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Netflix #StreamTeam ~ Back to School

It’s September which means that the kiddywinks are back at school (or starting in Joseph’s case), the nights are drawing in and we’re back in the all too familiar routine of packed lunches, school runs and homework.  Imogen is really enjoying year two and is relishing in the extra work that it seems to be bringing and Joseph has settled nicely into pre-school.  ALl of this hard work and play makes for very for very exhausted kiddywinks so after dinner they are rewarded with a little screen time to chill out and unwind.  Here’s their top choices this month.

Joseph has thoroughly been enjoying the long awaited second series of LEGO: Legend of Chima.  Whilst I’m personally not too familiar with it Imogen insists that it’s action packed and the pair can be glued to it.

LEGO: Legends of Chima

Imogen has recently discovered the sequel to the popular H2O series Mako Mermaids.  In this series three mermaids Sirena, Nixie, and Lyla are assigned to be guardians to Mako island.  Zac, a teenage boy who camps on the island, comes into contact with the magic water of the Moon Pool and is granted a merman tail and the ability or control water. The three mermaids, curious about living on land and motivated to remove Zac’s merman powers, venture onto the land and learn to live among humans.

 

Mako Mermaids

With the kiddywinks off at school and nursery this also means that I get just a little bit more me time, a whole 6 hours on a Monday to be precise and whilst there is housework to do Netflix turns out to be the perfect ironing companion.  I’ve now finishing watching the final series of Breaking Bad (which was awesome) and have started watching Gossip Girl, two weeks in and I’m already hooked!

Gossip Girl

School’s Out for Summer!

Well, that’s it the long six weeks of the school holidays is finally upon us.  Imogen will return in September to her last year of the infants and Joseph will start pre school three days a week.  Imogen is already missing school and is very keen to continue her learning over the holidays so I’ve set her up with lots of fun learning activities and “homework” to keep her mind busy during the break.

I’m proud to say that the first thing on her “Summer Holiday Bucket List” was joining the library.  So she now has a stack of books to read and hopes to complete the Mythical Maze and get her gold medal soon.

To improve her writing over the summer break we’ve also been trying out this fun Story Starter idea from Netflix.

Story Starter

She’s already created some wonderful stories with colourful characters and in depth story lines.  You can find out how to make your own here.

For those raining days, it’s bound to happen at some point, Netflix has a range of educational programmes for all ages.   The Magic School Bus is a favourite of both Imogen and Joseph’s.  Ms Frizzle and her students are always off on an adventure which takes them to some weird and wonderful places including outer space, haunted houses and inside the human body!

The Magic School Bus

Another favourite here is Monster Math Squad, starring Max, Lily and Goo who put their minds together and use their mathematical skills to find solutions to overcome obstacles.

Monster Math Squad

Sea Creature and Octonaut crazy Joseph simply loves the Blue Planet, which certainly makes a welcome change from cartoons and with stunning photography and interesting facts it’s something the whole family can watch together.

The Blue Planet

How do you keep your little one’s mind active during the holidays?

World Book Day Inspiration from Netflix

Last week saw World Book Day, the day Imogen had waited impatiently for ages, it’s a REALLY big deal at her school with a full week of reading based activities, balloon releases and of course the all important fancy dress.  Imogen chose her favourite book character early on, Mary Poppins, and her outfit was purchased, customised to make it more accurate and an impressive paper mache parrot umbrella was crafted.

World Book Day Fancy Dress

Since Imogen started to read independently at the beginning of the year, books have become a huge part of her life and she’s now a total bookworm.  One thing she loves is watching her favourite stories come to life as TV series or film adaptations and Netflix has a huge selection to chose from.  Here’s a selection of both of our favourites available on Netflix now.

A Series of Unfortunate EventsLittle WomenMary Poppins

 

 

 

 

 

 

Netflix have come up with these five great ways to make story time even more fun, guess which one is our favourite?
1.) Dress up as the characters from your favourite books with your child for story time. You don’t necessarily need expensive outfits, whip out the face paints and get creative!
2.) Discuss the book after reading; did your child enjoy it? What did they learn? Would they like to read it again? Who was their favourite character and why?

3.) Read out loud and give spirit to the characters – make it a family affair! Whether that be mum, dad or a grandparent children will relish the opportunity to spend time with the family.

4.) A great incentive to get your child reading is to watch the TV show or film on Netflix after you have finished the book as a reward.

5.) Make story time fun with an easy to follow craft idea on how to bring your favourite book to life, below….

“Read the Book, See the TV Series” craft idea

Try out this easy craft idea that you can do with your family before or after you read the book and watch the film on Netflix. Personalise your child’s room with book pages from his or her favorite story.

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Materials you’ll need:
 Favourite book
 Craft block letters (available at Hobby Craft)
 PVA Glue
 White craft paint
 Foam brush
 Photocopied pages from your favorite book
 Scissors

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How to do it: Photocopy your favorite images from the pages of your favorite book at an office supply store or with your home printer. (If the images are too big or too small for the craft letters, reduce or enlarge the size of the images.) Paint your craft block letters with 2-3 coats of white paint. Let dry. 3

Cut out your images from the photocopies and arrange them on the letters exactly how you want them to look. One idea is to tell the book’s story with pictures or words on your craft letters, or you can just place your favourite images anyway you like on the 4letters.

Then, using the foam brush spread PVA glue on the back of each image and place them on the letter.  Wrap any paper ends that extend outsider the letter tops around the letter sides and unto the back, if necessary. Once you have glued all of the images where you like them, spread PVA glue over the entire top and sides of each letter.

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Let dry completely and voila!

 

 

 

As soon as Imogen’s birthday party is out of the way we’ll be making these for both Imogen and Joseph, very simple but very effective.

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