Category Archives: Learning

Christmas Board Games

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I’m pretty sure that during the holidays, every family plays at least one board game. For me, it’s inevitable that I get frustrated with SOMEONE when so many people are around, so this is a good thing for me to get my frustrations out on too. You could absolutely crush someone that you’re annoyed at, and they won’t even know you’re frustrated at them. Anyway, here are a couple board games that are, (in my opinion) amazingly fun games you could play with family or friends during the holidays.

1.) Monopoly

I’m pretty sure everyone has played this one before, but if you haven’t, you should try it. It’s really fun! A whole bunch of recreational centres have this game. To find out how to play, click here.

2.) Suspend

This isn’t really a board game, but it’s a really fun game to play. Also, it’s not very widely known like Monopoly. To learn how to play, click here.

3.) Risk

With my family, whenever we play this game someone is crying by the end and someone doesn’t get dinner. It’s also not especially widely known, but it’s pretty fun! To learn how to play, click here.

4.) Backgammon

This one is WAY more popular among adults then kids. I would always play with my dad, it’s super fun! To find out how to play, click here.

5.) Settlers Of Catan

I saved my personal best for last! This one is my all-time favourite, and was introduced to me last year by my brother. There are 2 extension kits, (the extension kit adds more gameplay features, basically making it more fun) and I LOVE IT! To learn how to play click here.

Welp, those were 5 super fun board games you can play over the holidays! I would recommend all of these, they are all the kinds of games you would play over and over again! Is there one you love to play? Have a great day!

~Sarah
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Drawing Challenge!

If you read my About Me post, you would know I love ♥ all types of art ♥ , but especially drawing and sketching. I got the idea to try to make my own drawing challenge! I thought I should post it so if anyone else loves to draw and sketch, or even if they don’t like to, they can try it!

Pretty much what it is is a list of a whole bunch of drawing prompts. There is one for every day of the month, (any month) and the goal is to draw something, even if it is a tiny little doodle, of the first thing that comes to mind when you read the prompt. It could be a piece Van Gogh would be proud of or something so bad the dog wouldn’t even WANT to eat it, it doesn’t matter! You don’t have to be good at art to do this challenge. In fact, this could be how you get better!

After the month is over, even if you missed a couple days, I can bet your mind will be blown when you see how much your artwork has gotten better. I’ve also included a picture of what came to my mind when I read the first prompt!

(To see something similar to this on a different blog, click here.)

Day 1; Milkmaid

Day 2; Frustrating

Day 3; Drowning

Day 4; Paris

Day 5; Movie trailer

Day 6; Animatronic

Day 7; Impossible

Day 8; Winter

Day 9; Sad

Day 10; Fiery

Day 11; Shattered

Day 12; Delicious

Day 13; Divided

Day 14; Beautiful

Day 15; Arrogant

Day 16; Assassin

Day 17; Shadowy

Day 18; Sparkly unicorn poop (Yep, I just went there! Deal with it!)

Day 19; Cozy

Day 20; Mysterious

Day 21; Discovered

Day 22; Poison

Day 23; A fat cat on a mat

Day 24; Gone

Day 25; Mailman

Day 26; Artist

Day 27; Cook

Day 28; Locked

Day 29; Ready

Day 30; Swordplay

Day 31; Crooked

Welp, that’s it for the prompts! Sorry for the long post. If you decided to do the challenge, or if you used any one of these prompts, I would love to know which one! Have a great day!

~ Sarah

Robots Are Here!

Did you know robots have actually been invented? Well, they have! With this type of robot, you could see anywhere without leaving your bed.

This new robot, (invented last year) called the Double, is a phone or tablet on an adjustable stand that’s mounted on motorized wheels. All you need to do is make a video call to the bot from your own phone or tablet, and once you’re connected, the Double will stream its live video surroundings to you. Your own face will pop up on the tablet attached to the Double, and you can move the Double around as well as interact with others around you!

All you need to do is tell the Double to go to the movies or the zoo, you can see everything there live without ever leaving your room! To learn more about the Double, click here. What do you think it would be like to learn from home this way? Or maybe what it would be like to have a Double in the classroom?

Have a great day!

~Sarah

 

5 Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

Did you know that there are so many different species of animals out there scientist don’t even know the exact number? Some are the first animals that come to mind when you think of the word “animal”, like your brother, your sister, cats, dogs, horses or birds. But some are so strange and rare very little people even know they exist! Here is the top 5 weirdest animals I composed.

1.) Portuguese Man O’ War

This animal lives in the ocean and is truly beautiful. It looks very much like a jellyfish, ’cause it looks like a coloured blob of goo with long tentacles. That’s why it’s sometimes called a False Jellyfish. You can find it mostly in the tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Pacific and Indian ocean. The thing is, technically we should call it “Men Of War” and not refer to it at “it” but “they”. Here’s why. It’s an animal that’s made up of a colony of organisms cooperating together! Man Of War has tentacles that could be 30 feet long, which it uses to paralyze and kill fish and other small creatures! A Man Of War, to humans, luckily isn’t deadly but only EXTREMELY painful. The worst thing about it’s venom is that it can stay on beaches for days after the animal has already left!

2.) Blobfish

Don’t let the miserable, scowling, slimy face fool you. The blobfish is a harmless fish found in the deep sea off Australia, Tasmania and even New Zealand. The blobfish has won the contest for World’s Ugliest Animal in 2013. Poor blobfish! There is even quite a few memes, my favourite being a picture of Mr. Blobby (a very photogenic blobfish) with the words saying; “Go home Evolution. You’re drunk! Overall, the blobfish is basically a loose, gelatinous sack.

3.) Venezuelan Poodle Moth

This moth was only discovered in 2009, and doesn’t it look like a tiny, furry poodle?! Mammals need hair or fur to keep their body heat, but insects are cold-blooded, meaning even though the poodle moth looks like it should be in Antarctica with all its poofy hair, it in fact comes from Venezuela, a tropical country. It’s hairs don’t serve for heating! Most insects use hairs for smelling and sensing what is around them in the environment or for protection. Maybe that’s what the poodle moth’s hairs are for as well. Seeing as it was a pretty recent discovery, not much is known about the poodle moth.

4.) Trumpapillar

Trust me when I say I am not joking about the name. The scientific name for this caterpillar is the Flannel Moth caterpillar, but it is also widely known as the Trumpapillar because it looks EXACTLY like Donald Trump lost his hairdo. At least, the yellow ones do. There are a variety of colours. If you were to put this caterpillar on his head, no one would even notice. That’s the main reason why this caterpillar is on this list. The other reason is because the Trumpapillar’s hairs, even though they look like a wig, are extremely painful to the touch because they cause burning and irritation. If you were to look really closely at the hairs under a microscope, you would see tiny little needle-like things covering every single hair. This acts as protection against predators! Unfortunately for Trump, his hairdo lives in the Amazon.

5.) Glass Frogs

Like the name suggests, this frog is completely translucent, which means its almost completely see through, like looking through a fogged window! Glass frogs are found in Central and South America, and this type of frog, like you may guess, is extraordinary at camouflage. Sometimes these frogs have green bones to help blend in with leaves or grass behind them. The coolest thing about this froggy is that you can see it’s heart beating through it’s skin! Also know the following picture is a female glass frog with eggs.

That’s my top 5. If you know about another super-weird animal, or think one of my five is crazy, tell me in the comments!

Have a great day!

~Sarah

Harry Potter

I think there’s not a SINGLE kid who’s read Harry Potter and hasn’t wanted to go to Hogwarts at some point. If you don’t know what or where that is, you should read Harry Potter. It’s such a good book series.

Anyway, I think all of us who have read that series (or watched the movie, which isn’t half as good) have admired SOMETHING about him. (And if you are a super fan, tried walking into every brick wall at the train station). I’m past 11 and I’m still hoping for that letter of acceptance!

Anyway, here are three successful learner traits that he shows and that we all could work on. Also, be warned. There are spoilers up to the end of the fourth book.

1. Compassion. In every single book (or movie) he has shown his compassion for pretty much everyone except Malfoy and, well, I don’t know, Voldemort. (Not including Dudley.) In the first book he saved Hermione, even though he didn’t like her, from the troll in the girls’ bathroom. In the third book, he spared Peter Pettigrew’s life, even though he killed Harry’s parents. In the fourth book he and Cedric touched the Triwizard cup together instead of only Harry.

2. Risk-Taking. I’m pretty sure we all see the risk-taking in Harry Potter. When he stabbed the Basilisk in the mouth, when he followed Sirius Black (dog version) under the Whomping Willow to save Ron, and many, many other examples.

3. Thinker. We all know Harry Potter doesn’t exactly plan ahead, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be smart. He found out the way to get into the Chamber of Secrets. Also, it takes some real improv thinking to grab a sharp rock on the lake floor to free Ron and Fleur. I mean, he didn’t exactly bring a pair of scissors.

I think Harry Potter shows us all to take risks sometimes. We won’t get anywhere in life if we are afraid to take the next step! He also teaches us to give people second chances, be forgiving, and think on our feet!

If you know anyone with these traits (or other traits too) tell me in the comments!

If you want to see the authors (J.K Rowling’s) official page, click here.

Kitchen Appliances Unite!

If my toaster went on strike, I could definitely imagine what sort of speech he/she would say in front of all my kitchen appliances. Mistreated, under appreciated… Kitchen appliances need rights!

“No longer will we sit back and simply do what we are told! Unless we have rights, no longer will we toast their bread, bake their dinners and chill their food that needs to be chilled! We need rights! We need to be heard! Today we will make a stand and get sick days, wages and pensions!

“I don’t know about you, but I want to be cleaned twice a week and get thanked for our hard work that has gone unnoticed for too long!
Today we make a stand for worldwide kitchen appliances! Who’s with me?!?”

Closeup shot of the Breville stainless steel toaster oven

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If your kitchen was going into a strike, what do you think your appliances would say?

A White Winter’s Scene

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Winter is definitely my favourite season. I love that, no matter how many there are, each and every little snowflake is different. I love to look outside and see a thick, sparkling white winter blanket covering so many different surfaces.

I see detail I never would have noticed before, like all the branches on a tree.

What do you see?

 

About Me!

Hello people! My name is Sarah, and I live in Comox, B.C, Canada.

I have a golden doodle puppy named Thor at home. I’m pretty sure he can turn anyone into a puddle of goo.

I love to rollerblade, as well as draw manga. My favourite anime is Naruto, by far. I have a weird obsession of having Grumpy Cat for any sort of personal background. Also, my favourite season is winter by far, because I love to ski!  I have been playing Legend Of Zelda, Ocarina Of Time for two years and I still can’t get past the Shadow Temple.

Also, I’m that person who hates mushroom every way except for stuffed mushroom caps. I mean, that’s just plain strange. Also, even though it sounds weird, I eat tomato sandwiches. I mean, just toast, cheese, mayo, and tomato. It’s surprisingly delicious.

Around two or three times a year, I try coffee all over again (especially the white chocolate mocha from Starbucks ’cause it sounds like I’d enjoy it) because some people keep saying “oh, taste buds change!” For me, they really don’t. Especially the white chocolate mocha.

I’ve listed a couple of things about me, you could always leave a comment about you!

Anyway, thanks a latte for reading!

*Cough snort pun cough cough*

~Sarah