Mommy, I’m touching Huckle with my foot. He’s so soft and hairy.
Our Adventures in Science, Creativity & Life With 2 Young Boys
So after an hour of collecting samples and using the microscope, I’m still not convinced the kids actually “see” anything.
Sometimes they’d agree with me and sometimes they’d be all like, “I see black”. Do you see the mosquito hairs? “Uhhhh, yeah???”
Kids are weird
Leaves little room for parent error.
I got two hear the two things that Daddy did “wrong” from a sad, regret filled Simon last night. He acknowledged his own error, but he made sure I knew that it was in response to the error of others. Including…
"He needed to take a time out. Not the type you give me and Charlie. Just some time away from everyone until he wasn’t so angry."
Damn!! I wanted to squeeze him and yell him the truth… Adults are really bad at it. We don’t get better. And yeah, we should all take time outs when we are angry, but we forget most of the time.
4 years old… Can move from toddler tantrum rage to adult reflection in under 5 minutes.
Sometimes littles create the best words.
Raw toast is my favorite…
Nasal spray = nose water
Love these. Simon called them “candy bagels” when he first saw donuts. He still calls Parmesan “dusty cheese”.
"Teach Kids to Code" is the motto of Kodable, a cool app and series of lessons that aims to teach the ability to write computer code even before kids are able to read. Pretty ambitious, and yet oddly simple when you break it apart into its basic components.
Since we were going to spend another summer weekend at Maker Faire Detroit, and since we had already done a fair amount of robots and tinkering science days in the past… it seemed like a good add-on to concentrate on the idea that the difference between robots and humans (arguable!) is that robots need instructions and rules in order to work.
THREE COOL “EARLY CODING” IDEAS
1. Create a maze and have kids run instructions to get through
This can be like a giant version of Kodable, or you could just play a round of Robot Turtles. But, I decided to try a giant board game. I cut out giant black squares and then simple color cards with instructions (left, right, up, turn around).
Simon had to lay down a sequence before hitting a giant EXECUTE button. It started simple enough, but then he wanted to make super crazy pathways. This is kinda Simon’s thing.
2. Pretend to be robots that need instructions to work
Even simpler. We already had robot costumes, and so I created cards with simple actions on them. One side had the words (for Simon), and another pictures (for Charlie). The boys took turns being programmer and being robot awaiting instructions.
3. Build a robot out of found material
This is less about programming, but it still is about building a machine that has a certain intention. This could be in a total craft way (see CatBot). Use recycled materials to create a fake robot with a purpose. Pretend to write the instructions needed to make it run.
Or, create a simple machine that actually runs. Like ArtBot!! Have fun analyzing what it needs to work and how to tweak it to make it better.