Science

Fizzing Fossil Dinosaur Eggs – Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki

Fizzing Fossil Dinosaur Eggs - extension activity for Digging Up DInosaurs by Aliki

Dinosaurs are our hot topic of the moment – I probably know more that I ever want to know about an Aptosaurus, Iguanadon and a Paracelapharus (I have no idea whether that is the spelling or not!) and with this months Virtual Book Club for Kids author being Aliki and with one of them Digging Up Dinosaurs an explanation of fossils we thought it was perfect for us.

The book Digging Up Dinosaurs (this is an affiliate link and will not cost you any extra but earns us a tiny percentage helping support the site) is a Level 2

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Books

Story Book Summer – There’s No Place Like Space

Planet density experiment for preschoolers - together with the book There's No Place Like Space

Today we start the final week of Story Book Summer with one of my favourite themes – SPACE. Welcoming to Rainy Day Mum we have Carla from Preschool Powol Packets sharing a Science Experiment based on the book There’s No Place Like Space.

Hi Rainy Day Mum and friends! I’m Carla from Preschool Powol Packets, and I am super excited to be sharing one of our favorite space-themed books and a preschool science experiment to go with it!

We absolutely love There’s No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe. The language is lively and fun, the pictures are fabulous,

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Letters

Preparing for school – letters in the air

Preparing for school- letters in the air helping children review letter knowledge through a fun active game as part of the Getting Ready for K through play series

We’re talking about literacy this week as part of getting ready for K through play series to help with preparing for school – whether this is the ABC’s, Phonics, Books or reading. In the UK there is no requirement that children will know their ABC’s before they enter school and much of the first year will be spent reviewing the basic phonemes and introducing blended sounds as well as teaching children to read through this knowledge.

However a knowledge of letters is always good and teaching them how they look and are formed is part of that, getting moving

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Books

Story Book Summer – Bugs are Insects

Bugs are insects - ladybug addition with play dough part of the Story Book Summer on Rainy Day Mum

Story Book Summer continues this week on the Bug theme – check out our book activity on Monday which spammed both our story book summer and our post for this months Virtual Book Club for Kids with Mad about Minibeasts play dough. Today I am really happy to welcome Kim from Life Over C’s to share some bug activities on the Bugs are Insects.

I’m excited to be with you today on Rainy Day Mum! Much thanks for the invitation!

We have a slight obsession with bugs at our house. I don’t have an obsession with them being in

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Maths

Preparing for School – Number Run

Preparing for school - number run a gross motor math game for kids to review math skills before starting school as part of getting ready for K through play

Over the last few weeks we have been helping you prepare your child for school come the autumn through play as part of the Get ready for K through play series that we are co-hosting for the second year. This weeks theme is Maths and we’ve got a quick and easy fun game to work on number recognition as well as any other concepts that you may wish to work on with your preschooler before they start school.

Although a lot of time in the first year of school will be spent on number work as well as other

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Books

Story Book Summer – I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

I'm the biggest thing in the ocean - story book summer on Rainy Day Mum bringing books alive through crafts and activities for kids

It’s the end of the first week of Story Book Summer here on Rainy Day Mum and the last of our book based activities on the theme of Under The Sea. Today I’m welcoming Viviana from Totschooling who is going to share an activity based on the book “I’m the biggest thing in the ocean” a fantastic book for Toddlers and Preschoolers.

Hi! I’m Viviana, a mom to two little girls – a toddler and a preschooler. I have a background in graphic design, so I create a lot of educational printable activities for my kids, and also share them

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Science

Summer Science for kids

Summer Science for Kids - equipment to explore the natural world with kids this summer

Summer to me opens up the world of science exploration for kids especially around the natural world and I’m always on the look out for tools and equipment which will allow us to investigate further. Learning Resources/Educational Insights have released a new brand of science equipment – Nancy B’s Science Club – perfect for use at home especially in the summer and what’s more it’s working on one of the areas very close to my heart getting Girls interested in science – no not by focusing on “girly” science topics but instead changing the colours to be more appealing to

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Reading

10 Literacy activities for summer fun

10 Literacy Activities for Summer time learning fun

Summer is a great time to bring out the books and have fun with literacy especially now schools are out. Here’s 10 fun ideas for some literacy fun this summer.

After a visit to an aquarium read The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister and play this sight word game with your kids.

A fantastic activity for toddlers – create their own biography with you – this is such a wonderful idea and perfect to do over the summer with your kids from House of Burke.

Create some emotion story stones for some prompts to get your kids creating their

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Preschool

How to dye seashells with colour theory science

How to dye sea shells with colour theory

One of my aim with my preschooler is to work on colour knowledge, both the recognition of colours as well as colour theory/science. After the success of my egg shell dyeing before Easter I decided to combine some colour science and some dyeing again but this time with some seashells.

Working on naming the primary colours as well as colour mixing we used the dyeing of the sea shells to investigate this at home with some simple science and crafty fun.

Materials needed for How to dye seashells

Food Colouring in Primary colours and black Water Shells Vinegar Tooth

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