Thursday, 9 February 2012

This is what happens when you're busy making other plans

While I've been angsting my pants over GCSEs, IGCSEs, diplomas and all that other academic stuff, this is what the kids have been up to. It always seems to happen like this, there I am panicking, and there they are oblivious, happily educating themselves with minimal intervention from me...

The first stages of an igloo (using an ice cream tub as a mould for the bricks)


Ice Man
Spanish number dominoes (free printout from

'Down to Earth Geography'

Playing 'maths man'

visiting the exhibition on refugees at the Town Hall

Preparing an 'African Feast' with friends
Fried plantain chips
Exotic fruit salad (first time my kids have eaten pomegranate)
making date chewies
stage 2 (after cooking). Then rolled into balls and dipped in icing sugar (see below).

Papaya stir fried rice

Back to the stone circle (with the bear hat that is now - sob - lost)

Just as cold as last time we visited!


Pip said...

so much being done. Loving the idea of the ice cube tub being used as a mold. much easier than hand making them like we did this weekend lol

Motherfunker said...

Wow, looks like a look of fun over at your place. Yummy looking food too! How lovely :-)

Carol said...

I'm exhausted just reading that lot!

Anne B said...

I'm jealous again. We haven't had any snow at all down here in the soft South...

Big mamma frog said...

I have to say, the novelty of being cold is starting to wear off :)

MadameSmokinGun said...

Love the igloo - we tried it last year using my washing-up bowl as the mould - nice big blocks but it was also the activity that left me in a home-made sling for a week.... This year I was merely reminded I had children by the avenues of wet clothes, making me believe they had spent a great deal of time outside.... unsupervised, unapplauded, unrecorded.... sigh...

Daniela said...

Hello there,
I started home edding my daughter this Sept and I recently came across your blog which I absolutely enjoy. All the links and resources you've listed are so useful. Thank you ever so much for that, it's of great help for a newbie like me :D. The maths and science ones have been brilliant for my 13 year old son, who is at school.
I was wondering, could you direct me somewhere where I can find hints , tips or any sort of material on how to teach children to write properly? My children (1 girl and two boys) have great vocabulary but when it comes to putting their ideas down on paper... it's a disaster! They need some structure and foundation on how to express those great ideas in an interesting and fluid way. Any ideas? I was looking to buy some books but there are so many out there I don't know which ones would be the best. Many thanks for your time and help. Daniela

Big mamma frog said...

Hi,Daniela, glad you're enjoying the blog :)

I'm no expert on the writing thing but I know there are some books out there that others recommend (I think there is a series of US books - the US seems pretty good on this sort of thing).

Your best place to ask would be on the littlebitofstructure forum ( ) as I'm sure they'd be able to point you in the right direction and possibly suggest some free online resources too.


Daniela said...

Thank very much for your quick response. I shall look into straight away. I forgot to say I wrote on this post since I didn't know how else to get in touch with you. I look forward to reading more posts. Have a nice week. :D

KP Nuts said...

You know you are behind on your blog reading when spring weather has sprung and you are reading about snow!!

OzSky said...

Very impressed by the cooking and the igloo. How high did it get? Did they get the roof on? Makes me feel a bit cooler looking at it (it's still hot here!)

I love the idea of themed cooking for the kids. My dd recently made rather Eastery themed goods, which were very popular. Yum.