On Tuesday afternoon, we went to our local park to hunt for some more chestnuts.
My mum was with us, so between us we managed to gather quite a few chestnuts fairly quickly, with a little help from the children before they decided to play football instead.
Next we went down to the play area and the children had a good time, but after a while it was getting too cold and we decided to set off home.
We picked up a few more chestnuts on the way back and then the big three played piggy in the middle for a while.
Back at home, they drew some pictures of a chestnut in its spiky case.
On Wednesday, we went to Home Education Group at our friends’ house.
Owl wasn’t feeling very well, so he spent most of the afternoon inside with one of his friends playing with Lego, but the rest of the children went outside to find ingredients to make a magic potion.
They also had fun in the new tree house which has been built since we last visited.
I had offered to make a kite with anyone who was interested (after reading Fiona’s post last week) and suddenly, at the end of the afternoon, some of the children decided they would like to do it. So we found two straight, lightweight sticks and tied them in a cross shape with string. Then we taped on a plastic carrier bag.
We decorated the kite with leaves, added a wool tail with more leaves, and found a piece of wood to wind the string around.
The children had a lot of fun testing out their kite. It didn’t seem to matter to them that it didn’t fly terribly well – they managed to get it up off the ground just enough to satisfy themselves that it was flying!
They had some real success a couple of times, only to disappear around the corner before I could get a photograph.
Finally it was time to go home. There was just time for Rabbit to admire her potion one last time. She and Tiddler also went to say goodbye to the chickens, and I quickly made another kite for the boy of the house, so we could take the first one home. I took a picture of their carved pumpkin for inspiration too! It was a lovely afternoon with good friends and I left feeling really positive.