Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Fun with my 5 Senses Review

We were sent this fabulous book, it is not a latest release or anything just something I spotted on the Gazelle Books website and thought it sounded very interesting for parents with young children.

Fun with my 5 senses was actually published in 1998 but the entire book is still extremely useful, especially now approaching the exceptionally LONG school holidays.  The activities in this book might be what keeps me sane!  Regardless of the weather, there are plenty of ideas for things to do both in and outdoors. 

I like that throughout the book there is also an undercurrent of safety issues, like what are dangerous smells? What would you do if the smoke alarm went off? Do you know a phone number to ring in case of emergency? A useful section on road safety and the importance of stop, look and listen when crossing, again gives practical tips for parents.

The book is very educational but also very approachable, the suggestions are simple and well explained but really help children learn about more complicated concepts.  We have made an Ear Collage (so they could see how animals ears vary), youngest was in charge of gluing and eldest cutting out the pictures, so great to get all your children involved and working together.  Then you can start a discussion why the ears are different, what benefits are there to a particular type?

The book covers a wide range of activities, games, songs, and dance ideas.  Plenty to think about and adapt to suit your own family needs (if your children switch off to a certain type of activity there will be something else they will love in here).  I read on one of the pages about being a detective, so this afternoon we went for a long walk and as we found items on our journey we made up a story about the type of person and what they were doing (although it did end up being a giraffe who crash landed his hot air balloon, had a barbecue and drank some beers… based on the bits and bobs left on the beach!). 

Tomorrow we will be off finding leaves to make a different textured picture, the day after we might do the activity with different materials off the beach!  We can go on a nature walk and try and develop our observational skills and invest in a suitable magnifying glass.

This book costs £10.99 which is a bargain because not only is it a helpful educational resource, it doubles as a colouring book!  Each page has big bold pictures on which are shouting out to be coloured in.  So you can on completion of an activity colour the picture and that way it can act as a record of achievement for a section.

This is a little gem of a book for helping develop your children.  We have plenty more ideas to keep us going.  I am very excited to have found such a great resource!  Head over to Gazelle Books to purchase and see what other great inspirational books they have!

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