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Since the dates are not day specific, the calendar can be used every year. The boxes are a nice size, so I have been able to add school and public library book nights, and many other activities. This calendar has been a major highlight of the summer.
June 22, 2011
There are not 104 days in my daughter’s summer vacation. And, she certainly does not think that school comes along just to end it. As a parent, I dread the inevitable, “What are we going to do today, I’m bored!” from my kids. ThePhineas and Ferb 104 Days of Summer calendar has already been worth the price of paper.
The calendar is printed on to six sheets of paper that you cut and assemble. Every few days there is an activity listed to try, and there are many more suggestions at the bottom of the calendar. Grandparents have also talked about nature outings and museum trips that have been added to the calendar. To fill in, I purchased a Pet Tornado, Triassic Triops(because of the They Might Be Giants song), a OWI Frightened Grasshopper Kit – Solar Powered, and Fascinations Magic Garden Crystal Wish Flower. The combination of events has done an adequate job of filling the calendar with fun activities.
The activity today was to draw a map to a treasure and have someone follow the map to a treasure (the activity was listed on the bottom of the calendar). VIP drew a fairly accurate depiction of our backyard. She then hid a ball in the backyard, put an “X” on the map, and gave me the map to find the ball. For being a 5 year old, she did a decent job. The ball was located in the area of the map, even if it wasn’t where she drew her first “X”…or her second…or really her third (spatial reasoning is hard). She really got a kick out of watching me follow her map. If you want a more detailed idea of how to do a treasure hunt, view Laura Grace Weldon’s article about how to cure cabin fever.
I think the real treasure of the activity was VIP finding a baby tree frog in the grass. It hopped into her hand and sat patiently while I took a couple of quick photos. I’m glad my daughter is a chip off the old block, she wasn’t squeamish in the least that the frog was a little slimy, and frequently commented on the frog’s cuteness.
As the summer progresses I know we will have a blast completing the activities. There will be no question of, “What are we going to do today?” And to end the summer, another activity from the bottom of the calendar is to make a photo book. We are going to make a book of her summer calendar activities.
What activities would you add? Would you be as crazy as Phineas and Ferb? VisitGeekDad’s recent article about upcoming Phineas and Ferb events.
I am still going through everything in my head that took place during Maker Faire. I hope we are able to go again in the coming years. I will still be in “Squee” mode this year, until PAX.
May 28, 2011
This year I went outside my comfort zone and decided to drag my family to Maker Faire in San Mateo California. I convinced myself it would be a good trip to see our new niece and visit other family. My feeling about traveling to California quickly went from dipping my toe in the water to a full-fledged cannonball when I learned that GeekDad would have a booth at the event AND that I was welcome to come help out.
I had a major “SQUEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!” moment.
Maker Faire lived up to all of my expectations and more. It was amazing to meet Jenny, Natania, Ken and their families. I felt honored to be welcomed into the GeekParent family with open arms. You know you have fallen into your hobby when “work” consists of sitting at a table for several hours playing games with whoever comes by that wants to play. Darn. Life is tough – but someone has to do it. If you want to read more about the GeekDad/GeekMom booth at Maker Faire, you can read the article by Jenny Williams.
Maker Faire was amazing. The first day there were 96,000 people, and I would guess there was a comparable number the second day. I had no idea how kid-friendly the event would be, and am still shocked at how much fun was had by all four members of my family. Though I am a sucker for quick crafts, I let my daughter do most of the creating, taking her to a booth where she was able to make her own book using a letterpress for the cover and sewing the binding. She also enjoyed making a model of a cell out of Model Magic and playing inside an igloo made of recycled drink containers.
We were disappointed that we couldn’t find the 3D printer that printed candy and the tech jewelry place that had kits for felt animals you can control with your iPod. However we found a lot of other cool stuff.
My husband was able to find author/cartoonist David Malki and get the book Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die. As an added bonus, David drew a cartoon on the inside of the book and signed it and gave out cards with the books letting everyone know how they can expect to die (if you are familiar with the book, this shouldn’t surprise you).
I was able to find a messenger bag to replace my current one that is falling apart. I went to Vaya bags and got a great water proof bag that holds my camera and laptop. I wore it for most of the weekend and was so comfortable, I forgot I was wearing it.
My husband and I were also able to catch part of a Tesla coil concert, where we recognized the tunes from Dr. Who and Mario Brothers. Do you have a favorite moment from Maker Faire that you caught on camera? We would love to see it!
April Fools! I need to work on my poetry. I don’t think I had written poetry since college. It’s sad because I used to write poetry all of the time when I was in grade school. But in combination with this post Storm’s cat was photographed in a beer box, in a fridge. I have started writing a parody of “I’m the Man In the Box” by Alice in Chains.
A limerick by Zoot:
There once was a sneaky cat
her talent was simply that
she played the cute card
and sang like a bard
to show that she caught a rat
A Haiku by Jack:
Toys are so much fun
My human girl likes toys too
Batting them around
A limerick by Tiger:
I am a lazy cat
My owners can verify that
As long as there’s food
I’ll be in a good mood
and not leave a surprise in their hat
A Haiku by Echo:
I take some abuse
along with all of the love
It is SO worth it
Here is proof that Tiger has defeated the dragon. Granted, Tiger is cat (who thinks he’s a dog) and the dragon is an IKEA stuffed animal. It still counts, right?