Some of the keen sailors ready to launch.
The last project of the term with my class was spent making these little boats; we then put on wellies and waded into the stream at our school to sail them. We had such a great time making them, though the weather was not on our side for sailing that day as it was blowing a gale, small craft warnings should have been issued - great fun was had anyway!
Benito's successful launch.
Steady now, the wind is picking up!
Here's a closer look. Remember these made by Tristan? Though they're nothing new, these boats are a favourite of mine as they have my key ingredients for a fun young children's project: they require simple materials, they allow for a child's own design or embellishment and they're quick to make.
How to: Cut the edge off a juice box. Cut out a sail or two from heavy paper (fabric could also be used,) embellish the sails if you wish and put a hole in the middle at the top and bottom of the sail. Next slip a lightweight stick or long straw through the holes and push the stick into a lump of Blu Tack. Push the Blu Tack to the bottom of the carton and launch your boat. Simple!
(NOTE: Blu Tack is a clay-like adhesive used in place of double sided tape, I don't know a term for it in other countries.)
We finished school on Wednesday and it was quite an emotional one. Some of you know it was our last day there as a family because we're moving to another county in August. We've had so many good times there, it's a wonderful little school and we'll miss it. But onto new adventures, the childrens new school has a creative emphasis; Tristan will have more freedom to explore his music and Gracie her art. It's a big move, but one we feel will be well worth it.
I moved to Kent when hubby and I were married, both our children have been born here and after twelve years in this lovely area our friends have become our family - we will really miss them but happily be only two hours away.
We have a busy summer ahead of de-stashing, packing and probably more than a little partying as we say our good-byes. Wish us luck!