Theme Notes. Machines. Series 287: Machines

Theme Notes Series 287: Machines Machines Young children are wide eyed and curious about the world around them. They are eager to understand how thi...
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Theme Notes Series 287: Machines

Machines

Young children are wide eyed and curious about the world around them. They are eager to understand how things work. Like scientists they observe, touch and manipulate objects. They formulate ideas and hypotheses and test their theories in processes of exploration and discovery. In this series of Play School we explore machines. Machines are devices designed to make work easier. We look at machines in the home, machines we see when we are out and about and simple machines that can be made from recycled and household materials. We hope this series of Play School provides lots of interesting opportunities for playing, making and finding out more about machines.

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Episode 1 SONGS Bikeling Composer: Jay Laga’aia Publisher: ABC Music Publishing Wheels On The Bus Composer: Traditional Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing

PRESENTERS Andrew McFarlane – Zindzi Okenyo PIANIST Peter Dasent STORY Dig Dig Digging Author: Margaret Mayo Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe Walker Books FILM Broken Hill Quarry (Play School, ABC) IDEAS FOR LATER Watch the big machines in your neighbourhood. Have you seen a digger, a garbage truck or a tractor? Make a cape for dressing up from a brightly coloured towel or an old tablecloth. Stretch yourself as tall as you can go and ask someone to measure you with a tape measure. How tall are you?

Dressing Up Composers: Peter Dasent & Sophie Emtage Publisher: Origin/Control I Like Swimming Composers: Phil Barton, Ben O’Hara & Kristy Gentz Publisher: Larrikin/ABC Music Publishing I Jump Out Of Bed In The Morning Composers: Traditional Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing Johnny Works With One Hammer Composers: Traditional Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing We’re Going Up Composer: Ron Gamack Publisher: ABC Music Publishing Let’s Play Together Composer: Peter Dasent & Arthur Baysting Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing

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MAKE AND DO

How to Make a Lifter and Shifter You will need: A long cardboard tube A long piece of string, about twice the length of the cardboard tube A cotton reel, slightly larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube, as pictured above A pipe cleaner Masking tape A clothes peg Thread a piece of string through a long cardboard tube. Take a cotton reel, slightly larger than the diameter of the cardboard tube, and thread a pipe cleaner through the middle. Attach the cotton reel to the cardboard tube by taping either end of the pipe cleaner to the tube, as pictured above. Pull the string over the cotton reel. Attach a clothes peg to the end of the string and tie it on to hold. Use your lifter and shifter to pick up and move small objects around your play building site.

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Episode 2 SONGS Let’s Twist Again Composer: Kal Mann & Dave Appell Publisher: Warner Chappell Garbage Man Song Composer: Valerie Ann Donlon Publisher: ABC Music Publishing

PRESENTERS Luke Carroll – Zindzi Okenyo PIANIST Peter Dasent TOLD STORY Jemima’s Mystery Box (A story told by the Play School team) FILM Street Machines (Play School, ABC)

Washing Machine Composer: John Shortis Publisher: Unpublished Wet Washing Composer: Liz Olsen Publisher: ABC Music Publishing Blow Up A Balloon Composers: Lucille Wood & Roberta McLaughlin Publisher: Chambers Harrap Publishing Bikeling Composer: Jay Laga’aia Publisher: ABC Music Publishing

IDEAS FOR LATER Wash some socks in a bowl of warm sudsy water, rinse them out in clean water and peg them out to dry on a little clothes line. Make your own puzzle. Cut a large picture from an old magazine. Stick it on to cardboard. Cut it into pieces and then put it back together again. Pour some water into different shaped recycled containers. Place them in the freezer. When they are frozen, place them in a large plastic trough and play with small plastic animals or figures in your icy “Antarctic” world.

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How to Make Balloon Message Whizzer You will need: Two curtain rings Net bag Large straw Balloons

Small piece of paper Pencil Masking tape String Pegs

Thread two curtain rings through top of a net bag, as pictured. Attach a straw to the two curtain rings with tape. Thread a long piece of string through the straw. Blow up a balloon, tie it off with a peg and put it in the net bag. Draw a picture or write a message on the piece of paper and place in the net bag. Tie each end of the string to a post or something secure. Count down and then undo the peg and watch the Balloon Message Whizzer fly through the air to deliver your message.

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How to Make Orange Freezies You will need: 3 -4 oranges Orange squeezer Jug Ice cream machine Place the ice cream machine bowl into the freezer to become icy cold. Cut the oranges in half and use the orange squeezer to make orange juice. Remove the remaining flesh from the oranges and set the orange cavities aside for later. Pour the orange juice into the ice cream machine bowl when it is icy cold and switch on. Spoon frozen mixture into the orange cavities and serve. Store any remaining orange freezie mixture in a plastic container in the freezer. Note: 3 to 4 large oranges will yield approximately 2 cups of orange juice.

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Episode 3 SONGS Robot Composers: Vanessa Johnston & Karina Johnston Publisher: Jingle Jam Pty. Ltd. New Shoe Laces Composer: Adrian Bell Publisher: Unpublished PRESENTERS Justine Clarke – Sofya Gollan – Alex Papps PIANIST Peter Dasent STORY The Girl Who Loved Wellies Written & Illustrated by Zehra Hicks Macmillan Children’s Books 2012

The Mixing Song Composer: Peter Dasent & Arthur Baysting Publisher: Origin How Much Further Composer: Colin Buchanan Publisher: Rondor Playing Ball Composer: Edna G Buttolph Publisher: Willis Music Company

FILM Car Assembly Line (Play School, ABC) IDEAS FOR LATER Make sandwiches using all sorts of different bread - round, square, rolled up. Create your own robot friend from cardboard boxes. Put on gum boots and jump in puddles.

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How to Make a Pachoonga You will need: Cardboard tube Two large hair elastics Wooden spoon Scrunched up recycled paper Place hair elastics around cardboard tube so that they cross over. Thread large wooden spoon between the elastics and the tube. Place scrunched up paper in the end of the spoon and pull the spoon gently away from the tube and release. Pachoonga! Watch your paper ball fly through the air!

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Episode 4 SONGS Inventor’s Song Composer: Mark Barnard & Peter Dasent Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing I’m A Clock Composer: Satis Coleman & Alice Thorn Publisher: Music Sales Australia

PRESENTERS Justine Clarke – Alex Papps

My Body Makes Music (Mi Cuerpo) Composers: Traditional Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing

PIANIST & GUEST PERFORMER Peter Dasent

Stir Up The Pudding Composers: Traditional Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing

TOLD STORY Farmer Brown’s New Cow (A story told by the Play School team)

What Can A Cow Do But Moo? Composer: Peter Gosling & Michael Cole Publisher: Stickysongs

FILM Cheese Making (Play School, ABC) IDEAS FOR LATER Visit a junk shop or trash and treasure market to see all sorts of bits and pieces for making, creating or inventing. Make your own workshop by sorting out recycling materials that you could up-cycle into new machines and creations. Visit a shop that sells clocks to see all the different sorts of clocks.

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How to Make Spanakopita You will need: A bunch of fresh spinach, cooked and finely chopped or 1/4 packet frozen spinach, thawed 50 g feta cheese 100 g ricotta cheese 1 egg 1 green shallot, finely chopped Nutmeg 3 sheets filo pastry 3 tablespoons melted butter Preheat oven to 180 C. Squeeze spinach gently to remove excess liquid and place in bowl. Add crumbled feta cheese, ricotta cheese, beaten egg, shallots and grated nutmeg. Stir gently to combine. Place one sheet of filo pastry on a chopping board and brush with melted butter. Lay another two more pastry sheets on top, brushing with melted butter each time. Spoon the cheesy spinach mix along the edge of the filo pastry. Fold the pastry over the mixture and roll to create a sausage shape. Gently coil the pastry roll round and round to form a spiral. Place the spanakopita on a greased oven tray using a large spatula. Brush lightly with a little more melted butter and bake for approximately 20 mins, or until lightly browned.

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How to Make a Tinger and Dinger You will need: Length of hat elastic, about 30cm long Rubber band Mini Colander Pencil Cotton reel

Three jar lids Three lengths of string, about 15 cm each Masking tape Small cardboard box Single hole punch

To make the Dinger – Tie each end of the length of hat elastic to a rubber band, and fit the rubber band over the base of the mini colander. Make a winder for the Dinger by pushing a pencil through the cotton reel. To make the Tingers – Attach lids to string with masking tape. Tape the strings to the top of the inside of the box, allowing the lids to dangle. Use the pencil or a single hole punch to make a hole in the top of the box. Thread the hat elastic on the Dinger through the hole, from the inside of the box to the outside. Pull the elastic loop up and place the winder through the loop at the top of the box. Wind the winder pencil handle round and round, making the elastic tighter and tighter. Then release and listen as the Tinger and Dinger tings and dings and tings and dings until it stops. A musical instrument complete! Page 11 of 13

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Episode 5 SONGS Off To The Library Composers: Peter Dasent & Arthur Baysting Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing My Big Blue Boat Composer: Traditional Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing

PRESENTERS Justine Clarke – Andrew McFarlane PIANIST Peter Dasent STORY Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car Written & illustrated by John Burningham Red Fox Books

Two Little Boats Composer: Traditional Publisher: Origin/ABC Music Publishing Both Boots Stuck In The Mud (chant) Composer: Ruth Craft Publisher: BBC Friends All Together Composer: Peter Dasent & Sophie Emtage Publisher: Origin/Control

FILM Callaghan Goes to the Library (Play School, ABC) IDEAS FOR LATER Make your own mobile phone from a small cardboard box. Find out what the weather will be like in your local area and other areas – you can watch or listen to the weather report on television or radio or look up the internet to learn more. Visit your local library and borrow a book or magazine.

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How to Make a Spinny Tinny You will need: Metal cake tin (we used a loaf tin) 1 x piece of plastic cut from a recycled plastic lid (approx. 4cm x 8cm) Large and small elastic bands 2 x chopsticks Large tray or tub of water Place two large elastic bands around the width of the tin. One elastic should be almost near the centre of the tin, the other at the end of the tin. Slide the chopsticks through the elastic, one on each side. Place a smaller elastic band around the end of the chopsticks. Slide the piece of plastic into the middle of the small elastic. Wind the piece of plastic round and round and then launch your spinny tinny in the tub of water and see it motor away, powered by its spinny. There you have it – a spinny tinny!

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