A bit of bouncing does you good

Beanster had a rocky morning with her emotions and learning to deal with them is hard. After letting off a bit of steam with her sister on some instruments (she created her own drum kit) 

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we headed over to Fife to the Forth Hedgehog Hospital and handed in some cat food to help feed the hedgehogs in their care.

We then met our HE friends for some trampolining fun. What better way to get rid of the grumps than by bouncing. The girls have not been to a trampoline park before and when they saw it they couldn’t wait to get on.

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Of course before you do you need to try and link feet with all your friends in the special socks.

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Do a conga 

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and listen to the safety briefing.

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After that was done the girls headed onto the trapolines and bounced non stop for an hour. Tired girls tonight.

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Advent fayre, torchlight procession and Frozen all round

Every year our town holds an advent fayre and torchlight procession on the last Saturday in November and the Christmas lights are officially switched on. This year was a pretty cold affair so we needed to wrap up warm before we headed out. Here are the highlights: 

Beanster and Moo wanted to visit Mrs Claus so Beanster wrote a thank you note to give to her because Mrs Claus always gives a present. 

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We looked at the window displays before looking at the stalls.  

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The girls had a go on the rides.  Moo has not previously been a fan but she enjoyed herself today. 

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We had a break for lunch and Beanster looked at clothing patterns in one of our shops.

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Later we headed out to the torchlight procession. The procession goes up and down the High Street then stops at the Cross for speeches, carol singing and the Christmas tree lights are switched on. 

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On Sunday we headed out to the cinema to see the new Frozen film with cousin H and uncle G. The girls dressed for the occasion.

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We enjoyed the film and also building the Olaf Lego set we were given as a free gift. Beanster did well following the instructions, mostly managing it herself.

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Other activities this weekend included an ice cube melting experiment  (to be finished tomorrow), painting and sticking.

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Enterprise amongst the Romans

This morning started in the usual Thursday morning way. A bit of breakfast, a bit of TV and a lot of chat and play. Today it was playdoh bakeries and hairdressers. 

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After enjoying Sushi for lunch we headed to home ed club where today we were learning about the Romans.

Moo made a Gladiator from paper and card.

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Beanster started to make an oil lamp, but it soon became a pot for Roman ladies to keep their sewing needles in! Like a clay pin cushion perhaps?

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Both girls made mosaic tiles. Beanster’s had a butterfly in the middle and Moo’s was a bit more abstract. 

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The second stage of the tile making process involved grouting. This Moo did very well. In fact she did most of the grouting between the two girls as Beanster had abandoned the Romans in favour of opening a shop with her friends and selling cards, books, gift cards and other lovely things which they had made. She was very pleased that she made some profit as they managed to sell a lot of their wares to us mummies and daddies! Her little bit of money was spent on the way home but it was a fabulous introduction to the business world for her.

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Of course we were then treated to more this evening. Price tickets were created, a float made, pennies counted. Beanster and Moo’s toyshops were open for business for about 2 hours and we were encouraged to spend! Two budding Alan Sugars we have!

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Monday 

Still feeling cold lethargy, the girls had a relaxed day. 

It started with some telly… 

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…and then some monster making.

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There was colouring of patterns…

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then we got out the Lego and made towers and castles. 
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Later we got out our magnets and the girls  did some of their own investigations whilst i played with a childhood favourite.

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The girls baked… 

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before heading upstairs to see if Moo could climb up to the top bunk yet by herself. The answer is YES! 

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Beanster then headed out to her weekly swimming lesson. Sticker week this week. Wonder if she will have achieved any more of her level.

Manic Monday

Today the girls were on fire with their enthusiasm for learning and life in general. From the minute they woke they wanted to work together and help each other. They used their imaginations in a range of creatively complex games then they decided they were going to get out the model robot pieces and the Geomags. This was all before breakfast and dressing!

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The robot pieces were one of my best buys on Ebay. The pieces make about 8 robots and manipulating the pieces does wonders for building up little finger muscles. Moo can’t quite manipulate all of the pieces yet, but she certainly designs some fabulous wee models. 

The girls loved building towers today with the Geomags and working out how to make them stable.

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Later Beanster made a boat with a sail from a plastic box and included an improvised pillow and blanket.

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As the girls were working away I made some French Onion soup. I came through to find Beanster was drawing a bathroom.

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By lunchtime we were heading out to Hopetoun Garden Centre to buy some compost for our bulbs but we also enjoyed looking at the sculptures and the fairy glade.  

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Later we headed to Callender House in Falkirk to meet new friends E, O and H, to show them inside the house and to have a run around in the grounds. 

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We ended the day with a swimming lesson for Beanster. She was very proud of the fact that she almost got the whole way up the pool on her back. Great effort Beanster.

Stepping back in time to the 17th and 18th century 

On Monday i headed out with the girls and granny to Culross in Fife. This picturesque village with its cobbled streets is the most complete example of a burgh of the 17th and 18th centuries.

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We were planning a visit to Culross Palace, but first we had a rather wet play in the park. 

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We headed on into the palace using our National Trust membership cards and the girls were given a free quiz sheet to do as we went round. Beanster enjoyed listening to the clues so she could work out the locations of hidden chickens and then writing the letter found beside them. The letters eventually spelled out a word connected to the palace. Moo gave it a good go too. 

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We meandered through the rooms looking at all the furniture and objects and talking about how life then compared to now. The girls found the commodes pretty fascinating and lots of toilet discussion soon took place. The part of the palace they spent most time in was the garden. It seemed to go on forever,  going higher and higher and there were lots of hidden nooks and crannies. As you are not allowed to take photographs inside the palace rooms in case the flash damages the artifacts then most of our photographing took place outside. 

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Beanster and i enjoyed discussing all the things we saw around as. She was especially interested in the twisted plant stems we saw in the flower tunnel.  

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We almost missed the orchard which would have been a real shame as we wouldn’t have seen the Scots Dumpy hens. 

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Back inside the palace we came across the dressing up room.  We had a lot of fun dressing up in period clothing and dancing to music of the time which i played via youtube on my phone. At one point we were even watched by tourists. 

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We finished our visit around the palace by making some tissue flowers and having a look in the bakehouse and kitchen. 

Granny wanted a cup of tea so she kindly treated us all to cake and a drink before we headed back to her house to play.

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Later on the girls made models of Culross Palace: 

Beanster’s 

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Moo’s 

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A trip to IKEA can be a place where you learn too

Really?  It is amazing how many people don’t realise that you can turn any place that you go to into a place of learning. Take IKEA for example. A lot of people say shopping in IKEA is their idea of hell. To Beanster and Moo it is a wondrous haven of fun and practical learning potential.  We have never once used the creche.  The girls have never asked to go there. They would in fact think they were being denied fun if not allowed to come with us. At times it does feel like herding sheep for us,  but each visit the girls get something new out of the experience.  So here is our visit in summary.

As we didnt arrive until lunchtime Mama went to buy our food and we watched a Diwali video on YouTube then looked at the IKEA catalogue. Beanster read out prices of different items and we talked about how some things cost more or less than her pocket money. Moo practised turning pages.

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We talked about the different countries our food came from. Swedish meatballs for Beanster and Italian for Moo. I had an Indian style curry and Mama a mixture of Italian and Swedish.

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I am sure the staff and customers wondered where the ‘musical’ noise was coming from when they started gently drumming on various objects. No objects were damaged in the making of said music. Time to break out the drum kit in the loft (permission please Lyall)

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Motor skills were practised with the kiddie trolleys. Very few ankles were biten by the trolleys although I did get a few strange looks from other shoppers when i turned it into a driving lesson and got them to park in imaginary Tesco car spaces! Oh and we did look out for various sites of tourist interest on our journey. We passed Blair Drummond Safari park (the cuddly elephants), Blackpool illuminations (the lighting department) etc. You get the idea. 

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Moo made her own video when Beanster went to the loo. 

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Other highlights included selecting various Swedish foods from the food shop to try; briefly playing with children’s toys (they find them a bit dull now); practising writing lists; discussing and selecting appropriate plants for a terrarium Beanster wants to make…..

Of course no trip to IKEA is complete without a wee snack  at the end. 

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At other points of the day we….

Discussed the weather

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Played Diwali bingo 

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Drew

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Did more Okido magazine. Robots today and Beanster was wire obsessed.

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Emptied the dishwasher and put everything away. Beanster compared cutlery size to correctly sort them into the adult’s holder and the kid’s holder. 

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Pulled faces 

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Made Diva lamps 

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Watched the Wizard of OZ 

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Bedtime books were more of the food non-fiction book, another chapter or two of Gobbolino the witch’s cat and Mr Tickle.

Wonder what we will learn tomorrow…..