Banding Together; Loom Band and Summer Crafting

My boys learned that there are YouTube videos teaching how to make various loom band bracelets.  They have been crafting bracelets like crazy!  They spent a lot of time today crafting and baking and creating.

Ian asked if I could look up how to make the bracelets without using the loom so we went on YouTube together and learned a quick way to make the fishtail bracelets.  He spent the rest of the night working on a necklace. He started right back in first thing this morning.

All the bracelets he made this morning

Alec and I watched a YouTube video on starburst bracelets.  Later in the day Alec asked Ian to show him how to weave bracelets without the loom and Ian was happy to teach him.  It was nice to see them working together on a common interest and getting along so nicely!

Teaching Alec to finger weave before lunch

We listened to our book on CD while driving too and stopped at a local park for a quick walk.   Today we got to see golden finches and ducks.  I had the boys get near the cattails and feel them too.  We saw water lilies, water fountains and a hornet's nest (that we gave a rather wide berth to).  The boys also stopped to examine a birch tree.  I had no idea  quick walk around the pond would include so much nature study!

 After grocery shopping I reminded the older boys that they had a birthday cake and some brownies to make.  They read the instructions on the boxes (sorry, I'm just not usually a "from scratch" kind of gal) and they measured out their ingredients. 

Mixing up the Cake 

Making Brownies 

Evan and Alec worked together to make the tie dyed cake colorful 

While his brothers were working on baking, Evan pulled out his two Star Wars workbooks and worked on a math page with half fractions and then worked in his language arts book on the letters Y and W.

Ian pulled out his extreme dot to dot book and Alec sat at the table working on his color by number book.

starting his color by number page

Once outside they set to work on finishing up the shirt they made yesterday and noticed our cat was chasing something on our beach.  Upon closer inspection we found that it was a baby snake.  It escaped from the cat by going in the water and we were all surprised it could swim.  We checked out the patterning on it and Evan go close enough to see it's forked tongue. 

All in all it was a pretty great day of crafting, baking, and learning. 


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