Thinking about Back to School (and Dinosaurs)

16th August 2018
This week we are beginning to think about Back to School - and we've started a long overdue revamp of our dinosaur pages! Our Famous Person of the Week has a link to dinosaurs, too.
We've also continued our travels around the Commonwealth - "visiting" Bangladesh and Barbados. That means two pretty new flower colouring pages too.
Finally, don't miss our latest guest blog posts. Shelly and her kids have made 4 really spectacular mobiles using some of our templates, and Sarah B and her children have been having some fabulous crafty fun with animals.


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What's New?
These fun school day diary writing prompts ask the kids to put themselves into the shoes of the people around them at school and write a diary for the day.
School Day Diary Writing Prompts
And we haven't stopped with school - we have all sorts of professions here in this brand new collection of "people who help us" diary writing prompts.
People Who Help Us Diary Writing Prompts
School themed size sorting activities
We've been learning about Mary Anning - fossil hunter and discoverer of dinosaurs.
Learning about Mary Anning
Have some fun with the kids, learning to draw our friendly dinosaurs.
Have some fun with the kids, learning to draw our friendly dinosaurs!
And here's a fun collection of new dinosaur tracing pages designed for younger children. 
New dinosaur tracing pages
We continue our tour around the Commonwealth with these fun new resources on Bangladesh today. We've covered geography, food, wildlife, culture, climate and lots of facts...
Bangladesh resources
and then we've moved on to our next stop, Barbados.
New Barbados resources
We've also added two new national flowers of Commonwealth countries - the water lily or shapla and the "Pride of Barbados"
Two new national flowers of Commonwealth countries - the water lily or shapla and the "Pride of Barbados"
Have You Seen?
Our boggler puzzles are great for playing solo, in small groups or in the classroom...and we've got all sorts to choose from - many more than pictured here!
Enid Blyton's birthday
Have you seen our Pirates collection? We've got something for all ages and lots for Talk Like A Pirate Day coming up in September, too.
Have you seen our Pirates collection?
Over to our Guest Bloggers...
Shelly and her kids get crafty and make 4 fabulous mobiles!
Guest Post - Making Mobiles!
Sarah B and her kids have made a scrunchy paper plate lion and some oh-so-cute footprint sloths!
Guest Post - Simple Animal Crafts
Something A Little Different ...
This week I thought it might be fun to include a few riddles that you can share and enjoy with the kids. Answers below.
1. What five-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

2. What type of cheese is made backwards?
3. What gets wetter as it dries?

4. What has to be broken before you can use it?
5. Why can’t a man living in London be buried in Manchester?

6. How many letters are there in the English alphabet?

7. Which month has 28 days?

8. What two things can you never eat for breakfast? 
9. Seven frogs are sitting on a log. One of them decides to jump off of the log. How many frogs are on the log?

10. Everybody has me and nobody can lose me. What am I?
Activity Village - Keeping Kids Busy
1. Short
2. Edam
3. A towel
4. An egg
5. Because he is still living!
6. There are 18: 3 in ‘the’, 7 in ‘English’ and 8 in ‘alphabet’.
​​​​​​​7. All of them of course!
8. Lunch and dinner!
9. Still seven. He decided but he hasn't jumped yet.
10. A shadow.
Coming Up Soon ...

​​​​​​​August / September: Back to School

​​​​​​​August / September: Not Back to School​​​​​​​

21st - 25th August: Eid al-Adha

2nd September- Father's Day (Australia and New Zealand)

9th September: Grandparent's Day (US)

13th September: Roald Dahl Day

19th September: Talk Like A Pirate Day

21st September: Peace Day

September / October - Harvest Festival

4th October: World Animal Day

7th October: Grandparent's Day (UK)

8th October: Canadian Thanksgiving

8th October: Columbus Day

8th - 14th October: National Libraries Week (UK)

31st October: Halloween


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Lindsay Small​​​​​​​

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