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Confession time…we read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe months ago. We did follow up activities a couple months after that.
I know some of you have been waiting for me to get this out for months. A whole lot of months and I feel like I owe you an apology. We moved twice. And then we added baby number 5 to the family. Funny thing about life, it just keeps on happening. 😉
I keep thinking I’m going to re-read the book with the kids and do more of the activities I had planned with them, but there comes a point when you have to know when to move on. We’re ready to keep reading The Chronicles of Narnia series and my kids have been so patient about the delay.
Even though we didn’t do as many extended activities as I would have liked, I’m still going to include a list of activities that I think would be great to go with the book so you can have lots of options. Plus it gives me a way to keep track of my ideas for the next time we read the books!
One of the first things we did was have tea like Lucy and Mr. Tumnus. We talked a bit about the tradition of English tea time and also practiced our manners. I had really wanted to do a formal tea, but it was just too much for me at that time. We also happened to have our tea during the last of our winter snowstorms, so it was fun that our setting out the windows was snowy like Narnia at the beginning of the book.
I made Mr. Tumnus’ scones and added some cookies I snagged at the store. I made the scone recipe gluten free and it would need some tweaking before I would recommend that to others. I also pulled out my great grandmother’s tea service. It is the very first time I have ever used it and I’m glad I got to share the moment with my children. If I had planned better, then I would have made this really easy homemade English toffee recipe as well.
The timing of our activities for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe also fell close to Easter, so we spent a good bit of time talking about the parallels of Jesus’ death and resurrection to that of Aslan’s actions in the book. I also surprised the kids with a copy of the BBC movie version of The Chronicles of Narnia. This is a great option for children who you don’t think are ready for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe film by Disney. You can always check for the BBC version at your local library.
And of course we had to have some Turkish delight! I really wanted to make our own homemade candy, but I ordered this box of mixed Turkish Delight from Amazon to save me time and clean up. I liked that we had four different flavors to try – mint, rose, nut (pistachio if I remember right), and lemon. I would have only made one flavor, so this purchase was worth it to me.
We had a good time experiencing this unique treat together. I didn’t expect any of us to like it, but we did! There are lots of recipes out there and if you know of a good one, please leave me a comment.
BBC has a wonderful section on World War II learning for kids that our family has used before. My eight year old son in particular has enjoyed learning from the site. It does a great job of explaining what life was like for children during the war including evacuated children, like the four Pevensie children.
Now we are currently reading through a wonderful series for kids called Tales of the RAF. There are six books in the series about Royal Air Force pilots during World War II. These are great books for boys!
Other Activities for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
- Lapbooks – Lions, Beavers, or other key animals form the book would make a great subject for learning. Homeschool Share also has a The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe lapbook.
- Make popcorn balls for a snack and pretend they are snowballs.
- Make shields out of cardboard and decorate them.
- Make homemade crowns.
- Play a game of freeze tag.
- Do a study on ice and be sure to include ice experiments.
- Make ice sculptures.
- Make a homemade snow globe.
- Bible Lessons – In addition to the parallels that can be found in the book to the story of Christ, you could do lessons on greed, using our gifts, the armor of God, the breath of God, and more.
If you would like even more ideas, check out this free Chronicles of Narnia resource unit! You’ll find loads of free printables and resources to add to your journey through Narnia. You can also find all my Narnia posts here.
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