Bluebell Woods, Matchstick Buildings & Mini Paintings

This week, while the sun was still shining, I took the girls for a forest walk πŸ™‚ We played Follow the Leader and they led me down hidden paths on a trail. I think they might have a better sense of direction than me because we didn’t get lost once πŸ™‚ We saw some lovely carpets of bluebells, climbed on rocks across little streams and the girls found a hidden tree swing which was popular πŸ™‚ I find getting away and looking at greenery really resets my mind after the madness of the school rush all week πŸ™‚ I was glad we did it after school a day, considering how the weather turned out this weekend πŸ™‚

When the girls got home from school on Friday, we opened their art box subscription (Make + Wonder.) I love how unique the ideas are each month. It was based around an architect and provided materials for kids to practise their own building and design skills. The first one involved clay and multi-coloured matchsticks. The girls had to form little balls of clay and use them to hold the matchsticks together to build skyscrapers. They really enjoyed it and it seemed to calm them down a lot. We didn’t quite make it to skyscraper height, but I liked seeing them experimenting with structures and finding out what worked.

We had our usual Friday night pizza and a movie/TV routine and wound down from the week. I think my favourite thing to do on Friday’s is to go into hibernation after all the busyness and pretend we’ve left the world for a while πŸ™‚

Yesterday morning, the girls wanted to do some acrylic painting on mini canvases I got them. They loved them last time. Maybe it feels more achievable to complete a painting when it’s so tiny πŸ™‚ I just got them for 50p from a crafts section in a shop. This time I got fridge magnet ones, so when they’ve dried you can display them easily πŸ™‚ I love the paintings they come up with without any prompting πŸ™‚ Afterwards, they moved on to painting in their sketchbooks.

We went to the drive-in cinema and saw Frozen. I love that place on rainy days πŸ™‚ We had popcorn, drinks and pizza delivered to the car and the girls brought their blankets and favourite toys for company πŸ™‚ The half-hour before the film is a long wait with kids that can’t sit still, but it was worth it for how much they enjoyed seeing Frozen on the big screen πŸ™‚

This weekend, we also started another project from their art boxes. They made panels for a modroc house to make at a later stage. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but it seems like papier mΓ’chΓ©. The girls cut out cardboard walls and roofs for the house using the templates provided and then covered them in it. We had to soak it in warm water and then they smoothed it onto the panels. They have to dry overnight, so we will finish the houses another time and share them if they are still standing πŸ™‚ My daughter said it was the messiest activity we’ve ever done and I’d have to agree. Cleaning the table afterwards was like trying to remove cement, so I might have to work myself up to the next session, or buy a disposable tablecloth first πŸ™‚

This morning we just had a very windy visit to the park and collected dandelion clocks. I love how much my kids eyes light up at the sight of them. They would literally stand all morning in the grass collecting every single one. It always reminds me to stop and appreciate the little things πŸ™‚

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