This morning began with the idea of travelling to the moon, the idea of building a spaceship out of furniture and blankets. We ran with it for a couple of hours and took out some fun learning resources we have to hand. They were: a book on science experiments, a big box we call the "inventing drawer", paper and pens, batteries, screwdrivers, magnets, LEDs, safety goggles and scissors gave us all we needed. We've been saving broken electrical objects for parts, the kids use all our "adult" tools and they're all in one big box which give loads of inspiration for building things. (there are also some metal chains, old batteries, wires, nuts and bolts etc).
Along the way this morning the kids drew diagrams of circuits and engines they were designing, we made a 3D static electricity model out of paper and cocktail sticks, we discussed batteries, solar power, magnets, built a "solar power engine" (not a working model!), coloured and drew around objects (3 year old), built the actual spaceship and included all the parts we'd designed and built earlier, travelled to the moon and explored it. Along the way there was a bit of origami (me), sharpening of crayons, a stamper stamping the word "MAD", string tied to doorhandles, special scientific names (because our normal names are too boring when we're inventing), some talk of shooting aliens, eating pancakes and anti-gravity waltzing to "The Blue Danube".