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Christmas Favourites for all your Festive Needs

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The Festive Season is here! With the holidays upon us, your little jolly jumpers will certainly need some inspiration and a touch of magic to enjoy this special time with loved ones. Below are some beautiful picture books you might like to share together, and plenty of craft activities to reinforce these magical traditions. Enjoy!


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Have yourself a booktacular Christmas, Chanukah and New Year!

Look forward to sharing more bookish fun and new ideas in 2016!

love Romi

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Books for Mum – Mother’s Day 2015

“To each and every mother in our world…”,
Read a book together to “…secure extra precious, magical time with your children…”
– blurb from ‘I Wish My Mum Was an Octopus’.

Here are a few tributes to Mum to look out for this Mother’s Day.  

my_mum_plc_hi-resMy Mum Says the Strangest Things, Katrina Germein (author), Tom Jellett (illus.), Black Dog Books, 2014.  

From award-winning author Katrina Germein and illustrator Tom Jellett, the dynamic duo are victorious again following the success of ‘My Dad Thinks He’s Funny’ and ‘My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny’; this time paying homage to mums in ‘My Mum Says the Strangest Things’. Totally hilarious, and with plenty of idioms that we can all relate to, this book will have the whole family nodding their heads, and perhaps even rolling some eyes. Because it’s true!
Each saying is represented with Tom Jellett’s characteristically comical cartoons and their cool retro colours. I love the red ants crawling out of the boys shorts as he explains how Mum says he has ants in his pants. And an aerial view of the boy when he’s grumpy – “…Mum says you could land an aeroplane on my bottom lip.” We’ve got wind changing faces, television turning eyes square, tired mum meaning tired kids, and the list continues.
‘My Mum Says the Strangest Things’ is great for primary school kids to crack a joke with their mums. It’s quirky, it’s entertaining, and it’s oh-so-funny!  


hey-mum-i-love-youHey Mum, I Love You, Corinne Fenton (author), Black Dog Books, 2014.  

An absolutely adorable tribute to mums, and written for her own mum, Corinne Fenton’s ‘Hey Mum, I Love You’ captures all the littlest moments and characteristic nuances that mothers and babies share in the most loving and affectionate ways. Each quality that makes Mum special are represented with photographic images of beautiful animals. A baby polar bear nuzzling its mother shows “the softest sigh”. A tiny monkey resting in its mother’s arms is “the snuggliest cuddle”. Mum is the protector, the nurturer, and the supporter. “Because I know with you beside me I can do anything. And I know how lucky I am to have a mum like you.”
‘Hey Mum, I Love You’ is perfect for mothers and their babies to have a giggle, a snuggle and a few sneaky kisses. Doesn’t get any cuter!  


JamforNanaJam for Nana, Deborah Kelly (author), Lisa Stewart (illus.), Random House Australia, 2014.  

‘Jam for Nana’ is a delectably sweet story of a little girl and her Nana as they make pancakes with jam and sugar. Nana recalls the days when she lived on the farm and had ‘real’ apricot jam with the warmth of a hundred summers, and it tasted like the sun. The little girl longs to give her Nana the same precious gift, and surprises her with her own version of the delicious apricot jam – jam that is made with love and sunshine.
‘Jam for Nana’, with its soft and gentle illustrations, is sure to have its readers licking their lips, wanting to revisit Nana’s warm summers with its delicious goodness!  


9781925000375I Wish My Mum Was an Octopus, Shona Revie Keenan (author), Lee Burgemeestre (illus.), Ford Street Publishing, 2014.  

Written in rollicking rhyme, a young boy and his mum simultaneously imagine all the jobs she could accomplish with eight tentacles; in the hopes that there is still enough time left for him. An ode to all the super-mums out there who really do juggle a zillion tasks at once – coordinating extra-curricula activities and social events, preparing meals for a range of functions, tackling the never-ending pile of laundry, attending to sick and injured family members, looking after the baby, achieving goals at work, being an active sports mum to the eldest child, and finally, enjoying creative learning time with the middle child.
‘I Wish My Mum Was an Octopus’ is a lively and fun story, with colourful, whimsical illustrations that showcase the extremely busy lives of mothers. A reminder of what’s most important – spending time with your precious ones.  


More book reviews on busy mums…  

mum-goes-to-workMum Goes to Work, Libby Gleeson (author), Leila Rudge (illus.), Walker Books, 2015.  

Originally published in 1992, ‘Mum Goes to Work’ is back in 2015. A story of the importance of mums and an awareness for the many hats they wear, including a view into the world of working mothers.
We are introduced to all the mums and their children as they congregate at the child care centre. The story continues with snippets into the busy days of each mum at work, and their child at care. Nadia’s mother is a student (of architecture, as seen in Leila Rudge‘s illustrations), and it is paintings of houses and building blocks that Nadia meticulously works on at child care. Laurence’s mother serves food and coffee in a cafe, whilst he makes a three-layer sand cake and lots of sand biscuits with his friend in the sandpit. We see mums as nurses, at-home mums, receptionists, retail assistants, office workers and teachers. Meanwhile, the children play with baby dolls, puzzles, construction, ride bikes and read books.
Leila Rudge’s illustrations perfectly suit the tender feel of the story, delivering a touch of humour and meaning to the words, and plenty of details to explore.
‘Mum Goes to Work’ is a welcome insight into the daily lives of working mothers and children in child care. It’s a joyous story of identity and having a place in this big world. Readers can gain a greater appreciation for the commitment, sacrifices and pleasures that women achieve for their families. Equally, this resource allows mums wonderful opportunities to further bond and relate to their children. Fun, interactive and visually appealing; it’s a win-win for all!

See the full review, and other Libby Gleeson books about nurturing roles at:  


1733911_origHop Up! Wriggle Over!, Elizabeth Honey (author, illus.), Allen & Unwin, 2015.

See the review at:


More picture books tributing Mums and Grandmas…
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My Little Story Corner’s Favourites From 2014

I didn’t think I’d make a ‘best-of’ list this year, simply because there were just too many fantastic picture books to choose from. So, to make it easier on myself I enlisted the help of my recently-turned five year old daughter. What better critique can you get than an inquisitive preschooler (soon to be school girl)?

To give you an idea of how ‘experienced’ we are in the picture book department, my latest library record shows that we’ve borrowed a total of 257 children’s books in the year of 2014. Then there are the ones we’ve bought (which sadly doesn’t even come close to the borrowed figure, but let’s face it, noone can afford that!), plus the several books received from my wonderful literary magazine employers with whom I write reviews for. That’s ALOT of books!

So, of all the books we’ve managed to lay our hands and eyes upon, these are Miss 5’s top 12 picture books of 2014 (in titled alphabetical order)

Bza6SorCYAAMLHqDigby’s Moon Mission by Renee Price, illustrated by Anil Tortop (Tadaa Books, Dec 2014).

A popular book in our house, Digby’s Moon Mission is a humorous story of teamwork and diversity; of a curious boy who sets out to solve the mystery of the banana-thin moon. Exploring concepts such as rhyming words, the days of the week, and phases of the moon, the final surprise at the end was the point that had us enjoying this adventure to the moon again and again.


go-to-sleep-jessie-Go To Sleep, Jessie! by Libby Gleeson, illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Little Hare, Nov 2014).

We’re huge fans of the Gleeson and Blackwood combination (as discovered after reading the gorgeous and emotive Banjo and Ruby Red, which also features in Go To Sleep, Jessie!). And the fact that Miss 5 also has a little sister made this book a real treasure in our household. Several anguishing attempts to settle baby Jessie to sleep seems like nothing will work. But in a heartwarming ending the girl narrator finds a way to give Jessie the comfort and love that she needed. Too sweet!


hurry-up-alfieHurry Up, Alfie by Anna Walker (Scholastic, Sep 2014).

From another of our favourites, Anna Walker, author / illustrator of the loveable Peggy, this is a story we could both relate to. A young crocodile finds it difficult to focus on getting ready to go out when there are so many other distractions, and his agitated parent who is constantly reminding Alfie to get a wriggle on! A very cute and funny tale with whimsical, beautiful artwork by Anna Walker.


mix-it-up-Mix it Up! by Herve Tullet (Chronicle Books, Sep 2014).

Not an Australian book but worth a mention. Miss 5 just loves the interactivity of this one, as we engage with the paints to splash, mix and transform from primary to secondary colours, and using light and shadow to create new shades. Fun, engaging and a clever way to learn about colours and colour mixing.


oliverOliver and George by Peter Carnavas (New Frontier Publishing, Sep 2014).

Ok, so we love ALL of Peter Carnavas’ books! Hugely popular in our house were The Boy on the Page and The Important Things. Oliver and George is an adorably funny book about patience (or lack thereof) and friendship. Oliver is ready to play, but his bear friend George is busy reading. Oliver gets up to all sorts of antics to capture George’s attention, only to be faced with a surprising reaction each time. But will they ever be ready to play? We love how Peter promotes a love of books, and his illustrations are as always dramatic, expressive and sweet.


22735715Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic, July 2014).

Another one from the talented Aaron Blabey, with his sick sense of humour, author of the award-winning The Dreadful Fluff (which Miss 5 loved), and The Brothers Quibble. Pig the Pug is a totally hilarious story of an absolutely greedy and selfish Pug, more than unwilling to share his toys and food with his flatmate, Trevor the sausage dog. A book full of tantrums, name calling and bad tempers, Pig ends up getting his just desserts for his inexcusable behaviour, which turns out to be sweet for only one; Trevor. With matching expressive and comical illustrations, Pig the Pug is a must read!


9781921504631Scary Night by Lesley Gibbes, illustrated by Stephen Michael King (Working Title Press, Jul 2014).

A humorous and curious tale of three characters; a Pig with a parcel, a Hare with a hat and a Cat with a cake, setting off on a mysterious adventure in the pale moonlight. What a BIG surprise we got when we discovered where they were tip-toe creeping to on that scary night! Lots of fun with a hint of bite! Perfect for Halloween!


2014-12-31-10-40-36--970769686The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak (The Dial Press, Sep 2014).

Published overseas, this book seemed to become an overnight sensation, and certainly was for us. Brilliantly able to capture the attention of young ones around the world, and it contains absolutely no pictures! A hilarious book full of silly words and proposterous phrases, making the reader sound like a ridiculous singing monkey with a blueberry pizza head. Be prepared for many reads, over and over, and over.


thegreatgardenmystery9780857984166The Great Garden Mystery by Renée Treml (Random House Australia, Sep 2014).

We definately couldn’t deny our admiration of Renée Treml’s art, quickly becoming fans of her previous books, One Very Tired Wombat and Colour for Curlews. In The Great Garden Mystery, a most intriguing case that has the animals in the patch in disarray. Who’s been eating all the beetroot in the night? As the animal detectives study every clue, each one asserts their innocence, until it is the roo that seems most suspicious. But will this mystery ever be solved? Who’s the one with the square-shaped poo? A fun rhyming story that will bring out the detective in all of us!


tim-and-edTim and Ed by Ursula Dubosarsky, illustrated by Andrew Joyner (Penguin Australia, Oct 2014).

Tim and Ed are identical twin koalas. They look the same and do everything together. Until one day when they spend the night apart. Written in exuberant rhyme, with equally lively pictures, Tim and Ed is a fun story about learning independence and uniqueness, particularly when you are a twin.


vanilla-ice-creamVanilla Ice Cream by Bob Graham (Candlewick Press, Aug 2014).

Following the breathtaking perspective that captured a moment in time in Silver Buttons (favourite from 2013), comes another magnificent story by legendary Bob Graham. A tale of cause and effect; how a little swallow bird from India gets carried away across the ocean on a shipping container, reaching its’ destination that is Melbourne, Australia. There, the bird unintentionally sets in motion a series of events that lead to a baby’s first, delectable taste of vanilla ice cream. Stunningly captured moments. Delicious!


whale-in-the-bathWhale in the Bath by Kylie Westaway, illustrated by Tom Jellett (Allen & Unwin, Oct 2014).

A comical tale, with equally comical illustrations, of a splashing whale in Bruno’s bathtub. We laughed when the massive whale continues to tell Bruno to come back later, and poor Bruno gets accused of lying and avoiding his bath. We loved the ending when finally Bruno has his wash (with the help of the whale), and when someone else faces the same problem.


Well, the child has spoken. These are her top 12 picks of picture books published in 2014. If I had done my own list there would be at least another 10 or so… just have a look around my website and you’ll find some more amazing books by great authors. Looking forward to discovering more talent in 2015!

Happy reading!

– Romi Sharp 🙂

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Santa’s Outback Secret: Teaching Notes

Santa’s Outback Secret
Mike Dumbleton
Illustrated by Tom Jellett

Find the Review here.

Santa’s Outback Secret: Question Time!  

Before Reading:
Have a bag full of disguises, like funny glasses, wigs, hats, moustache, etc. Ask a child to pull out an item and put it on themselves or a toy. This is a disguise. Why might people wear disguises? .  
Look at the cover and title. What do you know about Santa? Does this man look like Santa? What do you think Santa’s secret might be? Where is the outback? What might Santa do there? What would be your wish for Christmas?  
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During Reading:
Why do you think Santa needs to disguise himself and hide his reindeer? Ask if children know the meanings of the words ‘jackaroo’, ‘tucker’, ‘crook’. What does it mean for the horse to be ”trickier than a thoroughbred”?  

After Reading:
Do you think the boy knew that the man was really Santa? Why do you think Santa chose to help Ben after reading his letter? What was the boy’s wish? What does this tell you about the boy’s nature? How do you think the trail bike will help the boy and his dad when Santa’s gone?  

Santa’s Outback Secret: Learning Time!  


– Write your own letter to Santa about a very important Christmas wish to help someone else in need.
– Write a story about a time when Santa came to visit your house for a day. What would he do there? Did he solve a problem or help you in any way? What gift did he leave at the end of the day?
– S is for Santa. Write all the words in the book that start with ‘Ss’. (Santa, secret, special, skies, stained, snake-skin, shirt, stockman, swag, spray, smile, skill, speed, and so on).
– Using the ‘s’ nouns listed above, draw and cut out, place blue tac on the back of each picture, then use to ‘dress up’ your Santa. Optional: Laminate for durability.
(Draw Santa (or download a Santa picture), stained jeans, snake-skin belt, shirt, shoes (boots), sun hat, sling water bag, stockman’s whip, canvas swag, spray). Make sure everything is labeled.
(See Mathematics Ordering activity for follow up).  


– Comprehension Activity. Match the Aussie slang words to their meanings.
Download Santa’s Outback Secret Aussie Slang Match Up worksheet.
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– Rhyming words. Find the rhyming words in the story. Think of other words that rhyme with: jackaroo, speed, bike, etc.  
– Read other Christmas books. What messages do they offer? What are the similarities and differences?
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– Space / Location. Prepositions:
List the prepositional language in the book. Match word with a drawn picture. Eg. beside a dusty homestead track. Santa leaped onto his back… The horse jumped up. The horse jumped over the stockyard fence!
Make a model Santa and a horse and demonstrate these actions (Make a model from anything like blocks, playdough, paper or pipe cleaners).
– Number. Santa’s Ordering Activity:
Order the items of clothing and accessories as Santa put them on. You can use your cut-outs from the writing activity and place them in order from 1st to 9th. Add your own item to make it the 10th piece.  
– Investigate Transport / Force.
What modes of transport can be found in the story? (Reindeer pulling a sleigh, horse, trail bike). How are each powered? Investigate by making models.
Find some terrific science, maths, art and games activities for the transportation theme here:

– Santa Science Kids Activities.
Cool activities from Magic Milk, Ice and Salt, and Holiday GOOP!     
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Art / Craft.
– Santa in Disguise. Make yourself a pair of Christmas glasses  
– Homemade Button Christmas Cards. Write a special message for a loved one.
– Gorgeous Christmas Crafts  
– Fantastic Santa Crafts. Why not try making an Aussie Santa wearing a flannelette shirt!  

Purchase Santa’s Outback Secret from Boomerang Books for $17.99.

Lessons devised and adapted by Romi Sharp 2014.
All sourced resources have been credited.
These lessons are for personal or classroom use only and not permitted for commercial use.

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Whale in the Bath: Teaching Notes

Whale in the Bath
Kylie Westaway
Illustrated by Tom Jellett

Read the Review.

Whale in the Bath: Question Time!  

Before Reading:
Ask some silly questions, like ”Would you ever find an elephant in your toilet?”, ”Would you find a polar bear in your fridge?”.  Encourage children to think of their own examples and write them down.
Look at the cover. Did you think a whale could fit in a bath? Do you think this might be a true story or make believe? What do you think the boy might say to the whale? What would you say to the whale?  
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During Reading:
Ask, Do you know what krill is? Do you believe Bruno? Do you think he really had a bear under the bed and a walrus in the backyard? Do you think the whale has nice manners? Can you wash like a whale? (Do the actions).  

After Reading:
Do you think Ally sees the whale or is she making it up? Why do you think Bruno’s family didn’t believe him? Why do you think Bruno didn’t want to have a bath? What would you do if someone didn’t listen when you asked them to do something? Have you ever tried to avoid something you didn’t want to do? What happened?  

– Using the ideas listed prior to reading, write a new title about a large animal in a small item. For example, ”Hippo in a Teacup”. Illustrate to create a front cover.
– Using the above front cover, write a new story about yourself trying to use the item that the animal is sitting in. What was it doing in there? Why doesn’t it want to get out? What would you say? What do your family say?
– W is for whale. Make a list of words that begin with ‘Ww’. Encourage children to copy or trace some of these words. Accompany each word with a picture to represent it.
– Make a paper model of one of the ‘w’ words. Eg. paper whale (see Art / Craft), walrus, window, etc.
– Write an alliteration sentence with ‘w’ words. Eg. Wally Whale wondered why the water wasn’t warm. Illustrate.  

– Read other books about whales.
– Find and write a list of verbs associated with the word ”splash”, in a whale template.
Alternatively write adjectives to describe the whale, or nouns listing the items he used in the bath.  

– Measurement: Length. How big is a Blue Whale?
Objectives: Children understand the size of a Blue Whale. Practice predicting and measuring skills.
Materials: roll of string (100 feet or 30.5 metres), Blue Whale picture, pencils, large butcher paper, corridor or outdoor area, paper plates.
1. Research and write measurements of the Blue Whale on the picture.
2. On large butcher paper, draw the head of the whale, as life size as possible. Do the same with the tail.
3. Have children draw eyes, mouth, scales onto the head and tail.
4. Mount the head at one end of the corridor, then stick (or tie) the end of the string to the head.
5. Unravel the string (30.5m) and attach with the tail.
6. Children predict how many paper plates (and/or other materials) it would take to fill the entire length of the whale. Write estimates, measure and record.
7. Discussion: Who’s prediction/s was closest? Refer back to book. Compare and contrast – Would it be possible for this whale to fit in a bath? A car? A house? What else might be as big as a Blue Whale?
(Activity adapted from  

– Find a range of online whale maths games and videos at the following site:  

– Research facts about the Blue Whale (use size measurements in Maths activity above). Present as a booklet, poster or visual technology presentation.
Some information can be found at:
Learn all you wanted to know about blue whales with pictures, videos, photos, facts, and news from National Geographic.  

Art / Craft.
– Look at the illustrations by Tom Jellett. Draw cartoon style pictures and paint with cool, earthy tones.
– Download these awesome drawing and colouring activities by Tom Jellett, found at:     
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– Make your own Paper Plate Whale.
How cute is this one from Krokotak! We made our own using one paper plate, textas and some gold paper! Simple and adorable!
Instructions here: .    
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– And this Blue Whale Paper Toy:
– Crayon Relief Whale.
Materials: crayons, watercolour paint, water, paintbrush, paper, googly eyes and glue (optional).
Directions: 1. Draw a large whale with crayon and colour in as desired.
2. Dab water in to the watercolour paint to form a runny mixture, and paint over the entire sheet of paper.
3. Notice the crayon wax resisting the water. Allow to dry.
4. Glue on a googly eye/s (optional).    
– Crayon Fun in the Bath!
Have a whale of a time and be creative in the bath with some bath crayons. You can easily make your own.
See instructions here:  

– Find a range of whale activities, including literacy, mathematics and crafts, on Kylie Westaway’s Pinterest page:  

Lessons created and adapted by Romi Sharp 2014.
All sourced resources have been credited.
These lessons are for personal or classroom use only and not permitted for commercial use.

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My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny: Teaching Notes

my-dad-still-thinks-he-s-funny My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny
Katrina Germein
Illustrations by Tom Jellett

My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny
Book Review

My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny: Question Time!

Before Reading:
Ask, What kinds of things do you like to do with your dad? What makes your dad special? Does your dad say funny things?
Look at the cover. What can you see? What is the dad doing? Why is this funny?

During Reading:
Ask and explain to children what the jokes mean to confirm comprehension. What are the pictures showing?

After Reading:
Which joke did you like the best? Were there any that you didn’t understand? Do you think the boy likes his dad’s jokes? Why or why not? What did the boy do at the end?

My Dad STILL Thinks He’s Funny: Learning Time!

– Research different kinds of jokes, riddles, puns, pranks, limericks, etc. Make your own joke book with your favourites.
– Design and create a set of character cards, each with a character and a funny saying or punned or alliterated name. Eg. Garbage Pail Kids. Illustrate. Make lots and swap them with your friends! We brainstormed some well known book / tv characters.
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– Create an advertisement with an engaging catch phrase about a product for dads.
– Write a hilarious story about a boy / girl and their dad. What jokes can you include? What are the humorous events that take place?

– Comprehension: Understanding different kinds of jokes.
Fill in the blanks. Eg. ‘I suggest chicken for dinner. Dad says,_____ _____’,
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‘Who’s the bully who ___ the cream? They probably beat the ____ as well.’
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– Read other books about dads:
My Dad Thinks He’s Funny by Katrina Germein
Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts
I Love My Daddy by Emma Dodd
My Dad is Brilliant by Nick Butterworth
Some Dads by Nick Bland
My Dad’s the Coolest by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley
My Dad is a Bear by Nicola Connelly &nbsp

Arts / Crafts.
Tie templates from Activity Village.
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21 Ideas for Father’s Day.

I say, ”What’s the time?” and Dad says, ”Time to get a watch.”
– Father’s Day Crafts: Pocket Watch Accordion
Make this gorgeous pocket watch accordion in a few simple steps:
1. From a 12’x12′ sheet, divide into three equal strips.
2. Fold each piece to make three squares (x3).
3. Glue ends together to make a long strip. Fold like an accordion.
4. Cut the corners rounded, keeping one corner to loop the ribbon.
5. Pierce a hole through the corner on every page.
6. Using a sticky tape roll, trace around the outer side onto paper for the backing circles x6. Cut out and glue inside.
7. Using the inner side of the sticky tape roll, trace onto your photos and kids’ drawings x6. Cut out and glue.
8. Decorate the front as desired. Loop through a long piece of ribbon, long enough to fit more than the entire length of open accordion.
9. Make a knot at the end of the ribbon at the back of the accordion. Tie accordion closed with two ribbon ends.
There you have it! Hope you have the time of your lives!
Check out some other themes!
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– Pocket watch accordion in shell:
– Toilet roll watches from Red Ted Art:

When Gran tells me there’s something special about me, Dad says, ”Yeah, that’s his father.”
– Make dad a special card for Father’s Day.
Check out this awesome shirt card here:
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Outdoor Activities.
Grandpa tells me I’ve grown a foot. Days says, ”How many has he got now?”
– Have a three-legged race with your dad. Race against family members or friends and their dads. See Mathematics activities.
I say that no one can ride my bike and Dad says, ”No one’s not here so I’ll have her turn.”
– Ride your bike with your family and friends.

I say that I need a haircut soon and Dad says, ”Fetch me the lawnmower.”
– Help dad in the garden, mowing the lawn, pulling out weeds, planting new plants.

Grandpa tells me I’ve grown a foot. Dad says, ”How many has he got now?”
Three-Legged Race Maths:
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– Set up your race track. Where does it start and end? How many pairs of athletes will compete? How will you measure the time?
– Allocate each pair with a number, colour, shape or picture to identify teams.
– Number.
Counting – how many people are racing?
Addition – adding each pair (counting by 2s) to reach total.
Subtraction – if one pair falls down, how many pairs are left racing?
Multiplication – how many groups of two? How many legs?
Order placement. Who came first, second, third in your three-legged race?
– Measure of Time. How many minutes / seconds did the winner take from start to end?
– Measure of Length. How far in metres / other units of measure is the track from start to end?
– Space. Use prepositional language to describe where each pair is located at different points in the race. For example, Pair 1 are racing next to Pair 2. Pair 2 are coming up behind Pair 3. Pair 3 are in front of Pair 2, and so on.
– Understand and coordinate left and right foot. Keep in rhythm with your partner.
– Problem solving. Find solutions to given problems about the race. For example, if Pair 1 were behind Pair 2, but Pair 3 were coming last, then who will win the race?
– Graphing. On a bar or picture graph, mark the results of first, second and third places against the time it took them to finish the race. Or, graph results of how many times each pair fell over! (x being racers, y being number of times they fell over).

Measuring Height.
Units of measure: centimetres, metres, feet, inches.
Language: tall, taller than, short, shorter than, equal to, longer, high, higher than, lower than.
Materials: rulers, books, things around the room.
Measure your height on a chart, or walk around the room and measure how tall you are in comparison to the door, window, bed, table, ceiling, etc. Use appropriate vocabulary, for example, I am taller than the chair, I am as tall as the door handle, and so on.
Have a partner trace around your body on large butcher paper. Cut out. Use different measuring units to measure the height of your whole body, arm, leg, head, etc. Use materials like blocks, crayons, ruler, popsticks, etc.
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Mum says to have the juice in the fridge and Dad says, ”I can’t fit in there!”
Units of measure: milliletre, litre, cups, teaspoon, tablespoon.
Explore a range of containers and boxes, and units of measure. How many cups of water / teaspoons of rice / blocks, etc fit in each? Estimate and measure. Record results.
Unit of measure: people.
How many people can fit in… a large box? A tent? A square metre? A reading corner?, and so on.
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Photography and lessons by Romi Sharp, 2014.
All sourced resources have been given credit.
These may be used for personal or classroom use, and are not permitted for commercial use.

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