Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lego Creation Thursday

Last year we found some fun printables for Lego’s at Lego’s Family Time fun website!  The thing I like is that they are step-by-step printable instructions! Teaching boys to follow printed directions is an art because most in the boy gender would rather use creativity to put things together {giggle}.  Don't get me wrong, I am all for using creativity but there is something to be said for following directions.

I gave Ryan the duck and Jacob the leprechaun with the pot of gold.  After much discussion the boys decided they like the store kits better than the printables.  After probing further into the reason it laid on the foundation of laziness.  They both do not like to rummage through the Lego's to find the pieces that are needed.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Flat Travelers - Our First Adventure!

We joined a very active facebook group called the Homeschool Swapping Adventures.  Each month our flat friends travel to a new state (or country if you choose to do so) for a new adventure.

To start this new fun adventure the boys needed to create their flat traveler.

Ryan chose to have a football player named Adrian Peterson #28 of the Vikings and Jacob decided to do a snowmobiler.  I decided to print out a picture of our dog, Kramer, so she could tag along with the flat travelers and 'watch' them for us.  We also decided to laminate the travelers so they can last for all 50 states!

We also created a journal page for the family that we visit to fill out.

Once we choose to travel overseas to other countries we will send our passport with our flat travelers.

Our first trip will be to the state of Washington.  Our travelers and our family are excited to hear about all of the fun adventures our Washington family has in store for our travelers.  We just need to brain storm what fun things to do with their traveler when they get here...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lego Creation Thursday

In our history book Story of the World we are studying the Assyrian's and their weapons of mass destruction! What did these folks in about 860 B.C. have as weapons to become a world powder?  

Lets take a look at what the Assyrian's were facing as they conquered every country in their path so they could become the largest empire.  Cities had walls around them.  Well, the walls were only about 30 feet high (some higher) and some had an open space of about 15 feet, followed by another inner wall that was 12 feet thick.  No big deal, right?

The Assyrian's used what is called a siege tower to attack the cities.   For a project, the boys built the 3-sided tower with the 'battering ram' that was used to, well, ram the wall.  Actually, the ram was shaped like an ax and was inserted between the stones of the wall.  After many stones became dislodged the wall would collapse in that section. The archers stood inside the tower shooting arrows at the cities defenders on the wall.

Do you see the little solider peeking out?

I linked up with Michele from My Blessings from Above for her Thursday Lego Creation blog hop.  Make sure you check her our if your children are interested in Lego's.