March 20, 2012

Soggy Spring Break

It just figures that last week (winter) would be lovely (summer-like) weather and this week for spring break it is chilly and rainy. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE rain! Especially this early spring rain that, once the sun returns, will make everything extra green. I can't wait for that! It's just a shame that when there's no school or schedules it would be so cool & dreary. They say the sun will return by Thursday or Friday. In the meantime we are trying to make the best of it. At least it's not snowing like it did last year!

Yesterday especially rainy & stormy. The kind of day when no one was motivated to do much of anything. We slept in late, wore our pj's most of the day and didn't go anywhere. The kids played in the rain-

and we did some crafts and a couple activities that I found on a blog via Pinterest. The blog is "Come Together Kids." It's got some great (& easy!) activities for kids.

First of all, we made a variation on the slime we made a couple weeks ago. This recipe for 'Make Your Own Bouncy Balls' was similar but included corn starch. According to the instructions, with the proper mixing & shaping, it would transform into a bouncy ball. No matter how we mixed & kneaded & squished & squashed the stuff, it did not turn bouncy :( It was still a nice putty-type consistency that we loved playing with but I'm not sure what we did wrong. Oh well.

Next is a little art project that my son & I did during sister's nap time, Optical Illusion Handprint, a fun 3-D drawing of our hands. He only finished about half of his, it is kind of time consuming and takes a little patience, but I think it turns out pretty cool. Here's mine all done:

Two other activities that we want to try soon are the Marshmallow Shooters and the Crystal Snowflakes (but maybe we'll do those in flower shapes for spring).

And lastly here is a little springtime scene that my daughter created yesterday (with just a little help from mom). She was especially proud of the crumbled up tissue paper "apples" on the tree.

Happy Spring!!

1 comment:

Dagni said...

I'm glad you are finding fun things to do in spite of the rain! That's great! Jillian's picture is beautiful.