Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What brother does, I have to too!

KB had to do a shoe box project for his homework.  It was a "think out of the box" homework.  He wanted to make an asteroid spewing out blue fire and such exotic stuff.  But there was a clause in it that said that the project had to be self explanatory.  So KB decided he wanted to show an exploding volcano.  He cut out some brown paper and stuck them together.  He wanted to put some play dough on it and luckily we had a whole box of play dough gifted to him by my cousin's daughter who visited us a while back.  He made the volcano with the lava flowing out.  Then he wanted to show ash spread out in the surrounding trees.  So he himself mixed white and black play dough and made it look like ash and spread it over the leaves.  I helped him stick the background paper inside the shoe box.  Project done.

But what KB does, KG has to do.  Right away she grabbed a shoe box, cut out the top and cut out a long strip of paper and made it look like a handle, stuck it on the box and told me, "Mamma, look, I made a basket for you.  Now you can keep your things in this basket, whatever you want".  I thanked her for it and took it and found a few things to put in it to please her.  The next morning, she wanted to make something more grand like her brother had done.  So I asked her if she wanted to do a ocean diorama and told her that it would mean making something that looks like a ocean using the shoebox.  She was all excited.  I printed out the background paper.  She cut out all the edges, the animals (I did some trimming) and I taught her how to make a star fish etc using the multi pack play dough.  It was a lot of fun doing all this with her.  She learned some more about ocean animals from doing the project.  I didn't know myself that clown fish were the only few fishes that would hang around a sea anemone (orange flower like).  The sea anemone has stinging tentacles but the clown fish has a kind of slime that protects it from the venom of the sea anemone and they share a symbiotic relationship.  She could not wait to go pick up KB from school the other day and show him her project.  He was most impressed with her project and that made her feel so good! Big brother gave her a check mark! Wow! All his friends crowded around to see her project.  Later at home though, he of course had to steal her thunder (and mine!) when KG excitedly told him - KB, look, these are stinging tentacles of the sea anemone.  He casually said, "yeah, only clown fish go near the sea anemone.  They don't get killed by the sea anemone. They both share a symbiotic relationship".  He likes to read up or learn such facts from his nature shows and just remembers them.  Thankfully I had read up on why the clown fish are able to survive the attack of the sea anemone and could tell him about it! At least from having read up just then, mom appeared to know a a little more than him! :).  Here I present happily KG's ocean diorama from a shoebox.  


Sumana said...

Very cool. Lovely KG and KB great job. ANd the mommy as well.

noon said...

Hi Sumana

Long time no see. How have you been?

Thanks for your comment!


ranjani.sathish said...

Awesome work by brother and sister..that's the advantage of the second ones..they pick up everything at the age the elder one learns !

noon said...

Hi Ranj - thanks. Yeah - some things they learn ahead of their age. But things like reading - comes only at their own pace. KB is more worried than me that she is not reading the books he read when he turned five. He says, mamma, you have to make KG read more than just Bob books. She is going to be five. :)

Anonymous said...

Good job KG and KB!! I love school projects, they offer up an opportunity to revisit things long forgotten.

noon said...

Hi Meera - please can you fix the wwordpress issue for me?! ;(
Liked your recent fiction.
Yeah - school projects can be fun - in limited doses. :) I have never done a shoe box project if I remember right. So it was fun for me.

Bindhu!! said...

Wow is the word, for the kids and the mom!!!

Aparna said...

So cute!! so cute! I just loved the part where KG was so happy to gain KB's approval :) and how she has to do whatever big brother does :) and the part where thankfully you'd read up about the sea anemone and the clown fish and could save face in front of KB :)
I don't know how I missed this post. Nice one.

Neera said...

Awesome mom and awesome kids ..KB is such a cool dude - yeah only clown fish can go next to them - wow! And I totally relate to how the younger sibling bloats on getting the elder one's approval! :) Today is KG's b'day, right?! Many many happy returns of the day to her!

mnamma said...

The shoe box projects look awesome Noonie! Good job KB and KG! And you didn't know the symbiotic relationship between clown fish and sea anemone? That's why you need to watch 'finding Nemo' like a million time ;)

noon said...

Bindhu - thanks!

Aparna - Thanks! :) When it comes to the animal world esp, these kids, some of them at least are so into it, they just remember so much right...

Neera - thanks so much! I somehow missed reading these wishes! I will pass it on! How do you remember?!

Mnamma - I know, somehow Nemo book hasn't been popular here. I think I read it to KB once...but somehow we have not read it much. KG got a disney favs book for her birthday, it has that story in it. I will read it again!:) Even otherwise it was fun to know more about it - that if the slime gets washed off even the clown fish can get is really fun learning all these things with them..we never had such wonderful books with so many colorful pictures when I was a kid...

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