Nature Art

The kids and I went for a walk this week, gathering up supplies from nature to paint with. We found neat flowers, leaves, seed pods, and more. When we got home we set to work. My idea was to make colored, textured papers to be cut up later like in Eric Carle books. I thought it would fun to focus on just colors and designs and not worry about painting a specific thing. While we were painting, the neighbor boys came and joined us. We made a lovely, colorful bunch of stuff 🙂

Life Of Fred

I had heard about a set of math books called “The Life Of Fred” for a few years, but was waiting until both kids had mastered multiplication to start with the “Fractions” and “Decimals” ones (as is recommended). Recently, I learned there were now 10 elementary level books available! I ordered the first 8 so far. The books are great! They are chapter stories written about a five year old named Fred who is a math teacher at KITTENS University. As he goes about his day, he encounters math in all sorts of circumstances and also learns about the things and people around him. At the end of each chapter, there are a few short questions to answer before moving on. My son loves the story, is cool with doing the problems, and says he is going to read them all 🙂

My daughter’s pages…she can’t help doodling.

My son’s pages. He likes to make them exciting with extra stuff as well 🙂

Thrift Store Finds

After my daughter’s dentist appt. last week, we hit the thrift store with a 50% off coupon. We scored a bunch of shorts for three of us, shirts for her, a book, 2 games, and a physics kit.

She and I explored the book and one of the games and had a blast. She is really good at the history game. It was surprising to me as I didn’t expect her to have heard of most of the events yet. She even guessed the exact year of the first International Olympics!


My son is teaching my daughter how to play Minecraft. She hasn’t really shown much interest before tonight. Now both kids are thrilled… He is so happy to be showing her how to do things and she is excited to be with him and learning how it all works. So far they made a skin for her character, mined some stuff, built a house, and went over the controls.

Outdoor Fun

We spent a bunch of time outside today.

We started off with a chalk version of the game “Flip 4”. We altered the rules a little bit to make it more full-bodied and fun…we took turns coming up with silly body motions for each round like hopping on one foot or doing jumping jacks before throwing our beanbags on the number we rolled for. On our turns, we rolled 2 dice, then added, subtracted, or multiplied the digits and then did the action and threw our beanbag onto the right square. We each got 4 beanbags and the goal was to get 4 in a row. Once all the beanbags were in play, we needed to pick 1 to move each time until someone won.

Hopscotch was up next. It was harder than I remembered.

My daughter came up with a chalk game for us to play with Squinkies.

We found a caterpillar too. It is in my daughter’s bug box.

Neighbor kids came to play and we headed for the trampoline and then had a bonfire.

IPod apps

“Yokugami” and “Stack the Countries” were our pre-bedtime games last night.

“Yokugami” is a math game. You clear the board by dragging your finger across neighboring squares to add the numbers up to the total of the one your finger ends on.

“Stack the Countries” is just like the Stack the States one, but with Countries obviously.