This was a tough week because Baby Bird has been sick all week and after having a not so nice encounter with my first real medical need in Germany, he and I were definitely not in the mood to do anything complicated. I did manage to squeeze in a small craft when he was feeling better though but still not sleeping through the night.
I saw this a long time ago somewhere but can't remember where I saw it (as is the theme in my life right now.) We made sand dollars out of sand.
We first read "The Snail and the Whale" together and pointed out all of the sand dollars in the book and when there weren't any, I pointed to small white rocks and proclaimed those were sand dollars also. (This is one of my favorite books to read if you haven't seen it yet!)
We also went to a playground and played in the sand there. However, the playground was trashed by hooligans. There was a soccer game Saturday and I am a bit suspicious of the "after game" festivities. (We forgot our camera but there was garbage everywhere...)
To begin our project, we gathered some construction paper, glue, sand and scissors.
First we drew a circle (Kreis) and since I can't draw a circle if my life depended on it, I used a strainer.
Baby Bird saw the circle and kept saying "Circle, Circle" I am so proud of him. (Now if only I could get him to recognize ANY other shape...)
Then, I cut out the circle. (I took a picture of this but decided it was a bit extraneous to show a circle being cut out of paper-you are just going to have to use your imagination or believe it was magic from one step to the next!)
Next, I used the scary 1 Euro store glue whose language was neither in German nor English to make a sand dollar shape. As you can see, it was quite difficult with the scary glue.
Then Baby Bird had the most fun dumping sand everywhere!!!!
When the glue/sand dollar was covered, we dumped the sand back in the bucket.
Then my little sand urchin had a sand dollar!
It was a simple craft but he kept asking for more and different colors so we made 3. I got better at using the scary glue as you can see. Please feign excitement at Yellow Sand Dollar Glue Outline below.
My little Sand urchin!