We are doing a unit on colours today, using home made play dough, coloured with food colouring.
Recipe For Home Made Playdough
2 cups of plain flour.
3/4 cup salt.
4 teaspoons cream of tartar.
2 cups lukewarm water.
2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
Food colouring, optional
I made the playdough last night and added the food colouring this morning, to make three large balls of play dough, one each of red, blue and yellow that I shared out between the girls. These are the primary colours.
They then mixed the playdough to create the secondary colours, orange, green and purple.
This is a video about the primary and secondary colours and creating a colour wheel:
I downloaded a free book on colours. You can get this free, printable colour theory book for kids by visiting this Pinterest link and clicking on the picture. This will take you to a site, where you enter your name and address and get a free download of a colour theory book. The picture below shows the secondary colours made, along with a copy of the downloadable book that we used.
We also watched some useful videos on colour.
A song about mixing colours and the new colours that are made.
Many animals migrate from one area of the world to another, as the seasons change and as food becomes scarcer or the environment more inhospitable. They then come back again as the seasons change once more.
The first video is an introduction to animal migration, covering land, air and water migration.
Geese Migrating From Western France To Greenland
A short video with no words, flying among the geese as they migrate North in the Spring.
Swallows in Deadly Oasis In The Sahara Desert
Swallows migrate from the UK in Autumn and travel to Africa for the winter. It is warmer there with plenty of insects to eat. But there are also deadly dangers when looking for water.
This is an American cartoon, so you may not know all the animals shown. It covers hibernation and a little on Aestivation (summer hibernation).
Winter hibernation – Winter’s Tale – BBC
A very short video about a few animals that hibernate in winter in the UK.
Getting Ready For Hibernation
An introductory video to animal hibernation, including feeding up in the autumn and resting away in a safe place until spring.
Hibernating Tortoise Unboxing
Tortoises do not hibernate when they are in their usual habitat which is warm all year round. But in countries where the winters are cold, tortoises hibernate, go to sleep and wake again in the spring. This video looks at a tortoise coming out of its hibernation.
How Does Hibernation Work
This is a more advanced video on hibernation that asks if what we learn from hibernating animals could be applied to humans travelling through space for many years. It contains many interesting items on hibernation.
Is Human Hibernation Possible
This video looks at whether the sci fi idea of hibernating humans is possible. A more advanced video that could stimulate thoughts and ideas.
This video is partly an advertisement however, the advert comes only at the end and the information on homeschooling is detailed and interesting.
A TV Interview with two American mothers who are homeschooling. One mother has 5 children and is homeschooling one of them because he did not get on well in school. Her younger child joins in with this child’s schooling and is progressing rapidly. The other mother has 7 children and homeschools all of them. Good tip on doing maths, adding and subtracting using dice.
Benefits Of Homeschooling Your Kids
Day In The Life Of A Mom With 4 Kids | Homeschool Routine SAHM
What a homeschool day is like if you have 4 kids. Two of the kids are too young for school, so she has a babysitter. The other two are different ages, so the lessons have to be suitable for their different age groups. She also gives them tests to see how they are progressing. And I am glad to see that her house is as messy as mine!