Sunday, February 16, 2014
Spirographs and hieroglyphs.
I have been on the lookout for a vintage spirograph set for years. Then I spotted this 'Spiro in a tin' set at our Museum for Transport and Technology (MOTAT) shop. I umm'ed and ahh'ed, but I am glad it made the cut. It's been a winner with all the family. Pretty trippy stuff. I think the smaller size is actually better for smaller hands to manage. One of those good buys. I like that it is small and compact, I can pop it in my bag to pull out if 'something to do' is ever required when we are out and about. Hours of fun.
Another lot of paperbased learning emerged later in the day out of a session on Ancient Egypt. We were looking at how they lived, and specifically how they made papyrus paper and ink out of charcoal. This led to some great experiments including making different paint and ink pigments, finding 'reeds' (raiding the rabbits straw supply) for 'reed pens' and some awesome attempts at hieroglyph writing. Pleasing to this homeschooling mama because a terrible case of learning malaise seems to have struck the small one. He'd be perfectly happy just swimming all day and making a replica of the valley of the kings in the sand. I suppose we all have our days...