Monday, 6 January 2014

Superheroes, Monster Sandwiches, and Zombies in Lederhosen

Sprout and Squidge have been teaming up this week to try and do all the missions on Lego Marvel Super Heroes...


Squidge has been making sandwiches into monsters...



They've all been playing with dough...


...Sprout made animals like this snake...


...and Moppet danced on it, singing, "Squish! Squish!"


We finally got round to trying to make candles from the brood combs from the kids' grandparents' house...


...but we ended up with this unpleasant lump :O After investigating online, apparently brood combs are little wax and more membranes and the like, which explains it! Still it was fun trying and Sprout is keen to get some stuff to make candles with now.


We decided to do something different for thank you letters for Xmas gifts this year, so we downloaded the Folidfy app that had templates for 3D figures, and we designed ones that related to each gift and wrote a message on the back before printing it out.


A couple of days into the week they conquered the final Lego mission...


We met one of the local home ed groups at a new play area which the three of them loved. Moppet's favourite were these windows in the floor to the foundations underneath!


The boys helped her go-kart...


...and they played time travelling ninjas with a new friend, and built these time travel statues, which, if broken, would destroy time itself!


It was very sweet as we were leaving: I had already spent all the money I'd brought on various drinks, snacks and arcade type machines for them. Squidge really wanted a doughnut, and not only did Sprout buy him one with the money that he'd brought with him, but he also bought an extra bag of sweets and gave that to him too. Happy mummy of kids who were never made to share!

Squidge and Moppet had an arty crafty afternoon...



We had some fake flowers so they cut them up and used some of the petals to make this lion's mane...


...and Squidge drew this 'Pen monster'...


...and this picture of Moppet...


...and this one of fire, water and earth :)


They used some more of the fake flowers and leaves, among other things, to make this collage of a fire and smoke...


...then Squidge made this rainbow in the clouds...


...and this steam train.


Meanwhile Sprout played with this papercraft DNA double helix that we printed out and made...


...and recognised that the code on the enchantment table in Minecraft is the same as the one in his annual that he was reading a few weeks ago, so he looked it up and translated it.


He also asked for the Diversity map for Minecraft so I installed it for him; it's one challenge conversing several different genres, and he's working his way through them this evening. He's been videos of the current cold weather in Canada, with people throwing boiling water into the air and it immediately freezing. The explanation of why it wouldn't happen with cold water was interesting! 
He and Squidge were also rapt by the David Attenborough programme Natural History Museum Alive, and they want to go back to the museum now as we haven't been in a good while. A trip to London calls I think!
Sprout had also been engrossed in Skyrim, and also in his new Minecraft server still, where he's been building a treehouse for Squidge.
In little bits and pieces, Sprout has been playing on the Disney Infinity app, the Little Crane That Could app (actually maybe more than a little bit on that one! He's downloaded the level editor tonight so it'll be interesting to see what he comes up with), and in the mother of all tangents Giant Boulder of Death lead to zombies which lead to lederhosen which lead to a conversation about traditional dress in Switzerland. As you do.

Moppet has developed an ardent love of Peppa Pig, and has been watching lots of different episodes. The boys have watched with her a few times, including the episode about reflections yesterday. They tried out whether the back of a spoon really turns your reflection upside down, and Sprout and I chatted later about seeing things that aren't really as they appear.

I saw a picture on Facebook of some pan pipes made from drinking straws, so I dug out some straws and electrical tape and made some. They were tiny but fun!


Other apps that have been popular here this week are Clumsy Ninja...


...Mr Tumble on the cBeebies Playtime app (Moppet's favourite is popping the paint filled bubbles on his bow tie and boots)...


...the Easter Bunny (omw!)...


...Spynet has made a return (so there been much hilarity at comedy spy personas)...


...quite a few hidden object puzzle games...


...Petting Zoo (another Moppet favourite, especially when the giraffe licks the screen!)...


...Toca Tea party (they all love this)...


...AniMatch, which has the extra fun of Moppet copying all the animals' sounds...


...Ear Doctor (ick! But they love it :D )...


...and finally the really beautiful Toca Mini, which never seems to get old.



Squidge has been having fun with chemIQ again, he vaguely understands the concept but mostly just enjoys bumping the atoms together to see what will bond with what.


Lastly this week came the disassembly of the engine model that Squidge and Gruff assembled at Christmas, as it's faulty so needs to be exchanged. Squidge managed to unscrew everything really well!

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