Saturday, January 22, 2011

Plants vs Zombies

The kids, particularly Tyger have been enthralled Plants vs Zombies players for a while now. Tyger is getting pretty good at it. It is a great strategy game that is very easy for the kids to pick up and improve on as they advance through the levels.

Kalea found this on youtube. She thinks it is funky! It is the end credits once you beat the game.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Moth/Butterfly life cycles

Kalea and Tyger caught a black caterpillar two weeks ago and put it in their cage. It ate leaves and then formed a cocoon. Kalea thought it was dead but Tyger remembered the Hungry Caterpillar book and said it was a cocoon.

They faithfully kept the cocoon and refreshing the leaves in the cage for 10 days. I was expecting them to get bored and forget about it but no, they waited and waited and waited!

Tyger made the discovery - a beautiful coloured moth. He ran in to show us and then wanted to catch another caterpillar but said there were none left. I mentioned about the caterpillars eating leaves and leaving holes in the leaves on plants and that maybe if there were holes, there would be caterpillars. Off they both went.

They've currently got a green caterpillar, a hairy caterpillar and some hairless tan looking caterpillar residing in their cage now! While looking for leaves with holes, they found a leaf with tiny black eggs on it but unfortunately it got thrown out accidentally when they were renewing the vegetation in the cage.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Swimming

I went swimming in the magnapool with the kids today. Their confidence increased a lot with me in the water as opposed to the swimming teacher. Tyger was floating out onto the water using the foam pipes where previously he would cling to whoever had him tightly and not be comfortable out in the open pool. They managed to get themselves around the pool and it looks like they are getting the confidence and skills they need to swim with free play more than they are from the swimming lessons!