Plasticine Takes the Place of Playdough…yay!!

Let me begin by saying I am not a huge fan of Playdough.  The girls have been playing with it for many many years.  The problem I find is that it dries out so quickly, Little C loves to eat it and I was replacing it constantly.   The amount of waste and plastic containers would drive me crazy.  I know I could have very easily made playdough – I just never did!  I was too busy baking things to eat instead.  The exciting news is that the girls each received a plasticine kit for Christmas with many beautiful colours.  Their hands now seem strong enough to soften the clay and shape it into their desired forms.  This wasn’t possible before.  This past wet weekend was spent making some fun creations…

Big C in the process of creating...

...an owl mask

It was so neat to watch the process of creation taking place before my very eyes!  Big C wanted to please me by making an owl which is her mama’s favourite creature and Little C wanted to present me with a flower!  How sweet…

A flower for me!

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Blue Skies Please…

Ah the grey and rainy days of November have not been enjoyable this year on VI.  I guess it’s making up for the beautiful summer we had  here where I cannot even recall it raining (although we spent a month of our summer in Ontario where it rained and rained also!).  Anyway I was looking at photos I took back on October where the sky was such a beautiful shade of blue.  And ofcourse the girls were in the Japense Maple climbing and swinging and having such an enjoyable and carefree day…

Big C a.k.a. master tree climber

Just hanging and posing

What’s funny is Big C is such a good tree climber and we have so many nice trees to climb at our place that she has taught many of the kids on our block how to climb!  Her little sister is doing pretty well herself…

Little C in the tree

 

Getting ready for take off...

Crash landing!

It was a beautiful day!

Little C admiring her pumpkin

Soap-making and Fun With Rubber Chickens

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Surprise buttons!

This past rainy weekend was spent mainly indoors.  The girls had this great idea that they wanted to make soap.  Actually they wanted to make soap from soap and as Big C pointed out it is kinda cheating.  But it’s a starting point.  I know there is a lot to making soap and I’d like to eventually take a soap-making course through Hazelwood Herb Farms with my neighbour sometime.  The kids did this form of soap-making at farm hands so we thought we’d give it a try…

Busy hands putting soap in muffin tin molds

Little C and Big C spent a fair bit of time shredding two types of soap and then mixing it all together with a smidge of water.  I think the biggest thrill for them was to bury surprise buttons in the soap!  Reminds me of the Little Rascals’ surprise birthday cake.  The soaps in the mold form then went in the freezer for an hour and they are still hardening on the cookie tray as we speak.

They actually look like yummy cupcakes

Freshly made soap was soft to Little C's pokey touch

Ah this is where the afternoon got really interesting.  We were at the Dollar Store earlier in the day and the kids begged me to get them each a rubber chicken.  Why I’m not exactly sure.  It could be that we know so many people with chickens at the moment that it just seemed right.  The girls played all afternoon with these crazy birds and they even took them into the tub to play!

Big C's rubber chic

Little C decided she wanted to cook her chicken up for dinner!  She wrapped hers in wax paper and away she went with a toy frying pan and utensils.  I think this is a sign of things to come! (perhaps getting chickens that is!)

Little C cooking up her chicken