June 8th is World Oceans Day so I have a range of World Oceans Day activities for J to do this week. The World Ocean Day website has some great resources you could use with children too.
I have created an ocean themed small world for J to play with to introduce our World Oceans Day activities. We have some Peterkin soft sea animals, including a dolphin, whale, shark, turtle, walrus and seal and some animal bath toys too including ducks, an octopus and a seahorse. These will be available for J to play with in the ocean themed small world. J has an underwater base which has a shark cage and two divers, so I have put that inside the small world too so that we can discuss the interaction between marine life and humans under the water as we play. I will talk about marine scientists researching marine life and ocean conditions to help protect the animals.
As the weather is looking so good for May bank holiday weekend (I hope I am not in for a disappointment), we have been getting our new garden ready for summer. Our garden was our definite compromise when we moved at the end of last year. It is about a third of the size of our previous garden and we were all sad to loose the space. However, it is still a reasonable size and I am determined to make the most of it. We have decided not to do too many changes out there this year so that we can see what grows up when and where and (most importantly) where the sun is at different points of the day so that we know where is best for our table and chairs. We have pruned and weeded and planted some new bulbs in pots and that is all we will do except for getting the garden summer ready for J. I would love to have a climbing wall, trampoline, swing and play set but we simply don’t have the room. So what are my top garden toys for keeping J happy playing in our garden?
Since we are heading to Orlando this year, we will have two 10 hour flights to amuse J on. Therefore, I was rather excited when offered the opportunity to review a new educational resource website for teachers and parents called Mrs Mactivity. There is only so long that J will spend watching TV or playing with a couple of cars on a plane, so I thought it would be great to print off some fun resources for him to colour or craft with while flying across the Atlantic Ocean. There are some great resources on Mrs Mactivity for us to choose from.
Good Friday was forecast heavy rain so I was pondering activities that I could set up for J to keep him entertained inside. Recently, I have created a few small worlds for him but I quickly learnt that if cars aren’t involved somehow in the play then the small world won’t hold J’s interest. So rather than trying to fight his love of cars and encourage him to have a wider range of interests, I fully embraced J’s car obsession and decided to create a whole play town for him that centred around a masking tape road.
J loves books, but he hates chocolate, so it makes perfect sense to give him a book advent calendar instead. Some of the books I have chosen are ones which we already own, some will be borrowed from the library and some will be new but we will read a new one each day and call them our special Christmas books. Although many of the books will have a Christmas theme, some will just have a nice message or lesson in them that we can talk about with J. I will blog about many of the books between now and Christmas so you have ideas for stories to read to your own children, or ideas for Christmas gifts for them or family and friends. Next in J’s Christmas Reads series, I have chosen the heartwarming, ‘James and the Birthday Balloon’ by Nicola J. Rowley. ‘James and the Birthday Balloon’ is not a Christmas themed book, but it sends beautiful and important messages about being a good friend, being kind and the importance of thinking about others, which is perfect for this time of year.