Sunday, 25 January 2015

Various Cakes and Photofit Makes

Sprout started off the week watching some FNAF videos and piecing together the chronology of various unshown parts of the story, and explaining to me why the animatronics are endoskeletons rather than exoskeletons like I'd thought. 
We discovered the Heads Up app which was loads of fun, and Sprout especially loved the video games deck!



Moppet and I made a coconut cake at her request...


...while Sprout played Plague Inc, Evolved and Squidge watched some cartoons. The boys had a friend round to play, and they played Lego, Nerf, built a mini fire pit and lit a fire outside, and did a vinegar/bicarb volcano.


Oh and they played in a box too :)


Next day was home ed park day, which was cold and brief! Back at home the kids all made things for Gruff coming home from work as he'd had a rough day, Sprout made him a list of reasons he loves him, Squidge drew him a picture of them playing Skylanders together, and Moppet drew a picture of herself with lots of kisses, then they sealed them with a wax seal, and set up a comfy area for him with a cushion and blanket, a cup of coffee, a piece of cake, his favourite crisps, and their letters/pictures, it was very sweet :)

After we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a little while ago, Sprout had the idea of making a cake like the land inside the factory. So we bought some supplies and made four chocolate cakes, made hills on three of them with pieces of the fourth, and covered them in green icing, then the kids made them into little candy worlds.



Sprout spent lots of time on his...


...and showed me round the result! The little bear at the top owns the world, the other bears are the civilians, and the jelly babies are the giants who have come to celebrate the opening of the new fountain (in the middle). There's a skyscraper at the back and lots of lolly trees.


Later Squidge set up an assault course and spent some time seeing how much higher and further he could jump over different things.


While Sprout played Blocksworld, Squidge and Moppet watched surprise egg videos together.


Before we went out in the snow the next day, Sprout played some Theme Hospital and explained it to his grandpa, and then he tried out Sims 4 for a while.


Moppet and I made Minion biscuits...


...and the boys helped decorate them.


The half a centimetre of snow we had closed the local school, so one of the neighbour kids spent his snow day at ours playing GTA V with Squidge, while Sprout investigated the spy kit he got at the charity shop. He started off making some photo-fits, and I showed him some real ones online..



...then he used this little device to make an encrypted message to give to Gruff.


Once his friend went home Squidge carried on playing gta v and then carried on with the Skylanders game he and Gruff have started.


Some lovely friends had the idea of a little  bonfire, and we all decided to go ahead despite the weather. Squidge showed me some letters he made out of Lego before we went.




It was a lovely evening of friends, warmth, snow, marshmallows, hail, sparklers, and a very noisy Sprout in an Ironman helmet :)



Moppet played on Endless Reader again, then Squidge did too, then they both played at robot building.


And Moppet is still loving all her baby apps, from prenatal care to looking after the babies, to this one where she takes a mermaid through pregnancy to looking after the baby (she also designs the mummy to look like either Anna or Elsa or a pirate :) )


We all watched Boxtrolls again, and then Squidge and Gruff carried on the Useless Box project together (so soldering, circuits, switches, mechanics)...


...while Sprout designed a mech on Tekkit.


Sprout told me about the ways in which predators were essential to ecosystems, and I wondered whether I'd shown him the documentary about the Yellowstone wolves, but he said no he'd seen it on Wild Kratts. I told him about the wolves too and he wanted to watch the short film about it so we did and he was awestruck. 
The kids and I went out to Subway while Gruff got on with some stuff in the house, and in the car we put on the Big Questions from Little People CD that we'd picked up in the charity shop this week. We listened to them talk about the space in atoms, the colour of different bloods, the best way to eat a worm, and how dreams are made. 
While they had their subs, Sprout said he'd been telling his guinea pigs about predators too, and I mentioned their inbuilt reaction to anyone looming over them, which likely had an evolutionary basis from predatory birds. We realised that it might be similar to the evolutionary basis we've thought about for human fear of the dark, and he thought that was pretty cool. We looked up where guinea pigs are originally from and what predates them, and found out people eat them too. He then went on a thread of youtube discovery, watching videos about feral children, giant squid, and unusual friendships between animals of different species.
The next morning Squidge watched Power Rangers, Moppet made up songs about the cat, and Sprout built a base and a pirate ship on Attack of the B Team. While I was spelling stuff for him I suddenly realised the etymology of the word 'survival' which he thought was cool, and also wanted to know the origin of the suffix -al. Top Gear was on in the background and Sprout remembered the Chernobyl episode and wanted to know how it was safe for them to go near, so we chatted about that for a little while.

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