Each month, the kids and I pack up some favorite projects and head to a nearby town to visit the residents of an assisted living home. The kids enjoy showing off their latest work, and everyone enjoys a nice visit (and a yummy snack provided by Donna, the cook).
The quality of these photos is not very good. I can’t find the battery charger for my digital camera (yikes!), so I had to use my cell phone camera, which is not of the highest caliber.
The oldest three boys discussed ancient Rome and weapons of war. They made a great working model of a trebuchet that’s able to fire projectiles up to ten feet! Son #2 made a simple catapult from Duplos, a plastic spoon, and (of course) duct tape. Son #3 made a pretty fabulous Tinker Toy battering ram. He’s already spent hours building block towers and walls to knock down with the battering ram.
Here are the oldest two discussing their projects:
Our daughter has been doing lots of crayon rubbings. She made leaf rubbings that we turned into a book. She glued the rubbings onto construction paper, and I helped her punch holes so she could make yarn binding.
I purchased rubbing plates and crayon rocks from Let's Explore We have several sets of the plates, and this activity has been very popular with all the kids. I find it to be a very relaxing activity, too! This is how I set out a crayon rubbings activity. The duct tape holds the plate in place and is easy for the kids to reuse several times before it needs to be replaced.
After presenting to the large group, the kids go to each guest to discuss particulars of their projects.
In addition to the battering ram, Son #3 brought along some felt magnets he made since our last visit.
Our daughter always brings one of her many babies to show off. Inspired by My Montessori Journey my daughter made the fabulous sculpture she’s holding.
Little Man goes everywhere, gets into everything, and makes everyone smile. Except for Mom. Mom gets quite exhausted trying to keep up with him and keep him out of trouble! Unfortunately, the best time for our visit ends up overlapping his nap time, which makes things a little challenging for him.
After we’re done showing off, we adjourn to the dining room for treats and more visiting. I’m really proud of the kids as they spread out among the residents and have great conversations until it’s time for us to leave.