Friday, April 18, 2014

Five on Friday

1.  Jack has been spending some of his free time lately reading this Wilderness Survival guide that he found on our bookshelves.

Wilderness Survival

He decided that it'd be really fun if we tried to practice some survival skills in the woods.  I'm not sure I agreed on the "fun" part, and I really have no skills in that area, but it was a good excuse to go out on a hike.  Everyone packed a backpack with essentials (water, snacks, binoculars, nature identification guides, multi-tools, etc) and off we went!  There are some very nice woods surrounding our neighborhood and we ended up doing a two mile hike.  Half way through, we found a nice spot to build a survival fort (see top photo).  That's what Jack called it anyway!  We balanced some broken tree limbs together into a teepee type shape, then topped that with pine needles.  There are tons of broken tree limbs left over from the ice storm we had this past winter, so we had plenty to work with. We spent a good 2 hours out in the woods that day, and it did end up being fun!

Here are the kids looking at the part of the trail that has washed away!  WOW! 

2.  This is Ginny at the Underwater Egg Hunt.  It turned out to be more of a Floating-on-the-Water Egg Hunt, but I think they still enjoyed it.  (Plastic eggs don't sink!)

3.  To get ready for Easter, we made some egg rockets.  Ginny made a kitty one, and Jack made one with a hanging basket for a lego dude.

If you want to make some egg rockets of your own, check out the pin below...

Egg Rockets

4.  We were feeling very fort-y this week, so we also built a soft house in our living room.  That's what we've been calling an indoor fort ever since we read the book "Soft House" by Jane Yolen when the kids were little.  (It's a lovely book, by the way!)

Even big kids like forts!  We lived in that thing for two days...even ate some meals in there and watched some TV.  (It's always good to build the TV into the soft house!)

So this is how big boys spend their time in a soft house.

And this is how big girls enjoy a soft house!  (She's reading "The School of Good and Evil" and tells me that it's probably the best book she's ever read, although the beginning was a little slow.)

Make Raspberry Pi Kit

5.  My dad's birthday was on the 7th.  He turned REALLY old this year.  So we got him a Raspberry Pi to celebrate!  (The kids were really confused when I told them what I got Gramps for his birthday.  They were like "Does he like raspberries?" lol)  We bought the kit version from the Maker Shed (love that store!)  And below you can see my dad's complete pi!  I think he's been having a lot of fun with it.  Happy Birthday Dad!

Hope everyone had a good week!  We had a bunch of tests this week and the kids aced them all!  So definitely a fine week for us!

Weekly Wrap-Up

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