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Biscuits and Gloop

Whiskey did the trick!  No sore throat today though not 100% better.  D has a stinking cold and M a bit of one.  Our friends were supposed to be coming over this afternoon but decided they didn’t want to risk getting even more germs than they have had lately, can’t blame them!

So we had another day indoors but it was a very busy one.  To begin the day, M decided she was going to make a den in the lounge and D helped.  This went on for quite some time and they didn’t get dressed until 10.30 – in fact, D refused to get dressed at all but I let her off as she was so full of cold.

After a snack, M did about 5 minutes of Mathletics and then announced it was boring so went to do some colouring instead.  So D came to do Reading Eggs with me instead.  Then the girls played together while I got some bread dough ready for them to shape.  We made hedgehogs, plaits and knots today.

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While that was proving and baking, D did some Mathletics with me – she is now onto Year 1.  She steamed through the first few activities and amazed me by how much she knew about numbers – she’s obviously learnt loads just by looking at the number chart on our bedroom wall!  She came unstuck on an activity where you had to know how to count in 5s, but by then she’d been working for half an hour so we stopped.  I’ll see if I can show her this on the number chart tomorrow.

I cheekily told M that D was catching her up in Mathletics which immediately galvanised her into action – she spent a further 30 minutes on it!  She got stuck on an activity about reading the time on digital clocks so I found some worksheets for both girls to do.

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We had a delicious lunch of warm buttered bread, straight out of the oven and then M said she wanted to make gloop again (her most favourite science experiment ever).  It’s 2 parts cornflour to 1 part water and a bit of food colouring.  It’s incredible stuff and M can play with it for hours.  This time however, I got M to read all the instructions and do it all herself, she did a very good job!

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As Christmas draws near, I can’t resist buying in tons of biscuits, chocolate and mince pies.  The girls went crazy over some special biscuits I had bought and kept trying to sneak into the kitchen to steal them.  They’d already had two each so I promised them one more if they played the word game I made up a while ago.  They readily agreed so I went off to write down some suitable words and stick them on the window.  They have to read the word, pull it off the window, run to stick it on the table and back to read the next word until they have read all four words.  The pressure was obviously too much for D who refused to read them and still thought she should get a biscuit.  So true to character. I said she could play again when she’s ready to play properly but until then she wouldn’t get a biscuit.  It was almost unbearably cute that she stomped off to write her own word cards using her favourite word ‘the’ to use in the game instead.  She didn’t mention them to me, I’ve just spotted them stuck on the table over from where I’m sitting.  The truly cute thing is that she must have got so absorbed in writing that she forgot about the biscuit!

Gloop, Glorious Gloop

Another bad night with D, boo.  Think both girls have got a bit of a tummy bug as both were complaining of tummy ache last night.  However, D’s mood was much improved today but I still took it easy, knowing she’s now had 2 bad nights in a row.

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So this morning I left the girls to play while I showered and dressed.  Then M asked if she could do some Mathletics.  I explained to her that we had stopped because it seemed to assume knowledge of all your times tables.  So she set to work learning her 2 times table.  I was pretty sure she knew this already from Year 1 but I was still surprised when I tested her and she rattled off the answers with super-speed.  I gave her £1 as a reward and said I will test her on her 3 times tables tomorrow morning.  M asked for a mock first.  Lol.

D did about 20 minutes of Reading Eggs before having a flop over the reading book at the end of the level.  I’m really surprised by what they expect them to be able to read, and amazed that D is rising to the challenge!  I think her reading is pretty impressive for a 4 year old too.

D then ate a hearty meal 2 hours after breakfast, I’m thinking it was because she was so tired?  M had a snack and then we left for our sports group meet up in Sutton.  They meet every fortnight in a sports hall and do an hour’s street dance, then a 15 minute break, followed by an hour of whatever team sport them choose.  Unfortunately today the dance teacher was away on holiday so it was just team sports today.  M had a great time though: she did basketball skills for half an hour and then half an hour of tennis.  Nothing could persuade D to join in.  The tiredness didn’t help but she isn’t very good at joining in new things.  I got to chat to a few of the Mums there who were lovely.  I’m really looking forward to going back in 2 weeks.

D was ready to sleep by the time we got back so I put a film on and both girls snuggled on the sofa under a blanket.  I spent the time trying to find M a new winter coat that she likes and that doesn’t cost a fortune.  Needless to say I was unsuccessful.

D didn’t nap in the end but the film seemed to have revived her and both girls wanted to make cards for people they missed!  There were some lovely creations and a lot of concentration for the task in hand.  While they were doing that I had a browse through a Science Experiments book I bought a while ago and decided it was about time I bought in some things to get experimenting.  Now I need to source copper wire, electrical wire, torch bulbs and magnets…

Over dinner I talked to the girls about an experiment I’d seen to do with lungs – they were very interested and were even up for walking out in the rain to buy plastic bottles.  So we did!  Bearing in mind that by the time we were actually doing the lung experiment it was 5.30pm and D goes up to bed at 6.30pm so is usually hopeless at this time of day, but she was so excited!

So we put a full bottle of water (with cap on) upside down into a large bowl of water and then took the cap off.  Then we put a bendy straw up into the bottle and blew down it.  The girls were fascinated, not only by how the water stayed in the bottle while it was upside down but also how the more they blew into the bottle, the more the water drains out.  We did the experiment twice and then I left them with the straws and the bowl of water.  Honestly, who needs toys when you have water and straws…

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Then I remembered I had an old box of cornflour in the cupboard and we made gloop!  We mixed 2 parts cornflour to 1 part water and added some green food colouring.  It’s makes the weirdest stuff ever!  If you squeeze the mixture it feels solid but as soon as you open your hand it dribbles through your fingers.  The girls LOVED it, M especially.  She wanted to write this in the blog:

Today we went to Tesco’s and we bought a bottle of water and we did an experiment with it.  We put it in a bowl of water and we blew in a straw and it went bubbly.  And we did another experiment about gloop and we put in to a bowl some cornflour and some water and a green dye and we mixed it in.  And we had a play with it and it was gluey and squeaky sort of.  And later on we put some yellow dye in and it made a sort of yellow but a little bit dark.  It went all hard and I created a waterfall and Babba squeezed some and it went through her fingers into my hands.  And then I squeezed it into her hands.  And then she wrote the boring blog.

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And that was the end of a very long, but very fun day.