# This Week We Played...

This Week We Played – Week 2

This week we played - TheEngineersKids

We’re starting a new weekly series, where The Engineer’s Kids give you a peek at all the fun things we play. Maybe you’ll get a sense of how truly amazing, and fun, and chaotic our life of five kids under 8 really is. The kids are learning so much. Also, man are they ever messy. I can’t keep up with them.

I love my mornings with the two littlest guys. That’s all about to change though, since we only have 4 days left of school!

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Everything is so low-key for the first few hours of the day. Leto always wants to play trains, and Eva has finally stopped destroying the tracks as soon as I get them set up.

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And the littles love getting to jump on the trampoline without getting hurt by the big kids. The Little Tikes one we have makes our super small backyard so much more fun. Oh, and I have another fun activity for small backyards that I will be posting shortly. Stay tuned.

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The big kids made our whole backyard into a mudpit, which was fun, but it takes forever for the ground to dry out there. I’ve had to keep Eva inside a lot, so she wouldn’t get too muddy, and she doesn’t like it. Leto took advantage of making some mud castles though.

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One afternoon the big kids wanted to build a jungle gym in the house out of rope. Deciding that wouldn’t work, we headed over to a playground with lots of climbing structures.

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The kids played a bunch of rounds of “Dead girl.” Does anyone else’s kids play that. It’s sort of like blind-man’s bluff. They are funny to watch, because they all peek. Finn deliberately runs into things, so you won’t know he’s peeking.

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Jules set up an awesome doctor’s office complete with eye chart. She’s always get a store or library or doctor’s office going.

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Here she is diligently taking Malena’s height.

Fun stuff. I ended up getting sick towards the end of the week, which wasn’t fun at all, but I’m on the mend, and the weekend is just beginning.

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This week we played - TheEngineersKids
# This Week We Played...

This Week We Played…(week 1)

We’re starting a new weekly series, where The Engineer’s Kids give you a peek at all the fun things we play. Maybe you’ll get a sense of how truly amazing, and fun, and chaotic our life of five kids under 8 really is. The kids are learning so much. Also, man are they ever messy. I can’t keep up with them.

So, without further ado, I give you This Week We Played…

Measure with a Balance - TheEngineersKids

Here’s Leto measuring popsicle sticks and trash in a balance. The kids keep wanting to measure liquid in this thing, which you totally could. I just don’t want that much water being poured into things inside the house.

You can see our sight word flash cards in the background. I was trying a new system of moving them around on the wall in random ways every few days. I thought it might attract the kids’ attention and make them read them more frequently. I’m not sure it worked.

TheEngineerKids build a house with TRIO blocks

We love TRIO blocks at our house. They are the perfect bridge between Mega Blocks and LEGOs. Plus they come with cool instructions (you can see one behind Leto) to build all kinds of things: lots of boats and planes, a crab and a dinosaur, and tons of houses.

TheEngineersKids saved their own money for these

The kids asked if we could check the balance on their family bank accounts, so they could buy some stuff at Knott’s Berry Farm when we went the other day.

TheEngineersKids learned a lesson in finances, when one didn't have enough money to buy something at the souvenir shop

Finn didn’t get to buy anything, because he only has 50 cents to his name. Poor guy. I think he spent it all when we bought the seals.

TheEngineersKids break the ice

Our next door neighbors were cleaning out some closets and brought over a few toys. They are grandparents, and wanted to get rid of all the noisy toys. I accepted the noisy toys with not a little apprehension. Despite the noise, Don’t Break the Ice has been really fun. Even little Eva can break out the ice chunks with her hammer and has a lot of fun.

TheEngineersKids make a jacaranda flower sand cake

The twinners made this awesome flower, sand cake. Take a bite!

That was our week in toys and playing. Until next time on This Week We Played…

 

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