Play scenes

Inspired here, yesterday evening back home after school I bought a small blue washbowl. As it was our first attempt with play scenes, I thought it would be easier if I didn’t expect any educational goal, so we glued some sand on a canvas and start playing with all our Summer stuff. Nothing else.
It was nice. Both Micaela and Uri found their own ways and had a fun playing with sand, water, creating the sea bottom with shells and plastic plants… Two medieval knights became jumpers from an improvised diving board and a specially big shell turned into a small boat.

Next time I’ll suggest a well-known story to Micaela, just in case. We’ll see what happens!

Celebrating

There are normal days, mournful days, cold days, silly days, hard days… and there are those special, special, special days like the one we had last weekend. Our greatgrandmother turned 86!

How can we celebrate such a fantastic date? asked Micaela a few days before. And it wasn’t easy for her to understand her GGM couldn’t bear the party she had ideated. She needs a slower pace now, and calm days, and pretty things, and her family…

We had a nice time trying to upgrade her photographic mind. At last, Micaela found the key: “Look, this is a small tv for photos only!” And then she understood. Now, I’m eager to scan all the old photos she has: old days in a new frame!I’m so happy we can enjoy all this emotions together! These are the little things that make me stronger. Happy birthday to all the greatgrandmothers!

Discovering Giotto

Yesterday morning Summer came back to us here in Barcelona: the sun was shining and the sky was deep in this shining blue so special of this city. It wasn’t an indoors day, at all! As papa was a bit ill, we take benefit of the nice parks in our neighborhood and we spent our morning and lunch time at the top of the hill, with the mountain at one side, the sea at the other and a table plenty of painting stuff in the middle.

We arrange the easel, some paper, water, brushes, coloured chalk and, as we were about discovering Giotto, we had also eggs! We mixed the yolk of one egg with some water (too much, I think) and smashed chalks on the palette, with a round stone! Micaela poured some watered yolk into the powdered chalk (too much, we know now) and… let the party start!
This firts attempt resulted in a very, very watered paint, more like watercolors than oils; next time we’ll reduce the water-egg amount. And we discovered that the small grater from Micaela’s toy kitchen was perfect to powder chalk. Anyway, Giotto will be into the first places in Micaela’s painting mind, I’m sure. And I have another beautiful memory with my family. Ah! And when our stomachs were roaring, papa came with a potatoes and zucchini omelette, freshly cooked! Perfect Papa and perfect Sunday for a family like us!

 

Busy, busy bees!

We’ve been so busy last week! School started again and everything was on a rush: bags, books, bus, some tears… Hard days for all of us.

But I hope we can share with you again all our adventures this week, because we also made some art on wheels, marble painting, we swam on a pool of leaves, met some cows and celebrate a few birthdays! A very exciting week, you bet!

Back to school

Summer ends, and school is back again. I still love to open the new books and dive my nose into the pages and feel again that peculiar smell; and when I see all the pencils lined up on the table, and the bag so clean and ready for store up so many treasures… That’s true. But, setting all this wonderful feelings aside, I definitely prefer holidays, when my little ones are with me, at home. But everything comes to an end, and this year Summer is nearly gone.

So, we are preparing us to the new year, and one of our first aims is to readjust us to the school pace. So we have two new boards on our fridge, with magnetic chores: get dressed, pick up the toys, brush my teeth… At first, the paper board is empty, and as day goes on  -and chores are done- magnets fill up them.

Is an easy and peaceful way to lead children into a rythm and I realized they live happier and calmer when they know what’s going to happen next. All the boys and girls love to please their parents; it’s easier for them when we give them some clues, isn’t it?