Given the proximity to Christmas, and the fact that Blossom was already on holidays, our activities for Z week actually took place in spits and spurts over a number of weeks. Nevertheless, here’s how we filled the final scrapbook page.
Z is for zebra
It’s an obvious link, with potential for a variety of activities.
Thinking that Z would be a difficult letter, I’d bought a cartoon clay kit earlier in the year.
While Bud attempted to fashion a zebra from the black and white clay provided, Blossom made her own using modelling clay.
Enhanced fine motor skills aside, the modelling clay was easier to work with and Blossom was pretty happy with her sculpture, although getting it to stand up for a photo was nigh impossible :-).
The cartoon clay, on the other hand, was quite spongy and resisted sticking together. Bud gave up before producing anything that looked particularly zebra like.
3D zoo cookies
Knowing I would soon be looking for activities for Z week, a friend offered to lend me a 3D zoo cookie cutter set.
There were body and leg cutters for making giraffes, hippos, tigers, elephants and, of course, zebras.
The whole process was rather involved, but it was holiday time, so not a bad way to spend a day and an activity that all of the kids could be involved in.
Portions of dough were dyed different colours using food colouring, and multiple icing colours were also required.
Transferring the dough to a baking tray was definitely an adult task, and even then required a good deal of patience.
Once baked, the kids enjoyed piping on the stripes, following the marks made by the cookie cutters.
Gluing it all together with icing was yet another challenge. They don’t quite look like the box, but here are our best.
And it goes without saying that the ones we didn’t manage to stand up, still tasted just as good :-).
Toilet roll craft
If you’re after something a little simpler, I’ve seen some super cute toilet paper roll zebra crafts on Pinterest. Here’s a simple one from DLTK-Kids which includes printable templates.
Or if you can read German (or work out the process from the pictures), this is my personal favourite from EXPLI.
Z is for zoo
Not living particularly close to a zoo, we had to fit this in when we were able to be in a suitable city. For Blossom, it was when we were passing through Adelaide on holidays a couple of months before we got to Z week.
For Bud, it was a planned trip to Sydney a few weeks after we’d finished up our program.
Z is for zig-zag
I tended to have my sewing out more frequently when I had only two children and didn’t have to fit into a school routine. So with Blossom it seemed quite natural to produce some zig-zag samples together on the machine.
With Bud, the plan was to unwind a roll of paper across a length of floor and draw on zig-zag tracks to race some cars along. It’s a great way to practice some fine motor control – children are required to keep within the lines or get disqualified (if that type of competitiveness is helpful in your household). In the end, this activity got lost in the pre-Christmas busyness, but I still think it worthwhile enough to direct you to it. Find pictures and comments at Brilliant Beginnings Preschool.
As it was with Blossom, this year has been a fun one. Committing to this program was helpful for me. It ensured that my intentions to do a variety of fun things with my kids became reality.
Thanks for sharing the journey with me.
Once Bud has settled into school, I’ll be back with a new focus and activities that are relevant to Petal, my then 3 year old.
Hope to connect with you soon,