Thursday, 29 August 2013

A DAY IN LONDON

We had a wonderful family trip to London today. This is not something that we have been able to do before. Both the boys have found the travelling and crowds a bit too much to cope with in the past and have been very clear that going to London IS NOT HAPPENING!! We have built up to this slowly over a couple of years. Spent a few hours each weekend in a busy shopping centre. We started off in a quietish town and then moved on to shopping in a more busy one. Stopped doing our weekly food shop on line and started to go to the supermarket. Any one with a child will know that's never fun, any one with Autistic children will know its HELL! But with gradual build up and exposure we have helped the boys to be less upset and stressed by the crowds, noise and people. Given them the tools to deal with shopping and town centres and now we have worked up to cities. Our visit to Oxford as a family was such a success that we thought we would plant the seed in the boys minds about London. This summer we gave it a go! It was Amazing and the boys want to go back again!

We thought it best to avoid anything that might push their tolerance too far. The visit had to be positive and everyone needed to stay happy and calm. So we avoided the subways and buses and stuck to the black cabs. We caught the coach in to London centre and then hailed cabs to get from one place to the next This did make the travelling pricey but it was worth every penny! By the time we were ready to come home Brendan was hailing the cabs for us!


We started off at the Natural history Museum. That place is so big that we could have spent the whole day there. We chose a few things that we really wanted to see and stopped at the restaurant for a lovely lunch.


We learnt a lot about how the Earth changes due to water and wind etc... How rocks are formed and looked at the Oceans and waves. Brendan is really in to Geology so this was a great part for him to explore. There is so much hands on learning at this place. They were never bored or fed up.



We just had to see the Famous Dinosaur!!!!


We learnt about how our bodies worked. Brendan was looking at joints with this activity and how the bones in his arm moved when he pulled on the lever.


After the Natural History Museum we popped in to a Butterfly house that they had set up in the grounds. We learnt about some of the species, saw some hatching and spotted caterpillars!
After a while we headed off to Trafalgar Square. Kenzie has been doing a project \at school on Van Gough and wanted to see some of his paintings in real life. We popped in to the National Gallery and a lovely lady directed us to the right room. Sadly the Sunflowers were in Amsterdam at an exhibition but he liked the paintings that he did get to see.
When we came out again we watched some street performers and looked at street art, then had a play by the water fountains in Trafalgar Square.



We took a lovely walk to Forbidden Planet to enjoy some "Geek" time! So much cool stuff, we could have stayed in there for hours!




We had a wonder around China town as well. Not for long and sadly we didn't have time to stop for a meal, but it was lovely to walk through.


Of course we could not do London without stopping at Hamleys!!




So much to play with!


Kenzie made a dog teddy in the Build a bear that they have in there.


When we came out of Hamleys there were some Rickshaws outside. One very happy and lovely chap, called Johnson, took us ALL (!!) to Leicester Square for some dinner. I could not believe he could peddle the bike with us all on it!




We stopped in to see M&M world quickly before we set back off to Hyde Park to get the coach home.


We drove past Buckingham Palace a couple of times to!


We were all very tired by now. it was about 8:30pm.


Then we got to relax on the coach home!


Some of us had a nap!


Tuesday, 27 August 2013

SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2013 Day 36

Today we spent a lot of time with small world play. I love to set up a scene and watch what the children do with it. How they make it their own. Little "R" loves this vets set and adding bandages to all the animals legs. She talked about what was wrong with each animal and how we were going to make it better.



Little "L" is really starting to get the hang of cutting with Scissors. She draws pictures and then cuts them up in to little pieces.  She gave me little bits of chopped up picture.
 "Heres one for you Pippa, and more, and that bit more"
We counted the pieces she gave me up to 5.


Little "R" used Post-it notes to write on. I showed her how you can peal one off and then stick it to something. She then set about making marks on each page and pealing it off. She then stuck each one on to the patio doors.


We decided to write the word door together.



Little "L" watched what was happening and joined in. Sticking them on to the other door.



After a while Little "L" moved on to making marks on the patio with a paintbrush and water.


The Smurfs took a walk through Dinosaur land!


Everyone went back to the vet set in the afternoon. All the children played together.


They made enclosures for the animals and a little vet area in it.



Kenzie and "E" spent some time in the outdoor kitchen making "Mashimo". Apparently this is a sand and water mix that sticks to things when you throw it!
They used the new scales that i got from the car boot sale (50p) to weigh the sand and water mix. Lots of mathematical talk. Identifying the weight and the units of weight used.




Little "R" finished off her Post-it door art!


The boys used their "Mashimo" to make door art of a different kind, on my shed!


Then they did a spot of crafting with junk modelling materials.



Little"L" made a sticking picture of her own and found "L" for her name to stick on!



Friday, 23 August 2013

SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2013 Day 32

Beale Park! 
This was one of our family day trips over the summer holidays. We won 2 free tickets in a raffle so thought we would pop along and see what they had. It was a lovely day. Not too big a place so we got round it in an afternoon, but so much to see and do!

There are no big animals as such. The Zebus are probably the biggest things there, but that didn't matter at all. We saw lots of very cute birds and animals.


There were machines that you put 20p in and turned the handle to dispense bird food for the Ducks and Geese. They were all really  friendly and most took the food from your hands. They also have GIANT Koi Carp which the boys got to feed and the fish even sucked their fingers which made them laugh.




Every now and then there was an activity point. This one was about how fast birds flap their wings. You had to press the timer and see how many flaps you could do in a minute. The boys flapped twice as fast as an Owl!


This one was about how fast we run compared to other animals. I am not sure it is very accurate though!


We played in a couple of parks they have dotted about.


We took swimming stuff so that the boys could go in the big paddling pool. It was great. as big as a swimming pool but only as deep as a paddling pool! They spent ages running about in here!


Another play in a different park.



We enjoyed a ride around the park on a train!


Found another activity spot. This was about Flamingos and how they can stand on one leg for hours! The boys challenged daddy!


We found a baby Meerkat which was a real treat!!


We had a really lovely day and the boys were so well behaved. I told them how proud of them I was.


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