Ice-Cream Vans, Stained Glass Rocks & Jam Tarts

We have had a minimal effort kind of week, spending as much time outdoors as we can. I’ve been writing a lot, which usually means I neglect my blog. I’ve been trying to intentionally limit the number of activities we do. Even though they are creative, I think too many planned activities are getting in the way of boredom, which I think kids need to develop their own creativity.

We made some more of my favourite granola. Each time we make it, I think we won’t eat it all because of the vast quantities produced by the recipe, but it lasts for ages and we never waste any πŸ™‚ I didn’t have as much coconut oil this time, so I used a mixture of that and olive oil and it still turned out well πŸ™‚ I like the fact you can add whatever extras you like and it changes the flavour of it. The girls helped with the mixing and adding dried fruit. I love the smell of the kitchen when we make it too πŸ™‚

The girls decided to plant some lettuces by themselves and I was impressed to see that they are actually growing. We might have to split them up soon or we will have a thousand lettuces in one pot πŸ™‚

We went for a walk/scoot to see all the daffodils. I love the contrast of cream and yellow daffodils together πŸ™‚ The girls collected dandelions. They know to only pick up other flowers if they’re already lying on the ground. They stopped to admire the blossom and collect fallen flowers. I always forget about the bike track at the park and the girls are always excited to find it too πŸ™‚ We went for a walk and saw the swans πŸ™‚ My daughter asked if we could keep one as a pet, but I don’t think she remembered that they are safer admired from a distance πŸ™‚ As we were returning to the car, the girls noticed that the ice-cream van had arrived, so we stopped for some. I love when they have the creamier kind in the tub instead of soft serve πŸ™‚ The weather transformed while we were eating it and my daughter said it was too cold for ice-cream. That’s the only time she’s ever said that about ice-cream before πŸ™‚

We made some stained glass rocks I saw on a nature-inspired crafts group I follow. You just have to mix PVA glue with water and paint it onto some rocks. Then, you tear up colourful tissue paper and paste it onto the rocks, covering it with another layer of the glue solution. After they have dried, you can add varnish too if you want to put them back outside. The girls ended up painting pictures afterwards too. I love seeing what/how they paint without being prompted.

We made some mini jam tarts. The girls are good at making them with very little help now πŸ™‚ The fact they are so small makes it feel acceptable to have more than one πŸ™‚ My mum used to make pastry with jam in it when she made pie and it’s one of those things I associate with being a kid that I want to pass on to the girls πŸ™‚

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