Activity Set 4



Divide the children into three or four teams and give each group a marker pen and some sheets of paper.

Let the children in each team choose a “Writer” to hold the pen and write the required words, another child as the “Displayer” to hold the sign up for the Games Leader to see, and the rest of the children to be the “Thinkers”.

Tell the players that you are going to say some sentences, each of which will contain a conjunction.

The Thinkers must think of the conjunction being used and tell the Writer to write it down. The Displayer must then grab the sign and show it clearly to the Games Leader.

The first team with the correct sign displayed scores a point. Keep score to select a winning team.

Examples of sentences could include:

  • Mark ate a sausage and Jenny ate an apple.
  • I should come but it is raining.
  • If you go to the pool, I will be there.
  • Although it was dark, we couldn’t sleep.
  • Do your work until I tell you to stop.
  • Peter jumps higher than Sam does.
  • When you arrive, we will go out.
  • Kate was sick so she went to bed.
  • Unless you have a watch, you will be late.
  • Wendy painted a picture because she likes painting.


Story: The Hyperspace Taxi

Description: The Sound of Heavy Rain on the Roof as I Lie in Bed at Night


General Knowledge Quiz #4

See if you know the answers to these questions. If you don’t, find out from an encyclopaedia or atlas.


  1. What is the only liquid metal?
  2. Put the following electromagnetic waves in order from low energy to high energy: gamma rays, microwaves, red light, blue light, X-rays, infra-red rays, radio waves, ultra-violet waves.


  1. What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?
  2. What is the difference between a homonym, a homophone and a homograph?


  1. Which great artist cut his own ear off?
  2. What is “Impressionist” painting like?

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  1. Mercury
  2. Radio waves, microwaves, infra-red waves, red light, blue light, ultra-violet waves, X-rays, gamma rays
  1. Similes describe something as “like” something else, but metaphors say they “are” something else.
  2. Homonyms have the same spelling and same sound; Homophones have the same sound but different spelling; Homographs have the same spelling but a different sound. e.g.) I rose in the morning and picked a rose from the garden. (Homonym); The building site was a messy sight to see. (Homophone); I will bow to the man with the bow tie. (Homograph)
  1. Vincent van Gogh
  2. It does not look realistic, as in a photograph, but gives a general impression of a scene, often using dots and dabs rather than clear, crisp outlines.

Activity Set 3

Quarter Ball

Age Range: All age groups

Players Required: 4 or more, plus parent

Materials: 1 soccer ball, chalk

Directions: Divide the playing area into quarters with chalk, and place one (or more) players in each quarter.

Throw the ball into the centre, and let the players kick it out of their quarter with their feet, but no hands. (If players have trouble not using their hands, ask them to hold them behind their backs for the game).

Every thirty seconds, the parent should call out “Score”, and whichever quarter the ball is in at that moment scores a point. The aim of the game is for the players to keep the ball out of their quarter.

Continue the game for as long as desired and keep score. The player/s that score the fewest points by the end of the game are the winners.


Discussion: Discuss the pros and cons of television.

Comparison: Compare a butterfly with a moth.


General Knowledge Quiz #3

See if you know the answers to these questions. If you don’t, find out from an encyclopaedia or atlas.


  1. What is an isthmus?
  2. Give an example.


  1. Which came first in English history: The Great Fire of London or The Great Plague of London?
  2. Which great diarist lived during that time?


  1. Add the product of six and five to the square root of forty-nine, subtract one and take the square root. What is your answer?
  2. What is the difference between a factor and a multiple?

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  1. A narrow strip of land between two large land masses.
  2. Central America (Panama Isthmus). You’ll find the names of some other isthmuses here.
  1. The Great Plague, in 1665.
  2. Samuel Pepys
  1. Six
  2. Factors are multiplied to give a product. e.g. 2 and 4 are factors of 8. A multiple is a number that may be divided by another number with no remainder e.g. 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 are multiples of 3.