Set up a string obstacle course for your spies-in-training to navigate their way through. You can use string like Hands on: as we grow did in her spider web activity.
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Marshmallow shooters. Spies need to be able to think quickly and act fast. Flying marshmallows is sure to distract a target and allow them to get to their goal. Invisible ink messages.
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Use lemon juice and an iron to write and read invisible messages. Kids can write messages to each other and hide them for their contact to find.
Then a grown up can help them make them appear. Master the meltdown. Prep this one the night before by freezing small toys or treasures in ice and then giving the kids water squirters to use to free them. Dust for fingerprints. Find out if spies have been in your house or school by dusting for fingerprints. Use a kit like this one to dust and analyze fingerprints. Walk the wire. Once they get good at it you can throw pom poms at them to try to dodge as they walk.
Pipe Cleaner Disguises. Spies need to be able to master the art of disguise. Give kids pipe cleaners to create disguises to help slip by the enemy. I spy.
Avoid the laser. Set up a sprinkler in the backyard and have the kids try to run through without getting zapped by the lasers aka water! Make a magnifying glass. This book teaches children about the power of words to hurt and heal, and how one person can make things right. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that's just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare's love for him.
Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells How noisy can one child be?! Nora can be quite noisy, but it's when she is quiet that her absence is noticed. This is a terrific book to reassure every child that, noisy or quiet, he is loved. I highly recommend this book for its message of resolving hurt feelings and misunderstandings, the importance of teamwork, forgiveness and safety, safety, safety.
Time for Bed by Mem Fox Gentle watercolors and repetitive rhymes make this collection of animal babies and their parents settling down for the night a perfect way to ease children into sleep at the end of a busy day. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox One little boy with a great big name, one elderly lady with a long name, and one wonderful friendship until Miss Nancy starts to forget.
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It is Wilfrid who helps bring back Miss Nancy's memories in this loving story about friendship and a kindness that has no boundaries. Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse, but who's ever seen what's going on inside the old lady's stomach? With this inventive die-cut artwork, Simms Tabak gives us a rollicking, eye-popping version of the well-loved poem.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh Learning about colors and how to create new colors is fun in this adventure of smart mice using paint to evade the cat. Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in I Went Walking by Sue Williams As a child goes walking in this vibrantly illustrated book, he is joined by a succession of animals.
Each animal is only partially shown, offering readers the chance to guess which creature might next be following the little boy. All day long he hears click, clack, moo. But the problems begin when the cows start leaving him notes. They want electric blankets.
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And when they don't get what they want, they go on strike. Babyfaces: Smile! Olivia by Ian Falconer Have fun with Olivia Again, they squeal. One after the other, a group of barnyard friends climb aboard Mr. Horse for a ride. But will faster lead to disaster?
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner This Caldecott Medal-winning picture book begins placidly and familiarly enough, with three pigs collecting materials and going off to build houses of straw, sticks, and bricks. The rich vocabulary, rhyming, and repetition help children develop their language skills as they enjoy what goes on over in the meadow. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear's cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!
See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests -- all of them having a party without him! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho Rich illustrations fill this simple story of a mother trying to shush the creatures -- from lizards to elephants -- so that her baby can sleep. Amid the growing number of animals in need of shushing, it turns out that it is the mother who needs to sleep. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon!
But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum.
Hug by Jez Alborough Bobo just wants a hug but no one seems to understand him. It's not until he reaches his mother that Bobo get what he needs. Ask "could it be…? The pictures also help them check they have got the right word. Remember, reading should be fun. Help your child to link stories to their own life. Remind them about what they have done when a similar thing happens in the story. The important thing is that they have fun writing at home and are making an effort.
Here's a tip - talk about what your child writes. Be interested. Here's a tip - maths is an important part of everyday life and there are lots of ways you can make it fun for your child. Here's a tip - use lots of mathematics words as your child is playing to develop their understanding of early mathematics eg "over", "under", "first, second, third", "round", "through", "before", "after". Back to top.
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Reading at home needs to be fun and easy — something you both look forward to, a time for laughter and talk. When this happens, you could remind them to think about what they already know to do when they get stuck. Here's a tip - help your child to link stories to their own life. Here's a tip - talk with your child all the time — and give them time to talk with you.
You can use your first language. Here's a tip - mathematics is an important part of everyday life and there are lots of ways you can make it fun for your child. Here's a tip - the way your child is learning to solve mathematics problems may be different from when you were at school. Get them to show you how they do it and support them in their learning. When they are reading, your child will be working at solving unfamiliar words by themself.
If they need help you could ask them to work their way across the word looking for things they know that might help.