Sunday, February 27, 2011

Plants vs. Zombies, Griffin Sculpture

Real-life Plants vs. Zombies game board:

Noor shows me how to sculpt a Griffin:

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Plutonium, Marduk and Yin & Yang

Conversations have been taking a wild turn lately.  Last night, we moved from Marduk, the Babylonian God who according to some legends killed a dragon that was threatening to wipe out the human species.  From there, Noor asked why we couldn't buy Plutonium in a store and how close its molecules were to each other. Talk of war, weapons, and The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, lead to the question, "Is that why people make bombs out of gasoline and soda cans?"

"You mean Molotov cocktails,? Where did you hear about those," I asked, as I mentally ran down the list of movies we've recently watched.

"You told me about them, remember? The last time we were in Israel," Noor reminded me.

Perhaps that conversation brought about the newest sculpture: Yin and Yang.  "The "Light" is the good side and the "Dark" is the bad side, but neither is really winning," explains Noor.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Feels like Spring!!!

It was 60 degrees today! Which made for the perfect opportunity to try marbling paper with shaving cream

Spread shaving cream in a thin layer

add liquid water color paint and swirl with a tooth pick or chop stick

Press paper on top of shaving cream and paint

Pull paper up and squeegee off the excess shaving cream

Hang to dry

Scoop up left over shaving cream and get ready for a zombie attack

***Update 2/20:  The water in shaving cream evaporates after a few days and leaves a papery-foamy substance that somewhat resembles dryer lint. 


It is hard to tell, but there are floors in the tower for the newest sculptures.

More Sculptures

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Art, Goop, Friends, Snow Painting

I'll let these pictures speak for themselves......

Monday, February 7, 2011


Noor has become interested in counting to infinity, or at least in trying to grasp why she'll never be able to, even if she did nothing else but count from now until the end of her life.

We read a bit and watched a few short videos that explained infinity in a simple way I hadn't thought of: there are infinite numbers.

After watching the following, Noor said: "I can't count to infinity because the number hasn't been invented yet."

The we watched a few shorts that explained (some better than others) Zeno's Paradox:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Picasso on our driveway

One of the best pieces of unschooling advice I've come across is this tenet from Sandra Dodd, "One of my guiding principles is that I want my children's worlds to be sparkly."

Having a dad who sees the potential for art and beauty in nearly everything, including 4" of ice on our driveway, helps "sparkly" be a daily reality.

Driveway ice by Michael, profiles by Picasso