Monday, April 18, 2016

Dancing Corn experiment (great for Harvest/Autumn)

With the cooler months here and some more fun to be had with corn, the children and I did a Dancing corn experiment! It was SOOOO successful, we all loved it! SO much so that we demonstrated it at the Children's Home school show and tell Morning tea here in Poatina!
All the directions and what to do are from the link.... give it a go it's a real WINNER!!!
 Everyone took it in turns to stir or add ingredients.
 Is it dancing yet???
 Now to add the vinegar.....
 Can you see the excitement in Sophia's face now that 
something unexpected has began to happen!!
 Now look at the joy! LOVE THIS!! We have clapping!
 We all watched it for ages, little corn kernels dancing around in the jar!
Gotta have more fun science days like this.... ROLL on the new term!
Smiles The Torrents'

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Wonderful World Wednesday - Deer spotting and a bush walk!

I am truly in my happy place when I'm out in nature! Since moving to Poatina there has been many an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors! This walk was full of wonder as we had a good friend come along with us and he is a keen deer spotter!!

He told us how deer rub their antlers on young trees to scratch themselves and also to remove the velvet coating that is on their antlers. He spotted quite a few trees that were totally DEER LOVED and could tell us if it was from this season or last when it was used!
He found some tracks, (though this pic doesn't really show them very well) where there was clear evidence that a doe and her young had been walking together!

As well as all the deer facts we also found some fossils! WOW these are sooo awesome to come across!! I get SUPER excited when discovering a fossil!! (which I've only ever done since moving here!)
 Sophia liked this rock in particular as it looks like Tassie or a love heart.

Lastly we found these HUGE animal burrows, they really were HUGE!!! Wombats we were thinking but no sign of "doings" near the entrance made it hard to know for sure.
Autumn mushrooms are also popping up!
 Heading back home and time for a selfie with Sophia, 

So that was our Wonderful World Wednesday, truly wonderful in every way!
Smiles The Torrents'

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Corn crafts for kids - Husk Doll

With Autumn well and truly here we have been busy with some seasonal crafts together with the Poatina Homeschooling group.
The very sweet Mabel and her lovely Mummy (Mrs Heather Copper from RockSalt Arts
talked us through making a Corn Husk doll! It was really quite tricky for some but with much determination, and a few melt downs we all ended up with a doll. During the "corn" talk we found out HEAPS of fun facts about corn!
Did you know
*each corn silk (that's the hairy bits on the top of the corn) is connected to each kernel! If it isn't pollinated then it wont grow the yummy corn to eat!
* You can drink corn silk tea!
* The male part of the flower is at the top of the corn stalk and the female is the corn silks!
Corn will always have an even number of rows on each cob
*  Corn is a cereal crop that is part of the grass family

 Every bodies wonderful Corn Doll creations!
 Looking forward to our next activity together!! Yay for Homeschooling group!
Smiles The Torrents'

Happy Easter - He is Risen {Poatina Sunrise Service}

  Easter morning! Photo by Sophia
 A NEW day!
(pic by Sharnee)

What an amazing Easter we have had, our first one in Poatina! Good Friday we headed up to the Arts Center for a Prayer vigil from 6-12pm. The children's time slot was 6-7 were we acted out the some of the Easter story. Hannah ended up playing Jesus.
 The disciples gathered around for the last supper, 
"Jesus" saying how one of them would betray him.
 In the garden praying by himself.
 After seeing Pilot (Paul in this case) Jesus had to carry 
His own cross ready to be crucified.

Then today we were up there again ready for the Easter Sunrise, prayer, story reading, breakie and fellowship with other "villagers" which was truly AWESOME!!!!
So to you all I say Happy Easter! He IS RISEN!! (Just like the wonderful illustration Hannah drew in the church today!!)
Smiles The Torrents'

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Wonderful World Wednesday - Huntsmen for Dinner

Unlike some bugs/insects (like the slug, moth and spitfire caterpillar), spiders don't actually freak me out so much! Check this out, a spider eating/carrying another spider away!
With some research we think that the spider doing all the work is perhaps a White-tailed spider, of course his dinner is none other than the Huntsman.

Check out the hairs on the Huntsman's legs!
And you can make out the white tip... just!

Not sure how long it took for this guy to eat up his find but it was super cool to see!!
Smiles The Torrents'

Monday, March 14, 2016

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie craft for kids


 Sophia's little gumnut baby

With our recent move it has meant that we are now part of a homeschooling group again! Just gotta say how much I am enjoying it and our dear children are as well!! It's such a blessing to be part of a greater community and learning and laughing and crying together!
I hosted the first group activity with a Snugglepot and Cuddlepie theme! I've been reading the books to Esther and Sapphire each morning and with the stunning yellow and pink gum out in flower is was a prime time to get creative!!!
 To kick start I showed some of the many books written by May Gibbs (author of the Snugglepot and Cuddlepie series) and then I read Snugglepot and Cuddlepie on board the Snag which is an old book from the Young Australia Series (see here) It includes banksia men, Mrs Snake and of course their dear friend Mr Lizard. The lovely Hannah Cooper had been given a Blue Tongue lizard skin which was shown to the children and my Hannah then showed the snake skin to help tie in the whole story too!! It was wonderful to have these amazing items of nature to show!!

Next was craft time and painting inspired from May Gibbs illustrations! I made this look-a-like Ragged Blossom as the inspiration and the children ran like wildflower to create their own, wonderful, amazing, fabulous gum babies!!!!

By the end we even had a Banksia Man made by Mable and each little gum baby wasn't so scared of her at all!!
 YAY for Homeschooling fun together in Poatina!!
Smiles The Torrents'