(re)capturing the fun & wonder

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Gone fishing

Gone fishing
This is how the kids have entertained themselves All Morning (& it’s still gong strong!). Bjørn crafted this makeshift rod and reel out of sticks and kitchen string.

One kid hangs the pole over the balcony and calls for the little fishies to come for their morning snack of pretend worms. The other child runs around like a crazy person, scavenging for little bits to hook on.

Once the prize has been securely attached they tug on the string so the fisher knows they’ve caught something.

Glorious fun! (over, and over, and over again)

Handmade guitar

marching band
Maggie gets very upset with me when I haul out the recycling because in it she sees endless possibilities, countless projects just waiting to happen. One of her favorites is Marching Band. Brothers get recruited as workers or audience members, and if they’re really lucky, they get to march as well. She makes all the instruments: maracas, shakers, tambourines, drums, bottle flutes, and guitars.

To make her Box Guitar all you need is a box, some rubber bands, tape or a stapler, and an empty paper-towl roll.

  1. Cut out a square(ish) on the front of the box, and a hole big enough for the roll at on end.
  2. Tape or staple rubber bands across the open section on the front. They should be pretty taught.
  3. Stick the tube in at the end and tape to secure it.
  4. Strum!

I was surprised at how well this worked, while not exactly the most musical of sounds, it definitely made different pitched plinks and plunks when strummed.

Next time, I’m thinking I’ll break out the tempera paints, and glitter glue so she can properly decorate her oeuvre, and make it her own (dub Tim Gunn voice-over here). As is this photo feels a bit too much like product placement for me . At least this time, she chose a soda bottle for her flute instead of the usual wine or beer :-)


Inspiration: Creative Summer

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If you haven’t already stumbled upon it, you’ve got to go visit the Creative Summer pool on Flickr. Really! It was set up by Molly of MommyCoddle a week or so ago and the creative goodness is just pouring in.

Even if you don’t blog, please share pictures of your kids’ summer creations over there. I know I could use all the inspiration I can get as there’s still a month and a half of summer vacation to go and I’m starting to feel a panic setting in :-)

Here are a few of my favorites so far:

Enjoy!


Scavenged bow and arrow

Archery

I’m always thrilled when the kids take it upon themselves to develop and execute their own creative projects. I’m thinking there must have been and American Indian theme running through our day yesterday, or perhaps my boy’s haircut was inspired by his sister’s Bow and Arrow project.

Miss M spent a good bit of time scrounging for just the right bits of vine and sticks for her creation, bending and knotting until she got it just right.

I have to say I was mightily impressed at how good her aim got with a bit of practice.


Go fly a kite!

Go fly a kite!

This winter has be a rough one for us so far. Our house is full of empty tissue boxes, and still-runny noses, empty soup cans (who has the energy to make anything from scratch?), and piles of dirty dishes. Some days we all get so claustrophobic, such mind-numbing cabin fever, that we just need to get out.

These are the days made especially for kite flying. Even when there’s no wind to hoist the kites aloft.