Saturday, 15 November 2014

Elder Bead, Mermaids Freed and Space Garden Seed

Carrying on from the end of last week, here's Gruff on his evening out with the weeest two :)

Forest school this week was mostly making elder bead necklaces, which they LOVED. All three of them used loppers to cut the elder branches into shorter lengths, then whittled them down to the wood, then took the insides out with a palm drill. 

Sprout then threaded his own necklace, Squidge started his off and asked me to finish, while Moppet wanted me to do all her threading. They were so proud of the results!

Hanley park the next day. Sprout stayed at home ill, but Squidge and Moppet braved the showers :)

Moppet spent lots of time looking for pirate treasure...

...and when she found it it was invariably treasure chests full of mermaids whom she then released back into the ocean so they could go home :)

Sprout discovered a business in the US that had similarities with a name from one of his current favourite games, so he wrote the details down for me to look into.

Squidge played some TocaLab and showed me the things he'd made.

We saw Boxtrolls with IntoFilm. Sprout disliked the darkness and peril which made up most of it, but then was won over by the last couple of scenes and now loves the film. We stopped for a festive drink and snack afterwards too :)

Sprout stayed at home after with Gruff to work on the kitchen, while Squidge and Moppet and I headed to Hanley for I See Magical Creatures, run by B-Arts.

They decorated little creatures...

...then came up with a backstory for them. The idea is that at some point they'll leave them somewhere public for someone else to find joy from, but we'll see if they'll progress to that!
Meet Candypede...


...and Scorpichu.

Moppet loves (LOVES) diggers, so we stopped for a while to watch this one on our way back.

Back at home we played games and did puzzles and had a friend round.

Squidge decided to categorise his collection of sycamore seeds, so he sorted them into small, medium, large, and broken. He also kept his tiniest one to give to Moppet as a present as he said it was so cute :)

We watched Frozen.

Sprout had a train trip to MOSI with his grandpa, his favourite thing being the different viscosity fluids that you could pump bubbles through. He bought some experiments in the shop, and couldn't wait to try them all out as soon as he got home, so he started off a crystal kit, and made some growth medium gel for a futuristic mini garden.

Squidge helped Gruff build some kitchen cabinets.

Sprout played a bit with his pin art which was his other thing from MOSI, which he's been coveting for a while!

We navigated some giant puddles!

We visited the dentist, and played with the usual favourite toys in the waiting room.

On the way back, we saw loooooads of diggers and chatted about them. Also Squidge is really interested in roads at the moment, what they're made of, the different surfaces, rumble strips, all aspects, so we chatted about things he asked and he made lots of observations.
Sprout saw this cloud that he thought looked like a cheetah, and took some photos.

Back at home Squidge watched some Junior Masterchef...

...then Sprout found details of an Easter Egg on BlackOps and wanted to try it out.

Moppet drew this picture of Gruff (he's her favourite subject).

We went to a friend's birthday party at a soft play area, although Sprout still wasn't feeling 100% so stayed home and watched some Five Nights at Freddy's videos.

In the evening we went to the little exhibition of I See Magical Creatures, and  they all made even more magical creatures...

...saw the pictures of theirs on the wall and looked at other people's too, and did a little scavenger hunt of pictures...

...and listened to some creatures' stories too!

It was Newcastle Christmas Launch Spectacular the next day, at which Peppa Pig was appearing so I'd planned to take Moppet and surprise her. It turned out there were rides too so the boys leapt at the chance to come along too.

She was so excited!! She's told everyone all day since that she held Peppa's hand and have her a cuddle and a kiss <3 

A couple more rides (look at those ecstatic faces!)

And cuddles at home :)

Sprout went and played some AirMech while Squidge played a bit with his physics kit that he picked up at the charity shop, including a kaleidoscope device and this air cannon (which led to mention of air molecules and wind too).

He also played with his cat beard app :)

We had tickets for Walk the Plank's Fire Garden at Hanley Park which all three kids were looking forward to.

Fire sculptures...

...fairy light umbrellas...

...Sprout reading me the list of safety and enjoyment suggestions...


...Sprout as photographer... and Squidge and Moppet dancing...

...more photos...


...and selfies :D

Back at home we warmed up with hot chocolates, and Sprout watched some Smosh games videos and told me about Prototype 2, while we all watched Avatar.

It was shelter making day at forest school, so all three of them collected branches...

...used a bow saw...

...and built their shelters. Squidge and Moppet built one together while Sprout built one with his friend.

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