The Ultimate Doctor Who Party

With the new season of our favorite show, Doctor Who, coming out in just 6 weeks, we are preparing by making sure that everyone who is interested has viewed the 50th anniversary special and the very sad season 7 finale when Doctor 11 regenerated into Doctor 12.  I am such a nerd, so I make sure that these viewing events are spectacular.

We start off with a large spread of Doctor Who themed food.

Doctor Who party food

Front Left

  • 3 Vashta Nerada detection kits, aka lettuce and a chicken drumstick (episode: Silence in the Library)

Glass Platter

  • Bacon (episode: The Eleventh Hour)
  • Lady Cassandra, made from a tortilla (episode: The End of the World)
  • Adipose, made from marshmallows (episode: Partners in Crime)

Green Plate

  • Bread and butter (episode: The Eleventh Hour)

Back Left

Green Tray

  • apples (episode: The Eleventh Hour)
  • celery (as worn by Doctor 5)
  • bananas (episodes: several)

White Tray

  • Fezzes – really Rolos (as worn by Doctor 11)
  • Jelly babies (episodes: several)
  • Nerds
  • Jammie Dodgers (episodes: several)

Red Tray

  • Fish fingers and custard (episode: The Eleventh Hour)

Back Right

  • Beans (episode: The Eleventh Hour)
  • Bowtie pasta (for Doctor 11)
Decorations

I chose not to decorate a lot, but could not resist these two enormous cardboard cut-outs from Oriental Trading.

6' Cyberman and TARDIS from Oriental Trading. Only $35 each.

Oriental Trading sent me these two at no cost. I was not compensated in any way to mention their products, but I definitely want to rave on the quality of these giant cut-outs.  They have a variety of these for only $35 each and they are SO easy to put together.

They arrive in a thick, flat cardboard box, folded into several pieces like below.

Cyberman-cutout

TARDIS-cutout

You simply punch out the shape and throw away the excess cardboard from around the edges.  Both the Cyberman and TARDIS have stands that hold them up securely. There are several interlocking pieces that you just fold down and hook together. Below is a close up of the back of the TARDIS and its stand.

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The Cyberman is SO realistic and my son has taken to moving it around the house to try to scare me.

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DIY Doctor Who t-shirts

Everyone gets a t-shirt. Here are 3 of the some of the choices I offer. The sonic screwdriver stencil came from Doodle Craft. The other two I put together myself.

All of the rest of the items I made to put into a gift bag to send home with the guests. I love making special gift bags for my son and his friends. Like this Minecraft gift bag.

Doctor Who Companion Survival Kit

Above: the companion survival kit. Everything fit nicely into a small pencil case from Dollar Tree.

Doctor Who Companion Survival Kit

Above: all of the items spread out.

  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 types of sugar
  • a 5-pound British note (fake of course)
  • 3 types of tea – Earl Gray, English Breakfast, and English Teatime
  • first aid supplies – burn cream, band-aid, sting relief pad, antiseptic wipe
  • cough drop
  • chapstick
  • jacks and marbles (you never know when you’ll need toys!)
  • map of England
  • map of the TARDIS
  • mini blue sharpie
  • nail file
  • screw
  • safety pin
  • nail clippers
  • pain reliever
  • a small jar of gold flakes (Cybermen hate gold)

Doctor Who | River Song DIY tiny diary

These tiny journals are only 3/$1 at the dollar store.  I shrunk down this image from the BBC before printed and then glued it over the cover.

Doctor Who Chocolate

TARDIS and Dalek chocolate, placed into a cellophane bag that reminded me of the circles on the inside TARDIS walls.

Doctor Who Candy

More candy of course!! Jelly babies, gummy bears, and Smarties.

DIY No-Sew Doctor Who bow tie

I absolutely cannot sew. I made these bow ties with a red handkerchief and a hot glue gun. For real! You can make 8 from one handkerchief.

Doctor Who cup and bowl set

Matching cup and bowl set. There are 3 different vinyl images on each cup.

Plaster Doctor Who figures

TARDIS and Dalek figures made from plaster.  You could pre-paint them for your guests or leave them out for the guests to paint themselves. That white TARDIS above is actually painted with glow-in-the-dark paint.

Doctor Who gift bag

Final bag. Guest’s name in Galligreyan printed on the front, TARDIS on the back

Thank you again to Oriental Trading for the free product and for helping to make my party even more fantastic.


DIY Doctor Who Pajamas

DIY Doctor Who TARDIS pajamas

Last winter my son saw a pair of Doctor Who pajamas on one of his favorite websites. They were $50. I am not a very frugal person, but even I would never spend $50 for a pair of pajamas. Especially for a kid who seems to grown an inch every single day.

Besides, I am kind of obsessed with figuring out how I can DIY almost everything. I used to never believe people when they said that DIY-ing is the greatest hobby.

My son was laughing in the photo above because he said, “Mom, are you going to put this on the Internet?” I said, “Be proud of your immense geekiness my son.”

These pajamas are very soft and durable. They even came with socks and – hold back your laughter – a zippable butt flap! Search for Forever Lazy Soft Fleece Lounge Wear on Ebay and you’ll find a ton for sale, new in the box. At the time I paid only $12, but I see some now as low as $8!

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the TARDIS light for the hood, 12 small rectangles for the windows, and one large rectangle for the sign. I used plain white heat transfer vinyl. I had to be very careful when ironing the material onto the fleece because too much heat can cause fleece to melt.

Next, I used the Cameo to cut out all of the letters in black heat transfer and I ironed those right on top of the large white rectangle.


My DIY Doctor Who and Hobbit Aprons

I love to be in the kitchen and am a big fan of aprons. They come in so handy when you are creating a delicious but messy masterpiece.  Not to mention, us ladies look so cute in aprons! Try one on for yourself and see how feminine, pretty and dainty you feel.

Hobby Lobby sells aprons for $4.99 (plain) and $8.99 (has ruffles.) Don’t forget your 40%-one-item coupon every time you visit Hobby Lobby! Of course, I had to make a Doctor Who apron and a Hobbit apron.

DIY Apron: the Hobbit Diet | breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper

This is the Hobbit diet. Or pretty much the diet of all tween and teen boys. “What about second breakfast?”



DIY Apron: the Hobbit Diet | breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper

For the Hobbit apron, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the famous words in heat transfer vinyl.  This is what heat transfer vinyl looks like as you are pulling away the excess material.

DIY Apron: the Hobbit Diet | breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper

I have found that the easiest and fastest way to iron the material onto the fabric is to crank up your iron as high as it will go, iron your material lightly so it is warm, place your heat transfer words on the material – plastic side up of course, place a very thin piece of shipping paper, also known as mailing paper or packing paper over the plastic, and press down hard with your iron for 10 seconds. The heat transfer vinyl that I buy only needs 10 seconds. Then peel off the plastic slowly, place the shipping paper back over the words and iron again.

DIY Apron: the Hobbit Diet | breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, supper
Now onto the Doctor Who apron…

DIY Doctor Who Apron

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out shapes in adhesive vinyl. The 5 foods are an apple, a banana, a stalk of celery, a slice of bread, and a cup of custard with 2 fish sticks sticking out. Doctor Who fans will know the significance of these foods. Fish fingers and custard can be explained in this absolutely hilarious clip. If you’re not a Doctor Who fan, there is a strong chance you will be after watching this clip. This was Doctor #11′s very first scene.

Yes, we actually have eaten fish fingers and custard (fish sticks and pudding here in America.) It is really not that bad.  Anyway, back to the apron.

DIY Doctor Who Apron

I used fabric paint to fill in all the shapes and words. I let it dry overnight and woke up in the morning to find several characters admiring my work.

DIY Doctor Who Apron


Unique Approach to Science

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Currently, we are in the middle of two series: we are done with all the volumes in Apologia’s creation science series by Jeannie Fulbright for elementary students and we are soon to begin their creation science series by Dr. Jay Wile for junior-high and high school students.

In the meantime, this is what we are doing…

…creating our own massive science notebook from an equally massive 400-page book from DK Publishing called Timelines of Science.

There is so much to show from this book! Because I ended up taking so many photos of this book, I made a slideshow of the images.


I know I rave on DK books a lot, but I love sharing good resources with my readers. When DK sends me a book that I fall in love with, I want to show it off to the world. This book is very colorful and VERY eye-appealing. Full of stunning photos of artwork, artifacts, and inventions. There is a timeline at the bottom of almost every page.

If you placed each timeline section end-to-end you would have a timeline that stretched over 275 feet!

Since this book is a very fast-paced, encyclopedia-like book, we use it as a jumping off point. This is where our science notebook comes in. For this notebook, we have been using the web-app from NotebookingPages.com. (We have a lifetime membership to NotebookingPages. In case a “lifetime membership” sounds expensive, it is not. You can choose to pay $99.95 all at once or break it into 4 payments.)

This app lets you create customized notebooking or copywork pages. All you need to do is choose a template from the 100′s offered, upload an image and add any text that you would like. Below is a screenshot to our Ptolemy notebooking page to go along with the mention of Ptolemy in Timelines of Science.

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Below is a screenshot of the Notebooking Publisher web-app and our New Horizons notebooking page. It literally took me less than 3 minutes to make each of these pages.

New Horizons

As my son comes across events, people or inventions from Timelines of Science, or other science books, we create a quick notebooking page, jot down some notes and add it to our binder. Your child can even type their notes directly into the Notebooking Publisher before printing the page.

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What Led to our Decision to Homeschool?

Why We Chose to Homeschool | from a mom of a 12 year old boy

Homeschoolers get asked this question a lot. A lot. In my experience, most of time, parents are just curious about why someone would choose such an odd lifestyle. Homeschooling is not for every family, but it is for us, and we love living such an outlandish and peculiar lifestyle.

  • To be honest, this is my number one answer. To be perfectly honest again, I’ve been told this is snobby, but here it goes. We believe we can give our son a more superior education than he would receive in school. I know I can teach him better than a certified classroom teacher can. I have a couple of friends who are teachers and I admire them tremendously, they do an amazing job with their classes, and are adored by their students. Regardless, no one will be invested in our son like we are. We can recognize and adapt to his needs.
  • We want to include God and the Bible in aspects of his education. We want him to learn Godly character and the spiritual foundation of our country. We want him to learn creation science, rather than have evolution forced down this throat. We believe that kids need to know both views exist, and that evolution is a theory, not fact.
  • We can spend as long as he would like on a subject that interests him. A ringing bell does not force him to stop doing something enjoyable and move onto something else. Moms, what if YOU wanted to learn to knit, or wanted to read the next chapter in a new book, or learn how to research your family tree and someone told you that you could not move onto the next knitting technique until you were a certain age, or told you that you could not read the next chapter until 1:30 when that class began, or told you that you could not research a particular family line because it was not on their syllabus.
  • Our son is gifted – i.e. an very advanced learner with intellectual abilities that go far beyond where he should be according to his age. He would not be challenged in a regular classroom and he needs to be challenged. Homeschooling gives him opportunities to live up to his potential.  At 12 years old, he is already mentally ready to begin college and we are going to start next year with online classes, dual credit and CLEP testing.
  • This goes along with the one above. We can give him individualized learning. Schools use a “one size fits all” standard curriculum. Not all children are ready to learn things at the same ages. Not all children learn in the same way. Not all children progress at the same rate.
  • We believe it is completely unnatural to expect a child, especially a boy, to sit still for hours at a time and bottle up their curiosity. Most adults cannot even do that. Kids need freedom to move and even more freedom to ask the questions that pop into their mind.
  • Homeschooling gives us the time and freedom to do what we want apart from someone else’s schedule. Unless he starts his own business, he’ll have his entire adult life to follow someone else’s schedule. Right now, we can take spur of the moment field trips, vacations, enroll in classes, and experience real hands-on learning whenever we want.
  • We want our son to learn logic, critical thinking, self-direction, self-expression, and abstract thinking. He needs to experience events that will prepare him for life, not just for a job. He needs be taught how to succeed in life and relationships.
  • We want him to learn about sex and drugs from us, in an appropriate manner. We don’t want him learning about these things on the playground or from a textbook.
  • Schools nowadays are dangerous! There is much to be afraid of and kids cannot properly learn in an environment in which they are afraid. Not only are schools physically dangerous, but emotional dangerous as well.
  • There is nothing healthy about the socialization that occurs in school. The majority of kids in school end up with an unhealthy need for peer approval. Cliques only teach kids to judge others on superficial qualities.

Teaching Art to a Non-artsy Kid

Teaching Art to a Non-artsy Kid

I knew from the time my son was a toddler that art would never be a big focus in our homeschool. He has never liked to draw, paint, or sculpt and we’ve never pushed the hands-on side of art. Instead, we have made artist study and art history a focus instead. However, when art is boring to a kid, artist study and art history is also going to be boring.

As my son’s mom and teacher, I know him well enough to know exactly what will make subjects interesting to him. All it takes to pique a kid’s interest is a tiny starting point. For us, that starting point was his favorite TV show, Doctor Who.

Those cards above are artist cards for Van Gogh.  I made them myself using photos from Olga’s Gallery. I’ve made these laminated cards for several different painters. These have been great for in-depth artist study because I hand a few to my son, along with a flashlight and magnifying glass, and he will spend forever combing through every speck looking for things that look out of place. Such as the TARDIS. Or an alien. If you are a Doctor Who fan, you’ll understand this from the episode called Vincent and the Doctor Who.

It is so much fun for him and you’d be surprised at the number of unusual looking things he has found in the paintings. You would also be surprised at how this process has helped him memorize dozens of different paintings and recognize the style of various artists. This gives us a great opportunity to discuss not only the artist, but the time period, and location.

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That circled object in the background of the Caravans – Gypsy Camp near Arles looks like a TARDIS. Seriously.

Teaching Art to a Non-artsy Kid

As for learning about the history of art and different methods, our favorite book is Children’s Book of Art by DK Publishing. I love everything about this book and it has been so helpful to both of us in understand art in the big picture. Each technique, from cave art to frescoes to sculptures, is detailed in gorgeous color, with fascinating facts thrown in.

Teaching Art to a Non-artsy Kid

Along with the various techniques, all the most well-known artists, like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Pollock, are covered in great detail.

Teaching Art to a Non-artsy Kid

Of course, we looked for the TARDIS among all the art in the book.

Teaching Art to a Non-artsy Kid

Not being a big fan of art myself, this book showed me the tremendous beauty of mosaics, something I had always taken for granted.

Teaching Art to a Non-artsy Kid

Art from certain regional areas like Africa, China and Italy are even covered in stunning imagery.  There are even art lessons, such as drawing with scissors like Henri Matisse and how to make a Roman fresco (below.)

Teaching Art to a Non-artsy Kid

In addition to Children’s Book of Art, we also love the following books that make art fun and mysterious for kids.