Archive | December 2015

How do you celebrate Christmas in your country?

In Tasmania  ~

It is summer here, so sometimes when the weather is really nice, some of us take a special picnic lunch to the beach! In Nick’s family they have a “talent show” in the water!

Our families get together and have a special roast meal. We may have to travel to be with our families.

We decorate a Christmas tree – it may be a real tree or a pretend tree.

In Jace’s family one child will dress up as Santa to give out family presents from under the Christmas tree.

In Vincenzo’s family they read a story about baby Jesus before they give out presents.

Some children have breakfast at their own home, lunch with cousins and dinner with some other cousins and grandparents. Sometimes it is waffles, croissants or pancakes for breakfast!

Some children invite others into their homes to celebrate.

In Mira’s home they make up Christmas plays and at the end, the main character throws candy canes at the audience.

Some children hang stockings in their bedroom for Santa’s presents, some children put a pillow case at the end of their beds, some have a special Santa Sack. Large presents may be left beside their beds wrapped up.

Iggy’s grandfather dresses up as Santa and sings Christmas carols.

Some children leave mince pies for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Some also put reindeer food out – oats with a sprinkle of glitter in it so that the reindeer can see the oats glittering in the moonlight.

What do you do for Christmas?

Design a new toy challenge!

You are an inventor and have just designed a fantastic new toy which will be available in the shops just in time for Christmas!

You may use the computer program “Paint,” or draw your design or diagram on paper. Give your toy a name.

Write an explanation of its parts and how it works.

Claudia and Esther have added all of the following pictures and explanatory text to this post. Thank you girls!

Here is Claudia’s:

Not A big Scribble!!!!!!!!! (Click all pictures to enlarge)

Here is Penelope and Madeleine’s:

maddy penelope

Here is Vincent’s: It is called a RobotSantaClaus



Name: RobotSantaClaus

Cost: 150 pounds (300 dollars)

Top fuel capticipy: 15L

Top running speed: 36.9 kph

Recommended age: 6+

Top power in hp (horse power) and bhp (brake horse power) is: 3,600 hp and 1,500 bhp

You can build a RobotSantaClaus by yourself by getting a “Build a RobotSantaClaus” set.

In any set you buy you have to program it every time you use it.

All the black bits are hinges.

It comes with a speed monitor, a running track, an owners manual and more.

The owner of a RobotSantaClaus HAS to have to control of it to “know how it works” and to have “the right to own a RobotSantaClaus”.

By Vinnie


Here is Mira and Iggy’s:


This is Vincenzo and Jace’s new toy design:



Here is Nicholas’s:



This is Lola’s:


Patrick’s new toy:



Skatsanta top speed is 950,000,000,000,000,000,000mph $500 updated, $400 normal, 250 pounds, 200 pounds

Here is Matty, Spike and Xavier’s:


Here is James’:


This is Joshua’s:

josh (Click to enlarge)

Here is Finlay’s:


$1’000000010. It is a pet thing. It is cool. It is called pet help.

Here is Evie and Lucy’s:

lucy and evie2