Friday, June 13, 2014

Origami Soccer Ball!

Today was PD day, (no school) so kids were home. Time for a fun project!

I follow Origami Maniacs Facebook page, and today I saw this!

"This is a nice modular that boys will like", it said.

Yes! Peeerfect!

So, I gathered K-kun, T-kun, and L-chan and explained what we would be making. We made white parts with printer paper, and it was pretty simple to make. Then we moved on to black pieces. It had more steps, and boys started to lose focus, but thanks to L-chan encouraging them saying if she could do it, they could too, they finished folding all the pieces.

Putting all the pieces together was easy at first, and got harder. I managed to finished it, but it looked little bumpy. So I took the time to glue them with Elmer's school glue instead of a glue stick. It helped.

Then, I added the net and a goalie. (I was being creative, and used elf instruction to make the goalie :)

So, here are the links I used to make the net and a goalie.

So what do you think? 

I used for my photo editing as usual. 

Whew, it took longer than I thought, but we had fun doing it. 
I think Japan plays tomorrow! I'm looking forward to cheering for them! 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Closest Settlers of Catan!

It's June!

We just had the closest Settlers of Catan game ever!

I was so close to winning; I was in the lead the whole time. T-kun kept threatening to steal my longest road, though, he wasn't letting me win easily. While T-kun and I were battling for the longest road, the other two snuck up on us. At the last turn we were all in the race of winning.  (What a thrill!)

K-kun, who was way behind us at the start (actually, he only had 1 victory point when I already had 8), beat us in the end. No one suspected that, so we had this great analysis session and discussed where it could have gone wrong for me and others.  In the end, it was really fun to play this game as a family. The winner got three pieces of Lindor chocolate! (which K-kun shared with me.)

May was really busy for us, but it was worth the work we put in. I'm already looking forward to this month---4 more weeks of school, and then it's summer time!!

P.S. I made several origami crafts since the last post. I posted the pictures and the links to the instruction videos in my Japanese blog. I apologies for not writing in English for a while, but I'm in the process of creating the central website where you can find out what I do. I will keep you updated!