Wednesday, 29 August 2012

My knight-errant

The boy & I went to the ROM the other day, mostly to see the new dinosaur exhibit, but also to check out a few other things, including the boy's favourite, the bat cave.

The dinos were very cool, and definitely worth the visit if your little ones are into dinosaurs. There's lots of cool tech to go along with them to help explain everything. The bat cave is a perennial favourite, I even remember it from my days of trips to the ROM!

Given the boy's newest love for knights, we also had to make a trip to see different types of armour. We found this great collection of different styles from the 17th century, including a Samurai helmet, Mughal armour and Indian dagger & sword. He even got to dress up in something replica medieval armour, including a helmet & breastplate which nearly made him fall over it was so heavy!

That's why I love places like the ROM, whatever your interest, dinos, natural history, knights, ancient Egypt, or ancient Rome, there's something there to help spark your imagination, and inspire questions. Of course with the boy, it doesn't always take a lot to inspire a question! And some days with all the questions he asks, maybe I shouldn't be giving him fodder for more!


Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Make believe

The boy seems to have moved on from being a Roman Solider to being a knight. We're now into learning about Medieval times and what life was like for a knight.

He's really into the idea of jousting and so gallops through the house pretending to have a lance so that he can knock other knights off their horses!

Sir Boy of Sillyville off to the library for more books!

Sunday, 19 August 2012

A complete jewellery set

The boy seems to have finally decided (after much questioning) that I really do like the necklace that he made me. So now I have a beaded bracelet to go with the necklace. 

These are pieces of jewellery I'll always treasure. Maybe it will become a family heirloom! 

Who wouldn't want a matching necklace & bracelet

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Why do you like the necklace Mummy? Why?

The boy came home from camp yesterday with a beaded necklace he'd made for me. It's very cute and of course I put it on right away and told him how much I liked it. And that's when the questions started.

"Why do you like it Mummy?"
"I like it because it has lots of pretty colours in it,"
"Why does it have lots of colours Mummy?"
"Well, those are the beads you picked for it,"
"Do you like it Mummy?"
"Yes, I like it a lot,"
"Why do you like it?"
"I like it because it looks like a rainbow,"
"It does, doesn't it Mummy. Why else do you like it?"
"I like it because you made it for me, and that makes it special to me."
"Oh, I'm glad."
"Why else do you like it Mummy?"

and so on, and so on, and so on. I had to get very creative with some of my answers, and finally ended up repeating myself. But eventually the questions stopped. Until this morning anyway. The boy certainly does not suffer from a short attention span when it's something that interests him.

The necklace in question. In case you weren't sure, I do like it...