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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A Backyard resident

This afternoon our puppy Malcolm was barking excitedly at the side fence, wagging his tail and jumping around. Immediately the kids were over to see what he was barking at, and after screams about a snake, and a minor heart stopping moment for me, we found it was a blue tongue lizard.

As you can imagine it wasn’t particularly impressed by Malcolm and put on a bit of a show. Master E and Little Miss A saw his blue tongue and watched him angrily hiss at Malcolm. They were scared of him but very curious and wanted to catch him and touch him. They watched how fast he could run away when he saw the chance and then hide from the dog.

Seeing this lizard was a great way to start talking about snakes again. Re-enforcing to my two smallest that they don’t touch animals that they see in the yard and to get my attention to come and check it out. They had a great time watching him and I’m crossing everything that we don’t have a snake visit us this season.