NEW! Babies, Weather, Squashed Sentences and More!

3rd May 2018
We've been working on "daily routines" behind the scenes for a while (look out for a new topic soon) and what better way to start than with a baby! In fact, we've got 2 babies: one newborn, and one cheeky 9 month old! I love these activities and hope you do too. Use them for display and for discussion, for writing activities or for helping prep a big brother or big sister about what to expect when a new baby arrives to join the household.
We've also continued to build our Weather topic this week, and added some more "squashed sentences" puzzles. And we've looked at Isaac Newton, gone flowery with number bonds, added more family cards and created tree story paper. It's been a busy week!
Finally, Shelly has some fab ideas for using our ladybird playdough mat for some maths fun...
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What's New at Activity Village ...
For each baby in our new Baby's Day section we have a complete set of lovely posters, colouring pages and story paper.
Baby's day activities
We continue to build our new Weather topic with a new collection of weather story paper.
A new collection of weather story paper
There's lots to spot on our new weather posters
Lots to spot on our new weather posters
Here's a new collection of weather acrostic poem printables...
New weather acrostic poem printables
... and a set of weather writing pages featuring the main weather symbols.
Useful weather writing pages
Grab your pencils and pens and settle down to colour one of our new "colouring quotes" as a colouring page or colouring card. Perfect for older kids and adults too.
2 new colouring quotes just added
This week we've been looking at another famous scientist - Isaac Newton. We've provided activities to suit a range of ages, included some interesting worksheets on gravity, asking questions and why science is important.
Our latest famous person - Isaac Newton
We've added new tree themed story paper for writing projects and nature study.
New tree themed story paper
Bring flowers into the classroom with these new posters and worksheets that help children learn and practise their number bonds up to 10
Practise number bonds with flowers!
No matter how many handwriting worksheets we add to the website, we get requests for more! Here is a new fairy tale handwriting worksheets collection.
New fairy tale handwriting worksheets
With International Day of Families coming up on 15th, we thought it was a good time to add to our collection of Family Cards
Adding to our collection of family cards
Our new "squashed sentences" puzzles have proved very popular and so we've made some more! 
More squashed sentences puzzles
This Week's Guest Post
This week Shelly comes up with some fun ways of using our ladybird playdough mat for some maths practice!
Guest post - Ladybird maths
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A Little Something ...
"Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten." 
David Ogden Stiers

"Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing." 

"It didn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it." 
Peter Buffett

"We must take care of our families wherever we find them." 
Elizabeth Gilbert

"You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them." 
Desmond Tutu

"One of my earliest memories is of seeing my mother in her beach chair, reading a book under an umbrella by the water's edge while my sisters and I played beside her. Of all the life lessons she taught me, that is one of my favorites: to take time at a place I love, restore my spirit with books and the beach." 
Luanne Rice

"Listen with ears of tolerance. See through the eyes of compassion. Speak with the language of love." 
Coming Up Soon ...

5th May: Children's Day (Japan)

7th - 11th May: Teacher Appreciation Week (US)

7th May: Teacher Appreciation Day (US)

7th to 11th May (tbc): Sun Awareness Week

10th May: Vesak

13th May: Mother's Day (US)

15th May: International Day of Families

19th May: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding

8th June: World Oceans Day

14th June - 15th July: FIFA World Cup

17th June: Father's Day

14th June: Eid al-Fitr

1st July: Canada Day

4th July: Fourth of July​​​​​​​



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