Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Let's show our cousins and Flat Stanley our favorite museum

Bah, stupid computer restarting itself randomly and losing my post.

So, as I was saying before the computer deleted all my hard typing. We haven't been to our local children's museum for a while, because the last exhibit was not preschool friendly. My kids are just not up to being told to make stuff at the level they wanted.

But this new one..... This, we're going to have to check out several more times.

So, we need to solve a bunch of math problems to stop Hacker from taking over the world. If you actually paid any attention to the math involved, you'd notice you were learning about fractions, geometry, addition, patterns, learning different number systems. We're talking higher level thinking skills here. My kids just thought it was lots of fun games.

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Like the correct angle needed to hit the pole in the middle. All my kids thought, is "Yay I get to shoot something!"

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Batman and our visiting Flat Stanley had lots of fun putting together different prisms. See geometry. That's like high school level math, or actually 2nd grade, that's where you first start learning 3D shapes.

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Princess really liked this one, it's a building thing. Anything she can build is okay with her.

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Now you may see this and think it's just driving cars on a road, but it's measuring, addition/subtraction, and spatial reasoning. What size road do I need to fix the road. That mean old Hacker stole parts of the road. As you can imagine very popular with my boys.

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Yeah, so all the adults kept trying to solve this one, because it's just counting in Aztec, and they give you the numbers. Supposedly if you get it all done then it does something, but they were missing some pieces. The kids had a blast putting pieces in and watching them fall out. Oh, and so I remember later, that is Superman in the picture.

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And we played the ever popular game of can you find our Flat Stanley? He had a lot of fun hiding in different places.

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And here's an actual picture of the visiting cousins. My older brother dropped by for a surpise visit from Colorado, and he has 2 boys. His oldest is a little older than the twins, and his youngest is 6 months or so older than Princess. And, just because God has a HUGE sense of humor, they look quite alike, and I sometimes got them mixed up.

Yes, I a mother of twins have a hard time telling kids that look alike/are twins apart. It is really sad. REALLY.

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So..... Everytime I had helped Princess get it almost balanced her brother would come by and quite excitedly hit the thing and knock it all off. Sigh.

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This was actually kind of cool, and would be a great lesson for older kids. You're supposed to figure out which shape will hold the most cubes. All Princess cared about was stacking them in the boxes, but it was fun to see her work so hard on transferring it all.

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Here's my brother and his younger son, quite busily working on constructing a wall. Can anyone say TETRIS?

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After a good hour they got tired of that exhibit and had to make sure the train was still working upstairs. Princess, then older and younger cousin are watching for the train.

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Superman got tired of train spotting, and decided to go cook me lots of food.

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This is how much I had by the time Batman came down to cook. Doesn't he look proud of himself?

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More math, making patterns. Mimi is helping Princess make all of these wonderful patterns. Now, the most hilarious thing is to push the button and watch it all fall out. HI-LAR-IOUS.

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Batman is working hard to power up the city with these power cells. Little does he know he's learning fractions. MWA HA HA HA HA! Sneaky Mom.

So, as you can see, we had a blast at the kid's museum this week. Just wait, you get to see lots more family photos this week. It's hard to get much schoolwork done with so many visitors.




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