We made monsters out of our bouncy balloon paintings. It was almost as much fun as actually doing the paintings… but then I hassled my big boy about his pencil grasp till his dirty looks got the better of me and we had to stop.
2. An Extra Egg
I made the bestest, most awesomest, sponge cake with jam and cream. It was made even more awesome because we accidentally put in an extra egg, but it lost points because it came from a packet mix. So now I am on a mission to learn to make the perfect sponge cake from scratch.
This recipe says it is ‘foolproof’ but it has no butter in it, which seems odd to me. So I think I’ll go with this Victoria Sponge Recipe from Penny’s Recipes
3. More Holiday Ideas
Half way through the holidays and I am already wishing they were longer! Here are a few more cool things we’d like to do next week…
Home Made Air Drying Clay from Mashia Crafts
Fluttering Wind Up Butterflies, a guest post by Amelia from The Homebook at You Are My Fav
Bug House from a Recycled Bottle from Housing a Forest
Free Printable Alphabet Magnetic Pom Pom Sheets from Fab n Free
Now this made me laugh…
The Fart That Almost Altered my Destiny from HaHas for HooHas (thanks L)
And so did this.
5. To Screen or Not to Screen
I banned my kids from all screens this week. We had a small problem with remembering how to use the ipad appropriately and that highlighted a bit of overuse to me, so I decided we’d go totally screen free for a few days. I thought there would be complaints and constant whinging, but there hasn’t been any. There has just been lots of Lego and art and outside. I think they knew they needed a break even before I did.
I let them watch a new DVD that Zoe had saved and saved to buy (Not sure what the appeal was but they loved Frakenweenie). And I will let them enjoy the land of unlimited internet over the weekend (ie my parent’s place) as they rarely get a chance to use the internet at our house since our connection is so dodgy. I will even download them some new ipad and ipod apps while I have the chance, but I think we’ll stay screen free next week as well. I am not anti screens, TV or technology for kids, but I can really see the value of a break for us all.
Do you restrict your kids screen time? Ever gone totally screen free? Got any great screen or tech info or articles or app ideas that I can add to my Tech Stuff for Kids and Parents pinterest board?
Geninne’s Art Blog. Goodness this blog is beautiful. I have been reading it for a long time but it never ceases to inspire me.
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I LOVE your balloon painting monsters! They are just lovely! Sponge cake? Cinch with the right recipe…and best served with passionfruit curd and cream for maximum enjoyment!!!! I wrote a post for Jackie from My Little Bookcase about book apps (for young children) recently. I LOVE a good book app, and I love what screens have to offer us and our children…but yeah we totally restrict it.
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How wonderful are the balloon monsters? Such a great idea and I’d love to try it myself. Thanks for posting your six on Saturday. I always love reading what you get up to. :)
Susan Call Hutchison (ReadAloudReadAlong.com) says
Excellent and color monsters! I wouldn’t expect sponge cake to have butter, it’s light and airy. POUND cake, yum, yum, lots of butter and eggs….
My mum makes awesome sponges. She literally tried to make a dud sponge once as a teaching tool…she did all the things you shouldn’t do to a sponge but it still came out perfect. She makes this coffee sponge which is to die for, & I don’t even like coffee!!!
Oh, I’ve never tried to cook one btw, too much pressure…I’ll leave that up to her!