Posts Tagged ‘Peter Rabbit’

Mrs Rabbit’s Shopping Game

September 14, 2010

Possum is 4 years 4 months

Chicken is 2 years 2 months

During our fifth week, we also learnt this game.  (I can’t find the reference of where I found this game… please let me know if you know so that I can update.)

Possum absolutely loved it!  He feels rather proprietorial about it, too, as he helped my sister laminate it (she owns the laminator) and supervised the cutting.

You can see Chicken joining in here, too.

It is actually quite a lot of fun and rules can be changed a bit depending on your mood – a bit of memory, or use a die, or lotto, or whatever you would like.

Possum decided that he needed something to put his shopping in.  Don’t you just love him diligently checking his list to make sure he has everything he needs?

It includes all the academic stuff too, like counting and matching, and could be extended to include finance.

Or you can play for fun!


Mr McGregor’s Garden

September 14, 2010

Possum is 4 years 3 months

Chicken is 4 years 1 month


This is a craft activity that we enjoyed after reading The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

I drew up a walled garden and we made several copies of it for the boys. Then we let them loose with garden and flower stickers so that they could make their own gardens.

These are the two that we did at home. I love the way Possum has put a motorbike in the shed. Really, anyone who knows us realises that motorbikes feature in most learning experiences.

You can also see how much Chicken was into this activity at the time!

However, this is Chicken’s second picture.  We all went out for a coffee one Saturday morning and I had a few garden and sticker sets in my bag. He sat there for ages producing this one – he really loved doing it! All about the timing.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

September 14, 2010

Possum is 4 years 3 months

Chicken is 2 years 1 month


The next book we covered in our Home School was, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter.

I have to admit that I was a bit stumped about how to handle the moral issues of this book – so many resources that I have seen talk about mean and cranky Mr McGregor and totally ignore that Peter was disobedient, disrespectful of his belongings and a thief. So, on reflection, I decided to discuss it the best way I know how with my kids. Honestly.

We used a few conversation starters like:
Oh no! Poor Mr McGregor! Peter took his vegetables! How do you think Mr McGregor would feel?
I wonder why Peter would do something that his Mummy told him not to do?
Do you ever feel so curious about something that you forget it is wrong?
What happened when Peter did something his Mummy told him not to? Do you think he liked that?/Was it fun? Do you think Mummy sometimes might have a good reason for telling him things? I think Mummy is trying to help him know how to have safe fun.

The kids responded quite well to this. Amazing how honesty works, isn’t it?

Once more we read the book in the backyard, enjoying the sunshine. We cuddled toy rabbits and discussed what they remembered about their cousin’s pet rabbit. And, once more, there were carrots to eat. Apparently it isn’t Home School without carrots!

We finished off our lesson with a picnic of cucumber sandwiches.

I had planned to make bread and butter pudding one night for dinner using blackberry jam (like good little bunnies get!) but time got away that week. We might yet do it…