In The City I See Activity Time

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IN THE CITY I SEE by Tori-Jay Mordey

It is time to explore the city! What will you spy when you are out and about? Tori-Jay Moredy is an emerging young Indigenous Australian artist who brings to life the busy city in this brand new book, In the City I See. Explore with toddlers all the sights you might see while you are out on a city adventure – can you spot people rushing about? Do you spy long colourful buses and trams? Pause to count the pesky pigeons who are searching for food. There are so many sights to see and to talk about as you share this story with your child. With my telescope I can see…

You will need:

  • Cardboard roll (paper towel or wrapping paper)
  • Sticky tape or washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Optional – Newspaper or Light cardboard.

What to do:

  1. Choose your cardboard roll
  2. Cut your cardboard roll into 3 pieces. If you are using a short cardboard roll you will need 2 or 3 pieces
  3. Cut down the side of the cardboard roll and wrap around the first piece
  4. Repeat with the 3rd piece (you can make longer telescopes by using more pieces of cardboard roll)
  5. Secure the last piece with sticky tape or washi tape around the bottom of the telescope
  6. It’s time to play! What can you spy with your telescope?

Note: if you don’t have a cardboard roll you can use newspaper or light cardboard. Roll into a tube or cone shape. Secure with tape and your telescope is ready to use.

STEM Focus
By looking at shapes, sizes and colours through fun and playful activities you can support your child to develop an understanding of sorting and matching which are important concepts of maths. Play ‘I spy’ with your child and use plenty of describing words to look for “something green” or “large and square. When you are out and about you can match objects by spotting two red cars, or two tall green trees. When playing with toys sort them into size order, or group into colours – maths can be found all around us.

Songs to sing
The Wheels on the Bus and 5 Little Ducks.

Key message: Children are born ready to use and learn mathematics.


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