I really like the idea of the tuff spot trays but by the time I knew much about them I felt Jack wouldn’t get that much use from one. Now Rowan likes painting and drawing and it being great for sensory play it seemed like a good investment. The first one I ordered was unfortunatly damaged in the post but now we have a new one that is getting lots of use.
During November Jack has been working on a course run by Future Learn called Explore Animation. He has learnt loads and had a go at several different types of animation. The course have been adding all the students videos to YouTube playlists too.
This week we had a go at a marbling project from Carla Sonheim‘s website. I’m not sure if it was the nail varnish we used or paper but ours didn’t come out as well, or as well as I remember doing marbling with the small cans or oil paint years ago. But still they are interesting and Jack was fascinated by how the nail varnish kinda sucked on to the paper.
Today our butterflies have hatched too! So far nine of the ten are out of their cocoons and flying round. The final one is part way out and wriggles every now and then so I hope it will be okay too.
I am trying to make it a habit to blog weekly, though I have tried before and failed… It isn’t particually so lots of people can read or follow (although that is great too :)) but more as a record of what we have been getting up to and for Jack as he gets older. I have a reminder set on my phone which normally works pretty well at keeping things going.
This week Jack has been along to a kids club in Godalming and really enjoyed that. Just recently he has been interested in spending more time with other children around his own age, whereas before I alwsy found he was more drawn to anyone much younger or older. They have a Lego club as well so of course he is interested in going along to that as well. It has rained a lot here this week and last night was especially bad and with thunder and lightening too. When I looked out of the window it has like a waterfall was outside as the rain was so heavy, the guttering was constantly overflowing! So, we haven’t been out much but the veggies are doing great and so far we have harvested some strawberries, raspberries, broad beans and carrots.
On Wednsday Jack spent almost all day outside helping to build the summer house. He’s chuffed to bits that he put one of the windows in by himself. Emily and I painted the outside and hopefully tomorrow we can get to B&Q for some vinyl tiles for the floor. Jack made an awesome Mondrian inspired picture today which we are going to frame and put up on one of the walls too. The bean bags for inside arrived but are piled on the sofa for now.
Mondrian meets Pokemon (the colours are from the names of the first gen games, rather than Modrians choice of red, yellow and blue.)
We are going to a handfasting on Saturday and it would be good finish the summer house inside on Sunday so hopefully we will get some dry weather for the weekend, even if it isn’t especially warm.
I downloaded all the information for 30 Days Wild after remembering it last week but we haven’t been able to do something everyday. We’ve had loads of rain and some days Jack just didn’t feel like it. I think we will make it more of an all summer project. The wet weather has also delayed the summer house project which has been disapointing. We have had a look online for some big cushions, bean bags and other options for inside and settled on a futon and some large outdoor bean bags so they can be used in the garden as well.
Jack has been taking lots of pictures of the veggie garden for his gardening journal and he and Rowan have been eating the strawberries as they turn ripe! Some of the carrots and spring onions look about ready to harvest now and all the herbs are flourishing. I bought a few trays of reduced pansies in Tesco a few months back, mostly as Toby loves eating them and they have done so well considering they were half dead when I got them. THey are still growing and flowering now and are mostly a lovely purple colour. The bulbs Jack and I planted a few years ago have all been up and died off again.
Jack was really happy to find out that there was a Pokemon Trading Card group nearby and went for the first time on Saturday. He had a great time and even got some free cards and made some trades with others there. A definate hit 🙂 He did have a bit of an meltdown later on in the day but I suspect that was mostly over-excitement and stimulation from the loud group.
Our Mystery Science mystery this week was all about clouds, rain and storms. Jack found it really interesting and has been telling me all about the cloud types and checking outside to see which are in the sky ever since. He wants it to be foggy now so that he can touch cloud. I was surprised to find that our Art Ventures subcription has run out, the year has gone so fast. It is well worth the renewal cost as Jack gets a lot of use out of it. I have bought another of the Exploring Great Artists eBooks from Pink and Green Mama and we’ll be getting started on that on Friday. The last one we had showed Jack all sorts of new techniques and ideas for his drawing and art so I hope he will like this one as much. I’m looking forward to the Piet Mondrian project and will be having a go at that one myself 🙂