Super-star mom projects

I’ll be the first one to tell you that I am not a super-star mom.  I’m not that creative or motivated, but there are times when inspiration/conviction hit and I do some great stuff with the kids.  Most of the ideas come from the Disney FamilyFun magazine we subscribe to, but every once in a while I come up with my own.  Our latest and most exciting project has been caterpillars.  Last year, my mother-in-law, Cindy, planted some parsley in her garden because she heard they attracted butterflies.  Well, as it turns out, they don’t attract butterflies necessarily, but their caterpillars.  So, we planted some parsley in our garden and, eventually, we got caterpillars!  In order to better observe what happens in the life of a caterpillar, we dug up some parsley, planted in my tallest container, and placed some caterpillars inside.  In about a week, two turned into a chrysalis.  After about another week, they turned into butterflies–black swallowtails to be exact.  We let one go immediately, but we are still holding onto the other one, feeding him a napkin soaked in honey water.  We actually took the whole container to Colorado with us because we knew the chrysalis was about to break open and we didn’t want to miss it. 

You can see one caterpillar, one chrysalis, and one caterpillar starting to turn into a chrysalis.Our black swallowtail!

Our next project included making homemade hummus with a red pepper, only the red pepper looked more like an octopus.  The kids LOVED this project and ate it up in about 5 minutes.  I really wish red pepper wasn’t so darn expensive. 😦 

We also made strawberry mice.  It was super cute project, but way too much effort for the results.  They were gone in less than 1 minute. 

Our last project was more creative.  I was going crazy with bored children one day (since it was 105 degrees outside) and decided to decorate Jack’s bedroom window.  We tape plastic wrap to the window and painted it with Elmer’s glue.  We then tore up little pieces of tissue paper and placed them on the gluey, plastic-wrapped window.  Lily was so proud of her work!



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