Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Easter - Colored Flowers Science Demostration

I remember we did this experiment with celery stalks in kindergarten and I loved it. (Thanks Mrs. Gonzalez.) I saw someone do it online with flowers (can't remember where or I would credit) and then spotted white tulips at Trader Joe's and realized flowers instead of celeryu would make for a nice Easter bouquet. Jackson picked the colors and we've been talking about general science words like "experiment" "observation" "conclusion" as much as anything about capillary action or transpiration, etc. That said, I think I'm going to show him the video below in hopes of transferring a little actual knowledge into his skull.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"If Dinosaurs Were Cats and Dogs" by Colin McNaughton

If Dinosaurs Were Cats and Dogs by Colin McNaughton was one of my all-time fave books as a child; I would spend hours contemplating the details in the images and wondering "what if?"

Anyway, I did some scans a couple of years ago for a guest post on another blog, but nothing came of it. While digging around my hard drive the other day I found the images, so here they are for your enjoyment!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Caillou Talking Doll Review

This product was given to us for free by Imports Dragon and DHX Media in exchange for placement on this blog.

A year-and-a-half ago we shaved Jackson bald, and the only thing that made not miserable about how he looked afterward was that we could call it his Calliou look.


What do you love about Calliou?
J: I love that he's a kid like a me!

Now, you have a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Tirey. Do you remember what Calliou's dinosaur is named?
J: Rexy!

What do you do with a doll?
J: You carry it, and play with it, and sleep with it.

And what's special about this doll?
J: It talks!

That's right, in two languages: English and French.
J: Oh, I speak two languages: English and Spanish!

Do you like this doll?
J: Yeah, I want to keep it, but I also want a Rosie doll and a Calliou's dad doll. And I really like to watch Calliou on TV--it's my favorite show.

The new talking Calliou doll is available in stores now for a suggested retail price of $35.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Developmental Writing

Yes, these are hieroglyphics, but if you're his mom and you squint, and tilt your head, one of 8OT combos could be interpreted as BOX.

I was letting Thing One scribble on this cardboard box and as I sailed out of the room to do something else I said, "Hey, write BOX on there." He sounded it out all by himself, with no help from me, and when I came back, he'd written BOX. or maybe 8OT, depending on how particular you are. :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Robert Jay Wolff 1968 Seeing Red, Feeling Blue, Hello Yellow! - Mid-Century Color Theory Books for Children

Straight outta 1968, here are some nifty color theory books intended for children, created by art professor and Brooklyn modernist Robert Jay Wolff. These are just some of the personality pages; there's also quite a bit in these volumes about how different colors work with or against each other, the color wheel, and so on. The official titles are Seeing Red, Feeling Blue and Hello Yellow!, and they were published in 1968, in the aforelisted order, by Charles Scribner's Sons in New York. Retail price was $3.50 for clothbound hardback with dustjacket.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sourceless Quote I Like

"Education can't be rushed. Just as it takes nine months to make a baby, it takes 30 years to make an engineer." --maybe a Finnish educator?