The new, soon to be, rock sensation…
I do like the effect produced by colour filters. I like the contrast with the black background on the blog and the intensity of the colours created.
So far i’ve experimented with red and green plastic toys with varied results. The close-up mode on my Canon S100 is pretty good though and when it’s behaving itself, it’s possible to get some very detailed images.
Jamie and Jac have been asking us to print out instructions and images for Lego models a lot recently, which is a great way to provide new ideas and gives a helping hand to build some of the more complicated ones!
We’ve recently bought the Lego Heroica board game and Jamie loves it. So far we’ve played 5 or 6 times. This is part of our concerted efforts to get our 1 hour of time with Jamie in the evenings back on track. The time Jamie and Jac spend apart is valuable and given they spend most of their time together, it’s useful to have some space. So, once Jac is in bed, we play Heroica!
Jamie has been very creative with the layouts, rules, gameplay and ideas within the game. In one game, he setup up a side route which included a prison where two of the other players were being kept. He setup the weapons and gold holder across the route and when he landed on it he got to choose another weapon! But instead of adding to the one he already had, he swapped it for the new one. All this Included walking the plank and diving into water, where he swam through to get to the prison bars on the other side, where he rescued them, then made his way back to where I was fighting the goblins.
He also setup traps in the routes which could be fallen into. I added the rule that if you did land straight in them, you had to loose an energy level and go back one space. This proved particulalrly effective when we were fighting a goblin which was two spaces beyond a trap – each time we lost to it (thereby loosing 1 energy piece), we had to move back one space, where we then fell into the trap, which then meant loosing another energy piece and moving back another space. This process cost me all my energy!
Claire has had a great idea of using pegs and cards to match up letters and words to try and teach the boys more about reading.
We had 10 minutes earlier where I encouraged the boys to try out the peg word game. They both joined in and we managed to go through various words and letters, talk about how each sounds, how the name of each can be different to the sound they make and what other words are within the larger words.
The main one was LEGO where you can make LEG, EGO and GO, just by using the letters in the same order.
The other morning, I came downstairs and the first thing Jamie said to me was…
J: ‘Rabbits and Giraffes can’t climb trees bur rabbits can dig holes and giraffes can get leaves with their long necks.
Me: ‘How did you learn that then?’
J: ‘Because i’m good!’
He’s a cute kid and it’s amazing seeing him developing in so many ways. Jac is also developing but sometimes it’s easy to not see this as much as Jamie, because Jamie is always breaking new ground. The thing is, Jac is also breaking new ground every day as everything he is doing is original and unique.