Monday, 27 April 2015

Seeds, Curves and Obstacles

Nice easy day at home today - last week we had a day out in London on Friday with Daddy, visiting the Science Museum and National History Museum.  I am really not a city girl, and although we had fun, it took me the rest of the weekend to recover - and the weekend was busy too - so I was really ready for a more gentle day at home today.

I set up the invitations - nothing too involved.  There was seed sowing for the boys to see if they could grow plants out of pips/ stones that we had harvested ourselves (nb we've had success planting avocado stones direct into soil before, so no faffing around with cocktail sticks and glasses of water for us!)...


And for Eldest, a "Thread Art" kit that I had on standby.  Recently on Pinterest I found an activity based on parabolic curves that looked great.  The Thread Art was made using parabolic curves, so I got the kit contents out and left it for Eldest. Once he had finished MathsWhizz, it caught his interest quite quickly, although after a couple of false starts he needed encouragement to keep trying (reading the instructions might have helped to start with).  It was a bit fiddly, but he persisted and got there in the end, and it looks great!



Youngest and Middle enjoyed planting the seeds after they had finished MathsWhizz.  They only needed help with knowing the right way to plant the avodado stone (pointy end up) - the rest they were very happy to do without my input, so I just contented myself taking a few photos...

lots of soil...

...and water...

... and left outdoors to get some sunshine when the clouds go away...

Once Middle was done planting, he wanted to have a go at his own parabolic curve art, which didn't surprise me as he loves patterns and design.  He was really pleased with his "eye"...


We were all exicted today to receive a delivery in the post: this year's baby caterpillars...

teeny, aren't they?

Every year we watch caterpillars from Insect Lore grow and turn into butterflies to release in our garden, and it never gets old!  Also today we happily had some success with the book-strewing, as Eldest found and read half of the Puzzle Adventures Omnibus  He picked up Make a Medieval Castle first, but put it straight back as it looked too fiddly and was nearly lunchtime.  Oh, and Youngest found and read his "Wild Times" comic from the RSPB that had self-strewn - ie I hadn't deliberately left it out for him, it was just naturally left hanging about.  Come to think of it, there are an awful lot of self-strewn things in this house!

Finally, over lunch we watched an episode of Horrible Histories and Wild Things (a totally bonkers game series that has been running on Sky where competitors guide their partner (blind and dressed in animal suits) around various obstacle courses). Today's recorded episode was the last in the series, but it gave us the idea to do our own version, with the boys setting up an obstacle course in the garden to guide each other around (no animal outfits, but they took it in turns being blindfolded with winter hats pulled over their eyes)... LOTS of giggles ensued, particularly when lefts and rights got muddled up, and when instead of Eldest climbing onto the stool he ended up kicking it across the garden!

they started in front of the shed doors and had to proceed anti-clockwise: step over the bucket... onto the chair and jump down... over the wobbly plastic lid... up onto the stool and jump down... slalem through the hegehog igloos and climb over the broom handle at the end!

 I love the way inspiration can come from anywhere, even ridiculous TV programmes!  Happy Monday!

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