Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mummified Apple Experiment-part one (Egyptian Unit study)

For our Tuesday Science day we recently did the Mummified apple experiment! All the children LOVED it and were all able to take part, which is a wonderful thing when you have sooo many ages to work with!
Hannah in particular is really getting into our science days (totally am thrilled with that!!) you can see it in her face in the coming pictures!!
All the instructions we got from HERE at another fellow homeschooling blog, it was nice and easy to follow!
 getting all the ingredients ready for the experiment
 Preparing the apple pieces
 Zeke wrote all the labels for us
(including pictures of the apple so he didn't have to write it 12 times!!)
 Esther was able to help "wrap" the apples and Sapphire liked eating them!!
 Measuring out the salt (we only used 1/2 cup for each of our cups!)
Ta'da!! The finished cups! Now all we need to do is wait a week and see what happens!
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sophia's 8th birthday - Egyptian theme party!!!

On the 6th of March we celebrated Sophia's 8th birthday! Each year we do a BIG party (till they are ten) and this year I suggested that she have an Egyptian themed party (soon as we are studying it at the moment!)
She LOVED the idea so we were off and racing to make it wonderful for her!
I looked at the Internet for LOADS of  ideas, decorations and games, party bags, food, costumes and more.

The invitations:
All you need to do is make a triangle with 3 equal sides and cut it out, fold in the first point to the centre and continue with the other folds, decorate the back like a pyramid and write some hieroglyphs for each guests name!
The decorations:
I drew an Egyptian backdrop on an old sheet, I found a picture I liked in a book and copied that (larger size) then added some hieroglyphics saying
"Sophia's birth celebration, with music and dancing!"
I also went to the bush (just behind us) and cut heaps of bunches of dried grass (idea HERE) and put them in vases around the set up. We made a sign for the gifts and found heaps of gold/brown/cream cushion (again from the op shop) and laid them on an old blanket in front of the mural for a comfy place to play games!
The food:
I made flat bread and date candy (both from the time) and then we had loads of fruit, nuts and honey!
The cake:
I made (kind of) a pyramid shape cake, just with a loaf tin and then cutting down the sides to make it look triangular. Then with the icing I "scratched" a toothpick through to make the brick marks. Add some awesome Egyptian Lego people, some more hieroglyphs, brown sugar to look like the sandy, dusty ground and you have a very simple birthday cake!

The games:
We played quite a few games from the time. This included a Mummy game, wrapping up someone in 5 minutes the best you can with loo paper. Goat in the grass: have 2 people sit on the ground touching feet and moving their arms up and down while you jump over.... if you get touched then you're out!
Pass the cobra snake: pass around the snake and when the music stops you are out, you get a "gold" bar (a twix) and then the last person at the end gets the prize!
The craft:
I drew some templates of a Paddle doll (idea from HERE) for the girls to then decorate. We used wool for the hair and told the meaning behind them while they crafted!
The party bags:
I got some cheap bbq cane plates from the op shop as the "bag" then added a piece of Toblorone wrapped up for each guest, added their paddle doll, a paper doll sheet for them to do at home from HERE and lastly a catoush for them to write their names on also!
The costumes: I read somewhere that you can make an easy Egyptian costume with some old pillow cases, for Esther I only needed the one and for Sophia and Hannah I just sewed two together! Add a piece of scrap material (in gold/yellow) and you have a very easy costume!! Of course the jewels are a MUST and all of those we made!! HERE and HERE is the link to that!! We bought the wig for Soph as part of her present, it was only $16!!
Sophia absolutely LOVED her party! In fact we all did! It was sooo much fun and we learnt a lot!
I can't wait to the next party, who knows what theme we will come up with then!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Crocodile craft for children - Egyptian unit study (animals in the Nile)

We are still going with our Egyptian Unit study and each and every week look at something different about this fascinating time in history! ( I have sooo many posts to share with you, I hope that some time soon I can share some more!!!)
This time we were looking at animals that live in the Nile River, this was focused mostly on the little girls so I found THIS craft for them and set them to it (while I helped the older children with their maths!)
It's super easy and has a really fun end result, 
(just in case you were wondering, 
Esther had just been face painted by Sophia to look like a puppy!)

Simply colour in, fold in a fan fold some co-ordinating green card stock (for my stamping up lady friends we used gumball green!!)
Esther numbered each of her folds!!! AMAZING!!! This is the first time she has written her numbers, all by herself, without even copying it from somewhere... just from her head!!! I was sooooo super proud!!

Add some paddle pop sticks and stick together!!! You can see how excited they were to start playing with their "friendly" croc's!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Make your own Sundial {experiment for children to go with Egyptian unit study)

Each and every Tuesday we have science day ( I loved the routine HERE!) During the term we are looking at many different things that the Ancient Egyptians did. This time around we made a human sundial (after all the Egyptians didn't have clocks like we do!!)
I got my inspiration from HERE and then added my own twist. I read somewhere if you face the sun at 12 noon then that is south. So we drew a circle around ourselves and marked the spot we were standing with a S for South while looking at the sun at 12 o'clock (Tassie time!) We then traced around ourselves in chalk. We kept going back each hour and tracing around our shadows seeing the different marks for each hour (just like a sundial!!)
 this is Hannah's circle,
 she loved to do different poses for each of her hour marks!!
 here you can see the 12 and 1pm markings.

The last reading we did was at 6 o'clock! It was super awesome and the children were HEAPS impressed seeing just how the sun moved sooo much!! (we didn't get a chance to take the picture of all the shadows drawn in as we forgot before they all got washed away!!)
I would certainly recommend this activity/experiment with your treasures! It was super fun, easy and very effective!! YAY!!
Smiles The Torrents