We’ve been doing a lot of crafting and making over the last few days. I put together a box of “junk” items from around the house, which Aaron has been using for all kinds of creations.
He also wanted to make a kite so we followed some instructions from a craft book to make the frame with poles and string. We haven’t had a chance to test it out yet, but Tabitha keeps checking the weather regularly!
We’ve been enjoying our new “Pop to the shops” game from Orchard Toys. As well as playing it properly, we’ve been using the pieces to make up our own maths games. In this one, Aaron and I started off with the same amount of money and tried to buy as many items as possible.
I challenged Aaron to add up all the cards of a particular colour. He preferred to do this in his head and generally came up with an answer that was correct or not far out. I demonstrated how to use and exchange the ten bars and hundred squares to check his work.
Another game we played was picking a card and then finding as many ways as possible to make that amount using the available coins. Today we needed to buy some butter for making lemon curd, so I gave my purse to Aaron to pick out some coins to pay with and work out how much change he would get at the checkout.
Yesterday we had a picnic up at the allotment. We weeded and prepared a bed for the runner beans, helped (or hindered in Aaron’s case) Grandpa put up some canes, and sowed some more mangetout seeds.
The vegetables are growing well, but so are the weeds! The plot next door to us is completely neglected and overgrown, which doesn’t help.
Tabitha recently declared that she wanted to learn to ride her bike without stabilisers, so we took her down to the park to practise. Colin was useless at holding onto her (I suppose there are some advantages to being short), so for once I was in front of the camera rather than behind it.
She did well and I was able to let go of her for short bursts, but she didn’t quite have the necessary coordination and confidence. She now wants to have the stabilizers back on for a bit longer.
She was a bit miffed that Aaron could ride around so easily, but he explained that the more he practised, the better he got.
Like many other children, Aaron is obsessed with Minecraft. Unfortunately too much screen time has been having a negative effect on his behaviour and emotions, so we’ve unplugged the computer and I’m trying to find other ways to encourage his interest. I printed off these brilliant Minecraft HAMA bead patterns from Minieco and left them on the table along with some beads for him to find.
I have the feeling this will keep him busy for a while as he wants to make swords for all of his friends!
He asked me for a piece of elastic and explained that he wanted to make a mask. It is by far the biggest project he’s ever made with HAMA beads and, although he didn’t quite have the patience to fill the entire square, I was impressed with his concentration (which has been very poor lately). He finished it just before bedtime and is really proud of it! He’s planning to make one for Tabitha too.