Snap Circuits Cat Toy

We pulled out the Snap Circuits today and they received a much better reception than when my son first received them at Christmas. He was totally excited to build stuff and quickly figured out the diagrams. We built a few different contraptions, but by far the favorite was the “Flying Saucer”, which quickly became a hillarious cat toy. The circuit was set up with a switch which you turned on to power a motor spinning a fan blade. When you turned off the switch (or when a kitty paw hit the fan blade) it would shoot up into the air accompanied by shrieks of laughter…

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Rocks and Paint

I saw a cute idea on some crafty mom’s blog about painting rocks to look like ladybugs. She did it in phases with her daughter, painting solid red and letting the rocks dry before adding the spots, wings, and eyes.

We needed a little craftiness and creativity here today as my daughter keeps challenging me to spend our days without computer or tv. She had collected quite a bag full of rocks over the summer and today felt like a good day to paint them!

We started out mixing colors in a muffin tin and painting rocks solid colors. By the end of the day, my son had jumped in too, the rocks were multi-colored, and my daughter was finger painting and adding other objects into the mix. Somehow, that is the way thing roll here…

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I tried with some success to put a coat of mod podge on them. Here they are all finished 🙂 Oh- and no ladybugs, LOL.

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Cell Craft

My son has been playing lots of random arcade games on Andkon lately. When I looked in on him today he was playing this cool game about cells. In it, you have missions to complete and you use energy to power the processes within the cell. He already has a pretty decent idea about what all the different parts of a cell do.

I could have used this in high school, LOL.

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Kids’ Swimming Lessons

I have been taking some videos of the kids’ swimming lessons over the past few months. They are both Level 4 out of 6 according to the Red Cross levels.

They have covered each of the major strokes and they are working on diving. They can also tread water for a minute and a half so far.

They both really enjoy taking lessons and playing at the pool in general 🙂

Here is a kinda long video showing what they have been up to:
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Lego Quest

One of our friends recently told us about a Lego blog for homeschoolers:
LegoQuestKids
This blog is written by a homeschooling mom who sets up “challenge” categories for kids to work on and then she posts pictures and commentary about their creations.

When we found it, there was still a day left for submissions on the current topic- Lego Playgrounds! Our kids decided to get right to it and dumped out the Legos to find the pieces they wanted.

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This led to my daughter finally mixing her Legos in with the rest of our collection 🙂 The kids then decided to build one combined playground incorporating some ideas from each of them.

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My son’s description:
“This playground has Harry Potter on the monkey bars, a slide, a rock wall, Indiana Jones and a few more guys on the benches, a bird in a birdbath, a place for motorcycles to be parked, and a merry-go-round. Indiana Jones has a gun in his hand. Don’t forget that there is a little froggy on the balance beam.”