Saturday, 20 September 2014

Ladybird Baby and Spiders, Maybe?

We had a busy start to the week emptying the kitchen out ready for renovations, so we then spent the evening just chilling out together and having fun to relax a bit :)


Sprout played on Createrria a bit, and at one point said to me about a part of a level, "So I did the math, and 70 and 70 is 140 isn't it. Cos 5 and 5 is 10, so 50 and 50 is 100. Then you use the leftover two twenties to make 40." I LOVE IT!!! He's never ever been taught maths, just pulled in what he needs from the world around him and asked us questions very occasionally. Cool!
We watched some Doing da Vinci where they tried to build the helicopter from his design, then the kids and their friend got Quizzard out. They put a twist on its guessing game, answering the opposite from the correct answer to see what the 'opposite' animal would be.


Forest school the next day, where they made clay creatures with added bits of forest...



...and made artists' forest palettes.


We went to visit the kids' grandparents afterwards, and played football in the woods...


...explored and balanced...


...and took the long way home, with Moppet asking her grandpa lots of questions about leaves :)


Squidge found a tree that looks like a face...


...and then we searched for conkers.


We took them back and inspected our haul...


...while Sprout played chess with his Grandpa.


Home ed park day the next day, which was chilly but loads of fun :)






Squidge spotted these two, which we looked up later and found out they were a harlequin ladybird and a harlequin ladybird larva! We'd thought the other one was some other sort of beetle so that was exciting to find out :)


Another home ed meet the next day at Tittesworth Reservoir, although we didn't see much of anyone else as my three wanted to be off doing other things. They played in the sandpit...



...and then on the playground, then we walked down to the stream for a paddle. Moppet splashed about...


...Sprout succeeded in his quest to cross the deeper water to the island...


...followed by Squidge.


The boys retrieved rocks from the water and saw how far they could throw them...


...and Moppet did the same with leaves :)


We all got dry clothes on after and relaxed in the cafe :)




We had a day in the next day, the boys played CoD together, then Sprout went to watch some Five Nights of Freddy gameplay videos and Squidge and I played some board games like Whatever Next?


Moppet played on this whale ID app.


Sprout has been very into designing levels on Createrria this week, and promoting them within the Createrria community. It's been really fun watching him reply to user comments, make changes to the game, tell me about his goals (giving players lots of points, and earning gems so he can make even better levels), and monitor the success of his game in terms of plays, likes and ranking. 



He's also been making music on Falling Stars...


...looking after his Muppets and his Singing Monsters...



...and making progress in Tiny Death Star.


Squidge started using Createrria more too, and it was interesting to see his differing goals. He wanted to make convoluted levels with twists and turns and teleports and keys and locked doors and an element of puzzle about them :)


We had a morning of joyous singing along and dancing round to Everything Is Awesome videos...


...and playing around in the garden :)



The kids' grandparents dropped in with a little Lego set for each of them that they'd got with their newspaper.


When Gruff got in from work we set off for Derby where the Southpaw Dance Company were performing Faust again and we'd promised to take the kids. We stopped for food and Sprout and Moppet took some selfies :)


Then we waited for the performance...



...which was, once again, completely awe inspiring. They really are brilliant, we can't wait to hopefully see their new performance next year!


After Faust was Spark!, definitely fun and different but all the kids had seen enough after a few minutes and were ready to go home to bed.


A chilled day in the next day, where Sprout played some Far Cry 3 (his stated mission was to get all the control towers without dying).


He asked me about camel spiders as Nerd Cubed had mentioned them...


...which led to a conversation about classification as he wanted to know in what way were they not spiders.


Moppet played sword fighting with Squidge for a while, then he went out to play with his friends and she and I snuggled down with some popcorn to watch the Little Princess.

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