I've talk a lot here about how Chuck and I favor a few quality toys over tons of cheap toys. Or tons of quality toys, for that matter. We have fewer toys in our whole house than most families with one or two children that I've met. That's by design, not accident. So when I see the latest "toy" being offered, I'm rarely tempted. But occasionally one comes along that gets my attention and that deserves a little praise. ZOOB is one of those toys.
It's plastic (ack!), in bright tacky colors…and has a million pieces! Usually that would be three strikes agains a toy. But like LEGO (look TonyM, I'm using proper LEGO etiquette because of you…I actually looked up the terminology after the comment you left) and wedgits, the creative possibilities are endless. There are only a few different shapes (plus wheels!) and they fit together like joints. My children have made: bicycles, hats, shields, swords, guns, teepees, cars…
This "jet pack" Mordecai made even had handles for him to control his flight with (sorry, no pics of that). This is one of those toys that everyone loves…from Apollo on up to Judah and Boaz. A few pieces have been broken from misuse, but since there are a couple of hundred nearly identical pieces, it hasn't affected the creative play.
This toy gets the stamp of approval in our little homeschool.
Even more snow fell on Thanksgiving day, and my children were determined to take advantage of every flake.
Triple the fun.
Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Hence the dump-truck-turned-sled.
Keziah (18) was content just to watch.
Until I convinced her she had to try sledding. Just once.
As you can see, she loved it!
And Jubilee (8) loved it too!
As I was up every two hours last night with my sick baby boy, I was able to watch the snow recede. A Chinook is upon us, and it was so cool to watch how much grass appeared and snow disappeared in two hour increments. Our yard is now a slushy, icy mess. With green grass poking through.
I confessed a while back about how much it bothered me that I post Wordless Wednesday posts with a word in the title…after many thoughtful comments, I have switched to One Word Wednesdays…a bit more bulky to say perhaps, but certainly more accurate.
Now another reader question..should my photo captions have periods? Or are they okay without? Or do they just need a period if its a complete sentence (like the caption above)?
The air has turned cooler, the days darker and we now have fires in our wood stove every day. I am reminding myself I cannot afford to skip my vitamin D. My midwife checked my levels during routine blood work last winter and informed me I had the lowest level she's ever seen in a patient (7). I was so proud. Especially after my dad told me the doctor had check his levels and freaked out because his were so low (15)! Must run in the family. I'm not (or wasn't) a huge believe in the need for vitamins. But I started taking vitamin D and went from feeling like a slug to a turtle. Such an improvement!
School's fallen into a bit of a routine and I feel like its time to begin some fun projects. Last week we focused on Scout work. Hezekiah did a ton of stuff from his Tiger book and earned the Map and Compass belt loop and academic pen. Mordecai worked on some of the stuff too, but hasn't completed the requirements yet. The girls have been working on Girl Scout badges. Tilly and Adalia have been knitting machines. Soon we'll begin screen printing. And perhaps some more tie dye. Apollo has outgrown nearly all of his tie dye clothing…I'll be packaging those up and giving them away soon.
There's something about the cooler darker days that make me want to focus on handmade projects. I love the opportunities homeschooling gives us for trying out new things.
Anyone out there have some great ideas for new projects for us to try? In the past we've done: sewing, knitting, felting, screen printing, beading and tie dying. These are all still favorites, but we always up for something new as well.