Saturday, 21 July 2012

Outing to Kommetjie and the Cape Peninsula

This week we had an outing to the Cape peninsula.  We first visited the The Bean People factory in Kommetjie with the homeschool group.  This gave us also the chance to meet an longstanding internet/facebook friend and her family.

The children enjoyed being part of the manufacturing process of these bath products for children.

For their birthdays they received a similar product and here they had the chance to make them the same sponge figures.

The sponge figures are made from white foam in a press, then all the different figures are sorted, coloured and inserted into capsules.

Joshua making a sprudel - bath salts with a sponge figure inside
These ladies pack 40 trays per day, that's about 1200 sprudels per day. 

Tumble drying the foam forms

Packaging and shrink-wrapping 

Afterwards each child received a goody bag with a sprudel and magical beans.

We then headed to the beach.  The surprise of the day was finding the Slangkop Lighthouse but were disappointed because we could not visit as it was closed for maintenance.  We plan to study South African Lighthouses later this year.

Play time on the beach is always a must and mom gets to pick up more shells and rocks.

We found bluebottles on the beach and discussed all sorts of stingers - box jellyfish and "those pink ones in Nemo".

Finding this piece of "jelly". So tomorrow we will be reading and searching for answers

The view from the mountains above Muizenberg from where we could see the whole False Bay up to Pringle Bay.  The interesting patterns in the sea are the waves coming in.  

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