Granddaughter play dates

Galaxy Day!

The Date to Create for May was Galaxy Day. The granddaughters, Margo and Helen, made Galaxy Slime, rode in a flying saucer, ate Galaxy popsicles and MilkyWays….and ended the day with painting and making planets from styrofoam balls and old cds. So much Glitter!

We started the day with the flying saucer on the swing, but it proved to be much more fun on top of the little car.

This was an amazing day. The big hit – definitely the Galaxy slime. It started as four different colors swirled together, but by the end of the day was deep purple and lots of stars and glitter. Still beautiful! They played with this stuff for literally hours. I did learn that the glitter does not necessarily stay in the slim. It was turning up everywhere!

We used glow in the dark paint to accents on their cd planets. The girls had to run into the closet and shut the door to check their painting every minute or so. The last project of the day was doing a galaxy painting. They both had a different take on it, but two beautiful, creative paintings!

Weather Day

I had my April Date to Create with Helen and Margo on Saturday. It was a day exploring about weather. And a great day it was! We had real Spring weather to get outside and enjoy.

We made weather wheels that could be turned each day to reflect what the outside day was showing. I gave them the option of drawing the different pictures for them or they could do it themselves and/or copy mine. They had their own ideas about what rainy, sunny, windy, snowy and cloudy looked like. For Margo, that meant pink rain, pink snow and a rainbow sun.

I lucked out with a breezy day, so we were able to go out in the field to fly kites. When Grammy was tired of running from kite to kite to help keep them in the air, we moved to the garden. Helen enjoyed digging up worms (in her dress, of course). She wouldn’t touch them, but Margo sure would…and would have taken them all home if I had let her. I explained that I needed them in the garden, so she created new homes for them in the soil, then watered them. She did manage to capture a Rolly Polly bug, named it Daisy, and put it in a container with dried leaves. Lucky for Mom and Dad, it was left at my house for me to bugsit.

When we were inside that had fun playing with the doll house. Helen decided to have an Easter Egg Hunt for the dolls. She took the eggs from the hen’s nests and hid them throughout the house for them to find.

We had a wonderful time! In May, we will enjoy exploring the universe in a flying saucer! Can’t wait!

Moving Day

John and I loaded the doll house onto the garden cart and moved it from the studio to the granddaughters bedroom in the house.

Cora was the first to have a play date with the dolls in the new location. She really enjoyed having it all to herself, and looking for all of the critters hiding in the rocks and tree. Cora especially liked the bunnies and the guinea pig. At one point she hid them all under the bed. Her mom figured it was because of the “dust bunnies” hiding under her bed 😂. Not sure why she put the rug in the tree…..

Her joy at playing with the house made all of the work worth it! I did have a whole new house to clean the next day, and cleaning a mini house is very hard with adult hands. From now on, we will have to to “cleanup, pickup put away” after each play date.

I did a few accessories for the house over the past week to finish it up. Here is a collage of the small projects.

The squirrel is made from polymer clay and then painted. The coffee table is a piece of driftwood and a slab of cherry wood from our orchard. The bathroom shelf is made from cardboard “plywood”, then painted. The cosmetic bottles are glass beads with polymer clay bases. Canisters are made from lipstick tube and buttons for lids. The fire is a flickering tea light, twigs and sparkly paper. I made the books by cutting down the spine of a small paperback book and I then added covers of various kinds. The painting….well, is a painting 😁.

I will post final pictures of the entire house, decorated, in the next couple of days and then move on to a new project. This was too much fun to have it end!