Wednesday, January 14, 2015

What we're reading this week

This week I took Little Bean, my niece and my nephew to our local library. They have so many great holiday activities on at the moment. And they're free. Even better. Some of the activities include a chicken hatchery, Lego club, book making workshops, story telling, baby rhyme time, Summer fun at the museum and musical comedy shows. There will also be appearances by popular authors and book characters.  We're going to see an exhibition and talk on birds of prey, which features live animals.

Here's what we're reading this week. At first, I didn't intend on a theme but ended up coming across a couple of cute toilet training books for kids at the supermarket that I couldn't resist buying. One of them even has a button that makes the sound of a toilet flushing. So I thought the Nappy Duck & Potty Pig  book and Toot book would also make a good addition to the start of our toilet training journey.

These are some sensory books with textured panels to touch and feel. Some also have flaps to lift. Little Bean loves these kinds of books at the moment.

I couldn't resist this pack with The Very Hungry Caterpillar book and puppet. Little Bean has spent a large chunk of the week running around wearing it. This is one of my all-time favourite books.

I am a huge Mem Fox fan and this book is fabulous. I love the silly rhymes and pictures. It's such a fun book to read aloud.

This is book all about farts. It's really funny and a sure fire hit with small boys.

These are a couple of books that Little Bean picked. He likes the freaky realistic eyes in Nat the Cat. They kind of creep me out.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What we're doing this week

This week we've been playing with some of the art supplies and toys I bought online to keep Little Bean and his cousins amused on the holidays. LB got to make collages for the first time.

These are the single piece jigsaw puzzles I bought from A2Z Montessori online store in Australia. The previous puzzles I bought were too difficult and frustrated him so I went back to basics. He loves them.

This threading activity uses household items. Go here for more information.

He's worked out how to put the magnetic numbers on the fridge every time now.  He was getting mad because the wouldn't always stick. Once I showed him the magnets on the back and showed him they had to face the fridge, he understood and quickly got better at it.

Some of our art supplies: adhesive foam shapes, stickers and black art paper.

Little Bean's collages.

His 6 year old cousin's collages

His 12 year old cousin's collage and drawing.