Tuesday, 4 August 2009

It's August, so it must be raining

The heating on the village pool is kaput, all our playmates seem to be on holiday, so what are we to do to entertain ourselves?

Chocolate day, of course! There are endless hours of fun to be had with two small children and a chocolate themed day.

You can study the frequency of different colours in a single tube of Smarties - and build an edible histogram.


You can use a small bar of chocolate to think about addition, subtraction, fractions ... it's amazing how quickly a child can get the hang of "Which one is larger - a half or a quarter bar?" when they can eat the results.


You can build houses.


And of course, you can revisit classic literature - the biggest treat of all.


And given that I'm meant to be on Michaela's healthy eating plan, I was terrifically restrained and ate only one Smartie and one chocolate button during the entire process. Excuse me while I head off to polish my halo (and conveniently ignore how much cake I inhaled the following day).

28 comments:

  1. I rather like the idea of a chocolate day! (Much more fun than a healthy eating plan)

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  2. Oooh what a wonderful day. Very impressed how you've made chocolate educational. And just remember, lots of scientists say it's healthy, too! K x

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  3. Music to my ears (or increased saliva production to my mouth...)!

    But I'm not going to tell my children about you and your methods; otherwise, they'll be on the next plane to Angleterre. Wait a minute - I could be okay with that plan, actually...

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  4. I want to come and live at your house.........

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  5. Hello Val - got here in the end!!! I think I need one of those histograms ... you could do one with Revels, and planets too!! haha!! Fantastic ideas. Did you really only have one smartie??? x

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  6. Jealousy is a terrible thing...

    ...Looks like a lot of fun though. Can I come next time?
    xxx

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  7. Wow! That is some remarkable self-restraint, that's for sure. Polish off the halo, indeed!

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  8. I'm all for chocolate day! I must admit some confusion, though. Here in the states, Smarties are just small buttons of sour-ish sugar. Your way sounds much better!

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  9. Wow, you deserve halo, wings and the robe for that dedication -- that's impressive!

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  10. This needs to be put in the country's calendar as an official day I think. If we all had the day off as well imagine the fun! Fabulous idea xx

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  11. Choc-tastic! You truly are a wonder mummy.

    Now off to clock elsewhere in case the offspring get wind of all this goodness and attempt to raid my G&B or Toblerone stashes for educational purposes.

    I curse the day they learned to read and I couldn't get away with saying the words on the package say 'For grown-ups only'.

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  12. Oh, I had no idea that purple Smarties were so rare! I hope your one (very restrained) Smartie was that special one.

    If you had some chocolate molds, you could add a science experiment about liquids and solids to your Chcolate Day curriculum.

    All very clever - well done you!

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  13. Oh, yes, it's raining...LOL! Raining here too actually... Look at the wonderful things you do with chocolate and sweets are your house! Purple Smarties...I have yet to get one...LOL! Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  14. I'll hope for rain and smarties tomorrow. Doubt I'll use them for counting though...

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  15. There are also some very impressive magic tricks you can do with chocolate - now you see it, now you don't. I'm an expert, btw.

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  16. Oh Val! You never cease to amaze me! What a fantastically geeky way to enjoy chocolate!!!!

    It's left me smiling from ear to ear!

    Lucy x

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  17. Alissia Huntzinger6 August 2009 at 19:09

    what an amazing idea! I am definitely stealing it when my daughter is old enough :)

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  18. Beautiful! After a two day heat wave the rain has moved down to us, we might have to adopt chocolate day.
    And a huge congratulations to your hubby on the Proms!

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  19. Sound like my kind of day!!!!! Of course I am trying to be good now too - I have gained 5 kilos in 2 months - dreadful!! Although I have enjoyed every gram of food!!!! =]

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  20. Well done, chocolate education, I must try the division of chocolate bar for the fractions thing.

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  21. What a fantastic idea! Though I think the house is well beyond me.

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  22. I love the smartie chart!

    er. and I love smarties!

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  23. Oh I love the idea of a chocolate histogram!!! I'm home alone today for the first time in weeks and I can't tell you how much chocolate i've just eaten...
    Kimx

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  24. Love the histogram (smartigram :) ) Love Green & Blacks too. August is a difficult month for meeting up with friends, with people sending children off to grandma for the day(s) and holiday clubs and holidays.... there aren't many children around...to divert my own from getting bored with each other.

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  25. Will you be my Mum please? Chocolate day sounds a lot more fun than "clear out the loft" day!
    Congratulations to Mr. DottyCookie- what an opportunity!

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  26. Darn! I homeschooled for 20+ years and never thought to have a Chocolate Day! This is very charming. I will recommend it to my daughter for the grandchildren.

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