The kiddos are out of school so often that they hardly remember what it is. For example, summer vacation starts in two weeks and they’re out today for Staff Development. Really? The three of them fought, argued, broke one of my favorite dishes, and filled the sugar canister with water before 7:30 this morning. By 8:00 AM the garbage disposal was backing up, Thug Bunny had chewed his way through the Timothy hay bag and actually crawled inside, and I thought I was headed straight for the loony bin.
Did I mention I have deadlines? Did I also mention that I think I have the flu?
Cue something fun and easy to do that will provide happy distraction so I don’t mail the children out to friends and family as “birthday presents.” I don’t care when your birthday is. You’re getting a kid. ;)
I asked them to peel the wrappers from their broken crayons.
Then we took a silicon ice cube tray that we had (make sure you’re using silicon) and did a quick shot of Pam in there so the crayons would pop out easily. They broke the crayons up and filled the tray.
The screams of the melting crayons were sweet unto me. We frankensteined them together into something new and wonderful. Because. You know. I write dark fantasy and whimsical horror. ;)
In our case, the tails snapped off of most of the crayons, so I’d suggest something like stars or hearts that don’t have tiny little parts that can break off. But they’re still cute and a great shape to color with. The girls have been coloring nonstop since we made them, so that’s a good sign.
I can already tell that it’s going to be a long, looooooooong summer. But I’m hoping the chickens and a few other activities will keep them happy without overwhelming me. That’s the balance, yeah?
If you do these, I’d love to hear about them or see pictures! I’ve been thinking about doing hearts and taping them onto cards for Valentine’s Day, since allergies are such a big issue for Niko’s special education class. Any other suggestions?