Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Crafting and Critters...

It's funny how things don't go the way you expect.

This week being half term in our part of the country, and the boys having friends who go to school and who inform them of the 'school holidays', Eldest asked me yesterday if they "have to work" this week.  It made me smile as our days look so completely unlike school, there really is no comparison.  Still, I thought that maybe we would keep up the English/ Maths aspect of our days, as the boys appear to be on a roll - and leaving that as the only parent-led aspect of the day (ie no suggested art projects, science ideas or stories from history books etc).  I was expecting a lot of computer games and no interest in anything I might have set up... but it turned out to be completely the opposite.  No Maths/ English activities today, but a fair amount of parent-led activities/ projects, just because that was the way it turned out - largely thanks to the boys' choices.  We started the day tidying, because certain rooms were displaying a really unhealthy level of mess.  Tidying is almost always parent-led!

That done, Youngest was on a mooch because it was raining outside and we couldn't go out.  His mooch was becoming destructive, so I distracted him by having a look together in "Mummy's Treasure Box" (a box where I keep a few activities/ books etc for just such a time).


He instantly grabbed the Roman spoon puppet kits (from Yellow Moon), and chose the one he wanted to do (conveniently there were three puppets included).  I have to say, unfortunately I don't recommend the kits.  There were no instructions, no glue included (not all of the parts included were self-adhesive), and some very fiddly bits for little guys!  Still, we worked it out, and when Middle and Eldest came for their turns, they managed a bit better (though none of us were impressed by the lack of instructions).  The younger two in particular are really pleased with the puppets, and had a good time playing with them...

Youngest's gladiator

Middle's soldier

Eldest's Emperor

Later, and after quite a while playing on Minecraft, we took some time to check in with our 'critters': Firstly, the caterpillars in the kitchen, who are now in chrysalis form, attached to the side of the mesh enclosure...


We're still enjoying the blue tits in the nest box (via the camera link obviously - we wouldn't disturb the actual nest!) - All seven nestlings still doing well, although we are a little concerned that some appear to be growing less well than others.  As they all usually fledge at the same time, we are just hoping that the smaller ones will have caught up when it's time to leave the nest.  Still - several days to go before that though, hopefully...


Oh, and not to forget Middle's gerbils.  As they have soil in the gerbilarium, they only need cleaning out about once a month.  Today was the day, so we took a photo of them in the newly cleaned and refilled tank - and then a photo once we had been watching them digging their new underground nest...



So it seems like we are fully on a roll.  I'm doing my best to record as much as we can, ready for the next "quiet spell" when all the activity slows right down - as right now, the boys seem to be full steam ahead, and I'm loving it!

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