Monday, 4 May 2015

Audley End's Grand Victorian travelling show.

For the bank holiday, we went to Audley End for their Victorian show.  We enjoyed various shows including a flea circus, drama about Robin Hood, a  Camera Obscura and, the highlight, Buffalo Bill's rodeo show.  All with lots of audience participation and laughs!



Sunday, 12 April 2015

Wimpole lambing 2015

We went in the sunshine to visit Wimpole Farm to see their newborn lambs.  This time we were lucky and saw a lamb a few hours old.  We enjoyed a couple of hours looking at animals in the sunshine and then a play in their adventure playground. 



Friday, 3 April 2015

Wastwater

We had a fab holiday in the lake district on Wastwater - the weather wasn't great but we did lots of walking and got P up to her highest mountain yet! Alot of the time we ended up walking in the cloud with no view :(.  We stayed in a rather fab semi-detached cottage on a farm.  It really was a beautiful part of the lake district - although we didn't get up top Scarfell Pike due to weather I can't wait to go back!





Sunday, 15 February 2015

Anglesey Abbey Snowdrop Festival

Today we went to Anglesey Abbey to admire the snowdrops.  It feels like spring is on its way!



 Then we walked down to Coe Fen for a stop of den building watched by a friend.



Saturday, 14 February 2015

e-Luminate Cambridge Festival - Saturday Family Fun




Held in the guild hall, the girls had a lot of fun.  They drew exploring light and shade, made shadow puppets, jam jar lanterns and the highlight cycling to power lights! 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Hansel and Gretel gingerbread house

We read the story of Hansel and Gretel so G and P made a gingerbread house. We used Mary Berry's recipe for gingerbread.
  • 375g unsalted butter
  • 300g dark muscovado sugar
  • 150g golden syrup
  • 900g plain flour
  • 1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp ground ginger
 
 
G and P melted the butter, sugar and syrup together in a pan. Then they put the flour, bicarbonate of soda and ground ginger together into a large bowl and made a well in the centre. They poured in the melted butter mixture, stirred it in and, when cool enough to handle, kneaded it into a stiff dough. 

Then they put it in our Lakeland silicon mould and baked it for 10-12 minutes at 180oc.

Then they left it cool and made royal icing (they used 1 packed of powered egg white whisked with 3 tablespoons warm water and when mixed in they added another 7 and whisked again). Then they added about 500g sugar (I added until it was stiff) and then I added a squeeze of lemon juice).  G and P then decorated their house and then put it together.
 
 G wanted to make a giant gingerbread man - she shaped it herself! 

 

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Spaghetti and Marshmallows Tower - a family STEM challenge





Today using spaghetti and marshmallows we saw who could build the tallest tower.

We found:
You can build very large structures from squares and cubes, but they will be weak and will usually fall down quite easily. If you try to make a structure out of triangles and pyramids, it will be strong but you will use a lot of materials before the tower gets very tall! The best way to build a tall tower is to use both triangles and squares – that way you can build big structures that are less wobbly. A diagonal piece of spaghetti put across a square turns a square into two triangles and makes it more rigid