Space fun – astronaut helmets

We forgot all about updating our 5 a day books this week. There were a couple of days when we did not get all 5 books read so we are stretching our week. I will get back on track with the 5 a day books on Sunday. If you would like to read about this challenge and understand a bit more about why we are doing it check out The Imagination Tree who started it.

So part of the reason we forgot about updating our books is because we were loving reading the choices we had last week. Our favourite has to be Winnie the Witch and Winnie in Space, although all 5 books were popular this week. Daisy is learning about space in preschool this week and they had the option to dress up as an astronaut or space alien today. Of course she chose the astronaut. I googled for ideas and they all looked a little challenging for a busy day full of errands. I found two boxes, ignored all the fancy handmade costume ideas and got out the duct tape.

Duct taping took a little time and patience with two very willing helpers. It is sticky isn’t it? But team work and a short break for a snack got us through it.

We made name labels for the back and Canadian flags for the front.

Rose kept hers on for all of 20 seconds but we had lots of fun building a rocket and playing astronauts. Daisy was a very bossy commander and enjoyed giving us orders. Here are some of comments Daisy made:

“Commander to control, come in control”

” 5,4,3,2,1, Blast Off!”

“Oh the Earth looks so pretty from up here.” (quite appropriate considering the carpet they are playing on!)

As for the rest…I was too busy playing to remember them!

Witches and Trick or Treat – 5 a day books

We have read and discussed some of the scary creatures associated with Halloween so this week are a looking at the less intimidating aspects.

Winnie the Witch

I hid this book away in the Halloween box because Daisy was requesting it so often this time last year. It was a year round book. We see inside Winnie’s house in great detail and follow her struggling to come up with solutions for sitting on, standing on and tripping over her cat, Wilbur. I like to think Valerie Thomas is telling us to accept our friends (and cats) as they are without trying to change them but maybe she is simply warning us to be careful with the spells we use!

Winnie in Space

Daisy and I were excited to discover that there are lots of Winnie the Witch books out there so we borrowed this from the library. In this book Winnie and Wilbur take off in a magic rocket to have a picnic on another planet. As usual Korky Paul’s illustrations are beautifully detailed (I have to turn the page slowly or I get shouted at!). Thank goodness Winnie remembers to bring her wand otherwise space rabbits would have eaten Winnie’s whole space rocket.

Wee Witches’ Halloween

Wee Witches Halloween

Four witches head off to Scaring School to learn how to frighten trick-or-treaters. After school they go to the fair to try out their new scaring skills. They are disappointed to win 1st prize for best costume and the only response from the children they scare is “Boo!” shouted right back at them.

10 Trick-or-Treaters

This simple counting book follows the journey of 10 trick-or-treaters who get frightened by scary creatures. Toads, bats and skeletons slowly diminish the group “and then there were none.” A counting activity with Halloween candy is shown on the last page. I think a math activity with Halloween candy is in order!

The Berenstain Bears – Trick or Treat

Brother and sister go trick or treating by themselves for the first time. Too-Tall Grizzly and his gang try to play some tricks on old Miz McGrizz who they think is a witch. They learn that appearances can be deceiving as Miz McGrizz is really a sweet person who gives all the cubs a beautiful candy apple.

If you would like to participate in 5 a day Books, visit The Imagination Tree. What are you reading this week?