Welcome to the ninety-first issue of Fuel the Fire.
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Wow, really? April already? Is it just me or is time speeding up?
Maybe it is just that we had a really busy March. Lots of climbing and orienteering - and planning new stuff for the website :)
But today, I have been sitting in the Spring sunshine and collecting together a bunch of ideas you can use this month.
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I got an email from Lisa asking how her son could make fantasy maps. Apparently he is a big Rick Riordan fan and wants to make maps of mythical lands of his own invention.
This is something my daughter does a lot - she writes fantasy novels and uses them in her writing.
I found a list of map making software here which includes some free versions.
My daughter uses this one which is not free, but has a free trial. My son uses it too, for designing worlds for his computer game development.
My thanks to Lisa for a great question. She says that this link is good for getting started thinking about how to draw the map.
And don't forget - if you want to print it onto aged paper, I have some instructions on how to do that here.
Would you like your children to write more?
There are some wonderful books that will help your encourage your children to write :)
Take a look at these wonderful book ideas and get your children writing!
Monday, April the 10th in the 100th day of the year!
Why not celebrate with my 100th day activities.
I have got ideas for activities you can try on this page.
There is a mix of things, so there should be something for everyone.
I like to take a stack of fun printables with us when we go on a road trip.
Even though they are older now, I still like to have something with me. They are great to bring out when the children are beginning to get bored, or impatient!
I know everyone has phones and ipods these days - but there is something satisfying about a paper based puzzle. And they make a nice change.
I have collected together our favorites here.
And while we are on the subject, did you know that there are books designed for reading poetry aloud by more than one person. We have the first one, Big Talk, which is designed for four voices. Really fun to do but you need confident readers (or kids with good memories!).
You know I always like to bring you geography project ideas and this one is a fun activity to do.
After a discussion about how 'spied on' we are these days, the children got interested in what webscams were local to us.
Could we actually be seen in a webcam by someone we knew?
We found a camera at the coast not too far away (this one) and off we went.
With my husband primed at the office, and mobile phone in hand, we set ourselves up in front of it and waited. Result!! Daddy could see us!
If we had had a more up to date phone at the time then I guess we could have even set it up so we could see ourselves!
Why not try it yourself?
Google 'webcam' and your local area to find out where they might be situated. But do check it is switched on and working before you travel to the site :)
As we seem to have a geography theme going this month :) I know I have posted this before, but it makes such a great geography project.
Make a guide book about your town, city or village. Details here.
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