Our Weekend 

Moo has been choked with the cold and on her inhalers this weekend so has been rather confined to quarters for the most part.  However, she did make it out for a wee bit today and found lots to occupy her when she was inside. 

Yesterday she played with her Bing toys

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and dressed up to play at doctors and vets.

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She and Beanster decorated some flower tubs and planted Spring bulbs in them.

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Beanster learned a new skill, French knitting

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and she practised counting different animals and objects to 10. She can do this easily now.

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There was also the usual daily drawing.

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Today the girls spent largely separated as Beanster had friends she wanted to see and i also needed some things at the Garden Centre. 

Moo had a lazy start and played with her Superbear and tea set. She then convinced Mama to take her to McDonalds before they did a quick food shop and headed back home to the warmth.

Beanster and I headed to the Garden Centre before meeting her best pal H at the allotment. 

The garden centre we go to is such a wonderful place for a young child and it is one of Beanster’s favourite places to go. It is not a place to buy plants and tools. It is…. 

a place where you may encounter fairies and magical wizards

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There are hidden dangers to deal with

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You can make a wish which may come true

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Where you can interact with the Woodland Muse 

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and make a feast for the fairies. 

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It is a place of wonder, where anything can happen when you enter through the hidden gates and portals. 

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And wildlife is abundant due to all of the surrounding woodland. 

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Today we spotted amongst others some  Grey Squirrels, Robins, Chaffinch, Tree Creepers, Sparrows and Blue Tits.

Up at the allotment we dug the soil

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and watched geese fly overhead.

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Beanster and H played for ages with some canes. They became witches’ broomsticks, a canoeist’s oars, giant spider legs and ski poles.

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Later this evening Mama and Beanster headed to a roller disco with friends M and A. They had a fabulous time and then headed for pizza after. 

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Whilst the other two were away Moo made her own spend, save and give jars.

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We then settled down to watch Frozen and a bath afterwards featured her Frozen themed toys. 

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Sing, shop and play

This morning was a Home Ed club trip to the cinema to see ‘Sing’ as part of the Into Film Festival. This was the second cinema visit for the girls this week.

We were a tad early so the girls entertained themselves in the car by reflecting light between CDs and playing with the spinny lego man whilst we waited for our friends in the cinema entrance. 

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Once everyone had arrived, Beanster abandoned Moo and I to sit beside her friends to watch the film. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Afterwards we headed to the shops to buy some ingredients for tonight’s dinner, veggie chilli and to have some lunch in the cafe.  

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The girls also chose some food to put in the food bank. I asked Beanster to choose two things that people probably needed and one which they might like to have. She chose cereal, a large tin of sweetcorn and box of chocolate Santas. Moo chose a packet of Mexican rice and a Basmati rice. 

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The afternoon was spent visiting Granny and Grandpa where there was a lot of role play. The girls enjoy role play and both Granny and Grandpa enjoyed acting their parts. 

Back at home Beanster made a shopkins feast for her superheroes 

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then they played a complicated game involving the Paw Patrol pups and playmat, Moo’s imaginary friend Rocolli (formerly known as Brocolli) and our giant gorilla (a present from an ex colleague). 
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 It was an energetic end to the day, followed by our usual eclectic mix of books before bed. 

Food from around the world 

Over the last week we have tried making and eating food from different countries around the world. Here is a brief look at some foods we have tried.

MEXICO

Vegetable enchiladas, refried beans, rice, guacamole, soured cream

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ENGLAND

The classic roast dinner.

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Afternoon tea 

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SWEDEN

Meatballs 

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Swedish pancakes 

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ITALY

Pasta 

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INDIA

Barfi 

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Curry, rice, naan 

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JAPAN

Sushi 

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CHINA

Chow mein 

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SCOTLAND

Broth (well, i had this and yummy it was too).

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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…..
 

A wet and wild day

Today was quite dreich but that didn’t matter as we were going swimming with Grandpa today. Granny enjoyed observing from the cafe. Beanster practised her breathing techniques and trying to retrieve a weighted hoop from the bottom of the pool. She has been finding this difficult in her swimming lessons because she is so light and just floats back to the surface. Today she was determined to manage it and when she remembered to blow bubbles and use powerful arm strokes she managed to retrieve it from a 1metre depth. We now need to work up to managing this in slightly deeper water so she achieves her sticker in class. Moo wanted to practise leg kicks and jumping in and played with Grandpa at the chute and water pumps. 

After a hot dog lunch (and practise for Beanster at buying a snack from the cafe) we headed to the library with Granny to get some new books. The girls always enjoy using the machine to check their own books out and then stamp the return date on them. We have come home with a selection of fiction and non-fiction books which we started to read at bedtime. 

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After some play back at Granny and Grandpas we headed home and the girls designed their own experiments using ink, paper, wipes and water. 

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There was a bit of model making, labelling items around the house, invisible ink creations and superhero role play later on. Evil Tornado Man needed to be stopped from destroying the world. 

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Bedtime stories tonight included a Mr Men book, Gobbolino and a lift the flap information book about food. 

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Under the Trees

Today was the ‘Play Out’ session with p the Trees, but before heading there Mama took the girls to a second hand ballet clothing sale to get Beanster kitte3ld out for her ballet class. We had decided NOT KCAL Z W 2 not to get clothing for her until she was definitely sure that she wanted to keep going. She has been for a few weeks now and is enjoying it so clothing was now needed. It was a successful trip and almost new tap shoes, ballet shoes and a leotard were purchased for a fraction of the cost. Moo even scored herself a wee leotard to dress up in and play with.

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Next the girls headed to the woods for an afternoon of outdoor fun. It rained on and off throughout, but that didn’t stop them taking part in all the activities. I was working there today, at the messy art area, so the girls came by frequently to say hello and do some painting.

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The girls are a little choked today so after the woods they went home for a chill on the sofa, with some TV. When Beanster perked up a little she wanted to put on her ballet gear and do a bit of dancing.

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Both girls are now having an early night to try and clear all the snot and coughs that have built up over the day.