Little Boats

Some carefully chosen recyclables became boats recently. I had picked the containers that I knew would float well and would hold a fair amount of “creativity” before sinking.

It didn’t take long until we had 3 little boats ready to try in a tub of water. Master C was able to make his independently, Master E needed some help to make a flag but did all the general decorating and Little Miss A mostly just had fun sticking colourful bits onto her boat.

Each chose a Lego man to ride in their boats. The current toy of choice which has no end in sight.

All their boats floated and they blew through a straw to make wind to push them along. Master E crafted a submarine later although was disappointed that it kept popping up to the surface instead of staying under like a submarine should.

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Police puppets

Today I have 3 little people all feeling a bit under the weather, a bit of a high temp and a big boy who is a bit sick for school but a well enough to want to do something.

At school this term Master C is learning about the community and the people who help us. Along with over half his class he has decided he wants to be a policeman. (only 1 child in the whole class said they want to be teacher… speaks volumes but that’s a whole different story). Building on the new found love of policemen I found a printable online to make a policeman. Here’s the link.

Totally simple, not much mess and aloud the three to work at their own level. Master C did all the work independently, Master E was able to cut the shapes into big circles and I then cut them to shape and Little miss A loves just having a go with the glue and the scissors but I did do most of the cutting/assembly for her.

We attached the head and legs with butterfly clips so they can move around a little and they are still playing with them and are requesting a police dog and a car to go with it.

Fish Printing

So it was school holiday time here in WA and to help keep everyone happy I’d booked all the kids into a couple of school holiday activities run by the Dept of Fisheries. On the face of it they looked perfect. They ran for 2 hours in the morning so we’d be home in plenty of time for lunch and naps and there were no aged limits. (often a problem with a 2 yr old in tow) and they were FREE.

Fish printing caught my eye as something educational and fun, the information on the brochure said that it was a technic used in the early years of Broome to record different types of fish, when and how they were caught (this should have been clue because what resources did early settlers in Broome really have available??).

Once we were there, totally committed to participating the “teacher” pulls out a REAL Barramundi and started talking to the kids about the fish. It dawned on all the parents, at about the same time, that we were printing with REAL fish. Very daunting thinking I needed to help all 3 children complete this task. Luckily a helper adopted Master C so I only had to help the little two and it turned into a really fun activity.

The Barramundi were surplus stock from the local aquaculture centre. They were frozen so there was no fishy smell. The basic process was to dry the fish, pin out the fins and any details with playdoh, then paint it with watery paint and press a calico bag on top to take a print. After we’d finished the fish were going to be cleaned up, re-frozen and used at the local high school in science class.

Although it was a big hit with the kids I’m not sure I would have attempted it if I’d known what the task involved (not with a 2 yr old in tow anyway!)

Today I’m linking up with Real Life Wednesday with Picklebums because in real life only the adults question the idea of painting fish.