(wet felted snails)
There are some tasks that seem destined to constant interruption. Forever work in progresses. As soon as all the tools are assembled, and work on the verge to commence, a voice pipes up and my priorities are changed in a moment. A different task beckons. Sigh. I know I’m not alone.
All week, I’ve been trying to clear a
weed flower bed to plant a few new plants. All week. Finally Sunday, I woke early, before the rest of the household, and dug.
Among the plants are a pair of delphiniums that the slugs and snails had munched through while they waited in their pots to be planted. I brought them inside and they have recovered. Bunches of new leaves, although I’m not sure they will produce flowers.
(poached egg plant)
Poor plants. They are going to need extra defences in their new location. I’ve liberally sprinkled egg shells around, to deter the slugs and snails. Without wishing to tempt fate, this method usually works well in our garden.
So far, so good. I’ve not spotted any snails or the tell-tale signs of their sneaky visits. Admittedly, I did relocate a fair few snails to one of our wild areas in the garden, as I cleared the area of weeds.
Fortunately these particular snails are 100% harmless. The children recently made them by wet felting and needle-felting merino fleece. They used the technique of making long thin rods of felt (details here) and also had a go at needle-felting. They decided wet felting has the best technique when it comes to snail making.
The felted snails are back up above our inglenook, among the felted leaves and crocheted daisies. While I’m left to keep a beady eye on my delphiniums. I have a plan B, a plan C and a plan D. I hope I’m not pushed into resorting to Plan D.
Sometimes I only need to provide a few objects and the children have hours of fun playing. Dreaming up multiple ways to play. Today they had yogurt pots, wheels and guttering. Ok. I did give them the wobbly eyes too! They decided to engineer/craft yogurt pot racing cars. Mixing the bits and pieces, and their imagination.
And so the first official Petits Filous Yogurt Pot race was dreamt up. Every race needs a good course, and its no different for yogurt pot cars. They need a course too.
One end of the guttering was rested on top of the step ladders.
Then the yogurt pot cars ski jumped off the guttering onto the wibbly wobbly wavy slide and down to the finishing line.
Hopefully landing intact and with a little decorum. Between you and me, I don’t think the rules were important. It was more about the team fun.
Once all the yogurt pot racing cars had run the course many times, it was time to stop for a yogurt snack. Strawberry and Vanilla Magic Squares.
Some racing drivers were very keen to join in.
Sometimes words and photos can’t quite capture the fun that three children can have with racing yogurt pots. So I’ve added a video. Only 43 seconds long. Hope you enjoy it.
Not sure where and when the next official race will take place. Hope you can join in too.
Disclaimer: This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous.