Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Ice Age - Timeline Tuesday and History day!

We believe in the power of words, they can either speak life or death! SO when our family gets hit with constant amounts of colds and viruses we have a saying....
"we are sick and tired of being unwell and sleepy!!!"
It's a funny thing to say but its the truth as we hit another week of one of our treasures being unwell!
Last week it was Hannah, beginning this week it was Sophia and now as of today Zeke has the hot and colds!! OHhh dear it certainly is that time of year!!!!!

On an up side we looked at the Ice Age on Tuesday for History and timeline Tuesday!! It was wonderful, we all had heaps of fun and I've got some cool ideas of what we can do while people are getting their strength back......
Like making a cave painting
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picture from HERE

or even a cave!!
picture from HERE

Drawing a Mammoth
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picture from HERE

or simply looking through a book and reading!
The Great Dinosaur Search
just got this from the library as it has pages on The Ice Ages!

Either way we are taking things easy and with the rain outside I think the Ice Age Movies will be rented very soon for some popcorn and movie time!!! Yippee to that!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Our newest Addition!

We have a new addition to our little family!! She is of the fluffy kind and she is soft and sweet!

Welcome to Thea
6 months old
Tabby kitten
Purrs LOADS
and LOVES cuddles!!


It's only been 8 days since Thea joined our family but we are all loving having her!! The children especially think it's wonderful, infact Sapphire is always wanting to know where the "meowff" is!! CUTE!!! She's well and truly made herself at home and I think it's made our Winter time much sunnier and warm!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Savoury Scones

Basically every Thursday we have a cooked lunch! It's nice to have something different each day for lunch and my absolute fav day is Thursday cause I always make Savoury Scones!!
Sometimes they are pumpkin ones but mostly they are zucchini. It's just a basic scone recipe which I then add the savoury flavours too. The children and I LOVE them and they are perfect for a picnic too!! (just as long as they are still warm as Zeke only likes them that way!! hee he!)
The children never used to like them though..... until one day I said they were just like Zucchini slice, why don't you just add sauce!! SO from that day the scones are served with tomato sauce (and butter for those who want it too!!)

I like to put avocado, tomato and spinach on top of mine like it's a warm sandwitch... Ummm delish!!!
Can't wait till we eat them again!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Circus Fun {book making}

One of the blogs I follow HERE, is by the very talented, arty Gail!! The ideas she comes up with are totally awesome!!! This particular arty activity is to make a Circus book and a few weeks ago the children and I invited some friends to join us and have some Big Top Fun! The instructions are super easy to follow from that artist woman and the extra pictures we found from HERE!
 Sophia decorating her envelope to hold her extra pieces!
 Zeke getting busy drawing his trapeze artist!
 Zeke's finished tent, complete with Lion Tammer, 
he made the jump hoop and whip!!
A clever seal balancing a ball!
Mr strong man!! Ready to lift....
YAY, he did it!!
(check out that six pack!!)
My finished Tent I made for Esther!
I went with two clowns, one being the puppet and then also 
added the acrobatic to the background of my trapeze guy!
Sophia went with an all white tent...
She designed the lady trapeze artist from the original picture!
It was soo much fun putting these together, can't wait to do some more book fun with the children in the future!
Smiles The Torrents'

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cloud experiment - Tuesday Science day

Looking at the weather is a great way to get the children excited about science!! The other week we took some inspiration from all the rain we were getting and decided to make our own Rain Cloud in a jar!
 Gather the supplies....
 "Mik, mik" Sapphire says!! (baby talk for mix!)
We found THIS great experiment......

Sophia and Esther went with green food colouring, while Zeke and Hannah did the more traditional blue colour.
 


Here it is when it first starts.......

slowing starting to fill up and therefore begin to rain!!!

 Here comes the rain!!
Now for the downpour!!!

Once the experiment is done things start to get, well........
 

When dealing with shaving cream, it is clearly a need to end up playing and getting messy with it!!!
Hey isn't a messy child a happy, learning child??
Such fun to be had on Tuesday science days!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Boo to a Goose craft activity- Virtual Book club Mem Fox

 

We have a new author to focus on at Virtual Book Club for the month of May (yes I know that's already passed.....sadly I missed the link but still wanted to share....) the very clever Mem Fox!
 (the goose that Esther drew while waiting for me to cut out feathers!
Note: the goose is sticking out it's tongue!)
She has LOADS of wonderful books for children, some of which are Sapphire's absolute fav (mine too if i was honest!!) Where is the Green Sheep is most certainly one of them followed closely by Time for Bed!!
SO with books on the table and art to be had we decided to make some 3D animals!! Our inspiration was from another Mem Fox book called "Boo to a Goose" with amazing 3D illustrations by David Miller.

Zeke and Hannah were keen to make their own "here is the ...... Sheep" and Sophia and Esther got busy making a goose. I helped the girls cut and make LOTS and LOTS of feathers for their geese and when Esther saw the picture of the baby goose (now she knows it's called a gosling) with her Mummy she wanted to make a gosling too!
Both geese are made from paper plates, Esther's one is from HERE and Soph just made it up.
 
 
 
 

I helped her with the neck and head, she did the beak. I love that she added grey feathers for the tail and that Esther wanted to have her gosling tucked under the Mummy's wing keeping safe!! SOoo precious!
Sophia's finished goose!
Zeke's sheep is a "here is a SUPER SHEEP!!" complete with all his insides!! Why do you ask??

 
 Last week the older children went to a science class a local school hold and there they learnt all about sheep hearts and livers (it was a dissecting lesson... YUCK!!!) and so he jumped online and got the diagram and made all the working bits for his super sheep!! His sheep is sooo super his insides are human!! AWESOME!!! 

Hannah has a "here is the Rock Star sheep!" She took her inspiration from Wildstyle from The Lego Movie, added some punk looking makeup and a very groovy guitar!! LOVE IT!

 
 
Next month we are looking at the famous Eric Carl!! Until then,
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wonderful World Wednesday - Nature field trip

I took the children to Corra Linn today for our Nature study field trip! They all totally LOVED it and are already asking when we can go back!!
 
 
 
 Esther is helping chase the ducks away while Sophia enjoys her picnic lunch!
 

My little nephew was with us today, that sweet little boy in blue! It was completely delightful to see my treasures sooooo loving the Wonderful World that God has made around them! I'm really looking forward to going back again soon too!
Smiles The Torrents'