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Monday, December 24, 2012

Winter Break Activities

The first week of winter break is always full of potential - the anticipation, the opportunity to make crafts, to bake goodies, to do whatever the mood calls for... even a rare snowman in a place that barely gets any snow.

Roll, roll roll a little ball of snow on the powdery yard back and forth till a snowman materializes...




Make a Fish Card  for grandpa who loves fishing...





Fold Origami paper crane earrings for Mama and cousins...




And make Origami wreaths...



Bake cookies: when all I have to do is turn on the oven, put the loaded cookie sheet in and set the timer, get it out when done, I am all for baking batches of cookies. The best part was to surprise our neighbor with the fresh-from-the-oven cookies; and then frost some of them to give to her cousins. (The recipe Ana chose to use was from Christmas Cookies Bite-Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal/Jane Dyer)




Melted Crayon stained glass card, cut wrapping paper collage card, snowman card... just whatever came to her mind at various times to create a card to send some Holiday cheer...





Salt dough ornaments...



The 7 yo managed to keep herself busy with many activities the first week of winter break. The younger one, however, was not liking this 'freedom', lack of structure...

But, he chose to write a book all about Space - not just planets and our solar system, but mostly about stars and galaxies and black holes. It was tough deciphering his writing, but, with a little help the words on the title page revealed themselves as saying,
"The illustrator is Og The author is Papa Rigel Sun Thanks Pollux" 
all phonetically spelt and written with laterally inverted S and such and not much regard to punctuation...



He credited Papa with authorship but apparently Papa had nothing much to do with the words in the pages...  Many stars and galaxies were illustrated, along with scattered letters describing and naming them somehow giving the impression of the vastness and ordered chaos that is our Universe... (at least, that is how my mind sees it)...



And what can be more fun than making up his own puzzles? Take a standard 8.5x11 copy paper; draw some stars and planets and galaxies on it; to make it extra challenging, draw on both sides, but just a slightly different picture of the same subject matter; then cut the paper up into random pieces; jumble up the pieces; try to assemble the pieces back together as before.



And to make it too impossibly challenging, he decided to take 3 papers of double-sided pictures and cut out 32 pieces all together and then try to put them back together after mixing and jumbling them up. (He never did manage to finish that puzzle so far - the pieces are 'saved' in a zipper lock bag for future attempts - although I cannot guarantee all the pieces made it into that bag.)



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