Posts tagged ‘Middle Earth Musings’

November 19, 2012

Middle Earth Musings: Legos and Listening

by Wonder Mom

Hello Peeps!

I PROMISE I have not forgotten about y’all- life has just been a tad busy.

I am SO SORRY I have not finished up my “Middle Earth Musings” posts, but with the movie QUICKLY approaching, I wanted to make certain to get them all done…

In the last post, I teased about giving some info about a lesson with Dwarf Runes.

Well, I need to tease you a little bit longer.

I will get to that post soon- I PROMISE!

In today’s post, I would like to show you what my kiddos like to do when I read aloud from The Hobbit

They create characters with their Legos.

My Little Wild Man decided to fashion up Smaug the Dragon while we were reading through Chapters 12 and 13 of The Hobbit.

He and his sister also created…

…Smaug’s lair.

I find that in a read aloud as detailed as The Hobbit, my kiddos need to do something while I am reading to keep them focused on the story.  Creating images with their Legos is a popular option for all of them, but they also enjoy…

…illustrating the images they hear about from the read aloud.

Instead of creating a lair with Legos, Baby Girl drew a very fetching portrait…

…of old Mr. Smaug.

Giving your kiddos a creative outlet while they listen will only add to their vivid picture of the story at hand.


Only two more “Middle Earth Musings” posts left after this one!  Keep checking back in for more hobbit-tastic learning fun…

September 24, 2012

Middle Earth Musings Part III: Quiz Time!

by Wonder Mom

I wanted to guide you today to some EXCELLENT resources that you could use with your kiddos to “quiz” them…

…as you journey through The Hobbit together.

You could “test” them with these quizzes in a traditional sense, of you could just use the questions to guide discussions about the novel.

Just click on the Chapter numbers below to gain access to the corresponding quizzes:

Chapters 1 & 2

Chapters 3 & 4

Chapters 5 & 6

Chapters 7 & 8

Chapters 9 & 10

Chapters 11 & 12

Chapters 13, 14, & 15

Chapters 16 & 17

Chapters 18 & 19

What’s up for next week?  Dwarf Runes…

September 18, 2012

Middle Earth Musings, Part II: Hobbit Day

by Wonder Mom

This Saturday, September 22nd, is Hobbit Day– when all of us Shire-fans can celebrate the birthdays of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins.

My family will be observing this holiday a bit later, since our schedule is jam-packed this weekend.  Therefore, I would like to provide a “party recipe” today to get your creative juices flowing in case you choose to celebrate Hobbit Day with your loved ones…

In my humble opinion, all parties need the following “ingredients” to be a success:

  • Decorations
  • Food
  • Games/Activities
  • Party Favors

Hobbit Party Decor for a Homey Hobbit Hole

To set the mood for a hobbit celebration, having the party outside would be a good start.  I could just picture an old tree stump surrounded by…


these little toadstools.

If you do not have a suitable outdoor party space, bring the outdoors inside.  Decorate with vases full of wildflowers and leaves.  You could even make the vase outdoorsy by…


…making a twig one like THIS.

Food Fit for Hobbit

Now we all know the importance of refreshments for any hobbit gathering, but a birthday party for two hobbits is in definite need of some special eats!  A birthday cake (or cupcakes) are a MUST for this party, and they can be simple and sweet.  If you wish, you can get much more involved and detailed with your cake by checking out Squiddo’s host of Hobbit cake ideas


…like these Gandalf’s Wizard Hat cupcakes.

Oh, and don’t forget the scones!  Check out…

THIS recipe for your “second breakfast.”

Serve other tasty Hobbit treats at your party, such as mushrooms, fish and chips, blackberries, honey cakes, and tea (of course!).  You can even eat like a hobbit throughout the day, if you wish, by have up to 7 different meals- just don’t expect this diet to be conducive to a trim waistline!  :0)

Hobbit Games and Activities

I believe Hobbits are playful creatures, so a game of horseshoes would be quite fun at the party.  (You can get a set of plastic horseshoes at retailers like Wal-Mart if you think your kiddos might injure themselves with a “real” set!) :0)

Or how about making a…

Smaug Pinata to bust open?  It could be filled with chocolate golden coins and fake jewels to represent the Dwarves’ treasure.

If you have any left over sparklers or fireworks from the 4th of July, these would add an extra special touch to the day’s festivities.  Gandalf was an expert in this field, remember?

I think a “Precious Ring Hunt” would be fun for the kiddos too.  You could hide several fake silver rings around the party area and one golden ring.  Whomever finds the golden “Precious” is the winner!

I would also have a riddle telling time, and include the riddles from The Hobbit.  Most kiddos enjoy a good guessing game- just don’t let them guess what is in your pocket!

Party Favors

You can’t leave a party without some sort of goody bag!  I am planning on getting my kiddos some type of …

…bubble pipe so they can blow “smoke rings” like Gandalf and Bilbo.  You can buy cheap sets at places like Party City or even make your own by using THIS tutorial.

Other ideas for party favors include chocolate golden coins (to represent the Dwarves’ treasure), plastic daggers (to represent “Sting”), handkerchiefs (something Bilbo is fond of), and…

Ring Pops (to represent the treasure and Gollum’s “Precious”).
The possibilities for a party like this are endless, so have fun, let your imagination run wild, and celebrate!

Next week, I should be POSTING ON TIME (sorry!) with Quiz and Discussion Questions you can use while reading The Hobbit.


You can read more about Wonder Mom and her homeschooling adventures with her three kiddos over on The Fantastic Five.

September 10, 2012

Middle Earth Musings, Part I: Hobbit Sketch

by Wonder Mom

Greetings everyone!

I will be hosting a six part series, Middle Earth Musings, every Monday, September 10th-October 15th,

on teaching ideas that go hand and hand with J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit.

Today we will be focusing on the central character in the book, Bilbo Baggins, who is a hobbit.

Before I began the activity with my own kiddos, I reread to them…

…Chapter 1, paragraph 4, which describes the characteristics of a hobbit.

After we went over the description…

…the kiddos used their imaginations…

…and drew their own version of a hobbit, in particularly Bilbo Baggins.

Here are their final results:

Little Wild Man made certain to include Bilbo’s sword, Sting, in his picture…

Baby Girl wanted to place Bilbo in his cozy hobbit hole…

…and Jungle Girl gave a comparison of a hobbit’s height to a human’s height in her picture.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless in this activity, and are only limited by your kiddo’s imagination.

Now, my kiddos are all elementary age, but I have done this activity with middle school aged students as well.

I just added a writing activity with the drawing activity:

In one paragraph, summarize the appearance/characteristics of a hobbit based upon J.R.R. Tolkien’s description.

If you would like to use the sheet we used with your own kiddos, just click HERE.

Please come back next week when I will be discussing ways to liven up your Hobbit study

by celebrating Hobbit Day…

You can read more about Wonder Mom and her homeschooling adventures with her three kiddos over on

The Fantastic Five.