Monday, 20 April 2015

Planting Seeds and Saltwater Trees

Sprout played Roblox while Mummy Moppet took Baby Squidge for a 'drive' :)

We read some books, starting with Squidge's new Power Rangers book, and then lots of books Squidge had chosen about myths and legends from around the world, gods and other mythological creatures, vampires, werewolves, unicorns, creation myths, and then a nature explorers book gave us some ideas for catching insects and making bee houses.

Moppet and I watched Meet the Orangutans while Sprout and Squidge played Roblox and watched Skylander Boy and Girl doing some taste tests.

We watched Walking with Dinosaurs...

...Sprout and Moppet sat together while he played Roblox and she watched Bubble Guppies.

We all went outside on a sunny day and planted some runner beans, peas, courgettes and tomatoes.

Then they coloured in their pop up garden kits and planted their cress seeds in them.

I cut out some tree shapes from a pizza box, and they assembled them and stood them in some salt water.

We left them to see what would happen.

While Moppet watched her favourite Dora episode (with the arriba abajo song), Sprout played some castle miner Z, then the boys went out on the trampoline.

Squidge and I popped out for some Mummy and Squidge time, then when we got back he watched a bit of tv and then went out and played with his friends.

He and Sprout played Sprout's game invention of Top Trumps Hearthstone. 

I set up a make your own ice cream bar as a surprise for them :)

We made the twisty dress up characters with plastic cups that we'd seen on a video on facebook. They loved it! 

Moppet made one where she could be a knight or stuck in a butterfly net, then she asked me to make one of her so I made one where she could be a pirate, a fairy, a mechanic or a doctor, she loved it :)

Squidge made one where he could either be a spider or someone stuck in a spider's web :)

We did top your own pizzas for lunch...

...and went and ate them in the garden.

They watched this bumblebee for a while and the boys explained pollination to Moppet.

They saw a little bird and wanted to know what it was so we looked it up.

They checked on their tadpoles and were pleased to see that some were swimming around.

Sprout wanted to know how long people have been around, so after a brief discussion on the definition of the word people and the various species involved in and around our evolution, we looked up the answer...

...which led to questions about how long everything else has existed for.

After some more Hearthstone Top Trumps, a bit of Evantube, and some videos of vintage McDonalds toys, the boys trampolined together for a while :)

Sprout and I played some Nerf Hot Wheels Top Trumps Hearthstone.

Moppet and I read some books.

Sprout took the plastic cup activity and expanded on it, making a story cup where with each turn of the outer cup the little guy was in a new scene of the story, it was brilliant :)

Sprout wanted me to read Pearl's Ocean for everyone (it was his toddlerhood favourite bedtime book and now we read it from memory), which led to the question of, if swordfish actually do catch fish with their nose, how do they get them in their mouth?? So we found a video of a marlin doing a similar thing and saw how they do it...

...which led to the question of whether a swordfish is the same as a marlin.

Moppet had some milk while simultaneously giving her baby doll some milk ;)

We had a home ed group trip to Enginuity for their power buggies workshop.

(This is a Sprout selfie from inside the giant tyre)

They planned their team name, theme and sponsor.

There was some discussion on our team of what size wheels F1 cars have so they could decide what size wheels to put on their mini buggy, so we googled.

After some initial upset because they had different ideas, Sprout and Squidge ended up working really well together to design and build their buggy.

We sat in view of this lovely bridge for a picnic lunch.

Then returned to finish off the buggy.

Here is their circuit-based design, with decorative wiring and high five aerodynamic spoilers.

A test run...

...then the time trials, through which Moppet, unprompted, cheered loudly for each of her brothers in turn :)

The boys were over the moon to come third :)

They enjoyed playing some more in the museum afterwards.

Moppet was tired so chilled out with a drink and a snack.

Back at home Sprout helped Gruff change the ball joint on his van.

Squidge helped put the wheel back on.

We all played with the tesselating cats that we bought from Enginuity.

Sprout and Squidge played Infiltratkng the Airship on the pc the next day, then Sprout and Moppet played some instruments while she sang Let it Go.

She played some more with her box, pretending to be a baby box.

Squidge played with his minifig creator app.

Moppet and I read some more stories...

...and played hand puppets


Sprout turned the box into a 'voice activated' dispenser machine, stocking musical instruments and giant ants.

Our caterpillars arrived, and everyone had a look at them before we put them ready to spin their chrysalises.

Sprout and I went out for a while to a brilliant sweet shop that I'd told him about, then we came back and we all had a film night together and watched Night at the Museum 3.

We had the first bbq of the year...

...Squidge and his friend put all the fresh sand in the sandpit and had a play...

...built a city with areas for everyone/..

...and played together in the sun :)

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