Posts Tagged ‘Octonauts’

What my Child is Reading – 12 October

October 11, 2011

Possum is 5 years 5 months

Bandicoot is 3 years 3 months

Little Princess is 9 months


I haven’t written one of these posts for a while, partly because my kids often like the same books over and over again (Please don’t ask for “the Whale Shark” again!) and partly because I am not organised enough to scan in the pictures of the books.  Actually, pictures are something that really hold up my blogging, but I digress…

This week I have some new candidates. 

This book was delivered by Santa last Christmas, and boy it has been a hit!  Isn’t it amazing how Santa often really knows what would be a wonderful pressie?  Anyway, Possum loves this book:

WMCIR111012001Body” by Robert Winston

Did you know that the surface area of the small intestine is equivalent to that of a tennis court?


And the underwater infatuation continues.  Oh my goodness, sharks are number one with Bandicoot these days, and he is happily dragging Possum and Little Princess along in his wake.  You can’t move in this place without stepping on a model or being begged for yet another shark drawing.  We have literally 100s of pictures of them around the house and in chalk all over the driveway, too.  So it is no wonder that these books are featuring:

WMCIR111012002 This one is a Leap Frog Tag book.  We bought it with the Tag System for Possum, 2 years ago, when we were doing a three month road trip.  The concept never grabbed him, but Bandicoot happily calls this “his” book, now.

WMCIR111012003 This book is called “Sharks and other dangers of the deep” (it is a bit too big for my scanner).  NOTE:  The link is to the paperback.  We have the larger format hardcover, and I think it is a much nicer book.  We saw this in the children’s section of the Australian Museum on a recent visit, but couldn’t find it in the museum shop.  The boys were very happy when the postman brought it!  It has amazingly beautiful pictures and good factual information, but not too much so as to be dry, about many different kinds of sharks.  Even I like sharks after reading this book.

And one more, just so the Little Princess wasn’t left out:


A shark board book, also with gorgeous pictures.

Who knew sharks were so beautiful?


Of course, we are continuing with:


but we have finally finished the Children’s Classic Tales.  It became a bit of an albatross in the end.  The kids are too young to read it at bedtime when they are so tired and twitchy.  Ah well.



What my Child is Reading – 30 July

July 30, 2011


Possum is 5 years 2 months

Bandicoot is 3 years

Little Princess is 7 months

110730 Octonauts and the Only Lonely Sea Monsters

Not surprised, are you?

And even more popular is, The Octonauts and the Whale Shark.  Once I locate the book I will be able to give you a picture.  In the meantime, here is a link:  (This book keeps getting hidden after Possum had the audacity to take it to school for Show and Tell this week.)

You should have heard the excitement when the Parcel-Man delivered these two packages this week.  Actually, maybe you did!  Little do they know that there is another one en route…

And these two are constant companions:

110626 Devotions 110626 Classic Stories


Craft School…

July 25, 2011


Possum is 5 years and 2 months

Bandicoot is 3 years

Little Princess is 6 months


Homeschool is taking a new turn this week.  We have been working away on alphabet based studies and activities but I think we have reached burn out on them at the moment.  What is the point of preschool if it is no fun?

So, after much grumbling about “R is for Rainbow” (I was trying to wish away a week of heavy rain), I had a rethink.

Our life is steeped in Octonauts at the moment.  The boys love anything undersea (what a good thing we took a yearly membership to the Aquarium!)  So, I decided, how about a bit of undersea fun?

I had planned to make some undersea creatures, and to make a back drop using multiple painting methods on a sheet of cardboard.  Really, what is more fun than that?  Well, it appears, running around the craft supply shop purchasing lots of items once they catch wind of what Mummy is up to!

That was one awfully expensive sheet of cardboard!

The boys are completely inspired, ‘though, and I was impressed with some of the ideas that they had.  (I even got a couple of ideas to put in my “craft for playgroup” folder.)

And, as for my now 5yo who has very little interest in fine motor activities at preschool – well he has had a blast today using a hot-glue gun (Mummy hovering and trying not to freak out) to make a pom-pom stingray.