Monday, 15 September 2014

Oni Kills and Forest Skills

Sprout wanted to find out more about Japanese Oni myths and their origins, so I helped him do some research online.

We went to a new forest school session that all three of them had been excited about.

Then we visited their grandparents, Moppet served 'tea'...

...while the boys played lots of piggy in the middle...

...then we all went blackberrying. 

Home ed park day the next day :)

Sprout made a likeness of me on Toca Mini...

...and we had a nice play and chat at a friends' house after :)

The boys had a chill out and a chat together on the trampoline the next morning.

A new home ed group that afternoon, with swinging and chatting and trampolining :) Squidge was reluctant to go in as he didn't know anyone or the place, but luckily the lovely people there welcomed Sprout in while I made sure they were both ok.

Sprout spotted some magpies on the way home and wanted a pic.

We had a quiet morning in as we were all pretty tired after a busy few days. Sprout asked me where the Philippines were as that's where Strihiryu, his current favourite YouTuber, is from. I wasn't 100% sure so we went and found it on the map. He then looked at all the sweet wrappers from when we were trying ones from different countries, and reminisced about the Polish chocolate bars and asked if we could go get some soon. Moppet watched some more Diego where he needed to rescue a turtle. Sprout and Squidge played some My Singing Monsters and some My Muppets. Sprout was pleased to see that Walter (from The Muppets film) was included in the game. Also at one point he said to me, "60 and 60 is 120 right?" I love the little glimpses into him learning things that it's commonly believed can only be taught :)
We had an afternoon chilling out and thinking of things we each or all might like to do over the next couple of months.

We celebrated National Cheeseburger Day :)

Then the celebrations snowballed slightly as friends jumped on board and suggested party games, so Squidge and his friend made a pass the parcel...

...then they played musical cushions and musical statues, then I brought out the flour game :)

Then Squidge's friend suggested apple bobbing so we did that too...

...then the boys progressed to tipping basins of water over themselves, while Moppet bathed her baby dolls in water mixed with various leaves she harvested from the border :) We rounded off the evening with ice cream...

...and headed inside to finish off Cheeseburger Day with some more so Gruff wasn't left out. Sprout was curious about what sesame seeds grew into so we looked it up.

Moppet got herself a pile of books and 'read' them out loud to herself :)

Sprout and Squidge played some Attack of the B Team together.

I watched Strihiryu's Kagame Oni videos with Sprout as he wanted to show me a number puzzle that involved turning some digits upside down and get me to work it out and tell him how I did it.

Later Squidge and Moppet played outside for a while, Moppet playing with her locks board and Squidge getting me to time how long it took him to get down the drive on his scooter and bike and tri-scooter, with a record of 2 and a half seconds on the razor scooter :)

Sprout loves dancing around and is currently fascinated by numbers, so this started as, "I'm daaaaaancin'!" and continued into, "Look, this is a 180 [turn], which is half a 360, which is this." :)

Squidge rounded the week off with a jaunty number on the guitar to whichMoppet  danced and sang merrily :)

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Geometry (shapes) and Plasma from Grapes

We started the week off with a Not Back to School picnic at Hanley Park, at which I completely failed to take any pictures! The kids had fun though and a good play with friends :)
When we got home the boys played out with their friends, and then came in and played some My Singing Monsters and Dragon City, while Moppet had a big long play on Endless ABC, singing along with the letters, matching them up, and telling me about the pictures.

Sprout told me about his new favourite music, the soundtrack from the Qeos series.

We found a very (!) overdue library book and Sprout had a play with it before we took it back :)

We had a chilled out day in the next day as everyone was tired. We bought The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on blinkbox, and Sprout flitted between watching that with me, Squidge and Moppet, and Skyping with his friend. Later they all played out again and had scooter races and water fights in the street with their friends.

The next day we started the morning with Sprout's favourite programme, Nature's Weirdest Events, including zombie snails, spinning ants, slimy hagfish, frozen resurrecting frogs, labyrinthian ant nests, and the unexpectedly intercontinental migratory habits of butterflies (who knew?)

Later on they all watched some Power Rangers, and then had some friends over for the afternoon and played board games. Later still they took their scooters and bikes outside with the neighbours, and also played board games out on the drive. Sprout and I watched some Strihyru videos of Oni games and a montage of 'manly screams' :) 

Later he chatted to me about how he'd worked out you could feel pain if you pulled your hair but it didn't hurt if you hold the base. We looked at a picture of a cross section of a follicle, and  saw the muscle too and we talked about goose bumps and what they were for. He noted that Gruff is rather hairier than the rest of us and so would benefit more from this temperature regulation mechanism :)

He told me the next morning that his favourite sea creatures are jellyfish, as he likes the way they move and that some of them glow, so we looked up a few pictures of bioluminescent ones.

I told him about the blue sail jellyfish that I read about a few days ago too, and he thought they were very cool.

We had a very quiet morning in, where Squidge watched some videos about Pokemon toys and Power Ranger toys, and then watched some Power Rangers Megaforce which he loves at the moment since he noticed that one of them has the same name as his new baby cousin
Moppet played on Endless Numbers for a bit...

...then spent a while on Toca House.

Sprout played on Toca Builder and made a lake and a mountain...

...and played on Tinybop Plants.

He also played on Creatorverse...


...and My Singing Monsters.

They then all played with dough for a while before their friends came round, Sprout made a bowl and a cake, Moppet played with rolling it out and squashing shapes into it and making ice creams for everyone, while Squidge made dough faces.
We also put a grape in the microwave to make plasma. We tried it last week with a black grape and it didn't work, but tried it again today with a green grape and it worked fabulously! No pics as I had a camera disaster, but instructions here

Squidge had a snuggle up with Mac...

...then after a play outside for a few hours they settled down to watch a few episodes of Wild Kratts. Later on Gruff played some Dungeon Keeper with Sprout. 

Sprout started off the next morning seeing which long things he could balance upright on his hand (he had most success with a minion balloon on a stick!), then he remembered he'd wanted to get the Geometry Rush game so he downloaded it and persevered to get as far as he could.

Squidge downloaded the alternative platformer, Sleeping Prince, and the Criminal Case puzzle game, and Chronology: Time Changes Everything, and played them for a bit while Moppet watched some Diego which is her favourite at the moment.

Later on we made plasma again with a grape in the microwave, still no photo (except for my reflection in the microwave door haha), then following how much fun the Popin Cookin sushi was to make a few weeks ago we made the Popin Cookin burger meal!

Now, the only potential hurdle in this endeavour is that all the instructions are in Japanese. The pictures were easy to follow on the sushi box, so I went into this one a tad over confident. After accidentally using the 'burger bun' mix to make the fries, and then correcting things only to find that the second time we used the 'cheese' mix, we did eventually manage something resembling a tiny little burger and fries meal. In the sushi set everything tasted like sweets, so the kids thought it was hilarious that these little burgers actually tasted like burgers, and the drink mix actually came out as fizzy cola!

Their friend came over in the afternoon so they all did a lot of trampolining and then played some videogames together, then a group of them ran down to the fields and played CoD, while Moppet laid claim to Gruff when he got home and put some more Diego on :)