Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Geometry (shapes) and Plasma from Grapes

We started the week off with a Not Back to School picnic at Hanley Park, at which I completely failed to take any pictures! The kids had fun though and a good play with friends :)
When we got home the boys played out with their friends, and then came in and played some My Singing Monsters and Dragon City, while Moppet had a big long play on Endless ABC, singing along with the letters, matching them up, and telling me about the pictures.


Sprout told me about his new favourite music, the soundtrack from the Qeos series.


We found a very (!) overdue library book and Sprout had a play with it before we took it back :)


We had a chilled out day in the next day as everyone was tired. We bought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on blinkbox, and Sprout flitted between watching that with me, Squidge and Moppet, and Skyping with his friend. Later they all played out again and had scooter races and water fights in the street with their friends.


The next day we started the morning with Sprout's favourite programme, Nature's Weirdest Events, including zombie snails, spinning ants, slimy hagfish, frozen resurrecting frogs, labyrinthian ant nests, and the unexpectedly intercontinental migratory habits of butterflies (who knew?)


Later on they all watched some Power Rangers, and then had some friends over for the afternoon and played board games. Later still they took their scooters and bikes outside with the neighbours, and also played board games out on the drive. Sprout and I watched some Strihyru videos of Oni games and a montage of 'manly screams' :) 



Later he chatted to me about how he'd worked out you could feel pain if you pulled your hair but it didn't hurt if you hold the base. We looked at a picture of a cross section of a follicle, and  saw the muscle too and we talked about goose bumps and what they were for. He noted that Gruff is rather hairier than the rest of us and so would benefit more from this temperature regulation mechanism :)


He told me the next morning that his favourite sea creatures are jellyfish, as he likes the way they move and that some of them glow, so we looked up a few pictures of bioluminescent ones.


I told him about the blue sail jellyfish that I read about a few days ago too, and he thought they were very cool.


We had a very quiet morning in, where Squidge watched some videos about Pokemon toys and Power Ranger toys, and then watched some Power Rangers Megaforce which he loves at the moment since he noticed that one of them has the same name as his new baby cousin
:)
Moppet played on Endless Numbers for a bit...


...then spent a while on Toca House.


Sprout played on Toca Builder and made a lake and a mountain...


...and played on Tinybop Plants.


He also played on Creatorverse...


...Blocksworld...


...and My Singing Monsters.


They then all played with dough for a while before their friends came round, Sprout made a bowl and a cake, Moppet played with rolling it out and squashing shapes into it and making ice creams for everyone, while Squidge made dough faces.
We also put a grape in the microwave to make plasma. We tried it last week with a black grape and it didn't work, but tried it again today with a green grape and it worked fabulously! No pics as I had a camera disaster, but instructions here http://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/1usyrb/eli5_why_do_grapes_explode_into_a_fireball_of/

Squidge had a snuggle up with Mac...


...then after a play outside for a few hours they settled down to watch a few episodes of Wild Kratts. Later on Gruff played some Dungeon Keeper with Sprout. 


Sprout started off the next morning seeing which long things he could balance upright on his hand (he had most success with a minion balloon on a stick!), then he remembered he'd wanted to get the Geometry Rush game so he downloaded it and persevered to get as far as he could.


Squidge downloaded the alternative platformer, Sleeping Prince, and the Criminal Case puzzle game, and Chronology: Time Changes Everything, and played them for a bit while Moppet watched some Diego which is her favourite at the moment.


Later on we made plasma again with a grape in the microwave, still no photo (except for my reflection in the microwave door haha), then following how much fun the Popin Cookin sushi was to make a few weeks ago we made the Popin Cookin burger meal!


Now, the only potential hurdle in this endeavour is that all the instructions are in Japanese. The pictures were easy to follow on the sushi box, so I went into this one a tad over confident. After accidentally using the 'burger bun' mix to make the fries, and then correcting things only to find that the second time we used the 'cheese' mix, we did eventually manage something resembling a tiny little burger and fries meal. In the sushi set everything tasted like sweets, so the kids thought it was hilarious that these little burgers actually tasted like burgers, and the drink mix actually came out as fizzy cola!


Their friend came over in the afternoon so they all did a lot of trampolining and then played some videogames together, then a group of them ran down to the fields and played CoD, while Moppet laid claim to Gruff when he got home and put some more Diego on :)


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