Well, Minecrafting has continued apace since my last post. It shows no sign of abating just yet either!
D continues with her love of Stampy, to the point where no other films or programmes are being watched. She is currently on video number 117 and I think there are 270-odd so she’s got a way to go. The other day I was thinking about how much she fully immerses herself in interests for a long time, to the point of obsession and almost to the exclusion of all else, and then gradually resurfaces to move onto the next interest. In the past it’s been Go Diego Go, Dora, My Little Pony, Kung Fu Panda and countless other films that have been on loop in this house, not to mention the books she has read over and over again. M, on the other hand, tends to have many things on the go at once and she dips in and out of each of them – she’s always engaged in what she’s doing but needs variety. Always chalk and cheese those two!
D has also (unfortunately and hopefully not permanently) gone off our Woodcraft Folk class. The past two weeks she has only joined in a couple of games and spent the rest of the time on my lap, moaning about how bored she is. When questioned by the ever-lovely and patient leaders she explains that she doesn’t like being bossed about (!). Fair enough. She doesn’t understand why everyone can’t just turn up and do whatever they like so I explained that a lot of these children like the games and if they just wanted to play with friends then they can do that on a play date – I’m still not sure she understood why anyone would want to be ‘bossed about’. M adores going but isn’t ready for me to leave her there so D has to tag along. Next week I plan on taking D’s iPad with us and I’m a little nervous about whether there will be any respectful understanding of a child who would prefer to sit and listen to Stampy rather than join in…
This is M and D playing with friends on the way home. 🙂
The girls had a loooong swimming session with J at Guildford Spectrum on Thursday, which gave me time to do some cleaning and play on Minecraft. Yes, I did. I’ve really got into it recently! M and I play quite a lot together – we are of similar organisational minds so one of us will be farming, the other cooking, or we might build something together. D joins us occasionally and runs around making us laugh and eating all the food. 😀
We’ve been turning up the difficulty a notch in the past week, which means we have to fight mobs. Initially D found this too frightening but we swore to protect her so she tried it out and declared it to be not so bad after all. M built a wonderful world with all sorts going on in it, even a trading post! But unfortunately she deleted it by accident. 😦 She was totally gutted but recovered a day later and is now happily recreating it all in a new world.
M is also taking a great interest in doing meal preparations with me (chopping, peeling etc). She doesn’t tend to like the finished product but she loves the smells of the herbs and veg as we go along. She’s also really interested in tidying and cleaning. She really likes a tidy room which puts a bit of pressure on me to put Minecraft away and do some work. 😀