Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Playing with Levers and Puppet Theatres

One more pic from Nerf day :) They loved it and are eagerly looking forward to the next one and planning their arsenal :)


We had a Pirates of the Caribbean film marathon and watched the whole series in a day. Sprout wanted to know if it was set in medieval times, so we looked up what years are considered to be medieval...


...and what years the films were likely set in.


Sprout downloaded Table Top Simulator, and played some games that were new to him such as draughts and Chinese chequers, and invented some games of his own.


Squidge and I watched some of Attenborough's Africa...


...and Moppet wanted her hair doing like Frozen's Elsa...


...and Anna :)



Squidge and Moppet had a morning watching Disney shows together while Sprout played Plague Inc Evolved.


We went out for lunch and Moppet spotted things out of the window...


...then we went to their grandparents' house where Sprout showed them his experiment to see whether an orange floats with and without skin, and why.



Moppet got measured up for her birthday dress.


More experiments ensued, with weight, density, balancing, and levers.


He worked out the if you moved the heavier object closer, you could still balance them.


Moppet and Squidge played with his experiments too, then Moppet played some skittles, they each played some football...


...then Sprout wrote another puppet play, taped the script up inside the theatre, and performed it. 


After everyone had done a puppet show, we tried out this tiny solar car but there wasn't enough sun.


We headed home and watched Clutch Powers while Sprout played The Forest and told us what he was doing to survive.
He played some Roblox later and there was a reference to pigs hunting for truffles and he asked me what that meant so I explained and showed him some pictures on google, and we have some truffle oil so he smelt that too. 


The three of them played all together for a lot of the next day, which I think might be a first! They played Labyrinth board game, the Telephone Box game, GTA V, catch, football, and Peppa among other things, and they made some new felt tips together and then drew pictures with them. 




They played gta v together..


...moppet played Hello Kitty...


...and the boys played Angry birds.



The next day was a whirlwind of mummy and pyramid building...


...Vikings...


...reading the hello fresh recipe cards to decide what to make...


...plus robot making, bingo playing, horrible histories watching (Vikings, Timbuktu, plague, and Sprout told me that the Black Death was also in his Plague Inc Evolved game that he's been playing earlier in the week), robot arena online game playing, Lego building, LBP3 playing, logiblocs circuit making, Peppa weebles, baby hazel apps, hero factory making, building with meccano-type stuff, and Skylander playing. 

We found a seal and some wax that we'd meant to try out a while ago after seeing some at Blists Hill, but hadn't got round to, so they each wrote a letter or drew a picture and sealed it, Squidge and Moppet made them for me, and Sprout's was a Xmas thank you letter.



Sprout made the first meal from his Hello Fresh box with Gruff, it was seared peppered steak with new potato and spinach salad with a chimichurri dressing and it was soooo nice.


They all did some human body jigsaws and Sprout told me lots of body facts, some of which we looked up and busted...


...(while Moppet played in a box)...


...(and Sprout took a hieroglyphs break)...


...we watched Mythbusters busting the 'can't sneeze with your eyes open' myth...


...and checked how many bones were in the hand as the jigsaw didn't seem to show enough.


Sprout was telling me that nothing is exactly the same, even things that look like they are. He brought me some of the pie chart templates and showed me the imperfections that made them different, and told me that he thought even protons would each be different as the particles they're made up of would be in different places at any one time. Conversation moved to the world's roundest object again, and why balls that look the same wouldn't maybe be completely round or the same as each other because of differences at a microscopic level.


He made some logiblocs circuits again including a pulse sequencer...


...then took apart some Nerf guns to see how they work. Squidge joined in after and took apart an old keyboard.


Moppet raced around for a while on GTA V...


...more circuits (loud ones!!), then he made his next Hello Fresh meal of Pan Fried Chicken with Creamy Leek and Porcini Lentils...


...and Gruff and Squidge played some more Skylanders and upgraded some more characters.


Last thing at night Sprout was asking about when the first humans existed, and we talked about the gradual nature of evolution and the fallacy of being able to pinpoint what would be considered to be the first Homo sapiens. We looked up when Homo sapiens emerged and what from...


...and he wanted to know if that was the Stone Age so we looked that up too.


We finished the week off with a nice chilled day all together at home, playing board games, and video games, inventing Lego Beasts v Undead...


...and Moppet made soup and cheesecake with me, danced in the kitchen, and made floor snow angels, while Sprout watched some Five Night at Freddy's video and Squidge and Gruff made the last Hello Fresh meal, Crunchy Mexican Tilapia with Roasties and Roassted Tomatoes :)

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