Ted got some chalks from the Easter bunny, and he hasn’t put them down since.
He says he’s an artist….
This week we (Maya and I) have continued with Easter crafts, mainly in the name of pompoms…
I love our tulips…
Alfie so much prefers the sunshine. 🌞
The kids have played with friends, and yesterday Ted and I truly enjoyed a neighbourhood walk to feed a neighbour’s rabbit…
…feeding the rabbits in their posh ‘hutch’ – though they didn’t want to be seen….
We’ve had a week off school, the weather’s been terrible, some kids have been unwell, and we havn’t done much at all….a trip to the cinema, a trip to the free local theatre, a library visit, and friends to play with, is all we have managed.
But it doesn’t matter. Because, despite what we grown-ups think – that we should be rushing around doing educational trips, and entertaining the kids…all the kids want, is to be at home, take it easy, do their own thing, and occasionally play with friends. I know, because that’s what they told me.. 😊
And what happens, is that siblings spend time together, and have fun, and laugh, and play, create…
Alfie spends hours drawing…
(This is a playroom for our cat, in case you’re unsure….😉)
….and honestly, probably too much screen time too….because when you save your money for a Super Mario game, and you get to play it with your older siblings, it really is “the best day ever!!!” (Alfie). Plus he’s been ill all week. Sometimes you just have to bend the rules….. 🙂
Ted enjoyed focusing on cats so much when we did letter C – so we’ve decided to focus on (mostly) simply an animal beginning with that letter, in our alphabet. 😊
This week we did letter O, so apart from ‘orange’ (both the colour and the fruit)…
Ted liked the last book the best, ‘Zebbe Dyker’ (Zebbe Dives), but I was less keen. It depicts the octopus as a scary, dangerous animal, instead of the intelligent, amazing animal it is. However, stories with octopuses in were hard to come by…
To counteract this however, I showed Ted some short educational clips about octopuses on ‘Youtube’, which he loved, and then inspired him to draw a picture from….
We learnt that octopuses have eight legs, can squeeze through tiny holes as big as their head, are incredibly intelligent, that pacific octopuses grow to an enormous size, and that they eat scallops and other shellfish, and change their skin colour and texture to communicate.
We then made some octopuses from salt dough…..
Ted’s octopus only had six legs. We’re still working on counting! 😘
Ted loves ‘Charlie & Lola’ books, and this one is his current favourite…..
….which we proceeded to experiment with….
….but in the end, he didn’t want him to melt, so we put him back in the freezer….
It started with a ‘maths’ table ; hearts with numbers on, red sand to write numbers in, beads and pipe cleaners for threading….
As yet, Ted doesn’t recognise his numbers very well, but just seeing and playing with numbers will give him a better grasp.
Lots of fun! ❤️❤️❤️
Ted is really in to ‘experiments’ right now. Mostly he just mixes and tests randoms things – but he calls them experiments…..
Sometimes, having been elsewhere in the house for a short amount of time, I can come back to this….
The other day he asked for Maya’s volcano experiment, so we took out her beautifully painted volcano, the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, and the red food colouring, and set to work with, yet another, ‘experiment’….😊
It’s soon February, and it’s dark outside, but the snow has melted, and it feels darker than it usually does at this time of year, so everyone is feeling very tired.
And having gone from -15C to +7C in a week, everyone is started to get colds too. February weather I guess.
So we’ve decided to take it easy this weekend, and other than a quick trip to the sweet shop, and a quick walk by a local lake, we were at home all day yesterday.
Often of course, being at home means being your most creative – and that is what Alfie and Ted were yesterday…..
I have a low wooden shoe-shelf down in the play room. It has different open compartments, and in each compartment I have put various open-ended things to play with – a plate of pinecones, a basket of wood blocks, a pile of wood rounds, a basket of conkers and acorns, some glass gems, etc. Most of these are nature items – but the ones that are not, are made from natural materials – and this includes a beautiful wooden ‘village’, with houses, trees, animals and people.
While I was doing one of those monthly cleans (secretly I quite enjoy doing this to the younger kids rooms, and the play room..), Ted busied himself with taking objects from the shoe-shelf, and making, what he called ‘a ghost village’….
I love this kind of open ended play, the kind where children just use their imagination to create the most amazing things – things that might seem non-sensical to an adult, but perfect sense to the child (and often perfect sense to the adult once the child has explained it to them!).
I will miss these days of children’s creativity once they’re gone – let us just hope I can keep their imaginations going as long as possible….. 😉