This week Nookie has been crazy about germs! She got a cold and discussion about what a cold is and how you catch one soon turned into a small obsession! She’s watched numerous videos on YouTube about germs, looked at pictures in my biology textbooks, and is now requesting a microscope for her next birthday! I’ve also been a little concerned about the ensuing hand-washing and cleanliness fanaticism, but I’m sure that will pass. Anyway, here’s a summary of what she’s been learning and doing this past week or so:
* Making pretend cakes out of Play Dough and some polystyrene cake dummies I have.
* Watching YouTube videos about germs. Having numerous discussions about germs and how your immune system works.
* Emulating the immune system with toys… Pretending little toys are the germs invading a doll, then “white blood cell” toys come along and kill them.
* Looking through a biology textbook for pictures of real microbes. Seeing a diagram of HIV and talking about viruses, what HIV is and how you catch it.
* Talking about perspective after she noticed her daddy looked smaller as we walked away from him.
* Playing at the park with her friends at the home ed group.
* Taking the dogs to the park and trying to get them to follow her on the climbing frame (partially successfully).
* Watching me have a blood test and talking about what blood tests are for, how the blood comes out, etc.
* Baking cupcakes with minimal help from me.
* Playing at the park some more.
* Dyeing eggs with Koolaid.
* Pretending to dye eggs with toy eggs and toy cups.
* Playing with her Scooby Doo, Peppa Pig and monster toys.
* Shopping for Halloween costumes and stuff to decorate the house.
* Painting each others’ faces and pretending to go to Halloween parties.
* Painting the faces of her toys and pretending they’re at a Halloween party.
* Talking about what she wants for Christmas (so far a bike, a robotic puppy and a golf game… apparently!)
* “Playing” The Sims by telling me what to do, dictating decorations, etc.
* Practising her ever-improving climbing skills at the park.
* Requesting (and receiving) a backpack so she could carry things in it and pretend to be Dora the Explorer.
* Reading her favourite book together – a Dora the Explorer adventure book.
* Doing miniature jigsaws she got in Kinder eggs.
* Colouring pictures using pastels and paint.
* Drawing pictures with glitter glue.
* Doing activity workbooks… Practising basic writing and counting.
* Watching Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, Curious George and Peppa Pig.
* Helping me to sweep the floors.
* Building makeshift slides and sliding her toy cars down them.
* Watching Aladdin and Corpse Bride over and over and over again.
* Visiting her aunt and uncle (for the first ever time at her own suggestion, AND she told me to stay behind!) and playing chase, hide and seek and with their toy pirate ship and dinosaurs. Getting to feed their fish.
* Playing with glow-sticks in the dark.
* Making cards for friends’ birthdays.
* Doing her Toy Story sticker book.
* Playing traffic jams with her toy cars.
* Playing with a human body app on my iPhone.