We had a little visitor named Ira (or Ina or something like Ivan but with only three letters) this week. Really this tropical storm just brought us 3 or 4 inches of rain and enough wind to blow the trees back and forth. But, all the schools around the area, including our day care, were closed for the day Tuesday.
My friend Rachael gives me lots of good ideas. One recent idea was for me to cut out pictures from the (way too many) catalogs we get in the mail. Then let the children pick out pictures to make a collage with. I put the glue on the back of each piece and they place it on their paper.
It was fun, especially for the girls. They worked on their collages until they were full. It was fun to see what they chose: everything from soccer balls to baby dolls to paints to trucks. Elliott only lasted about ten minutes. Then he picked out all the cut outs of bugs, wadded them into balls and through them out of the front porch. (The door was open so we could get some fresh air, and he loves looking for real "buggies" on the front porch.)
Here is Mazie holding up Elliott's collage. When I asked him if I could take his picture with his collage, he said "no" and ran on to the porch. I decided not to fight it. Mazie was happy to help.
Here he is with his wadded up bugs on the porch.
Thanks for the suggestion, Auntie Rach. Keep them coming.