Free Resources for Learning at Home
With the recent COVID-19 situation around the world many parents have had to implement a remote learning program from home. We found a common issue of parents not having access to hands on Literacy and Numeracy resources so I have developed some FREE resources for learning at home.
We have just completed six fantastic weeks of online learning (a credit to our local schools) and incorporated these number cards into our daily learning.
Maddison had fun using all the cards, she really loved the number cards and making her own math problems.
I would recommend the shapes and number flashcards for ages 2 – 10 and the colour flashcards for ages 2 – 5.
I recommend cutting then laminating the flashcards to keep for multiple uses.
Ideas for extra learning with the number, shape and colour flashcards
- Unscramble/ordering numbers
- Matching with objects around the house or a second set of cards
- Solving problems using the + – x = cards
- Whiteboard tracing/writing
- Playdough play by making numbers and shapes from snakes click for Recipe
- Graphing objects (we love rocks and pompoms)
- Sensory play find objects counting, colour, shape
- Rainbow matching colours
Let us know in the comments below how you plan to use your cards or any other resources you would love us to make.
Bilya Koort Boodja
Wheatbelt Kids visited the Bilya Koort Boodja Centre for Nyoongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge located in Northam.
Providing an interactive educational experience about the Nyoongar Ballardong region.
Maddison enjoyed her visit and loved the interactive displays and recordings. We were able to listen to elders and their stories and find out about the Nyoongar language and how to pronounce the animals names. Something for all ages and a great cultural museum for the Wheatbelt.
BKB is located along the Avon River on Minson Ave, Northam WA
BKB is open 7 days a week 9am – 4pm
*closed Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Children (5-15 years)- $5
Family (2 adults and 2 children)- $25
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Our visit to Wolf!
We were lucky enough to be invited by the Northam Theatre Group to the first showing of Wolf! today. Maddison and I were very excited to see the show and to support local talent.
We entered the theatre, to an incredible set with doors, fireplace, table and couch.
The excitement and chatter of the audience in anticipation made the experience even more amazing.
Wolf! is based on two wonderful children’s stories ‘The Lamb Who Came to Dinner by Steve Smallman’ and ‘Pig’s Fairytale Adventure by Alain Brian’ both featuring the ever favourite Wolf.
The fairy tale cast includes a pig, a wolf, Red Riding Hood, Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty, the witch and lots of lovable lambs.
The Wolf played by Les Lee and Hot Pot the Lamb played by Michelle Chan had us laughing at their interactions and uniquely funny script.
Maddison’s favourite character was Hot Pot who made the wolf realise he was lonely and needed a friend.
In the foyer during intermission, children participated in a craft activity to make their own pig or lamb puppet.
Maddison chose to make a lamb with her paper plate and had a great time working and socialising with the other children.
After intermission we were transported to the farmyard where Pig traveled to The Land of Fairy Tales and learnt a valuable lesson about appreciating his life.
Maddison sat on the edge of her seat watching as lots of her favorite fairy tales came to life on stage. She loved Red Riding Hood and the bleating lambs.
Wolf! is a wonderful play for children of all ages and the young at heart. The last two shows are tomorrow Sunday 20th October showing at 10.30am and 1.00pm tickets are available at the door for $10.
Northam Heritage Forum Visit
Wheatbelt Kids visited the Northam Heritage Forum Inc this week as part of Pink Up Northam.
We went on an adventure throughout the museum and learned so much about the history of the Old Railway.
The Old Railway was built in 1900 and was the major transport method for Northam. It is now a huge museum with over 1000 items and a locomotive with carriages.
Located at 425 Fitzgerald Street Northam WA 6401.
Adults – $5.00 Concession – $3.00 and Children – $2.00
Mon/Tue/Thur/Fri/Sun – 11am – 3pm
Wednesday – 1pm – 3pm
Saturday 12pm – 3pm
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Northam Youth Precinct
Wheatbelt Kids spent the morning checking out the new Northam Youth Precinct that opened today.
The Northam Youth Precinct is located on the corner of Chidlow Street and Peel Terrace (opposite McDonalds).
The Precinct boasts areas for all skateboarding abilities and ages. The park is family friendly with grassed areas, undercover seating, BBQ, water fountains, basketball court, ping pong table, parkore and flying fox.
Maddison enjoyed riding her scooter today and we plan to be regular users. We can’t wait until the pools and slides are finished adjoining the Northam Recreation Centre which will become a hub of activity for the town.
To keep up to date with whats happening at the Northam Recreation Centre visit the facebook page.
Wundowie Iron Festival 2018
Saturday 20th October was the annual Wundowie Iron Festival where the town celebrates their unique Iron History. The town hall and oval come alive with art sculptures, photography and market stalls.
Wheatbelt Kids had a great time looking through the local stalls and produce, listening to the live band, and live demonstrations by the local emergency services.
Maddison’s favourite parts of the day were the Bubbleology, petting zoo and showbags.
The Wundowie Iron Festival is an annual event run by the Wundowie Progress Association to help honour their remarkable town. Look for more information on the Wheatbelt Kids page in September/October 2019 as each year seems to bring a bigger and better show.
For more information visit the website Wundowie Progress Association
Northam Show 2018
The Northam Show was on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th of September, Wheatbelt Kids visited the show on the Friday night to take a look at what was on offer. Maddison was very excited to go even though the weather was cold and windy.
Upon arrival we were greeted at the gates by the friendly volunteers, the smell of food vans and the excitement of the rides.
The animal pavilion was a big hit with Maddison, she loved being able to pat and cuddle all the animals her favourite was the rabbit.
The main pavilion was an array of entries and displays from local schools and community groups.
We spent the night walking around looking at the various stalls and community groups before heading down to the sideshow alley.
I still have memories from my childhood of saving all my pocket money to spend on the sideshow rides and games. To me, that excitement was always the best part of the show.
Like every child Maddison’s eyes widened as we walked through all the magical lights and sounds, this year she was able to try some of the rides and games. There were various rides for both little and big kids including the Tea Cups, Bungee Trampolines, Water Balls, the Super Sizzler and the Super Nova.
After the sideshow alley Maddison had her face painted by Alena from The Wheatbelt Face Painting Company.
We then listened to the Bedrock band play and watched the Freestyle bikes do amazing tricks before the fireworks started at 8.30pm.
It was a great family night out, we even spoiled ourselves at the showbag van before leaving with a Bertie Beetle bag.
Each year lots of volunteers band together and work long hours to bring the Northam Show to the public. We would like to acknowledge all the hard work from individuals and local businesses in bringing together such a huge event for the town.
If you would like to be involved in planning and organising future Northam Shows contact email@example.com
WA Kids Have Gone Rock Crazy
It’s 2017 and we have seen the decline of colouring-in, Pokemon Go and Fidget Spinners, as of now WA kids are going crazy for rocks.
You may have seen it through Facebook, the news, your local newspaper or you may have stumbled over a beautiful rock at the park and wondered what it was all about.
Painting rocks is not a new concept, it has been around since the beginning of time and is an enjoyable past time for many indiviuals.
The hide and seek idea originally began in Washington in the USA.
It has since spread across the United States and New Zealand and finally landed in Australia with the first groups being Gungahin Rocks in the ACT and NOR Rocks in Western Australia created by Connie Sirmans.
The last few months have seen the rise in rock groups in Western Australia and nationally as more people become aware or stumble over beautifully decorated rocks.
A list of WA’s most popular rock groups are listed at the end of this article.
The rock craze is like a giant game of hide and seek with the purpose of giving everyone in the community a little bit of happiness.
The marvelous thing about rock painting is that everyone can enjoy it, there are members ranging from 0 – 100 years old in most groups, as daycares and nursing homes are participating in rock painting craft sessions.
The general idea is to paint your rocks with whatever designs you like, hide them in a park then post a message in your local rock group on Facebook so other members can then search for your rocks.
Sometimes people post a find or a rehide for members to see but is up to the individual.
I like to think that my rocks made whoever found them happy and are lovingly cherished.
Wheatbelt Kids loved the idea of finding and hiding our own rocks so I joined a few groups to see what the Perth groups were creating and I was blown away with the talent and excitement that these groups had.
I was more excited when local Northam girl Emma started the Wheatbelt Rocks group on Facebook.
It has taken awhile for locals to gain interest but with the school holidays, the group now has over 200 members and daily rock drops have started happening.
I love seeing the happy faces on those who have found little treasures in the Wheatbelt region.
Wheatbelt Kids Top 9 Tips For Rock Painting
- Gather unpolished rocks – we found rocks from Bunnings, Mitre 10 and Home hardware.
- Make sure your rocks are clean and dry.
- If your rocks are unpolished and white you don’t need to prime them, if they are darker or slightly polished you will need to prime your rocks to allow the paint to stick. We used White Knight Squirts Undercoat to cover our rocks before painting.
- Once dry, we painted with acrylic paint and sharpies onto our rocks. Most people use acrylic paint, permanent sharpies, paint pens, melted crayons, stickers with PVA glue or nail polish to decorate their rocks.
- On the back of your rock remember to write the Facebook logo and the group that you belong to. Some people also write their name, hashtag or postcode to make it easier to find their posts.
- Once your rock is completely dry you will need to seal your design with a sealer so it can survive in the elements. We used White Knight Squirts Gloss Clear.
- The trick we found was to do a very light spray over the top then once completely dry another layer from all angles.
- Some members have had good results sealing with a very light coat of PVA glue and once dry spraying the sealer.
- If using nail polish you don’t need to use a sealer but will need a few days drying, especially if your little one puts a lot of nail polish on their rocks.
Once your rocks are dry you are ready to get out into nature and hide them.
Don’t forget to post your hide to your chosen Facebook rock group.
Some things to remember are:
- Don’t hide rocks in National Parks or private property.
- Don’t hide rocks in the grass at the park as they fly when the mowers go over them.
- Appreciate other people’s artwork.
- Most importantly have fun and be positive, you will not always find a rock when hunting but when you do it becomes more special.
Wheatbelt Kids loves this new trend and Miss 4 has been painting and hiding lots of rocks this week while on school holidays.
While the statewide rock group is good we are loving the local Wheatbelt Rocks group as it has that small community feel much like a country town.
It has been great to find new parks and make new friends both within our own town and neighbouring towns.
Miss 4 with her rock find today in Northam, she is in love with the cat rock.
These rocks were created by local girl Jasmine.
Links to popular rock groups around Western Australia:
Wheatbelt Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1698138883821487/
NOR Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/NORRocks/
SOR Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/811997792286797/
Ellenbrook Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/EllenbrookRocks/
Pinjarra Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/pinjarrarocks/
South West Rocks (SW Rocks) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/southwestrockswa/
Geraldton Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/232163663968389/
KB Rocks (Kalgoorlie-Boulder Locations) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/350599715357519/
Broome Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1857939647860572/
Busselton Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/251003222047135/
Headland WA Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1771058603146014/
Karratha and Surrounds WA Rocks – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1887841861491521/
Welcome to Wheatbelt Kids
Wheatbelt Kids was started in July 2016 as I felt there was a need to have information in one place for residents and visitors to the region.
Wheatbelt Kids is my personal community project in between work and family life.
Currently Northam, York, Toodyay, Bakers Hill, and Wundowie are up and running on the website, but will be adding Narrogin, Dowerin, Merredin, Moora and Wongan Hills in the next few months.
If you are a business or are holding a family/children’s event please send through information and posters so I can add to my event and information pages.
Jodie Lowen x
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Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory
Wheatbelt Kids visited the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory in Gingin recently as my daughter MJ has an ongoing interest in space and planets. Although this wasn’t our first time visiting there is always something new and interesting to learn and discover.
Now that MJ is 3 years old she was able to participate in most of the activities and have an understanding of how things work. We were able to experience sitting in a NASA replica space capsule and pretend we were travelling in space. We had lots of fun moving the 8 metre giant slinky to make wave motions, and watching the planets float and drop depending on the air in the Bernoulli display.
The discovery gallery is our favorite part of the centre with so many things to see, touch and discover. Our favourite this time was the Ferrofluid display, which is liquid that becomes hard and spiky when magnetised.
We also braved the leaning tower this time to observe the gravity of our water filled balloons. The leaning tower is 45 meters tall and is purpose built to replicate Galileo’s ancient experiements on gravity.
MJ loved the biodiversity gallery as she was able to look at spiders and insects through the microscopes and learn about the fauna and flora in the area.
Outside the discovery gallery we were able to throw tennis balls into the black hole and look through the Cosmology gallery.
The Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory has something for everyone in the family. The wonderful staff have a wealth of knowledge to answer all your questions. The gift shop is well stocked with lots of little treasures to be found. The Gravity Discovery Centre also has a wonderful Cafe to relax in and have a meal, coffee and cake or even breakfast on a Sunday morning.
Tuesday to Sunday – 10.00am – 4.00pm
Open Mondays for public holidays and school holidays
Observatory Opening Hours
Friday and Saturday from 7.00pm in winter and 7.30pm in summer
Subject to weather conditions and bookings
Special times can be arranged for group bookings with a minimum of 10 people