Monday, 10 March 2008

Giant steps are what you take

What to do on a soggy Saturday afternoon?

Gather some basic supplies:



Sit on the kitchen floor, or another easily cleanable surface.

Prepare the target:


and stand well back as your children fling their marble meteorites to create

LUNAR LANDSCAPES!



We had long chats about the dark side of the moon (no, not the album; that will never be seen in this house - no offence to any fans out there) and whether or not the dinosaurs were killed by a meteor strike, which in turn led to silly mental images of dinosaurs being bowled over like huge skittles.

But most of all we made a mess and giggled.

Who knew there was so much fun to be had with a bag of out of date flour?

21 comments:

  1. You are a good mama. Hey, Mark is having a special Solar system science week at school this week, maybe I should send him in with a bag of flour (or maybe not)!

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  2. looks like fun, hope nobody sneezed in it, now that would have made a mess!

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  3. Great fun and aren't you nice? I'd only ever let my kids up to this kind of messiness outside!

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  4. It sounds like you all had a marvellous time and your children get to learn amazing things too!

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  5. what a great idea! lots of mess!!!!!
    I guess if you tried it outside you could demonstrate the power of wind in dune formation........

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  6. Looks like a good time was had by all :)

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  7. What a wonderful sounding playtime! So much fun.

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  8. You are so good at letting your children learn fantastic stuff while having a fantastic time! They are very lucky to have such a clever and creative mummy!

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  9. What a fantastic idea! Sounds like you all had a lot of fun.

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  10. *Makes note of what to do with the next out of date bag of flour I find at the back of a cupboard*

    That looks such good fun - I have a little boy who would love it!

    x

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  11. Hello Kitty - It was very squeaky and very dusty but fab fun. And I was very impressed that my husband not only joined in and posed the photos, but hoovered up afterwards!

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  12. Oh wow Val you are just brill!!!!!

    Sausage Monster would love to live with you.....now, there's a thought...if I bring him and a suitcase on Friday would you like to borrow him????

    No?

    Ah well, worth a try :)

    xxxx

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  13. Great idea -

    and I completely agree with you about the record.

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  14. It's wonderful when great fun lies with the company and just simple props!

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  15. What a lovely idea - I shall blatently steal it and have a go a school! Although I would play Dark Side of the Moon as it's one of my favourites!

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  16. What a great idea - must store it for future reference.

    It reminds me of a thing I used to do for Amber which involved cornflour, water and a dash of food colouring I think. The cornflour took on this amazing quality when wet and would spread out like a puddle and then be able to be scooped up and re formed.

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  17. Learning through play. Great fun for a wet winter afternoon.
    c*

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  18. We do a similar thing at Hallowe'en which involves making ghostie faces. I have to be very careful that it does not get muddled up with the apple bobbing otherwise it ends up being flour glue.

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  19. wow, you ARE a lovely Mum indeed! (and brave!)x

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  20. Sounds good to me, we've not had any of those scientific discussions yet but little sister has been lots of questions about reproduction (it must be spring!). It looks like you had lots of fun with yours!
    Kimx

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  21. Hello Clara - I really like being able to make fun without having to spend any money!

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