Today marks 100 days of school for The Goose. During their mid-winter break last week, all of the kids were given the assignment of doing some type of project to commemorate the day, whether it was making a poster, putting together a collection of 100 things, or wearing a T-shirt about the 100th day. The Goose and I scoured Pinterest looking for projects that we liked, and we found a lot of cute ideas.
When we were looking for ideas for our 100 days of school project, The Goose wanted to make something fun, and I wanted to make something using materials we already had around the house. One project we liked was a hot air balloon that was made using 100 deflated balloons. But, we didn’t have 100 balloons laying around the house, so that one was out. Next, we found a gumball machine that was filled with 100 poms. But The Goose wasn’t willing to give up his poms because we use them for all sorts of games at home, so that one was out. We also found a cool sculpture made out of 100 Legos, but since the projects were going on display at school, The Goose didn’t want to take the chance of losing his Legos.
After seeing a few projects we liked, but not finding one that worked for us, The Goose had a great idea – what about making balloons from the tiny colored marshmallows that came with his cocoa? Then we remembered his school Valentine – a picture of him holding a sucker, and thought it would be cute to have him holding the balloons. And that was it!
Now, I have to say that school projects never work out the way I imagined them. In this case, I’d imagined The Goose standing on the ground holding balloons. The Goose, on the other hand, imagined himself floating off into outer space. As luck would have it, we still had leftover outer space stickers from his 4th birthday party, so I got them out and The Goose went to work.
This was a great project for us because it involved sorting, fine motor skills (he had to pick up each of the tiny marshmallows during sorting and gluing), math (he had to count each of the marshmallows, and put them in groups of ten) and a bit of science (he checked multiple times to make sure he was putting the planets in the right order). I also loved that he used his creativity – he had his dad write down what the aliens were saying as they landed on each planet. Plus – it was a great way to spend the afternoon together as a family.