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

Saturday, October 11, 2008

LEAP co-op #3

Last week Gabriel exclaimed how he would like to make soap and put little "guys", (a.k.a lizards, army men, rocks, etc...) in it. I said, maybe we could do that with our lil' co-op and lo and behold, a week later, VOILA! Glycerin soap & little guys...

Ummm... uhh... except I forgot to take pictures of that part. Here's another mom's shot of the counter where we worked... It was fun, it was smelly, it was messy. I'm sure we'll be re-creating this in our own kitchen.Meanwhile, some kids were upstairs playing as well... Like Bomey... again captured by another Mommy...
However, we also made goop! And I was there to document that with horrid pictures...
Gabriel was utterly fascinated with the slimey mixture and it continues to live in our bathroom in a zip-loc baggy for god knows how long... :S

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