My daughter slept in today, recovering from the nasty bug that has been overwhelming our house. This gave my son and me a bunch of time together without distractions and the morning was really interesting.
We started off with a bit of the game Gobblet Jr. which is a bit like Tic-Tac-Toe, but with different sized pieces and the ability to move or “gobble” your opponent if your piece is bigger. He is getting the hang of it pretty quickly. He also had us play cooperatively so that we would BOTH get 3-in-a-row and win.
Then we played the “Blue’s Clues Game“, one of this week’s thrift store finds. Both of the kids really seem to like it. It is simple and fast and we have watched enough of the show to know all the songs by heart, so we make it more interesting by acting out some of the stuff and singing as we play. He and I played a few times.
Apparently this led to thinking about a Blue’s Clues book from my mom’s house and he suggested we make juice popsicles from orange juice. We used our water-bottle ice-cube tray for those skinny cylinders and he poured in the juice and added the sticks.
When he asked how long it would take for them to freeze, I said probably an hour, which led to a discussion of how long an hour is. I went looking in our pretend food stuff for the timer to show him. We tried out different amounts of time on the timer and also dug out the 2-minute sand-timer. Then we made pretend recipes with our kitchen stuff. We wound up playing some sort of guessing game with the scale to figure out which foods weigh more than others, like the egg or the onion, etc. Fun, but our scale maxed out on all the heavy foods.
I decided I wanted to look into getting a better scale for us and began to make a wishlist of stuff that can be used to measure (with pictures): a pan balance, a scale, a measuring tape. He asked me what I was doing and then helped me think up more stuff to add like a ruler and drew his own contraption that would measure anything you want 🙂 I added a cuisenaire rod track to the list (as I have been wanting one) and when he asked what it was, I got out the rods to show him and we started to play around. He decided that the rods could be money. He started telling me how much each color should be worth. 65 cents, 600 cents, 10 cents, 40,000 cents, 600 cents (at which point he looked at the list, saw he had already used 600 and commented that now we had 2 colors worth 600), and then (of course) the last color was assigned the value of googolplex. He wanted to write all the zeroes, but stopped at 8.
Return to the discussion about how long until the popsicles would be done and how long an hour is. I decided to put it in concrete terms “3 PEEP episodes”, I said. “How long is a PEEP episode?” he asked. “20 minutes” I said. “There are 3, 20-minute shows in 1 hour” “Can I watch PEEP?” he said. “Yep!”
This led to watching an episode of “PEEP” followed by a “Blue’s Clues” that we had recorded with TIVO. On this episode, they were mixing colors and he decided to turn it off and ask for paints so we could mix colors. I used a suggestion from one of the other moms and put the 3 primary colors plus black and white paint in an ice-cube tray and we each used an eye-dropper to mix new colors in the empty spots. Then we made pictures from dropping paint with the eye-droppers. This led to getting paintbrushes and him further exploring the colors on paper.
Around this time, J. came home from work, SICK.
We moved on to getting lunch for all of us and eating popsicles. What a neat morning of connections…