Skip to main content

Theme: Planets

Hey, you didn't really think I'd keep up a weekly blog for that long, did you?  It feels like we did planets weeks ago now, and I actually started writing this back then too, but then I needed a few more photos, and then things got busy, and then... I'm finally finishing it now.  We've had a few weeks off from themes due to a couple of long weekends away.  But now all the playgroups are almost finished for the summer, I may blow the dust off my planning notebook and get motivated again. Anyway, to finish what we started:  Planets.

Unfortunately we didn't quite manage a field trip to see the planets!  But we did have a lot of fun painting them.  They seemed like they would be good candidates for rolling ball painting, so we gave it a try and it worked really well.

First you need some small balls.  I purchased a bag of marbles, which were just the right size to drop into our little pots of paint.  Obviously if your kid is given to swallowing small things or hurling them across the room, I would recommend you try ping-pong balls instead.

Pick your paint, drop in the balls, swish them around and fish them out with a spoon.  Put the piece of paper to be painted in a shallow tray, and plop in the painty marbles.


Then comes the fun bit.  Roll 'em, roll 'em, roll 'em!  Most times we just used two or three marbles, but a couple times Toby decided more was merrier (and made a better sound in the metal baking tray) and put the whole lot in.




I thought Jupiter came out really well, with the perfect stripy effect, but they all looked good.  We had a book for reference to pick out the colours, and then we lined them all up on the wall.

In order from the sun (not at all to scale!)

Jupiter.  I thought this came out best, with a great mix of colours and just the right amount of paint.
Uranus.  You can really see the marble tracks in the paint.

Saturn.  We put the painty marbles directly on the planet for this one, which gives a more splodgy effect. (I don't know why Blogger's decided to put it this way round)

Earth.  The Blue Planet.

Derby Museum runs a free Under-Fives Friday every week during term-time, with a few craft activities to try.  This week they had a sun and moon theme, so we went along and created our very own sun-on-a-stick out of tissue paper and a polystyrene ball.


It was supposed to have glitter on, too, but Toby's concentration ran out.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Theme Week: Air

A beautifully wide theme which can cover everything from blowing bubbles to spotting planes.  Sorry for the belated blogging! Activities 1. Straw painting Toby loves straws at the moment and usually has at least two in his drink, sometimes up to five!  So I thought he might enjoy a spot of straw painting.  We dolloped watered-down paints onto a big sheet of paper, and blew air through the straw to spread the paint out.  The results weren't quite as spectacular as I'd hoped, but it was quite fun.  2. Balloon on a string Toby had already been introduced to the idea of blowing a balloon up and letting it go whoowheeewhooo around the room, so we tried the next stage up - racing it along a string. Thread straw onto long piece of string. Tie string across room. Blow up balloon. Tape balloon onto straw. Let go.  Wheeeeee! Duck! 3. Paper aeroplanes Yeah.  This and the balloon on a string was my attempt to keep us entertained on a wet Bank Holiday Monday.  Ver

Reckoning with righteousness

  'Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.' The preacher was reading from the book of James. It was a passage all about how faith is useless if it isn't accompanied by good works - actually feeding the hungry instead of just saying you'll pray that they'll have food! And James used Abraham, that patriarch of the Jewish faith, as an example of someone whose faith showed up in action. 'Hang on,' I thought. 'I'm sure I've seen that quote in one of Paul's letters, too.' I flicked back a few pages and found it in Romans 4.   'Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.' But in this passage, Paul is arguing exactly the opposite thing! The whole chapter is about how we can't  earn righteousness through works, but only by faith. And Paul uses Abraham as an example of this, too. Abraham was righteous because he trusted God, not because he followed the law. So the exact same quote is use

Reading for Spiritual Formation 2021-22

Do you read books in order to live a better life? I read books for lots of reasons, ranging from escapism and enjoyment to information and obligation.  In some sense, every book we read lodges somewhere inside us, affecting who we are and how we react to life.  I am the product of many books (far too many, some would say!) Not my library! (Image: Pixabay) Last year, though, I read four books with the specific intention of growing spiritually.  These four books were chosen by the Renovaré Book Club.  Renovaré Book Club Renovaré wasn't a name I'd come across before.  Turns out that it's a Christian group founded by Richard Foster (who wrote Celebration of Discipline ) and involving Dallas Willard (who wrote The Spirit of the Disciplines ), which probably gives you a good idea of their emphasis!  I was impressed with the quality of resources offered with the book club - podcasts, articles, discussion boards, online Q&A - and I also thought they'd done a good job get