Somehow this weekend has just really worked. I suppose having an extra pair of adult hands about makes a big difference, although its not exactly felt that that was the reason, but everyone has done loads and we all feel very rested too. I’m going to miss having Rich here, its been lovely to have constant company from another adult, specially one that comes with nothing else in mind but playing with my children!
Todays main event was this, a kit i found in Office World for £1.49 with 4 sheets of animal print card, stickers for eyes etc and stencils to cut out the animals. First the girls and i looked at an Atlas and found all the different areas of the continent we knew about. Malawi and Tanzania have connections with “non-related family” as Auntie Anne grew up in Malawi and my friend Faye who we see later in the week spent a summer in Tanzania. Egypt is obviously popular and we also talked about Sudan and the war there. part of my point was to show them that Tigers don’t in fact live in Africa, despite being part of the pack we had, so we looked up various animals in our (beautiful, every home should have it) “DK Animal” book and we also compared maps in an adult and childrens Atlas.
We decided to make an Africa savannah and then a jungle scene from “somewhere else” (i think Tigers are Indian though aren’t they?) it went down really well and the results have pride of place on the stairs.
Ammi’s art deserves a mention!
As does her comedy nurses outfit!
This is Maddy’s representation of all of them on the Dragon Rollercoaster.
Maddy is also really enjoying being able to feed and water the rabbits properly and without help. Its so her thing to have a little “job” like that and been a big benefit of the new rabbit home.
And finally; this photo doesn’t do these 3D models justice but they are all very proud of their Neverland models.
Mainly today involved me sorting out lots of washing and the kids playing with Rich on out patio with Duplo on a never-ending tower building contest. Rich and Max got rid of a load of garden rubbish too so everything is starting to feel quite straight and sorted.
Oh yes, finished off with a reread of How the Camel got his Hump (which also prompted a good look at camels earlier today) – they love those stories so i might actually look at getting them on cd to listen to. Its great to be reading them – inclined me to look for a copy of The Jungle Book too – stupidly i saw a copy of it in every second hand bookshop we went in the other weekend and didn’t buy any of them!!!!
I’ve managed all but one of our CM readings this week, having also read about Joseph and his coat today in a quiet moment, as bedtime stories – we have been doing it for 7 weeks now and i am really delighted with it. I reckon the first year will take us easily till next September if we carry on but it will be worth it i think.