Staying up all Night to see the Planets

This year the sky offered up an opportunity to view 5 of our solar system’s planets in a line for a few weeks in late January/early February. The whole family stayed up late to try to see them all. At first, we weren’t sure what we were looking at, but we used an app on the iPad called Sky Guide to help us out. It was fantastic! We had clear skies and a full moon.We easily saw Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn. Mercury and Venus unfortunately hid out behind our neighbor’s house.

This was the alignment we found in an image online:


Beautiful full moon


The moon with relation to Jupiter (bright object toward upper left)


Jupiter by Virgo’s head with Mars below her feet


The kids easily stayed up all night. J and I needed naps, lol.

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Photos from 2014-2015 part two

These guys are sprites that my son created in Gimp

Some Gimp editing, digital art, and in-game character design.

Hands on  stuff-cookie day, building stuff, pottery.

Art exploration-Escher, sand design candle holder, Tangrams,3-Doodler, Magic Sand

Trips- Akron Zoo show, Kalahari, Metroparks, Food Bank, Christmas party, Nursing Home, Art show, Pet store, New York vacation

Gem Store tour, sledding, Stan Hywet, Lake Erie NBTS Day

Cedar Point

More Kalahari

Great apps and books

Games

One of a Kind Pets, Outdoors, Science, Tea Time


Art, Spelling, building, life lessons

K’Nex Frisbees

The kids and I tried out another one of the K’Nex building ideas…Frisbees! It had been awhile since we last used the K’Nex and we went through the same painful 5-10 minute learning curve again. After everyone remembered/figured out how to pick the sizes and shapes that would work for what they wanted, things got smoother. Each of us made three designs and then we took them outside to see how far each could be thrown. We took guesses as to which one would win the longest throw.

Based on our totally unscientific study including 1 throw each by whomever made it, the football shape won.

I tried to rally them into a few more throws to really test it out, but the neighbor came out and got chatty and we called it a day.

Back to the Rain Forest part 2

When we visited the Rain Forest at the Zoo, we bought a venus fly trap in the gift shop. The kids picked out a perfect spot for it when we got home and proceeded to try to “trick” it into eating dropped ants. While they were doing that, I pulled up some web pages about venus fly traps and discovered their ploy would probably not work.

The venus fly trap got moved to a sunnier location near other flowering plants after our reading. It also caught two new insects the first day. Unfortunately, it kept getting tipped over in rain storms and some of the stems broke off. Kind-of fortunately, the trap’s seal is broken after it detaches from the main plant, so we were able to peek inside to see what it had caught…a huge ant!