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Colour and Vision

On Monday we took a trip to the Natural History Museum for their Colour and Vision exhibition.  I love colour and anything to do with it so I really wanted to see this, and especially the light installation that had been created especially for the exhibition.  I figured/hoped the girls would be a little interested but took their iPads along just in case.

I find NHM to be quite ‘dry’ on the whole: it could do with more interactive pieces, which would really engage the sausages.  The exhibition could have done with some injection of life too.  Considering it was about evolution and vision, it was very ‘dead’: there were far too many glass cases of dead things, many of which made M and me baulk.

The art installation was beautiful and we all admired the changing spectrum of colours from different angles.

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D managed 5 minutes of the exhibition before collapsing into tears because it was so boring! 😀  So she played on Minecraft for the rest of the time.  Fair enough, it just wasn’t attention grabbing enough and the exhibits were too high for her to see.  M on the other hand, absorbed most of it – she asked soooo many questions and we chatted about evolution, the tree of life and the development of eyes.  Her favourite part was the only interactive bit – a computer game which tested how quickly you could spot a camouflaged crab.

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The past two London outings have shown me how ready and eager she is to absorb information now – the questions she asks are incredible and tend to get me thinking along lines I’ve never considered before!

On the tube, M wanted me to give her sums to work out – it was a good distraction from the heat and motion sickness she was suffering from.  She managed quite a few before her eyes became glazed and she just couldn’t even hold the sum in her head.  We had a chat about Aspergers and how she has a smaller working memory than a neuro-typical person.  Her diagnosis has been so useful to me in helping me to understand her more and to help her understand that other people have the same struggles too.

When we got back I put on my favourite ever documentary, ‘Colour: The Spectrum of Science’.  The girls dipped in and out of it while playing Minecraft.

Overall, it was a good day!  I think it’s a shame that NHM is so old fashioned – I think they need to up their game a bit.  It’s so exciting just stepping through the doors but I find it quite boring inside. :/ Though I was impressed to read that you can now tour the NHM on Google Street View so perhaps there is hope. 🙂

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Butterflies at the Natural History Museum

I’m really trying to blog more often!  I recently trawled through the past year’s posts in order to pull out information for our LEA man and I noticed how much easier it is to get a feel for what we do if I blog every few days.  The devil is in the detail as they say.

We’ve had a full on day today and I’m exhausted!  I was up at 5am and managed to write a blog post before D came down at 7.30am.  We immediately launched into looking at tectonic plates and the Pangaea in our How the World Works book.  This led to watching various YouTube videos about the formation of the moon and black holes.

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M came down around 8.30am and immediately got to work on her Rubik’s Cube again.  We decided to take a spontaneous trip to the National History Museum, partly to see the building that they know and love from watching Paddington, and partly to see the butterfly exhibition.

We were in London by 11am, pretty impressive for us!  We all really enjoyed the butterflies. D dredged up some incredible Blue Morpho facts from her Go Diego Go watching days and was so pleased to find them there.

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M adored the butterflies but was disappointed she couldn’t touch them.  She was desperate for one to land on her!  D got one on her sleeve and was non too impressed so I passed it over to M on a card and she carried it around with her. 🙂

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We then went on to the main NHM building – thank goodness we could use our butterfly tickets to jump to the head of the MASSIVE queue.  I think the world and his wife had decided to go to the NHM today.

The girls admired the diplodocus in the entrance hall and remembered lots of parts of the building from Paddington.  We then wandered through the earth section where there was tons of information on tectonic plates, volcanoes and earthquakes.  Great connections for what we’ve been learning about recently.  We even got to experience what an earthquake might feel like.

We then had a very long wait to see the T-Rex robot.  It’s quite impressive but I’m not sure it’s worth the huge queue.

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We’d had enough at that point – unfortunately it was far to crowded to enjoy it properly.  We’ll definitely go back again though.  It’s nice to be able to visit a museum and not feel like you have to see the whole thing – we can go as often as we like as it’s under an hour away.

We got home and the girls immediately launched into activities while I lay prone on the sofa with a cup of tea.