I got to start my ant farm today, when we found ants in the sawdust pail!
(This picture is one page of many that made up the game Kenny
designed. It shows the “factories” that could be built for the
specific number of coins: bakery; dairy processing; smoothie shop;
hamburger joint; and fabric shop.)
On this snowy day while Daddy was at work:
– Kenny read the daily “Q and A” by himself and wrote his answer.
– Kenny asked Mama to play the “Kenny Country type game” he designed
yesterday. (He drew this game based on his current favourite games on
the iPad: Township (“Kenny Country”) and Hay Day.) This required him
to do arithmetic such as: adding up the number of crops produced and
deciding how much to sell them for; adding and subtracting coins from
sales of crops and products and purchases of buildings; keeping track
of quantities of ingredients, and what new actions can be done as we
progress to higher levels in the game.
– Kenny searched for a video of a Rube Goldberg machine, found one
made using Minecraft, and he was inspired to make his own “Rube Kenny”
world in Minecraft (a game on the iPad).
His character unexpectedly died, which was a bit upsetting. (The
instructions had said you can’t die in this peaceful/creative mode.)
We investigated the cause by searching Google, and (on a Wiki for
Minecraft) found out that if you dig below the bedrock and don’t fly
out immediately, you will fall into the void (beyond the designed
game) and die, but you can respawn which means you go back to where
you started the game. (We are all just learning how this game works.)
– Talked about the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day and watched short
videos on YouTube about it during lunch.
– Watched an animated movie called A Cat in Paris on Netflix (because
it had the Eiffel Tower in it, and Kenny wants to do his geography
project on France). We liked it.
– Wrapped and decorated a present (which Kenny had picked) for
Grandpa’s birthday tomorrow.
– Outside for 1.5 hours:
Started with exploring the snow and trying not to sink, “using the
principle of mathematics, you know Mama, that the more spread out you
are the less pressure there is on one spot.” So we crawled or rolled
across the snow.
Kenny noticed a supporting board on the sauna porch was loose.
Kenny helped with shoveling the driveway by sitting on the shovel with
his legs like a plow blade while Mama pushed it.
Then he continued to play his ongoing imaginary, “Star Wars game, you
know, the one I’ve been playing since I was 5!”
This was followed by, “a snowball fight, like we had the other day.”
(That was a fun afternoon too!)
– Back inside: Ate oranges and found another video of a Rube Goldberg
machine in Minecraft, and “checked on Hay Day and Kenny Country” on
the iPad, while Mama started supper.
Mama and Kenny were very grateful to have this time together today.