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.
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 :)
The gleaming garden glittered as snow laid itself on the countryside like white blankets.
Main bedrock = Jurassic (175 mya), Northampton Sand.
Also mudstones, shale, sandstones, limestones and chert. Glacial (2 mya) upper beds.
Middle Jurassic (165 mya), Blisworth Limestone & Blisworth Clay.
Dylan’s two goals for 2015 are to achieve his Chief Scout Bronze Award and to find his own fossil. 👀
So, today we went out fossil hunting in two Northamptonshire locations – Weldon & Roade. The former is a working quarry and the latter a disused railway line.
We managed to bring back quite a good selection of specimens to investigate further…
If there are any fossil experts out there who can help us to identify them do shout!
We got a big candy flossing machine and made candy floss!!!
Following a survey about favourite seasonal communication design (set as homework by his school), Dylan has now adapted his initial card/flyer design, had feedback on the initial work-in-progress from the Cranfield Speakers taste testing focus group and an offer of help from his old nursery carer – thank you guys, we’re into development mode at the weekend!