Thursday, July 7, 2016
grandparents and the boys of summer, part 2
We've taken advantage of children's movies offered by the library and the local movie theatres. Trevor Zoo is a fun visit. Yesterday the boys went to Minnewaska with Al to swim. I have made lists of all the different short and long outings we might take with them and the schedules of local things offered on any given day. And then there is fort building in the backyard and art and science projects to try.
One of my favorite craft materials is cardboard tubes - mostly toilet paper rolls, some from paper towels or gift wrap. You can see how Ethan and I used them a couple of years ago for some indoor exploration.
This week I decided to take advantage of their love of Minecraft and invited them to make their own versions of monsters, endermen, etc. They spent a couple of hours creating them, using tubes, straws, popsicle sticks, yarn, and tape. I also found some small carpet and flooring squares at Home Depot that they've added to some of their scenarios. And since them they have spent hours playing with them, along with their Lego armies. It is so much fun to watch how they take simple recycled materials and turn them into hours of entertainment!