Prepping for the meet up on Tuesday was pretty time consuming on Saturday and Sunday-I think it was preparing all the shadow puppets and the fact the my cutting machine was being a total nightmare. Sunday we visited the pound shops and got some sequins and other stuff. Anyway it all got done but not with very much involvement form the boys.
We went to Plantasia on Monday and had a lovely day there, we did all the mazes and the boys were pleased to have found all of the stamps. We did some of the animal and wildlife maze but not all of them. dh was bitten on the leg by some kind of fly and now (Wednesday) he has a huge blister and spreading infection.
The meet up on Tuesday was full but fun. Lots of fun making the clay divas and puppets, colourful hands went down well to scratch mehndi patterns onto as did the dressing up and food tasting. Everyone enjoyed exploring the electricity kits and seemed to enjoy putting on a puppet show at the end too. Ot was much better with some help from dh with the parachute and B was OK although a bit of a pain going underneath. B made another Hanuman and Ot made a Rama puppet, Tig, Ot and B all made clay divas and Ot and B had fun dressing up. Tig did a mehndi hand and Ot made a flower garland form me (he was persuading me to give him some of my canes fro arrows! Ot and B joined in with the puppet show but Tig didn’t-he met a boy called D who was a bit older so I think he was being ‘grown up’.
Next week it’s skulls and skeletons and the day of the dead (the meet up is on the 1st of November and the day after Halloween so seemed a good theme). We had KFC after the meet up and then vegged out a bit at home, shot some arrows in the garden and cleared up the mud from Milo whom E had forgotten to shut in the kitchen. Later we went to post a parcel, left the rent money for the room hire and popped into Aldridge.
We popped into Tamworth today, got new shoes for the boys (trainers for Tiger), spent their pocket money on play guns and transformers and grabbed some pumpkins from Asda. When we got back we grabbed out the dressing up boxes and watched some TV whilst playing. dh helped me to level all of the big writing books from school so they are all done, just the sheets and comments to stick in. I’ve roughed out the art/mantle session for the week back and just need to have a think about timings a bit before I decide the best way to work it-would be nice to have a whole day but as we’d need to get the modrocing done I’m thinking about whether we’d be ready…I was really pleased over breakfast to see how quickly Tig seemed to recall his 2’s, 3’s and 5’s playing a flash card game. But we need to get cracking with Ot and the other tables for Tig. Both got 100% for their spellings again and B did the next lesson in reading eggs which he really likes.
Tomorrow, if dh’s leg is up to it, we have to pop into work as dh has left some papers he needs and grab some chutney making stuff and it’s cake making and Christmas chutney making (dh will have to supervise with his leg up though ;0)!). I am planning to get the stuff for the next meet up sorted too so that I am a week ahead of myself as that should make it easier time wise fingers crossed. I think we’ll do some oil pastel skulls inspired by Mexican sugar skulls and an articulated skeleton puppet (very much like last week) so we can have another play with the shadow screen. I think I will make a puppet in parts so that we can try to ID the different bones after the bone hunt from their shadows too. Ot will like the human body bit I think.
Linking in at home I think we will maybe look at the skeleton,it’s proper part names and then maybe the eye and how we see plus some things to do with light and colours. I want to get back to doing the mark making every day and get into a routine but also we need to get out and about more that we have been too. I think I may come up with a list of places to visit or things to do…..
Photos to follow!