Monday, January 27, 2014
Magic Tree House books
In the Autumn holidays Matthew surprised me. We had been to a second hand book shop and found a few Magic Tree House books. Over the holiday he came into bed with me in the morning and started to read one. He had been reading for a long time but only little bits. So I was most surprised when he read this. Ok we had been lucky enough to pick up book 1 of this series and it was Valley of the Dinosaurs which caught his attention straight away. The book had 10 chapters and about 80 pages with only a few black and white pictures. Over the holiday he went on to finish the story.
I spoke to a friend about these books and found out they are best read in order. Nan came to the rescue by sending the next 8 books out through the post. He was so excited to get them. As he now has a collection we decided to get carried away.
As you may have seen we started off by making a tree house. And then to go along with the stories we had to add some books
Now we are doing a craft or activity to go with each book.
For Valley of the Dinosaurs we found some great Dinosaurs to make and decorate. We have also made a Papier-mâché Volcano to go with some small wooden Dinos we had.
The Knight at Dawn Matthew decided to make a picture of a castle. We have also made one of an old packing box
Mummies in the morning we got carried away by making a Pyramid complete with Palm trees.
There is now a mouse in the story. So this afternoon I think we will try making mice out of walnut shells and then try to race them. Should be fun.
I have now started saving ideas in advance when I see them. Especially when I know there is a hard subject coming up. Must admit the Ninjas challenged me a bit in Night of the Ninjas. I used to print out all these ideas but now I use Pinterest that makes things so much easier. Here is the Magic tree house book activities board.
I also like these books because they are fiction but include non fiction information in them, so Matthew can learn things at the same time.