I love maps. I love opening them out on the table like a cloth. Leaning forward and scanning every inch in detail. I can quite easily lose time pouring over a map. Reading the names and studying the lay of the land. Each teasingly hint at long forgotten stories. The most tantalizing ones duly noted to be explored on foot one day.
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Take one cereal box, a choice of paints and a bag of marbles, and what do you get?
Answer: A morning of fun.
Also a great way to practise some adding up too. Learning should always be this fun, don’t you think?
(Each arch had a number: 5, 10, 15. Marble goes through and the number is added to total.)
Off in the kitchen, Eldest made flapjacks.
Next on to botany.
(Does this remind anyone else of a flamingo?)
Moon bean is ready for potting up.
(Wondering if it may be a mistake to name a plant? Especially one that other creatures like to munch.)
We’ve watched the beans split. We’ve discussed why the roots might develop before the stem. Now it’s time to rescue this plant from its confines.
I’m sure there was almost an audible sigh from that bean, as the bag was split open.
Good luck, little runner bean.
(Best tip I ever received from a successful female boss was to wear red nail varnish if you want to garden at the weekends and still look presentable at work the next day. BL is embracing this notion early.)
Next up. Lego. What can I say about Lego that hasn’t already been said? Engineering, design, creative thinking and more. Undoubtedly, another worthy learning activity during the holiday.
Meanwhile, in the kitchen Eldest made cake. All by herself.
School may be out, but long live learning!
By the end of the day, I felt like I had achieved nothing. Dispiriting. Then I looked back at the photos on my camera and realised that I had helped others achieve. And that, I believe, is an achievement on its very own.