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Good old Spirograph. Re-vamped.

When your child have not-so-good handwriting for her age and has no interest in writing, colouring, drawing or tracing things to help the handwriting to improve you have to celebrate small wins. She had spent about 30 min today playing with Spirograph. And didn’t even whine once when it was not working out the way she expected. We tried Spirograph before, but she’d give up immediately.

This new set I bought has got bigger holes, multitude of shapes, a booklet of shapes to draw, double pen, luminous markers and glasses that make drawings appear 3D. 

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The slight problems – even though the shapes have soft feet, they still move and the wheels keep getting off the tracks and under the shapes, so as you can see I had to help her hold them down. I am sure we’ll find the solution to that.

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Posted by on January 3, 2018 in literacy and writing

 

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Our Christmas Holidays

We had a fairly relaxing Christmas Holidays at home. Everyone was happy to enjoy later wakings and late bed times. And the massive amount of things that we manages to fit in the longer days almost accidentally. We tried to go out for a walk every day, even if it was a short one. Yesterday, it was raining a lot but there was a small window when it stopped.
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Bottle tree

I chanced to buy a complete storybook of “My naughty little sister” in a charity shop and one of the stories was called “Bottle Tree”.
Almost two months ago we did an experiment with acorns – we planted a few in soil in pots and, of course, we had to try “the bottle tree”, which is basically a seed, suspended over water on toothpicks.
Today we have noticed the leaves on one of our Bottle Trees.
This was one of the six acorns we experimented on. The ones in soil didn’t stand a chance – no matter how many times I remind them – girls cannot remember to water the plants.

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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Pajamas Science, Pyjama Science

 

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Leaf art

I keep collecting colourful leaves to make something with, and N keeps bringing in her bounty as well, after every walk. I have a lot of ideas for them, but they end up just sitting there,
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Posted by on November 26, 2017 in Crafts

 

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Workout for little fingers

This year we went to the PYO farm to get a pumpkin, but I was unorganised and we were too late – the ones on the fields were all rotten, but we were already there and kids wanted to PICK SOMETHING!

So, we found a lot of crops that were not being picked and were going to waste and we took a few things home. Our loot included few sunflower heads, some corn ears and some broad beans that were lying about in the field. Girls were particularly excited about these ones once they have discovered that under the dried out brown pods were very brightly coloured pinkish -purple beans.

We brought our treasure home and without delay they started peeling and shelling things. That was a good workout for their fingers!

We are going to throw in some conkers and some acorns and later on I’ll make them an autumn sensory bin. We haven’t had one for a while and girls love them! Hopefully the beans and corn wouldn’t start rotting. It’s quite peculiar thing happening in this neck of the woods – seeds tend to stat growing at the harvest time instead of saving their energy till next year.  I don’t quite understand it. Some of the corn that we picked started sprouting right on the cob, beans were sprouting inside their pods and acorns in our garden are rooting themselves to the ground! I need to look it up, I am pretty sure that’s not how plant’s self-preservation supposed to work…

After a while of shelling beans I matter-of-factly put some cocktail sticks out and engineering began! I started them off with building a square-based pyramid, hoping to go through some of the other 3D shapes, but they had their own plans, and I didn’t mind. (beans were very soft, freshly picked – this wouldn’t work with dried ones)

 

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Autumn arts

We made some acorn deer today and learnt to use some tools (screwdrivers to make holes with and pliers to snap toothpicks with). Mya’s deer kept falling and she was getting frustrated. We looked at it’s legs which were all parallel and straight and talked about how much floor surface they are taking. We experimented with trying to balance on a balance board and decided that the stability is better when the legs are diagonal and spread wider, so they are taking more floor surface, I.e. the wider your support the more stable you are. We remembered examples from skiing and from some story book about snow shoes, where snow shoe surface was wider than foot surface therefore stopped you from sinking into the snow (not quite the same but similar principal). So we repositioned the legs and it stopped falling.

When the Deer was finished Mya discovered engraving. She sat for a while engraving something on the acorns.

 

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Writing with magnets

I have been decluttering recently and came across a big tub of mixed magnetic construction sets that are not being played much with nowadays. I watched them playing with it and realised why. While it seemed like a good idea to me to combine all magnetic sets into one box (MagMax, Geomag, Magnetix and other assorted bits of unknown origin) because the parts looked very much the same, it didn’t work because there were subtle differences (just a few mm) in ball, rod and inserts sizes which meant that the figures that girls were trying to build kept falling apart if a part of a different set was used. It was very frustrating for them, so they quit it altogether.

I will be getting read of the lesser quality ones and will keep the better ones of one brand only and will build up the collection overtime instead by combining sets from the same brand.

But, before I have passed unwanted ones to the charity shop – we have done this fun activity:

Not all the letters could be built, letters with angles are the most difficult ones as magnets don’t stay at an angle, they tend to snap back

 

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2017 in literacy and writing, Maths

 

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