Identifying a stone

October 9, 2015 - Leave a Response

White stone that glitters in the sunlight – could it be white marble or dolorstone? Dylan carries out an experiment on a stone he found today….

A Million Hands – New Product Design

September 26, 2015 - Leave a Response

Dylan wanted to add a new product to his sweet shop range, after a slight lull in business activity. In line with the ‘A Million Hands’ initiative by The Scout Association, he came up with the following design:

A Million Hands Lolly DesignWe worked on the development of a resistant mould that would accommodate hot, liquid sugar (using silicone sealant, oil and cornflour), and today managed to realise his design into these prototypes:

A Million Hands Lollies and Sherbet

Left to right: Strawberry lolly with fizzy strawberry sherbet; Lemon lolly with fizzy lemon sherbet; Chocolate lolly with fizzy lemon sherbet. We still need to work out the costings..

Keeping those marbles together

August 28, 2015 - Leave a Response

Today Dylan made a bag to keep his marbles in out of an old T-Shirt (I helped a little with the name on the front). 

For a first-time attempt, I thought it deserved an 8 out of 10. Dylan agreed; he thought the drawstring was awesome but the bag could have perhaps been decorated a little more (but not today). We could have also used draw strings at either side for an easier close. 

How to fly a Space Ball

July 3, 2015 - Leave a Response

Dylan shows how to fly a Space Ball from the Science Museum.

Kings, Queens & Great British Stories

June 7, 2015 - Leave a Response

 D: Did you know, we’re going to have a king next? Why do we even need a king and a queen?

Me: Some people like the fact that our country has a king or a queen – it gives us a rich history of true stories.

D: But they’re just normal humans like us, so why should they be a king and queen? Why should they be rulers?

Me: In our country, the monarchy passes the power to the government so that rules are more fair and it’s not just down to the king or queen.

D: And what does Mr Government do?

Me: The government is made up of lots of politicians.

D: I know. But what do they do?

Me: Well, it depends on who has been voted in by the people, but basically they argue with each other lots to decide on what’s best for the country and make lots of rules.

D: But why do we need them to make rules? Why can’t we just do what we want?

Me: Ah, you’re talking about anarchy! If you could do what you wanted what would you do?

D: I’d have a story CD every night until I didn’t want them any more. 

Me: It’s not the government who says you can’t have a story CD every night – it’s me, as your parent.

D: Well I don’t think you should make rules either. I like story CDs! Can I have one tonight?

Building an engine

April 20, 2015 - Leave a Response

This weekend was mostly spent getting rid of dead or broken things in the garden and building an engine!

I was allowed to do most of the ‘fixing it together’ bits for the engine, whilst Dylan watched SpongeBob SquarePants (thank you, Dylan)! But he did help out when it came to the testing.



Dinosaurs, Primates & Games

April 12, 2015 - Leave a Response

I’ve missed our ‘dining room table activities’. It feels like ages since we last cranked up the music and took some time to share some time. So, this morning we did: art, table tennis (as you do) and, of course, lunch.


‘Land of the dinosaurs’ by Dylan Piper


‘Transitions’ by Becky Piper


Dylan created his first game: ‘Cat & Mouse’ on the Raspberry Pi this afternoon using 16 steps on Scratch. Actually, those few steps did turn into a few more as there was quite a bit of experimentation with the ‘costume’ options and ‘shrink’ sprite tool… Needless to say, he thought it was awesome, before he headed off to play Wormy, Tetromino For Idiots (which he thinks was built by some bully) and Squirrel Eat Squirrel (where he managed to achieve the status of ‘Omega Squirrel’).

Still need to sort out the audio on it though…

We’re rounding off the day with some comedy and Britain’s Got Talent auditions on Catch Up :)

Message Bars – now available to order in the UK!

February 1, 2015 - Leave a Response

heartWe’ve gone online! Get yours in time for Valentine’s Day:

Check them out here!

Message Bar gets incorporated

January 18, 2015 - Leave a Response

We have done a food hygiene course 😃 and are now a proper company for sweets! I Learned that germs are so small that they have to get a lift to get across kitchens and Rooms and other places!😄 from Dylan

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Work of a snowy garden.

January 8, 2015 - Leave a Response

The gleaming garden glittered as snow laid itself on the countryside like white blankets.


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