Wednesday, 27 July 2011

OUR WEEKEND BY THE SEA!


It's been another long time between posts. this is not good and I must get back on track! I love blogging but for some reason I just haven't been doing it recently. So sorry to all my lovely readers and I will try harder! lol!

So What have we been up too? Well we had a fabby time down in Southsea a couple of weekends ago. I have to say we were a bit disappointed with Southsea itself. Not much going on. We visited it for an evening last year and that was enough I think. but to actually stay in for a length of time... well just not really much going on. The 1st night there we did find a place to eat but they were soooooo slow. over an hour for drinks.... let alone food. and then they got the orders wrong. So we decided the following night to eat on the Isle of White. Not the cheapest of options to get a hover craft over their for the evening but it was very pretty and there was a wonderful bar with very friendly and helpful staff!

On the way down to Southsea we went to Monkey world. Not really on the way but we thought we would take a detour as both the boys have been desperate to see the monkeys after becoming addicted to the series on sky! They love their nature programs and this one really touched their hearts. They know a lot of the monkeys buy name and remember stories of things they have done, or how they came to be at the rescue center. We even got to say hi to Jeremy one of the guys who set up the place when he walked past us!

Having a drink before we set off to see the Monkeys!
Brendan saying hi to a Monkey in its sleeping area having a rest!
Brendan helping his brother out!


Kenzie filming his visit!

Baby Bart making a nest!













































It was a lovely afternoon and great to see the monkeys in a safe environment and learning to be monkeys again. such sad stories for some of them but a happy safe ending,Thankfully!

We spent a lovely evening walking along the beach on the Isle of White the following day! Sandy beach and lots of shells to collect! We checked our phones for local Geocaches when we arrived and headed off to the nearest one. A nice evening stroll! We had a fabby time finding this one and with the clue I worked out where it was and fished it out of its hiding place! Then a gentle walk back to the bar I mentioned before, for some yummy dinner and a game of pool!




The following day we took the car over and spent all day on the island. We visited a dinosaur museum which was rather fun! Very interactive and we got to dig up some bones!

2 rather tired boys! we had some late nights!
Digging up a dinosaur!!

Doing some art in the Dinosaur education centre!




Then we whizzed off to a Roman villa! checked out some mosaics and even made our own to take home!





Then it was off to Alum Bay to the Needles park. The boys and I wanted to fill bottles with the famous coloured sands. It just had to be done.... so we did!

The Needles!
lots of great colours to play with!
A great day on the Isle of White. I think next year we will book a holiday there as there was still loads we would have liked to have visited. So pretty over there as well!

We had a great trip around the submarine museum in Gosport as well while we were away. Got to go on an old submarine for a tour and they had lots of fun activities and experiments for the boys to play with. They loved playing with all the buttons and switches on the Sub! Pretended to drive it and the man even turned on the red lights and made the clacksons go off!


So that's our weekend away! was pretty packed and busy but great to spend some real time together, no housework, laptops, tv, work or school to get in the way! Just fun, fun, FUN!!










Tuesday, 12 July 2011

SEASIDE THEME WEEK 1

For the next couple of months I thought it would be nice to focus on the Beach and Oceans! Some of the little ones I look after have been recently or are going to the seaside in the holidays, so it seemed a perfect time to look at all the fun we can have while there and the creatures that live in the Sea!

We are having a few days away in Southsea again this year and will be popping down on Friday! This theme is really getting me in the holiday mood!

Here are a few of the fun activities we have planned for this week!

Ocean in a bottle! 
Add some water to a clean plastic bottle (About half filled) and mix in a food colour of your choice!
Top up with cooking oil and then glue gun the lid in place for extra security!
Give it a wiggle and watch the waves move back and forth!
Baby R loved this and I was very pleased I had glue gunned on the lid as she was keen to have a good drink of it!

We had a Sea Creature Shadow match game downloaded out from this site which the older children enjoyed and this prompted them to want to know more about each creature, so we sat and watched some of David Attenborough's "Planet Earth" DVD which has an Ocean program in the set. I do love Nature programs and it was lovely to be able to share this with the little ones!
E had a lovely time with this and wanted to know all the names of the creatures and what they eat!

We also looked at sequencing as this was an area I was not sure many of the children had mastered yet. We looked at lining these beach pictures up in order of size, starting with the biggest and working left to right to help develop those pre-reading skills.

We also looked at pattern matching. E got very excited about this and showed how proud of himself he was when he completed the set! Waving his arms in the air and shouting " I did it Pip!!!"


We have also been learning about the different types of shells we find. Univalves and Bivalves and how we can distinguish between the two, to group them.
 I found these great Montessori 3 part cards and printed them out and laminated them. cut them up and placed them with a basket of shells! We are learning a lot about these different shells and I am hoping my boys will enjoy these cards as well and maybe take them to the beach with us when we go away! I am sure we are going to hunt for lots of new shells to add to our collection!

Today we decided to set up the water tray in the Kitchen and add some Shells and sea creatures to it!
Baby R has tried to climb in it already and needed several nappy changes after using the shells as cups and drinking most of the water!

Would love to hear your Beach and Seaside ideas if you fancy leaving me a comment and sharing!!

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