Beach Sunday

The sun came out this morning so we decided to make the most of it, and head for the beach! We had such a lovely relaxing time. It was bliss!

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We did some shadow dancing……

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We took off our shoes and paddled in the sea…….. Nothing can instantly send you back to childhood like the feel of sand between your toes and the sea splashing your legs!

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Pictures in the sand!

The kids explored rock pools and also enjoyed drawing pictures in the sand. I remember doing this when I was a kid on holiday at the seaside, and it was always one of my favourite things to do at the beach! They hunted out materials which they could use on their pictures to add a 3D effect. Seaweed made brilliant hair for their alien friends!

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Creating their beach art!

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I even created my own beach art!

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Pebble throwing!

We finished off by playing a throwing game. I drew single lines at approximately one metre intervals in the sand, with a number written next to each of them. These numbers are the points that are scored if you throw your stone nearest to that line.

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I wrote the numbers as multiples of 5 going up to 30. The closest line to the start scores 5, the furthest scoring 30!

IMG_2008So at the first line you score 5 points, the second line 10 points, the third line 15 points, and so on.

The children then each found a shiny white pebble (easily distinguishable )! to throw.

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The aim of the game is to throw your pebble the furthest as this gives you the highest chance of scoring more points. They each had 5 turns. We kept a tally of the scores by writing them in the sand, in a circle drawn for each child. (We wrote their initial of their first name to make it easier)!

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The winner is the person who scores the most at the end of the game.

This is another brilliant way to help older children with their number work. My daughter loves to help add the scores up for each person, improving her maths without her even realising!

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Hope you have all had a lovely Sunday too!

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Creative Cafe!

My daughter unfortunately really struggles with her number work so I am always looking for ways to help pique her interest in mathematics, and to expand her maths skills. I know though, that simply sitting her down in front of maths worksheets is not going to do this!

As my daughter loves her painting, drawing, and imaginative play, I thought that a lovely way to help her to practice her number skills would be to implement these things into an activity! I decided that we should make a creative cafe!

You will need – paper plates, paints, play money, card, paper and pens.

My daughter painted some ‘meals’ onto paper plates which would be ‘served’ in her cafe. Some of the meals she chose to paint included curry and rice, pizza and salad, fish fingers and chips, and a ham salad! She also made a menu from card which she wrote down all of her menu choices with their prices.

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Once all the paper plate meals were dry she set up her play kitchen with her play till, and laid out a table for her ‘customers’ (made from a toy box with a blanket laid over it as a tablecloth)! Then the customers (myself and her brother!) could order the meal which we wanted. If you don’t have a play kitchen, you could set up on a table, the floor etc instead. cafe1 cafe5

We ordered our food from her, she ‘served’ us and when we had finished we used play money to pay. She had to work out how much our order had cost us and work out our change. She really enjoyed it and her working out got quicker as the game continued. We have played this several times since and she really enjoys it (we all do)! It definitely helps her number and working out skills, and her money skills have improved lots. I wholeheartedly believe that children learn best when having fun!

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