So to today: well, Tuesday usually means craft club for us - and this morning was no exception. Frustratingly we were a bit late getting out of the house. It's a very relaxed group, so getting there slightly late isn't really a problem except that I do like to get there early enough to manoevre my big car into a parking space in the small carpark, and the less cars already there when I arrive, the better! I did find a parking space when I eventually got there today, but it was an awkward one, and I ended up being blocked in after group finished, which wasn't much fun: trying to find the owner of the other car while loading my own car and trying to keep tabs on my children = stress city :( Thanks to the ladies who helped us - otherwise I might still be there now!
Anyway, the boys had a veritable craft-fest this morning. We made 'things that pop, shake and rattle'. Youngest was the only one who occasionally lost concentration today, but he was quite happy to come back and finish off what he had made. All three boys made popping cups, then Youngest decorated a shaker instrument and made a rainstick (with quite a bit of help from Mummy to focus on finishing the latter)...
After Eldest had made his popping cup, he found a page in the craft book there, Eco friendly Crafting for Kids, that showed him how to make a kind of catapult-propelled paper aeroplane - it proved so successful that a few of the other children made one too, even though it wasn't necessarily on the plans for this morning! Then at the end while I was waiting to find out who owned the car that was blocking us in, he used some of the left over cardboard tubes to make a lightsaber and gun - because as Heather the group leader wryly commented, 'you can never have too many of those!'
Middle as always had a whale of a time, making his popping cup and then just experimenting with various materials, until he had made a sort of ball and another larger ball-and-cup with 'holes in the bottom for the rain to fall through' (!). It's that freedom to experiment that he particularly loves - and is great for expanding their thinking :)
When we got back we noticed that three of our Butterfly Garden caterpillars had assumed the 'J-position' to begin to pupate! We kept checking again throughout the day, and by teatime the three that started this morning had already formed the chrysalis skin, another had taken on the J-shape, and the last one was on the paper disk under the lid of their pot. It's all very exciting :)
photo taken this morning
So that was our day! Yet another fab one - and all that fun and learning was taking place while deschooling! (hint hint) :)