Stone Soup

Our school year has started at quite a slow pace. Last week we even took the time to make “stone soup.” In fact, our stone soup had no stones at all, but lots of fresh vegetables.

It just so happened that we read the book Stone Soup during circle time, and Nic got really excited about the idea of making soup. Soon we were in Dani’s backyard play kitchen washing and cutting vegetables, gathering herbs, seasoning and making soup.

Cooking is a great practical life activity. 

I sure believe it is about time for my 8 year old to learn how to cut carrots and peel potatoes…

It would have been wonderful if they had actually eaten the soup, but they didn’t! Dani just gave it a try and ate some of the potatoes… The soup tasted good, though, and me and my husband ate quite a lof of it

 Well, at least they had a great time and we all enjoyed having dinner outside in our backyard … We even had a little fire in our fire pit…  After dinner, we roasted some marshmallows! It turned out to be an extra-ordinary kind of evening! I think we should cook more often…

Adventure Playground

Last week we went to a place called Adventure Playground. This is a place where city dwelling kids have the opportunity to play with mud and get really dirty. They also play engineering and use their creativity to build structures out of lumber and old tires. Nico had so much fun building, rafting and going down the mud slide… There are only two Adventure Playgrounds in the US, and we’re fortunate to have one close to us. Check out the pics and video below.


Messy science

It was a beautiful, warm, spring day here in California, and I decided to let the kiddos have some fun outdoors. After playing briefly with some water balloons, they got to work in this very practical and sensorial activity.

They began their experiments with some shaving cream …

 

Shaving cream fun

Then, they began mixing different things: ice with food coloring, and salt; water, food coloring, and oil; lentils, cereal and dirt; tang, water, sugar, and vinegar… and so on… They also made some “lava” and had our old volcano explode…

And so, sometimes it doesn’t take much to make kids happy! Just give them some household items and some mixing bowls, and voilá! One full hour of entertainment.

Nico told me this was one of his best days ever!

Afterwards, they both had to take an early shower, and I had to clean up everything! But it was all well worth it!