|Proper fall enjoyment|
This visit also meant Calliope had ample time to explore what is still novel in her life experience: STAIRS!
|I get the impression that James spent a significant portion of the day spotting this kid on the stairs.|
|Let the celebrations begin!|
|Yeye helps her to figure out "two" on her fingers|
|I think one of those tiny white dots might be a heron...|
|Handle with care and gloves...or a stick.|
|from the underside|
|found some pretty polka-dotted berries|
She really appreciates Hazel's enthusiasm for writing her own music, and teaches her form that angle, which is FABULOUS. Hazel is much more engaged when she feels like things are happening on her terms.
|Cadence catching up on some reading while it's Hazel's turn|
|painting with squeeze bottles is remarkably fun|
|the waiting game|
The first step was to do a bunch of research about bats, and what their important characteristics are. Obviously the wings are important - and iconic. But what else? Well, since bats use echolocation to navigate, we determined that the ears much be very important, too, so we knew we wanted to include them. The kids decided the feet were important to include as well, since they use them whenever they are at rest!
After designing a rough sketch of what they wanted the bat to look like, it was time to start sculpting. We constructed our bat out of a black wire which is usually used in jewelry creation. It was slightly unwieldy to work with, but it was thick enough to hold its shape surprisingly well and still pliable enough for little hands to manipulate, which was just about perfect. First, the head (including the all important ears, and then the body, wings, and feet.
|I've also been having the kids do some of their own documentation...a little blurry, but definitely taking shape!|
|bat taking shape!|
|Cadence consults the reference material to tweak the design and make sure it looked right.|
|Hazel wrapping the wire in lights|
|Hard at work!|
|round and round and round it goes...|
|Hazel sitting proudly with the completed bat.|
|The bat is currently keeping watch over the yard...while we fold laundry.|
So we definitely encountered some dirty situations and some great hands-on work this week...not too shabby!