Because we had boxes and bins stacked 6 deep in the living area, making a cluttered mess, I did not have the desire to spend oodles of time cleaning the house. Nor did we have most of our stuff out to keep us entertained on lazy days we spent in the house.
Pinterest to the rescue!
One project we attempted was to make a solar oven, using objects from around the house. I got the instructions from Pinterest, and with our supplies we were ready to build!
(As a homeschooling family, we try to incorporate projects and group activities whenever possible.)
Paige is my crafter, project maker, artist, creator, and motivated learner. Project? Paige is the first in line, the boss, the know-it-all, the taker-over-er. She gets it done
See how well she's using the Exacto knife?
Wait. What? The non-yet six year old is using an Exacto knife?
She really, really wanted to use it, like big brother and sister. But after seeing her attempt to use the knife, it took Exacto 1.764 seconds before I took away the knife and found her some tape.
He did hang around long enough to hear the science behind the oven and see the basic design. He also got to use an Exacto knife which is always a big deal for him. Guns, knives, weapons of mass destruction; those are his favorite subjects.
"I know!!" chimes in Mom
Meanwhile, as the potatoes didn't cook and the water didn't water, the kids tackled another project.....
Finally, something for which we all can excel!