Saturday, 25 June 2016

Bears


The children made these bear collages at co-op. I love their expressions!

Looking After Backyard Wildlife


The children have been learning about birds and insects at co-op. They made these insect hotels at Bunnings DIY store. I'm hoping they don't become snake hotels!

L made these 2 bird feeders.




Exploring Perth Hills


We spent the day in Perth hills near the village of Kalamunda. After gathering supplies at the farmers market we had a look around at Kalamunda History Village. The children enjoyed seeing and touching all the objects, particularly the old phones. Dad and I just felt old because things from our childhood were on display!











Another highlight was the automatic fruit grader and sorter.





In the afternoon we took a stroll to Lesmurdie Falls. The potoroos here are very curious but R found out they do bite!

Perth City view






Saturday, 18 June 2016

A History of the World in 100 Objects


Today we caught the "A History of the World in 100 Objects" exhibition at the Perth Western Australia Museum before the site closes for 4 years for refurbishment. Other sites of the museum remain open. We got in free which was great. The museum was very crowded because of the free entry but this worked in our favour. The children were very engaged with the exhibition because they were forced to slow down by the crowds and this really gave time to focus.

One of our favourite objects was this lyre inlaid with precious stones.


It was great to discover that the children remembered history "lessons" from a few years ago and related them to the exhibition.




This metal hand was interesting. It appears to have a broken finger and unusual nails so was probably cast from a real person.





This small seat was used by the tribal leader whilst in a drug induced communication with the spirits.


Wood cut




It was fun to try to work out what things were or what they could be used for before reading the label. We thought this could be a giant gold guitar or a huge key! It's really a standard for carrying in ceremonial parades.


We discussed how the labels could help us find out more or draw our attention to details we hadn't noticed. The label for this object explained that the sculpture was made from decommissioned weapons from a war.


Part of the aim of visiting the exhibition was to see how objects are displayed by museums so we can work on our own museum. The kids came up with a great plan to start this project by building a museum in Minecraft complete with cabinets, objects and labels.

Check back soon to see what we make.

Gravity Discovery Centre


Yesterday we went for a tour around The Gravity Discovery Centre and Leaning Tower of Gingin. Our fabulous guide George really knew his stuff. We found out loads of interesting facts about space and had a go with the experiments. R got up 2.1G in the space rocket. The highlight was climbing the leaning tower and dropping a water balloon to Earth to make a crater.

At the top of the tower

Investigating plasma

Firing a smoke ring at L

Finding out about waves

Aboriginal interpretation of life on other planets

The children also used the microscopes to examine local wildlife.