Butterflies

Madeleine’s science co-op class has been going through the days of creation; studying light and dark, sun and moon, plants and animals, etc. When they got to the animals, she was sent home with four caterpillars. Three formed chrysallises; when they emerged, they were Painted Lady Butterflies! How fun that the boys and I got to experience this with her. She named all three; Goldie and Eleanor were the first to emerge, while Maggie waited until the next day. She must have stared into this netting all day, watching them stretch their wings. SO MUCH FUN!

We put a container with honey water in it in the net; a paper towel hung out for the butterflies to eat. We also put leaves and such in to imitate their natural habitat. We were hoping they would lay eggs, but they never did. We read that they would only live about two days, but they ended up living about a week.

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A First For My Kids

Last year, a group got together in our small town; the group is full of homeschoolers, and all we do is go to the playground. It’s a chance for the kids to play and the moms to chat for about an hour or so. Occasionally, we’ll plan a ‘field trip’, but it’s always really low-key.

One of the mom’s planned an ‘end of the year party’ this week at Chuck-E-Cheese. My kids were sooo excited! They had never been before. I was hesitant to go, as I haven’t been since I worked a summer day camp (I always hated Chuck-E-Cheese day!). But I made a sacrifice and went. The good news is, the place was virtually empty on a Tuesday morning during the school year! I gave my kids each 20 tokens and they had a blast! We even came home with 20 tokens to save for the next time (whenever that is).

Christopher went with Caleb so they could go really high.

Madeleine riding some sort of race horse game. No tickets from this one, so it wasn’t played again!

Caleb and Chuck-E-Cheese

Such an awesome time!

Have you taken your kids to Chuck-E-Cheese recently? What did you think? It hasn’t changed all that much in the 12 years since I’ve been!

Quick and Easy Homemade Play-Dough

So we made play-dough this morning! We’ve made it before, but not in a while. This recipe is great, and only takes about ten minutes start to finish.                             

All the ingredients, ready to go!

Begin by placing all the ingredients in a pot or saucepan.

1 cup flour

1/2 cup salt

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 Tablespoon oil

1 cup cold water

Our smooth mixture

Whisk them together until the mixture is smooth. Turn the stove on medium and stir continuously with a spoon. After just a few minutes, the mixture will turn into a mashed-potato consistency. Continue stirring until it gets thicker.

Beginning to mix together

Once it gets thick enough, dump it out on the counter. I placed a piece of waxed paper down first, since we were going to add food coloring.

Plain play-dough

Add drops of food coloring to the dough. You can wear plastic gloves or simply use your hands to knead the dough. Be careful, it will stain your hands for the rest of the day (don’t ask me how I know!) And be careful, the dough will be warm still.

Making yellow play-dough

Our finished yellow play-dough! We also made pink, blue, green and turqoiuse (which was then mixed with blue, so we have a TON of blue!)

Our finished yellow product

Playing with our finished products! We had play-dough out all morning, and the kids loved it. We hadn’t played with it in so long, since we hadn’t had any, but we had a great time today.

Playing at the kitchen table. Note our upscale tools like plastic knives and empty thread bobbins!

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