Work Hard, Play Harder: The Play’s the Thing

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecc. 3:1) Join us as we explore a season of fun and family! Help us discover new ways to enjoy family time and build lasting memories.

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Summer_work-playThis is our last week of summer. (Well, technically, we have next week off too, but that week is specifically reserved for the coming year’s prep.) We thought we’d end our summer fun with a bang, filled with tons of family fun and memories to boot!

Just how do we plan to do this? With a play!

Last summer, my husband’s tía treated us to Pinocchio. It was held locally and acted out by the most talented group of young people I have seen in ages. The event was truly memorable. This year, we are once again invited to enjoy an end of summer play. This year, we will be seeing Snow White.

Our kiddos are so excited and so am I. This event is attended not only by us, but my sister-in-law, my mother-in-law, my husband’s aunt and uncle, and a bunch of our cousins. Talk about family fun!

Pinocchio #7

There will be food, drinks, treats, and probably a few mementos as well. Last year, we walked away with hats just like Pinocchio and wands/crowns like the Blue Fairy. Who knows what they will come up with this year; one can only guess!

I was trying to think of something cute to make for the kiddos to enjoy during the performance. I think I might do chocolate covered apples! Doesn’t that sound fun? (I might just have to do a few for the adults as well!) Yummy!

No matter when your summer of fun ends, consider going out with a ‘bang’! Find a local playhouse and treat yourselves to a night of fun. For those brave enough, consider joining the company itself and be a part of the action! It will make for some incredible memories!

Time to Chime In: What was the last play you saw?

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One ‘pin’ a week; that is the goal. Nothing too fancy, nothing too far-fetched; just a good opportunity to finally test out a few of those Pinterest ideas and see which ones really work! Join along and chime in; let us know which projects you’ve been working on and how they’ve turned out!

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Summer_PinterestWhen we can combine our love of learning with fun and art, you know we are going to put it to the test. Settled down at the kitchen table, with all our tools at hand, we were ready to go…

Who doesn’t like owls? They’re cute, believed to be smart, and fascinating to watch. My kiddos enjoy anything remotely related to owls, so this is the perfect ‘pin’ for us to start off with!

Owl Modeling Project

Simple and easy, right? Well… For those who have little to no experience working with clay this might be a bit of a challenge. For adults, this project would probably come out almost exactly like the picture. For the littles, it might prove a tad more difficult.

I created a sample while my children watched, hoping this would help them with making their own owls. I had to start over twice, but finally got the hang of it. I haven’t worked at modeling in such a long time, it took a few minutes to get a feel for the texture of this particular clay.

My girls were able to complete the steps fairly well, but (being perfectionists like their mama; poor things) they kept redoing the project till they felt it looked more like the picture provided. The wings just wouldn’t fold at an exact angle and the ears weren’t coming out even. They did get it after a few tries though and seemed pleased with their project.

My little man had the most trouble with this. He needed to learn the concept of rolling, or pressing, the clay without making it too thin. Once the clay gets too thin, it is very difficult to work with and manipulate. We re-rolled and modeled several times before he understood this a little better. Once we got our initial circle going, he did fine from there.

One thing I will say for this project: besides being fairly simple, it can be made very quickly! From start to finish, the owls took approximately fifteen minutes to complete! (It should be noted, however, that this does not include dry time or painting; which must be done later.)

Rather than make clay (I was feeling rather lazy), I chose to purchase a bucket of Crayola modeling clay which I found for a great price. The clay proved very easy to work with, formed nicely, and cleaned off well. It’s non-toxic and, as I mentioned, a pretty good price for the amount received.

For those die-hard DIYers; here are a few recipes for clay which would also work:

About.com (Chemistry)
Homeschooling Ideas
Clay-It-Now

Overall, this was a great project to have started off with. It was simple, fun, and sparked an interests in my kids. We will definitely be doing more modeling in the future!

Time to Chime In: How often does your family practice modeling with clay? Which recipe do you prefer? (Or brand, if you’d rather buy!)

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