Last week I was in such a slump. The whole week went by and I didn't do much of anything. Winter time "blues" have never been a real problem for me, but this seemingly endless wet and grey weather have sucked the energy right out of me. As I look out the window right now and see more rain, it doesn't appear that this week will be much better.
On Thursday of last week I did manage to pull myself together for one project. I had the twin motivations of highly excited participants and finishing off Ian's grade one Social Studies curriculum. As you may have noticed, finishing something is almost irresistible to me.
This year in Social Studies Ian learned about each state in our country, region by region. We used the Road Trip USA program. (If you are interested, I posted one of the other projects here.) For the final review, we had to make a salt dough map of the United States, add labels, and paint each region a different color.
Salt dough was a new experience for us, and the kids really enjoyed mixing up a batch by hand.
2 cups salt
2 cups water
4 cups flour
2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
Mix by hand until the dough is the consistency of play dough, adding more flour or water as necessary.
I drew an outline of the country on some posterboard and Ian pressed the dough into the proper shape.
Brynnie made her own Island-Country.
Major mountain ranges were added by pinching up the dough, regional flags were placed using toothpicks, and then we put the dough away overnight to dry.
The next day the kids painted their maps. Can you believe I forgot smocks?
It was a fun way to end a long and dreary school week. Hopefully the sun comes out soon, because I have a lot of garden projects I would really like to get started (and finished)!