"Children do not need to be made to learn about the world, or shown how. They want to, and they know how." -John Holt

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

An evening with Goop

With temperatures reaching, or should I say dipping, a whopping -7 degrees (with the windchill factor) we opted for a less severe indoor sensory experience. We tossed our birdseed to the birds and started over with a batch of Goop.

Normally reserved as a summer time, full-body activity, the goop was not terribly messy and kept the kids attention for a full hour. Definitely worth it.

After cleaning that up and stopping for a quick dinner break, we moved onto snow. Except I forgot the snow had frozen and was rock hard so it took a lot of banging with the plastic shovel to break up enough clumps to bring in. That fun lasted about 10 minutes...

And finally we finished off the night with 20 pounds of rice and played til bedtime.
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