Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Rainy day fun!

Tuesday was a day FULL of rain, in saying that the rest of the week is most to be pretty wet too!! With some yucky bugs going around our home also, we made the most of the indoors and actually had one of the best rainy days in a LONG TIME!!!

Zeke was busy making some minecraft papercraft, Hannah, Sophia and Esther were mostly painting. Sapphire enjoyed books and games in our specially made (thanks heaps Auntie Carli, sending lots of waves and hugs your way!!!!) cubby that fits over our dinning table (and having sisterly visitors pop in!!) and I made scones!!Any rainy day always calls for a devonshire tea!!
 Just gone into the oven.....
 SOOO love cubby fun!!
(not the best photo's-sorry!)

The holidays have been a lot of fun with family down from WA too, so whether RAIN or SHINE the last 2 weeks have been Wonderful!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, April 21, 2014

The River Nile cooking craft - Egyptian Unit study

When you say to the children.....
"Your going to make the Nile River today with a giant cookie!" you get some pretty excited responses!!!

I saw this awesome idea HERE and knew it would be perfect to do while looking more closely at the Nile.
I made my favourite biscuit recipe ( making Hannah's chocolate flavour) and then rolled out 3 oval shapes.
The children then each had to make their own labels for the places on the Egyptian map!
We made some blue and green icing and popped it in homemade bags for pipping and then they all got to work. Marking out the Nile and the fertile land surrounding each side! Even the Red sea was put in!!

They looked at the map they had coloured earlier in the term HERE to make sure each place was in its rightful PLACE!! Here are all their completed COOKIE MAPS.....
This is Zeke's finished map
 Hannah's more "dirt" looking map!YUMMY!
Sophia and Esther's finished map, complete with jaffa markings for the places!
By the end of it all it was afternoon tea, ummm what shall we eat??? Let's eat Egypt!!! YUMMO!!!! Soph and Esther were in straight away!! I joined in too, in fact due to the HUGE amount of water that flooded some of the Nile Rivers (or the very full Red sea), it made a perfect dipping spot for some extra "water" on the otherwise "Dry" land!! 
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Nile River craft - Egyptian Unit study

 Tuesday 2 weeks ago saw us making our own little "Nile River." (idea HERE) We sorted all the goodies we needed, which thankfully we had all around the home and garden! We decided to make our "Nile" with it's two branches into the main river and then decorate it with the Spinx, Pyramids and some wildlife (snakes and a croc!)

The children got a little too excited with the grass seeds so I wasn't sure how well it would go, especially when our river was totally flooded and stayed wet for days!!!

Here is a picture after a week......

and now 2 weeks later!!

With looking at Moses and how he was placed in the Nile in a basket and the plagues with how the first plague was the River Nile being turned to blood it's all worked in really nicely to bring the lesson home for my treasures!! Love it when a theme runs on through our learning!!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The 10 Plagues - children's craft activities (Egypt Unit study)

We are having LOADS of fun this week as we look at each of the 10 Plagues from Ancient Egypt time when Moses was around!!
We started on the Nile River last week (will post about that soon) and how Moses was placed in the Nile as a baby, then we went onto the fact that God chose him to lead His people out of Egypt. When Pharaoh didn't listen God sent 10 plagues to show His awesomeness (and to show that their false god's were exactly that.... FALSE!!!) It's been super fun and very interesting and we are looking forward to the last few plagues as we head into the Passover festival!! All this has worked along wonderfully with our Egyptian Unit study with bringing Bible History into play too!!Here is some of what we have been doing........

As each plague "day" has passed we have made a craft (mostly for the little girls) and a bunting flag ready to put all together, I also found these finger puppets HERE so they have joined in on the display too!!
 Frog colouring page- HERE
Esther colouring her "lice" for the bunting- from HERE
Making a very large fly craft-from HERE
 Today was the boil plague-craft HERE
Today we had our Tea Party Thursday so with some creative thought we made some Plague themed cupcakes!!! You will see the Nile turned to blood,(though it looks pink!!) Flies (the one's with currents) Hail, (decorated with silver balls) Frogs, and Boils (we used jaffa's) for our plague we looked at today!!

Can't wait to show you more with our Egypt Unit study, there is soooo much to cover and sooo much to learn and sooo many fun things to create!!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, April 7, 2014

Mummified Apple Experiment part two (Egyptian unit study)

 We have now finished our Mummified apple experiment!! YAY it was such a great science project and each of us really enjoyed it! In the end (as expected) the Apple in the salt preserved the best, it still looked like an apple.... the most interesting was the vinegar apple, it looked like it had swollen up, even like it had got bigger!! It was very strange!! Then lastly apple by itself just went off. Take a look at our findings!!
 sifting through the raw sugar and bicarb powder....
 All the apples and their labels after a week!
If you are studying Ancient Egypt then I think that this experiment is a must!! I've seen you can also do chickens.... might not try that one!! hee hee!! If you want to see part one of this click HERE and to see where I got the instructions from click HERE!
Smiles The Torrents'