Antarctica Unit study

 We have been doing HEAPS this term on SNOW! With such a wonderful theme I opened it up to studying and looking at the Arctic and Antarctica. So with the older ones doing projects and research on places with the most snow fall and the like I had a little set up for the younger girls to play with.

Sapphire has LOVED this!! She is learning what animals live where and all about the North and South Pole. Esther and Sapphire have had HEAPS of play time with the animals which I have enjoyed greatly, watching their imagination come to life!
The simple Arctic scene was made with a cardboard box, cut in the appropriate glacier shapes, then painted white! Easy!! (idea HERE for background and HERE for trees)
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wonderful World Wednesday - The Beach in Winter

Have you ever been to the beach in Winter?? It's not something that you would probably think of, isn't that a Summer activity? Well yes, you are right, but the beach in the Winter is an amazing place full of surprises, well that's what we found in these last school holidays!
Headed for Friendly beaches on the East coast of Tasmanian, we enjoyed an AMAZING time of sunshine, rain, rainbows, discovery and enjoyment of God's awesome creation!

We also ended up at Coles Bay (after all it was only another 25 minutes or so down the road) where I took my children to a beach that I played on when I was little! A place that I hold very dear, memories full of happiness, it was wonderful to share that with our precious children.

Can't wait for our next trip,
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, July 13, 2015

Venezuela Theme night

With the holidays upon us we finished up the term with another theme night for our country study.
This month we were studying Venezuela! It was our brother in laws birthday so we surprised him by taking him to another country and treating him with their best and tastiest meals!
Mum joined in on the preparation and altogether we had a great night!
We made a HUGE flag and wrote on it Happy Birthday in Spanish (that's the language they speak there) and also Welcome to Venezuela. The girls loved the Venezuelan costumes with big flowers and long, full skirts.
Food was yummy and company wonderful, it was another great country night!
Smiles The Torrents'

Saturday, July 4, 2015

History of Launceston for Kids - Prince's Square

Tuesday's are our History learning days. We are having a ball getting out and about in the crisp Winter air and discovering the wonder of the History of Launceston.

Prince's Square, once called St John's Square is a remarkable place of interest! Whether it be the stories about the amazing fountain in the center, of the fact that convicts used to make bricks there or even that the Duke of Edinburgh himself planted two Oak trees (that are still standing.) There is PLENTY to learn about this square!!
Like why is there a statue of Dr William Russ Pugh on the steps of the park??? Well you will need to read on HERE to find that out.....
Here is the old hospital building that he worked at... the plaque tells all about it. Hannah is reading it out to everyone.
See the awesome old sign in the footpath...... sooo very cool!!
WE are loving this,
Smiles The Torrents'