We have been thinking about what to make for our swap this time round, and Luke had a go at making a "leaf bowl" to see whether it would be a suitable activity for doing with the children. It turns out we may need to go back to the drawing board......
Grace had a friend over for most of the day, playing outside, and in the hottest part of the day, playing board games.
Most of the games that we own are quite adaptable to being played co-operatively, and this is how Grace chooses to play them. This one is "Tummy Ache", and in theory, it is a race to be the first person with a full meal on their game card, with no "Tummy Ache" cards. To play it co-operatively we decide in advance who is going to collect healthy food and who is going to collect "Tummy Aches" (usually Grace, as she likes the food riddled with spiders and maggots!), and swap cards until we all have a full plate. Grace's friend was completely bemused by the idea of playing a game like this co-operatively, so they negotiated to have a turn at each.
Grace did some more of her workbook while Jude napped, and then read one of Jude's books to her. We are finding that while Grace can be quite resistant to the idea of reading aloud, she is very happy to read books to Jude, particularly if she is fairly confident about their content. When asked, though, she is able to pick out specific words that she is reading.
When I popped into the garden later to hang out some washing, I found Jude "reading" to herself - this book is very simple and just says "baby -something-" on each page. As I went out, Jude was pointing to the open page and saying "bay-bee peeps, bay-bee peeps!" over and over again, looking very proud of herself!