Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Poem-in-your-pocket Day-April 30th

 Teeny Tiny Envelopes

With many thanks to Crafting Connections, I've learned tomorrow is Poem-in-your-pocket Day. Imagine walking down the street, doing your own thing and someone hands you a clever little poem, just because?

Poetry gets big ratings in our home.
Taking a page from the company, 'Leafcutter' I took a few minutes to stitch teeny tiny felt envelopes to honour Poem-in-your-Pocket Day (teeny tiny things get big ratings in our home too!)

Then I got to work on our typewriter with some specially selected poems for some specially selected people. 

Not long afterwards, O was asking for some paper and heading to the Creative Writing Space, clacking away at the keys and snipping carefully around the ink with pinking shears!

Clack Clack Clack!

Pint-sized Piggyback

Magically Moving Ladybug

Magically Moving Ladybug

Recently, I've noticed a few websites posting Magnetic Movers; using thin cardboard (cereal box cardboard works very well) to demonstrate the science of magnets. 'Almost Unschoolers' use a stick figure sample moving around squiggly lines while 'The Educators Spin on It' set up a magnetic theatre to enhance story-telling.

We went our own route and did a Ladybug-in-a-Forest theme!
Originally the single paperclip was not enough.
O suggested that if we used two, it might work better. 
She was fascinated when she saw the Ladybug moving mysteriously around the cardboard and was in a hurry to manipulate it herself!

Needle in a Rice Bin. For children not at risk of mouthing, fill a bin with dry rice, small metal objects and several collecting tools (tweezers, magnets, spoons). The object of the activity is to have the child collect the metal objects with as much ease as possible.

Washi Tape Bracelets

Washi Tape Bracelets

Initially, 'Mama Miss' Washi Tape Bracelet's are a little work with a wee bit of a science experiment thrown in for good measure. The finishing touches are simple and add some colour and punch!

A few days of soaking wooden popsicle sticks, with another few days of molding them in a mug, resulted in a unique jewelry medium!

Great fine-motor skill practice.
O even decided she wasn't going the route of tying a string to the ends; she decided she wanted to combine two bracelets to make one;)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Road Trip: Stateside

 Thank-you Spoonlickers!
When the weekend starts with (vegan!) ice cream, you know it's gonna be a good one!

 Baby S Junior

We had the pleasure of visiting with friends we met in Shanghai, when O was just 6 months old (and Baby S Senior was 3 weeks old!)
Now we're all in the West, we drove Stateside for our 3rd Annual Weekend Party!

We took our 2nd Annual Chariot-Down-the-Hill ride!

..had plenty of kisses and hugs...

 O & S
..Henna designing...
 ..Jammie Dinner...

 ..and Splash Party!

Thank you so much to our friends
 for hosting us at their fully-loaded Fun House!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Paper Crown

O loves to make paper crowns.
Baby C likes to wear them!

The Science of Sound: Musical Hanger

You have to hear it to believe it. ExpeRimental features a Vibration Experiment with simple tools from around the house

A week ago we were using the xylophone when O asked me why the bars make noise when we hit them.
This experiment was a reasonable hands-on way to demonstrate an answer.

When Daddy came home, he also go involved.

Entrainment. If you have ever heard Himalayan singing bowls, you will understand the effect sound can have on the human body 

Liquid Xylophone. Create your own xylophone sound in the kitchen!

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!
We celebrated with Homeschool Day at the Butterfly Conservatory.
Kirsten brought us out to the galleries for group learning, before heading in to visit the butterflies.

Definition Matching Game

Hands-On with Special Guests

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Malaysian Katydids and some seriously big centipedes were brought out for introductions.

O likes to spend her time under the waterfall look-out.
She sat in the bars like the local monkey and spotted a turtle sunning close-by.

Then O started calling out to the turtle, in hopes to get his attention....
...and though Baby C joined in...

...said turtle was not biting. He was happy having a meditative rock moment.
Can you blame him?

Baby C was eager to pet the Katydid, which is a first for her. She normally goes running in the opposite direction of all things that move. She might have thought it was a leaf. I was convinced!

She insists on trying to kiss the butterflies, as she knows to abide by conservatory hands-off rules.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Necklace 1-2-3

Three different necklaces.
Three levels of challenge.
Three happy ladies!
I've been pining over this beautiful creation at 'The Merry Thought'
When we finally picked up the copper supplies, O was like a kid in a candy store at the bead shop!
She found a bag of iridescent beads and created herself a project.

Baby C wanted in, but beads are out for her.
We took a basket of snipped straws and a shoelace, so she could take a turn at stringing.

Everybody hard at work and happy!

Vegan Bites: Green Juice

Our wheatgrass has been growing long and strong for over a week.
Hubby has been bugging me to try out our Wheatgrass Juicer.
So we added a little healthy competition to our Sunday morning.

We took a small container to collect the juice and marked how much liquid we estimated would result from four handfuls of grass.

I likely wouldn't be writing about this competition if I lost;)
The post would go something like, "We made juice. Tasted like grass."
Instead, my marker was the one with the smallest estimate and it hit bang on!
Four handfuls of grass, that took over a week to grow resulted in less than half a cup of juice.
Very grassy juice!

The pulp got pulverized, measuring even less than the liquid.

I straight upped the sucker, since no one else would partake and chased it with a glass of Kombucha.

Paper Magic: Spirals & Paper Flower Ball

Flower Ball

Adding a little math to the week, I found a funky project over on 'BKids' (Bloesem Kids)
It was supposed to be a Flower Ball, but I lost half of my construction paper circles when O found them and turned them into beautiful spirals!

We used what we had left and made a partial Flower Ball!
And slipped in little math lessons about half circles, quarter circles and equilateral triangles.

Sunshine Spiral

Salty Rainbows:Primary Colours

'Babble Dabble Do' had a project for Salty Rainbows that doubles as a lesson in primary & secondary colours.
O absolutely loves using droppers and food colouring.
Chances were high, she would be game!

I went all 'teacher' on her and introduced the three primary colours: red, yellow and blue.
M: "And the three primary colours are used to make secondary colours: green, purple and..."
O: "Orange, Mom."
M: "Ah yes! Orange;)"
Cue cane, to remove me from the stage;)

The only lesson learned here, was (once again) let the learner do the teaching!

O continued with her droppers and had loads of fun!

Small World Play: Who Let the Frogs Out!?

Discovery Basket
Who let the frogs out!?
April showers bring...frogs!
We set out a Discovery Basket of trinket frogs; a collection once belonging to my Granny, who actually didn't like frogs as much as everyone insisted she did!
However, I added to her collection every time I traveled.
I happened to inherit this beautiful collection and both O & Baby C were thrilled to get their hands in there!

We used our Diorama as a habitat for the frogs, leaving out the tiniest from the collection, due to Baby C's obsession with eating anything that isn't food.
Here they can be found 'hiding'.

Jonathan London's Froggy Books

We also happened to borrow a massive stack of our favourite Frog books from the local library by the brilliant Jonathan London.
We were gifted 'Froggy Gets Dressed', when O was two years old and not a fan of clothes!
We've been collecting this series ever since!


The day after Frog Play, O happened to be doodling on the chalkboard.
She told me she was inventing a pair of glasses and called them, 'Frog Glasses' (see mini squiggly glasses above).

She then turned the glasses into a full-fledged frog, with eyelashes of course.
O: "Mom. How do you spell Ribbit?"
Too cute!