Pasta Cat (not to be confused with Taco Cat): School Craft

Yesterday, I posted our 300th blog post and didn’t realize it until the afternoon! Thank you to everyone who has been with us since the beginning and thank you to those who have joined us recently. We are hoping to regularly post now that we are settled into our new home. I know that 300 posts really isn’t much for a 4 year old blog but it’s still good to celebrate the milestones, right?

So this is one of those kind of silly, filler posts. But hopefully it will still be fun!

My fourth child, Rhys, had an assignment a few days ago in his science class to make a dinosaur out of pasta. Now, this is one of those fun crafts that I knew the other kids would be interested in! So when I prepared the materials, I made sure to prepare enough for four of the kids to make a picture. Corran’s too old for pasta pictures and Gavin is too young and would just try to eat the uncooked pasta. Yuck!

Pasta pictures is a school craft that most moms and dads know about but I’ll list materials anyway. It’s definitely one of those crafts that you already have most everything you need already! I had three types of pasta and was wishing I had elbow macaroni for them to use, but the kids worked with what I had.

  • Pasta, the more shapes and sizes the better
  • White glue, the squeeze bottle type probably works best
  • Cardstock, since it’s stiffer than construction paper, it holds up better to the weight; cardboard would also work
  • Imagination (does anyone else hear Spongebob’s voice when they think of the word “imagination?” No, it’s just me? I’m weird I guess. Or I have kids who like Spongebob.)
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Lego Challenge: Build a Snowman

It’s the Christmas season! That means Christmas-themed LEGO Challenges for the month of December. We will be doing a Christmas LEGO Challenge once a week this month. If you decide to do these along with us, we’d love to see your pictures, whether it’s here or on Facebook! Let’s play!

Ian’s snowman build is very much Ian. He built a microscale city (with green buildings because they painted them that way) with a giant snowman attacking it. Is anyone else getting flashbacks to the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters? This snowman is not quite so jolly-looking though!

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Lego Mindstorms: MindCub3r Robot Build 2019

The kids actually built this robot back in 2016, but Matthias asked a few days ago if he could build it again. It was an easier build for him this time around!

Some of the differences this time:

  • It took Matthias half a day to build the Lego Mindstorms: Mindcub3r robot then he programmed it yesterday. Last time, it took us two days to build, and Corran was the one who programmed it.
  • He didn’t have to jimmy anything to get it working! Last time, we had to use a piece of cardboard to keep the cube from bouncing around too much. The robot worked properly right from the start.
  • There are still scanning errors here and there, but for the most part, it solves the Rubik’s cube correctly.
  • The type of Rubik’s cube matters! If you can get a decent one, that would work best in the robot. The smoother movement it has the better.

The instructions and programming are located at the same site as 3 years ago: MindCub3r for EV3

The instructions are listed very clearly there so I won’t repeat them here.

You can also learn to solve the Rubik’s cube yourself. You Can Do the Rubik’s Cube is a good place to start!

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