Tuesday, January 2, 2018

December 29, 2017

Watercolor snow scenes with sprinkles of salt for ice

I don't do any instruction in the Tinkerlab...I just provide the materials & they create! It's amazing. We are taking it up a notch next year by adding old appliances for them to take apart & put back together as they choose! We'll also have an expanded art area!

We made snow ice cream - so easy & delish

Simeon wanted a bear to look into the window of his winter scene!

Below freezing temps means plenty of ice to experiment with - even paint!

Everyone was prepared for outdoor play in the snow today, & their mittens came in handy while playing with ice!

Ellie & Ezra were pals today

I love the multi-age grouping...some children get to practice being big sisters/brothers & others get to borrow big brothers & sisters! The older ones are such a wonderful help :0)

Our sledding hill is perfect for the littles....

And a gentle challenge for the older ones who want to ski!!!  I love winter as long as we have enough snow to play in - and these guys didn't once complain of being cold.  As the northmen say: There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!

Priscilla loved trying to break the little toys out of the ice!
We ended up meeting every day in December!  I'm so thankful to spend time with each of these precious ones - now it's off to some warmer weather! See you all in February!

December 22 - we keep adding days!

Since school was out we had extra friends join us - even Ms Julia joined us!

Lunch Bunch :0)

Making Ginger Bread Houses!! ((ok, graham cracker!))

Ben was delighted by the all you can eat smogasboard of candy







Red Rover! A rough game, but they love it..

Winding each other up in big hugs

Even Dawn got 'wrapped up' in the fun!

December 15, 2017

Making marbled paper - first you squirt shaving cream in a dish, drop food coloring or watercolor in, then swirl it with a toothpick....
Gently press your paper onto the shaving cream swirls....

Then scrape off the excess with a flat edge!

Then of course, it's time to finger paint with shaving cream!

Simeon created this great patterned garage all by himself!

Lunch: veggies & a huge pumelo!

Mixing colored water (Priscilla) & coloring with oil pastels & baby oil

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 8

Strings day! These guys caught right on

Zach needs a violin.....

Ellie invented her own string instrument! Wow!

The lap harp was novel & super easy to learn

Priscilla's an old hat - her brother's been playing for over a year!

Indoor 4-square? mmmk guys!

Deep lunch conversations

Outdoor painting

Emma kicked the ball way up there!

Kinetic sand came outside with us too!

Painting sticks....

Making a fort

Malachi almost always has marker dots on his nose & an bandaid somewhere :0)

Next week is our last week til February!!  We'll miss you guys!