Yesterday our plans came to an abrupt halt. We were suppose to be meeting friends but by the time we got there my son was doubled over with stomach cramps and not a happy little guy so we ended up coming straight back home. The afternoon was then largely spent with me trying to distract a very uncomfortable and sore little guy (we think he ate something that did not agree with him as he is back to his cheerful self today). After reading his latest favourite book to him twice I remembered the eBooks that you can download from the Twinkl website.
We started with two Twinkl original stories – Back to Earth with a Bump and Ronald the Rhino. Both stories are very sweet and the kids enjoyed reading the books on “mums computer”.
We then moved onto some of the traditional story eBooks – they have a wide range on their website.
It ended up being a great way of keeping my son busy.
And one of the bonuses about the Twinkl eBooks, they have activities to go along with each story. So this morning the kids choose one of the eBooks as a topic and we printed out some of the activities. They choose Back to Earth with a Bump.
They did some grid pictures.
Worked on some time challenges – I really liked this as it was a great way of getting the kids to work on elapsed time. If you depart one planet at a 7:00 and get to the next at 9:30 how long was your journey?
And there are different levels for this worksheet. It starts with just hours and half hours and then goes onto 15 minuet intervals and later a total mix including 35 minute intervals and 25 minute intervals. Having different versions of the same worksheet suits our home learning style as I could sit with my youngest and help him complete the easiest version while his older sister did the more complicated ones.
The kids also found some fun writing activities linked to the eBook. My son’s favourite was listing what he would include in his backpack if he went on a space adventure (his list was not that most practical but he enjoyed the activity).
I must be honest in that as much as we have used the Twinkl website in the past for our learning activities we have only ever used one of their eBooks before. But both kids really seemed to enjoy reading the books and doing the activities so I think we might give another eBook a try next week.
How times have changed….and the number of options seem endless….eBooks! not even thought of in my day. It must be so exciting to now have all these tools at hand!