Thursday, October 31, 2013

Home Fun : Scholastic Books

Well, we've been continuing our book journey together. Thanks to Scholastic the kids enjoy the books over and over again. They pretty much love the ones they can sing to or do fun activities.

The boys really like 10 Hooting Owls by Simon Williams. They sing every page and they like to find the number on each page. It's good learning for the younger ones and the Owls are cute. We have another one: Where's Santa - Around the World by Louis Shea (below). Even Daddy got involved with them it was so much fun (below).


Here they are looking at We Wish You A Ripper Christmas by Colin Buchanan and Illustrations by Roland Harvey. This one came with a cd and the guy sings the words. It might be a tad bit too 'Outback' for us. I might like to see something that isn't too stereotype about Australia. I mean, for most of us, we're not surrounded by Koalas, Kangaroos and Emu's. But it's a nice one as Christmas is just around the corner. We still prefer The Bear Went Over the Mountain. Jay Lagaia sings the whole thing and the kids dance throughout the whole thing as the music is very good.



Below are my younger ones (my 4 and 2.5yr old) favourites for bed-time reading and these get read almost every night as a bed-time routine. 

I actually really like the Big Beet by Lynn Ward. It's like an Aussie version of the the Big Turnip. Remember that one? Where lots of people and animals get involved to pull out a big turnip? Well this one you'll like the characters like Shazza and Daz and the School girls who all get involved in trying to pull out this ginormous beet. The kids love it. The illustrations are very good too. 
My 4 yr old enjoys My First Book of Jokes alot! I try to get her to memorise the jokes as she also needs to practise her speech. It's a fun way to do it so she learns to speak more clearly. She's been doing some speech therapy and we have her in the local Community Health Centre Speech therapist once fortnightly. But I digress, this book has cute animals and cute jokes.

We have our normal Scholastic book pamphletts from school so you may recognise some of these books and give them a go. I've got my eye on The Terrible Suitcase so I'll be reviewing that for you next time. So get in your orders this week before it's too late!!! Do you have any good books from Scholastic lately???

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Kids shorts - MADE

It's Spring down here in Australia but it feels like summer. The weather can be quite hot one day, cooler at night, and mild the next day. You just can't tell. I think I can put away the winter jackets though. Normally with a change in the seasons I pack away clothes that will not be worn often and are just taking up valuable space in the cupboards. I also discover  what is missing for the kids. It turns out that my eldest girl has hardly any shorts or skirts for the warm weather.

I decided to buy a few shorts but for me the pricing of $20 is rather insane. I decided to buy the Kid Shorts pattern by Dana of MADE. It was a measly $6 which I should have bought ages ago. It's terrific because the sizing starts from 12months to 10 years!!! WOW. I knew I had to do make something nice with this sage coloured polka dot fabric I bought from the local fabric store.

I cut out the size 8 as my daughter needs a bit more room (and I don't have any problems with her eating habit, even if she is a bit fussy!). It did take a while to make the bias binding, next time I shall just buy store bought to save me the hours agonising on inches versus metric measurements in the tutorials. I think I've figured it out by now anyway. It was lots of fun putting this together and REALLY easy. She wears it all the time and I shall be making many more for her! The only thing is that the waistband scrunches into itself but she doesn't mind that. I might add some interfacing next time. I made the flat front finish on it.


and yay, my seedlings are growing.