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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Free Play

After a mixed up morning, some free, undirected play was a great way to get the kids involved in something long enough for me to clean the kitchen. I gave them a tub each, split the blue/green water beads between them and had several large jugs of water available for them to use. Master E bought over his superheros and Little miss A a couple of cars. Later I gave them the box of sensory play utensils to keep them interested a little longer.  The water beads have been played with over and over are a due to be switched over for some new ones so I didn’t mind them getting squashed.

Not sure how long they remained engaged with this but it was long enough to have a clean kitchen and lots of good photos of them playing. With no instruction or direction from me they decided to be cooks, Mr Maker and firemen. Love their imaginations! 

Sensory play

Getting back on track after our mixed up couple of weeks I set up some simple sensory play for Master E and Little Miss A. Normally this is the kind of activity I like to have outside but it was too windy today so we set up inside. Our house is tiled so very clean up friendly.

This activity is simply dried yellow and green peas in a tub with lots of different scoops, cups and containers (most from the second-hand shop). After the play I store them in a zip lock bag so they can be reused over and over.

They both love this kind of play and enjoyed it for close to 45mins.

Crocodile Play

Some Crocodile themed sensory play seemed appropriate given everyone was still talking about the croc park. I set up a sensory tub outside with some plastic crocs, a rock from the garden and some water. There were also some water beads in the water.

It didn’t take long until the crocs needed something to eat so I added some small plastic birds to the edge of the tub. A second tub, set up the same but with some dinosaurs was also played with because it was hard for everyone to share.

Perfect play for the warm afternoon’s we’ve been having lately.

Free Craft

Since school holidays began a week ago Master C has been very consistent in asking to make something. I figured out after presenting him with different ideas over the week that what he really wanted was what they call “construction” at school. Basically let lose with a big pile of boxes, scissors and tape. So today we had our own version of construction.

I had a few boxes from deliveries and also gave them glue, pipe cleaners, straws and match sticks (coloured craft ones) as well as pencils, paper, stickers, scissors etc. I put it all in the middle of the table outside and left them to it.

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It was far more successful than I’d imagined it would be. For an hour and a half the biggest drama was a split drink. Master C and Master E spent the first half hour pretending that they were Mr Maker and were doing “minute make time”. In the end, the smaller two didn’t produce much except mess but in making that mess they were cutting and removing their own stickers from the sticker sheets, drawing and twisting pipe cleaners. All excellent for their fine motor skills. Master C produced the “Batwing” and the boys continued to play with it the rest of the afternoon and it’s up high waiting for more play tomorrow.

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Master C’s “batwing” doesn’t seem like much at first but once he starts explaining what each gadget does and the jobs each person has to do it gets very compicated. Great imaginative play.