Talking to kids about racism

There has been a LOT happening in the world this week (including Toronto) and we thought it was important to pass along some resources. It’s so difficult to navigate these complicated discussions at home. Especially when the issues are challenging and complex, even for adults. We know this though, we can’t say nothing. Now is not the time for silence. Your kids are not too young to start having these discussions.

Books for Littles: Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race

Raising Race Conscious Children: 100 Race-Conscious things you can say to your child to advance racial justice

Here Wee Read: The Ultimate 2018 Diverse List of Children’s Books

Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice

Toys:

Crayola Colours of the World Crayon Pack.

Sugarfoots Rag Dolls

Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game

More to follow in the coming days, including a list of the favourite books we read about diversity in our preschool classrooms.

Wacky Weather!

DISPATCH – May 29, 2020

A Trailblazer sits in a field of dandelions.

Hi Trailblazers! If you look out of your window, you’ll see that spring has definitely sprung. But the weather has also been a little unpredictable… Wasn’t it snowing last week? Today, we’ll discover a tool that will help us know a bit more about our weather!

DISCOVER

Beaver Weather Vane, Quebec, 1875-1900

A weather vane is an instrument used to show the direction of the wind (north, east, south and west) and is often placed on the highest point of a building. The head of the weather vane (in our case the beaver’s head) will point in the direction that the wind is blowing. The weather vane was invented in both China and Greece around the same time in the 2nd century BCE. 

With a weather vane and a bit of research you can know if a chilly northern wind is coming your way, or if you can get put on a t-shirt because a warm southern gust is rolling in!

CREATE

A homemade weather vane. Source: Sun Hats & Wellie Boots

There are different ways to make a weather vane using materials you can find around the house and in your recycling bin. Your weather vane will need to have a base that is weighted so that it doesn’t blow away, a pointer or arrow and north, south, east and west directions (you could use the compass we made back in our first dispatch to find these directions!). Get creative with your materials. How it looks is entirely up to you! Check out these examples:

https://www.education.com/activity/article/forecast-weather-weathervane/

https://www.sunhatsandwellieboots.com/2014/05/diy-weather-station-for-kids-to-make.html

SHARE

We’d like to see your weather vanes! Take a picture and ask your adult to post it on social media. You can tag us @ROMToronto and use the hashtag #ROMTrailblazers

Can you tell which way the wind will blow? Hopefully with your weather vane will make predicting the weather a little easier! We’ll be back next week with a full Gazetteer! 

Mahmoud and Caitlin

Space theme day!

An activity with Paulette!

Sing with Foss!

Sensory and Science!

Make Your Own Moon Sand

You will need:

  • 6 cups of play sand (preferably colored sand)
  • 3 cups of cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups of cold water

Mix the sand and cornstarch together. Add water, and mix everything together with your hands. Work through until you no longer see the white cornstarch. Add toys or mold into shapes. Store in airtight container. You may have to add a couple teaspoons of water the next time you play with moon sand.

Credit: Make it & Love it

“Moon Rock” Sorting
Go out side and during a walk collect a selection of rocks.
Have children sort rocks by colour, size, weight, etc.

Art!!

Letter space ship

  • Cut out squares to spell your name, 1 trapezoid, 1 triangle and some stars
  • Glue everything to a sheet of construction paper
  • Add decorations!

Toilet Paper Roll Rocket

Materials:

  • empty toilet or paper towel roll,
  • paint,
  • paint brush,
  • red or orange tissue paper,
  • a piece of construction paper
  • glue
  • scissors
  • a little aluminum foil
  1. Paint the roll the color of your choosing. While your child is painting cut out some flames using the tissue paper.
  2. While the roll is drying have your child colour the piece of construction paper if they want, it will be made into the nose of the ship so let them know you will be cutting it.
  3. Meanwhile cut some long strips of aluminum foil.
  4. The roll should be dry enough to glue the aluminum foil strips on, while your child does this, cut a circle out of the construction paper and cut half way into the circle to make a cone.
  5. Glue the cone on the end of the rocket.   It’s easiest to put glue in the cone and then place the roll inside it. Hold it there a minute or two.
  6. Glue the flames on the bottom inside.
  7. Blast off!

Credit: No time for Flash Cards

Activities!!

Printables from Kids Activities Blog

Print out and try your hand at some space mazes.

To reuse the mazes try putting the printed maze in a paper protector and complete the maze with a marker.   With warm water and a little scrub, you can start the maze again.

Guided Mediation

Join Jamie as she guides you through the moon and stars with guided relaxation!

Online resources

Learn about meteors, comets and the solar system with Dr. Binocs

NASA Tour of Mars

Learn with Polkaroo and Gisele about the planets  

Space Songs and Finger plays!

Blast Off! (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)

Climb aboard the spaceship
we’re going to the moon,
hurry and get ready
we’re going to blast off soon,
put on your helmet
and buckle up real tight,
cause here comes the countdown
so count with all your might!
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1,
Blast off!!

Tuning Up For Outer Space (Tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

The sun is in the sky. The sun is in the sky.
Hot and bright, it gives us light.
The sun is in the sky.
The moon is in the sky.
The Moon is in the sky.
Around and ’round the earth it goes.

The moon is in the sky.
The stars are in the sky.
The stars are in the sky.
Twinkly bright, they shine at night.
The stars are in the sky.