Daily Drudgery - or - Life is Sweet

January 14, 2016

Zoo Play – and some Great Resources

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Home made snow globes using a kit by Baker Ross – a hit!

We have had a quiet few days. Needs must – the sciatic pain from growing bubba is kicking in, and apart from the odd morning exertion of taking Will to school without a car (frog march for 60 mins) I have felt the urge to stay in the nest for three days. This doesn’t include the whole extra-curricular swimming for both bigger boys, and gymnastics! Come 3pm I am in and out of the car for a good couple of hours, home schooling or not! Indi has had a swim assessment and has gone straight in at level 3, and I don’t think he’ll be there for long either. Just remembered I’d taken the smalls swimming during the day yesterday, so not strictly housebound. Lessons are a no-brainer, they cost around £4 a week for one child, whereas Indi, Eti and myself had to to fork out nearly £11 for our swim! I hate swimming – spending money for the privilege of bobbing about like an almost beached whale, hastily applied make up slipping down my face, utterly freezing as I try and catch up with an efficient 6 year old whilst stopping the 3 year old from drowning.

So, we have kept busy with cooking, making, playing and the usual school-related bobbins…

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Colouring the inserts for his snow globes. Rarely does colouring immerse Indi, but there was a different outcome.

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Eti gave it a good stab too.

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After a little trial getting the water in the globes we managed it!image

So – to today and the ‘zoo’. There has been zoo-themed play for the last few days, which had led to beds being covered with assortments of animals, entrance fees and tubs of water housing sea creatures in the sink. I wondered how I could embrace this passion and gear it towards something more well….’more’.

A quick search on Twinkl was a great help. There were any number of print outs to make his zoo more authentic. In the morning he set about turning the house into a zoo. The staircase above was adorned with feeding times, escaped animal signs, and prices…he was delighted. This was all by 8am.

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He’d drawn a map by 8.30am, while I was walking to school with Will.

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More signs…

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Rooms allocated according to species…

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The bathroom was still an aquarium.

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There was a worrying amount of escaped animals. Indi loved this activity, and wrote up about 6 ‘Escaped Animal’ worksheets, including one for Gary the guinea pig and Paul the human baby. Lots of writing done! He also wrote a job advertisement for a zoo keeper, and was most disappointed that the position wasn’t filled by the end of the day.

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This was an escaped snake….

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Bags of animal food (Lego) made before 9am.

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The ticket office – adult and child tickets, annuals (I think he meant guides) ready for visitors.

 

There was also a tractor ride downstairs, and we spent a good 90 minutes or so within his world of the zoo. Eti enjoyed it hugely too. As a follow on, I’ve printed out a Twinkl map of the world which is unlabelled, and lots of small cut outs of animals from around the world. We’ve done this in the past with plastic animals, but this can be a permanent poster, which he can label and stick once we’ve decided where the animals reside!

All print outs will be kept for the next time he wants to play zoos, which could be tomorrow!