Monday, 3 August 2015

Houghton Mill

 Today we visited the watermill in Houghton. It is owned by the National Trust and on Sundays  (see NT website) is still a working mill. We enjoyed looking round the mill where there are lots of interactive exhibits which are good for kids. We enjoyed the working model of the mill, located on an upper level of the building where the girls enjoyed the opportunity to turn a crank which would spill water onto a small millwheel, as well as playing with a model working lock. There was also a place where they could turn a child-sized set of mill stones to grind some flour.  We also enjoyed watching real boats using the lock, sampling the cafe's cakes and playing in the river. 





Sunday, 2 August 2015

The Roman Road

Today we enjoyed a walk along the Roman Road where the girls started to find the first few ripe blackberries, and other signs that summer is drawing to an end.  We walked to the A11 bridge before turning round and walking back. 





Saturday, 1 August 2015

Woburn Safari

Today we went to Woburn Safari for P's birthday treat, which is about an hour from Cambridge.  We enjoyed the road safari where we saw giraffes, elephants, lions, tigers, bears and monkeys (although none jumped onto our car much the girls' disappointment). 

Then we parked the car and visited the rest of the park. It was amazing how big it was and how much of it was free. We enjoyed visiting the indoor play bit where they have massive slides (although the girls didn't have trousers on so couldn't use them), paddling swan boats, walking though the monkey pen, feeding parakeets, stroking goats, watching sea lions swimming, jumping on the bouncy castle and a train ride though the deer enclosure. 




 What a great day out!






Friday, 31 July 2015

Trip to Anglesey Abbey

Today we went for a quick trip to our local National Trust property.  We walked the Woodland Path & Hoe Fen Trail meaning we could visit the massive tree house and new play area. The new Wild Play Area is small but fab; we loved climbing on the straw bales, the hammocks and the wobbly bridge.  Then we walked to the wildlife hide and watched some birds feeding at various feeders before walking back to the car via the Rose Garden. 






Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Wet on Wet Watercolour

This is about the process not about the outcome and gives an experience of colour.

First we soaked a piece of watercolour paper in water for about 10 minutes and then wiped off excess water (the paper should have a sheen to it not be soaking wet). We then diluted the paint but I think I made too faint (next time I would have a stronger colour).  Then using brushes we flicked paint on it watching as the colours bled into each other.

  E enjoyed also printing hers by placing a dry piece on top. The colours are much paler as you can see:



ubmerge paper (one sheet at a time, so that they don’t stick together) in water and let it soak while you prepare everything else. Paper should soak about 10-15 minutes.
2. Mix your paint(s). When starting out, I recommend painting with one color at a time. Put a dollop of paint in the bottom of a pint jar (a tablespoon or so), and add water until the jar is about 3/4 full. Mix well. (I like to use a chopstick for this purpose.) You can test the intensity of the shade on a scrap of paper. Add more paint to make stronger, or more water to soften.
3. Pour a small amount of mixed paint (just enough to cover the bottom) into baby jars (one for each painter). Remaining paint can be refrigerated to use again later.
4. Lay a piece of soaked paper on a painting board or other flat, smooth, waterproof surface. A kitchen counter works well, but keep in mind that the painting should not be moved from the surface until dry. Most watercolor paper has a rougher side and a smoother side. Lay paper down with rough side up.
5. Wipe excess water off paper with clean, damp sponge. Make sure there are no puddles of water on the paper, and wipe away any air bubbles. Paper should have a sheen to it, but not be soaking wet.
- See more at: http://simplehomeschool.net/painting-wet-on-wet-waldorf-watercolors-for-children/#sthash.TgXmRupx.dpuf
ubmerge paper (one sheet at a time, so that they don’t stick together) in water and let it soak while you prepare everything else. Paper should soak about 10-15 minutes.
2. Mix your paint(s). When starting out, I recommend painting with one color at a time. Put a dollop of paint in the bottom of a pint jar (a tablespoon or so), and add water until the jar is about 3/4 full. Mix well. (I like to use a chopstick for this purpose.) You can test the intensity of the shade on a scrap of paper. Add more paint to make stronger, or more water to soften.
3. Pour a small amount of mixed paint (just enough to cover the bottom) into baby jars (one for each painter). Remaining paint can be refrigerated to use again later.
4. Lay a piece of soaked paper on a painting board or other flat, smooth, waterproof surface. A kitchen counter works well, but keep in mind that the painting should not be moved from the surface until dry. Most watercolor paper has a rougher side and a smoother side. Lay paper down with rough side up.
5. Wipe excess water off paper with clean, damp sponge. Make sure there are no puddles of water on the paper, and wipe away any air bubbles. Paper should have a sheen to it, but not be soaking wet.
- See more at: http://simplehomeschool.net/painting-wet-on-wet-waldorf-watercolors-for-children/#sthash.TgXmRupx.dpuf
an experience of color, not form. Because the wet paint is laid on wet paper, the colors flow, blending into one another in beautiful, unexpected ways. - See more at: http://simplehomeschool.net/painting-wet-on-wet-waldorf-watercolors-for-children/#sthash.TgXmRupx.dpuf
erience of color, not form. Because the wet paint is laid on wet paper, the colors flow, blending into one another in beautiful, unexpected way - See more at: http://simplehomeschool.net/painting-wet-on-wet-waldorf-watercolors-for-children/#sthash.TgXmRupx.dpuf

Monday, 27 July 2015

Jewelled Light @ Great St Mary’s Church

As part of the Summer at the Museums programme, we went to Great St Mary’s Church where we explored their stained glass windows. We then made our own
sparkling sun-catchers using sticky backed plastic, card and tissue paper.





Sunday, 26 July 2015

Go Ape and Thetford forest

Today we took the girls to play at High Lodge and to try to Go-Ape courses.  Husband took the big 2 on the Tree Top Adventure (over 10s only) whilst E completed the Junior Go-ape (over 6s (or over 1m if with an adult) whilst me and P watched from the ground.  We also found time for some playing - High Lodge has the most amazing play equipment and we walked a bit of the forest including the Sound Trail.