Monday, December 17, 2007

Unplug Your Kids Group Project

Mom Unplugged has set forth another something
with yarn or string. Be sure to link back to her here,
if you decide to give it a try. I hope you do.
I did not know what to do, so...
Princess was given access to some materials, a bit of yarn and her usual glue,crayons,
etc in the cabinet. I told her that her mission,should she choose to accept it,
was to make something using that yarn.
She snorted, yes snorted as if my challenge was weak !
Then ,she started rooting around in the cabinet, pulling out paper,glue,sparkles.
She told me that she had decided to make a version of birdfeeder that we do with oranges.
Unfortunately, we were out of oranges, so she got a couple of plastic cups out from our science stuff
(we use them for seed starting) and asked me to put holes on each side like we do the oranges. I don't allow her to use the hole punch.
She cut the yarn and strung them through the holes.I had to knot them for her.

She asked me to give her seed to fill them with, and I told her I would do that in the morning.
It is very cold out in the garage now.
Then she decided to draw some birds
and glue on feathers, the feathers were in with the hole punch for some reason....then she told me this was all related to the Wright Brothers, because
they made a plane to fly like the birds.
Hey, the t.v. was off and my kid still learned stuff!! Who would have thunk it? ;-)

We filled them with birdseed and hung them from a tree in the backyard.


Heather said...

That is great. Very smart and creative girl. I am glad to know though that I am not the only one who gets the snorts when I offer up challenges.

Anonymous said...

I love how you just put out some yarn and some other art supplies and let her have at it! That is the most fun way to do these things isn't it? And the birds are happy too. A win-win!

Happy Holidays! (see you again in two weeks)

Mrs. Darling said...

It looks like she did a lovely job and what a great idea for string!

Angela said...

Clever girl! Silly you to give her such a weak challenge! ;) I like how her mind works!

Amber said...

I wish I would have thought to ask my children what they wanted to do. I think it is so kind that she thinks of the birds. I love the little feeder idea.

Mariposa said...

Very sweet and good thinking by P.

Kate in NJ said...

LOL, Thanks Gals!
I had to leave it up to her, I couldn't come up with a single idea.

Rockin' Moroccan Mama said...

wow, very good P. She is doing just an amazing job. Love her idea!!!

amanda said...

That is very clever!! And her little bird drawing is so cute.

Jenny said...

I think I need P to give us some ideas too! Whenever I tried to come up with anything earlier in the week, I was stumped and then I forgot- ooops! You have a very creative little girl- good job, Mom!

patience said...

Wow Princess! What a creative girl!

I had to laugh when I read your challenge to her - I do the same thing. Plonk a bunch of stuff on the table and say "your challenge is ..." as if it has been a lesson plan sitting in my schedule book for months, rather than a clever, spur-of-the-moment way to gloss over the fact I am too tired or befuddled or uncreative to give a lesson in proper teacherly manner ;-)

It always ends up well - sometimes I think these kids are better off without us giving them ideas. I'm impressed with what Princess came up with.

Claire said...

More excellent bird feeding ideas. Thank you :-)

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Plato said...

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