Lucy and I spend every Wednesday at the home of some of our favorite friends while our nine year old boys attend wilderness class. We usually try to have some type of activity for the girls to do - something planned in the day seems to help make sure the unstructured play stays fun. Plus it usually buys us a little more knitting on the couch time. Last week I found this great little pumpkin project for them. The project was a hit. Jack and Lucy will both be making a few more this week, at least enough to gift to their regular and great grandmas.
As a former preschool teacher extraordinaire, I'm often surpised at myself that I'm not doing constant crafty activities with Jack and Lu. I know and have done hundreds of them with other kids. But I think it is something about the disposable nature of so many of those activities. The last thing I need is more stuff to get rid of cluttering up the house. I feel so much more drawn to doing the occasional project that can be used over and over again, or kept from season to season.