Thanks to all the fun Claire and her group have been having with a Leonardo Da Vinci study over at Angelic Scalliwags, we're now completely lost in a free standing bridge project.
While we tinker away with chopsticks and straws (sadly cookies aren't working), here are a few other fun projects, and games we've been playing with this summer, that just haven't been quite enough for a post on their own. Like did you know you can spin homemade silly putty (two parts liquid starch to one part glue - Coffee Cups and Crayons, who inspired my 15 year to make a batch, used one part liquid starch to two parts glue) is a lot of fun to twirl up off the table with a chop stick?
Or, that you can't really build an good Roman arch with Rice Krispie squares?
You can get it to stand for a while...
...especially if well braced...
...but in the end they are just too squishy while fresh, and too uneven when dry.
They do however work nicely for building more primitive projects, and when combined with the right book...
...can still be fun.
It is possible to balance a fork and spoon on a toothpick perched on the edge of a glass.
If you think that's amazing, check out the what Allison at All For The Boys managed to do with with two toothpicks, and an apple, instead of a glass.
Or, for a slightly less nerve fraying challenge, you might want to check out the "fine art" jigsaw puzzles, available for free online, at JigZone. They've come in handy for us, over the past few weeks.
As for me, well, I'd still like to build a Leonardo-type bridge out of sugar cookies...
...if only we didn't have another round of baker-banner heat forecast for today. A little more tinkering, and a slightly crisper cookie, and it just might work.
It's great to be a homeschooler.
Linked with The Summer Linky Party: Week 6 at Apron Strings and Other Things.