When I picked Ender up from school the other day, I received (what I think) is what of the best compliments a parent could get.
The teacher told me that she’d never seen a kid with an imagination like Ender’s.
I mean, how awesome is that?
We’ve been desperate for spring around here. I’ve been intentionally trying to appreciate the beauty of winter, but we are so eager to experience the outdoors at our new home. I can’t wait for my garden, for the kids to explore the woods in our backyard, and for laundry dried in the sunshine. Sigh.
In order to bring a little spring time into our home, we came up with this super easy fabric scrap birds craft. This is great because you can use up scrap fabric you already have at home in your stash! This project was really easy for my three year old to do. I pre-cut all the pieces to make the project go more smoothly.
4. Place your beak near the fabric crease and your legs near the bottom of the circle.
5. Add a little more glue on top of the beak and legs.
6. Fold the top of your circle down, line it up with the glue, and pat it down.
8. Glue your wing and eye down to your bird.
9. This step is optional. I used hot glue to glue a piece of twine to the back of the bird for hanging.
10. Enjoy your bird! The opportunities with this are endless. Add a wing and beak to both sides! Add feathers or other embellishments! Have fun!
Ender has been really interested in skeletons lately. I don’t even remember how we started talking about skeletons, but he is constantly asking to see pictures of skeletons on my phone. A few Ender quotes:
“Can I see a fish skeleton?”
“I want to see my skeleton!”
“Mommy, my skeleton is inside my body!”
So, when my parents wanted to get together this past weekend, I thought Ender would really enjoy a trip to the natural history museum about an hour from our house.
The trip went well. We had Japanese for lunch and Atlas tried sushi (Ender refused all food).
Ender was pretty sick still at this point and he ended up falling asleep at the museum and getting carried around. But overall, I’d say the trip was a success and I’d do it again.
I missed this update last week and this week’s update will be really short. I was sick and then Ender was sick. So we haven’t taken very many pictures. I will do better next week!
We have a great little kid’s museum near our house. It’s the kind with kid-sized stores, hospitals, banks, etc.
One great thing about the community we live in is that each month, a local business will sponsor a “free” day at this kid’s museum. So last week, we took advantage of one of these free days and spent the chilly afternoon at the museum!
Ender had actually been sick at school but perked up in order to enjoy the museum.
I think the boys’ favorite part of the museum was the little grocery store. It had the packaging from real food items. It also had little tiny grocery carts, little mini conveyor belts, and working cash registers that provided real receipts!
The first time we visited this museum, the hospital (complete with ambulance) was the runaway hit for the boys. This time, they weren’t quite as into it. Ender was giving the doll a shot in her eye, which sounds pretty horrifying.
Another big hit is the water table. The water table has pegs into which you can slide these plastic rectangles in order to direct the flow of water. This is useful for creating areas for Atlas where his toys won’t float away. Ender really loves the fishing toys (magnetic poles and fish).
The museum has quite a few agricultural displays. For example, they have a gardening plot, a display about farm animals, this really neat grain conveyor belt, and several pieces of farm equipment you can climb into. Ender just wanted to try to lock Atlas in the barn.
This was a really great to spend the chilly afternoon and I hope we can do it again next month!