It was a scorcher of a day today and the park where our home-education group meets looked very different. The school children are on their summer break so the park was heaving with families enjoying the beautiful weather. The playground was too full for us to even consider using it but it didn't bother us as we had other plans.
In the classroom we made drums and plastic straw pan-pipes. It was nice to be in the cool of the room as it really was hot outside. The children enjoyed making the musical instruments - there will be a tutorial on how to make these later this week.
I gave the children a sandwich bag and a piece of chalk and asked them to collect natural items to add to the collage. We went off to the patch of forest where the children had a great time.
They used the chalk to draw wonderful pictures on the forest logs. The youngest members of the group really enjoyed this activity and the logs certainly looked much jollier as a result of their creativity. They collected leaves, sticks, ferns and other items in their bags as well as just having fun in the quiet of the forest.
Back in the classroom the children stuck their objects on the collage. There is a lot to do to the picture before it is complete but it's going to look fabulous when it is.
We spent much longer in the classroom than normal - it was very relaxed which was perfect on such a hot day. My children had a wonderful day playing in the shade of the trees with their friends which makes me very happy.
The next meet up will be in two weeks and as is always the case, please drop me an email if you would like details of times and dates.