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Holiday Puzzle

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H C A E B S H I K I N G H F
O R E A D N U J F O O F U L
L H F G K O T M O V I E S Y
I Y R E N W K K M U S I C T
D S U R F I N G L E H T E V
A S L E E P O O W N R Z F G
Y M O U N T A I N S S H I P
T N E T C A R A V A N X Z W
L L M O T E L C S G A M E S
C L E V A R T A P L A Y Z X
S I B T R I P B M I L C T S
W R T U S U N I T R A I N W
I P R Y S G H N F R I E N D
M X L N G C O U N T R Y R Y

 

 

WORDS:

Holiday                            play

hut                                   Travel

Trip

Train

Country

City

Friend

music

 

 

sleep                            games

caravan                          climb

surfing                          ship

mountains                     Fly

tent                                 motel

Sun                              cabin

Hiking                           swim

Beach                           summer

Read                             snow

Movies

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the right track!

TRAINS

TRAIN ART

CREATIVE TRAINS

Set out building materials, such as small boxes, short cardboard tubes, margarine tubs, thread spools, egg cartons, yarn, glue, tape and child-safe scissors.
Let your children work together to create a train, using the materials any way they wish.
Extension: Make tracks on the floor with masking tape for the finished train to travel on.
 
 
EGG CARTON TRAINS
Here is a fun activity using empty egg cartons and toilet paper tubes.

Start by cutting the egg cartons in-half, lengthwise.
Give one of the egg carton halves to each child.
Have your children paint the bottom side of the carton halves black for a train.
Next, cut off 2” sections of the cardboard tube and give one to each child.
Have your children paint the 2” sections red.
When dry, have children set the red section on top of the first cup of the black train for a smoke stack.
  TRAIN GAMES
 
 
HOOK ON THE TRAIN
One child is chosen to be the engine of a train.
This child chugs around the room and then backs up into another child.
The new child connects onto the train by grabbing on to the waist of the engine.
Then these two children chug around the room and back into another child.
The game continues until all of the children have hooked onto the train.
 
COLOR TRAIN

Paint (or cover with paper) five shoe box bottoms.
Make each box (or train car) a different color.
Now hook the boxes together with string or large paper clips to create a color train.
Set out a pile of small toys with at least three toys per color of train car.
Let your children take turns placing the colored toys into the corresponding train car.
Variation: NUMBER TRAIN – You could add numbers to each train car and have children put the correct number of objects into each car.
 
COLORED TICKETS
This game will require at least 12 children. For smaller groups, just use two or three different colors of paper.

Cut out 2”x 3” paper tickets from four different colors of paper.
Pass out the tickets to your children.
Now, chug around the room pretending to be a train.
When you stop, call out “All Aboard the Red Train”.
Only children with red tickets can come up and hand you a red ticket, then hook onto your back for a ride around the room.
Chug around the room, then call out “End of the Line, All Off The Train.”
Continue the game, by next calling “All Aboard” for a different color train.
 
LOOSE CABOOSE

Choose one child to be a caboose.
Have the rest of the children create one or more trains by hooking together.
In this game the caboose tries to catch onto the back of one of the trains.
Trains chug around and try to avoid being caught by the caboose.
When the caboose finally does catch onto the back of a train, the engine of that train becomes the next caboose.
Continue playing while interest lasts.
 
TRAIN TUNNEL

Create a train track on your floor with masking tape.
Set a small table over the track and drape it with a blanket on two sides to create a train tunnel.
Encourage your children to pretend to be trains as they crawl along the tracks and go through the train tunnel.
 
DRAMATIC PLAY

Place train items in your dress-up area to encourage train play.
Provide engineer hats, train whistles, tickets and a hole punch.
TRAIN LANGUAGE
TRAIN STORIES
Be sure to go to your library and check out train books to read to your children. Some favorites are:

The Little Engine That Could
Thomas The Train
The Polar Express
 
TRAIN TRIPS

Sit in a circle and have your children take turns telling about any train experiences they have had.
 
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Make Your Own Chess and Checkers/Draughts Game.

The Board
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1. Decide how large you will like your board. The board will need to be square and divided into squares, 8 by 8. A good size would by a 40cm square. Leaving an 8cm boarder, have the squares 4cm by 4cm.

2. A good idea may be to stick two pieces of cardboard together with tape so you may fold it in half for easy storage. Another way could be to draw a large board on a roll of paper so you can roll it up when done playing.

3. Once you have created your grid, it will be time to paint your squares. Traditionally a chessboard is alternating squares of black and white, but why be traditional? Personalise your board to match your pieces. A good way to do this is to leave off colouring your board until you have made your pieces.

Chess Set
In chess, the pieces are typically black or white. Each side has eight pawns, one king, one queen and two rooks, knights and bishops.

For those crafty people why not try constructing your own pieces out of dough, oven bake clay or plasticine? You could even try making origami pieces if you are so inclined.

For those who do not have the patience to craft 32 individual pieces you could try scavenging items from within your house. Some examples might be small figurines (think Lego people); beads, pebbles painted with different symbols for each piece, or simply borrow pieces from other games.

I am not going to repeat the rules of chess, Chess.com can explain how the pieces move better than I can.

Checkers
Two colours with at least 8 pieces each are needed to play checkers. You will also need a way to distinguish between normal and ‘kinged’ pieces.

Some options include:

1. Bottle lids of two colours or painted

2. Coloured pebbles

3. Squashed marbles

Practically anything works as pieces, even coins and one side already has a crown.

Now it’s time for you to get creating and making so you can soon be playing. I cannot think of a better way to spend a rainy day than playing board games, especially when you’ve made them yourself.

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Word search

ALPHA-SEARCH

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Can you find the hidden words? Each word ends with the
letter H. The words may be horizontal or vertical.

ARCH, BATH, BEACH, DEPTH, DISH, EACH, EARTH,
ENOUGH, FINISH, FRESH, HIGH, LENGTH, MARCH,
MONTH, MYTH, PEACH, RICH, ROUGH, SCRATCH,
SMOOTH, STOMACH, TOUCH, VANISH, WASH, WATCH.

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