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.
Toodyay Fairytale Farm
Wheatbelt Kids visited Toodyay Fairytale Farm last month before the COVID-19 temporary closed all parks and attractions.
We had a wonderful time exploring all the sculptures and small houses around the park. There are over 70 sections each with their own nursery rhyme or fairy tale to see and interact with, there are also daily guest appearances and lots of farm animals to cuddle and pet.
The Toodyay Fairytale Farm also includes a huge activity area including a playground with boat, maze, croquet, bocce, bowling, giant connect 4, jenga, bean bag tossing and a picnic area with shade and tables.
Maddison’s favorite parts of the farm were the elves making shoes, the three little pigs, the Mad Hatters Tea Party and feeding the hungry billy goats.
Watch our adventure below.
Lots to do
- Bring the family and wander the gardens, finding characters and enjoying the sculptures
- Discover who lives in the cottages
- Pat and feed the friendly farm animals
- Have a picnic
- Enjoy the outdoor activities
- Discover the vintage toys and farming memorabilia
- Book your next Birthday party, school excursion, playgroup outing, mothers group etc
*Currently closed due to COVID-19 please follow the Toodyay Fairytale Farm Facebook page for updates on reopening
Saturdays, Sundays, Public Holidays and every day in the school holidays.
Children (2yrs-16yrs): $9
Children under 2yrs FREE
Party/Group bookings welcome
Our Favourite Play Dough Recipe
One of Maddison’s favourite things to do is play with play dough, she will sit for hours squishing and squashing the stuff.
As an adult the smell reminds me of my childhood and all the fun I had making little worlds and stories out of play dough.
Play dough is great for kids of all ages as it helps to develop fine motor skills, pre writing skills, social skills, imagination, developing hand-eye coordination and is great for a stress relief and calming activity.
Below is my favourite recipe that i use on the stove top and some ideas that we have used with our play dough to make it more interesting and educational.
- 2 cups plain flour
- 4 tbs Cream of Tartar
- 2 Tbs cooking oil
- 1 cup salt
- Food colouring
- 2 cups cold water
Cooking on Stove
Mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and stir continuously over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture congeals and is not sticky.
Cool slightly, remove from pan and knead until smooth.
Mix all ingredients well in a microwave-safe, large bowl.
Microwave for 2 minutes.
Carefully remove and stir well.
Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Carefully remove and stir well.
Microwave for 1 minute.
Carefully remove and stir well.
Microwave for 30 seconds.
Mixture should be congealed and not sticky.
Allow to cool slightly, then knead until smooth.
Ideas for Play
- Making snakes, snails and balls
- Letter stamping or sight word stamping activities
- Using googly eyes to make monsters
- Use toothpicks to make echidna’s
- Poke spaghetti into the play dough and use fruit loops to count
- Pop sticks, marbles and sequins
- Nature play items (leaves, sticks, rocks and nuts)
- Letter and number writing by rolling snakes and forming each number or letter
- Candles into play dough for birthday cake play
- Use beads and pipe cleaners
- Make leaf prints into play dough
- Cookie cutters
Find more recipes from our blog
2 Ingredient Oobleck
If you are a big Dr Suess fan then you would know Oobleck gets its name from the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.
Oobleck is a wonderful STEM activity for all ages as it’s a substance that acts like a liquid, and can be poured, but also acts like a solid when you apply force to it by pushing it or squeezing it.
You will need:
- 2 cups cornflour
- 1 cup water
- food colouring (optional)
Mix all ingredients together in a tray or bowl then play.
We had lots fun experimenting with the solid and liquid state that Oobleck forms, Maddison loved the liquid dripping and forming into a solid.
Oobleck will store for a few days in a sealed container in the fridge.
To add to your STEM experience check out the Oobleck on speaker videos on YouTube to watch it dance to the sound vibrations.
For more activities go to our blog page.
Sensory Rice and Pasta
Maddison’s favourite thing to do is play in sensory rice and pasta as part of her therapy program. To make it more fun I like to colour the rice and pasta and make it all pretty.
I have included the recipe in a free printable download at the end.
Wondering what Sensory Play is?
Sensory Play includes any activity that stimulates your child’s senses :
Sensory Play is important in building nerve connections in the brain pathways to build the ability to complete complex tasks.
Sensory Play supports language development, cognitive ability, fine and gross motor skills, social interaction, developing memory and helps calm anxiety or frustration.
You will need:
- 2 bags of uncooked rice or pasta
- Vinegar (or substitute with water)
- Food colouring of choice
- 4 – 6 large sandwich bags
- Oven trays lined with baking paper for drying
- Divide uncooked pasta or rice into the sandwich bags.
- Add a splash of vinegar (or water) roughly ½ tsp into each bag.
- Add 15-20 drops of food colouring into each bag then close and gently shake. If not all covered add more colouring to the bag.
- Empty contents of bag onto baking tray for drying approx 1-3 hours
- Once dry add to play tray or tub and let kids explore.
We have used sensory play pasta and rice for:
- Fine motor skills
- Colour recognition
- Imaginative play
- Pouring activity with cups and funnel
- Finding objects like hide and seek
- Scented for an extra sensory experience
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
For more information visit the website
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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 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
Our visit to West Coast Honey
Wheatbelt Kids visited West Coast Honey last year where the lovely Tina gave us a private tour of the premises. If you have ever driven through Gingin to Lancelin you have probably seen the signs for West Coast Honey ‘Heaven from a Hive’. Maddison and I decided that we would visit and find out more.
West Coast Honey opened to the public in September 2003 as a way to add value to the Fewster family honey business, while educating the general public on the environment and the honey bee.
West Coast Honey has free parking, free entry and free honey tasting. Visitors are able to view the live bee display in the cafe and the extraction process of honey from the bee hives to liquid (this is seasonal and only when working).
Visitors can enjoy homemade delights and beverages in the cafe, which includes a childrens area with toys and colouring.
The shop includes local produce and gifts involving honey products including candles, wax wraps, and honey ice cream.
Maddison and I loved our tour and learnt so much about the honey process from our discussions with Tina. Maddison’s favourite part was the live bee display and trying to find the queen bee. We also enjoyed the free honey tasting and honey ice cream.
West Coast Honey is a great learning and educational experience and welcomes group bookings and homeschoolers.
West Coast Honey are located at:
172 Gingin Brook Road, Granville, Gingin WA 6503
Thursday 10am – 4pm
Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 10am – 4pm
Monday 10am – 4pm
*Public Holidays 10am – 4pm*
To find out more visit www.westcoasthoney.com.au