I am really excited to be taking part in Building Blocks and Acorns’ Fort Building Challenge. All this month bloggers like me are building themed forts at home with their children and sharing them online. Since both LittleMan and SunnyGirl have February birthdays, I built a birthday fort. And since they are having a Wild Kratts party, it is a special Wild Kratts birthday fort.
For this fort I utilized our family’s dining room table, our Melissa & Doug Animal Magnets, our collection of Safari LTD TOOBs (we used the Big Cats, Monkeys and Apes, North American Wildlife, Sharks, Coral Reef, Insects, and Penguins TOOBs), and a copy of the Smithsonian Animal Encyclopedia.
First I spread the blue table cloth over the table and draping down on all sides. Then I attached the green table cloth across the bottom of the table and let it billow a bit in the middle. I hung streamers all along the one side of the table to create a striped backdrop. The table legs are metal so the animal magnets stuck well to them.
Besides balloons to play with, I also included the Wild Kratts Sensory Bin that we played with earlier this week.
And the mud cake math activity we also played with earlier this week.
We ended up doing our homeschool lessons for the day in our fort.
We matched our Safari TOOB figurines to the animals in our book.
Some of the animals we also happen to have a creature power disk for.
We used a sea shell as a pointer and took turns reading aloud.
We separated the TOOB figurines by animal classification, matched them to where they live on our world map, talked about their life cycle, reproduction habits, diet, etc..
We practiced our addition, subtraction, fractions, and started introducing multiplication using the candles in our mud cake math activity.
But mostly we just had fun.
Big thank you to Building Blocks and Acorns for putting together this fantastic Fort Building Challenge. Be sure to be on the look-out for more Wild Kratts posts the rest of the month as we celebrate a Wild Kratts birthday. There will be sensory play, a free printable, and yes we will even be making our own live-size Tortuga!by