Now that the holidays are finally here,
they don’t seem like as much fun as I had anticipated.
Why is it that we look forward to holidays?
We should think this thing through more thoroughly,
as holidays at my house always mean cleaning –
doing all those chores that built up during the year
So, then, how is a holiday an actual holiday??
And when do we get one of those real holidays,
where we lie back on a lounge, being fed grapes
(although chocolate would be better)
while we do nothing but read??
Well, while I was sorting out this dilemma in my head,
I attacked some of our very messy cupboards.
Every cupboard and drawer in the house needs attention,
but, I started in the family room.
This is our kind of Sciencey cupboard.
Talk about disaster zone.
Stuff has to be just tossed in
because there’s no neat way of doing it.
Brace yourself –
This was before,
and this is after.
The top shelf has a lot of miscellaneous things,
but, since they are ‘often used’ things,
they go into accessible baskets.
There are also a few collections in dishes
– shells, marbles, optical toys, gems etc.
On the second shelf,
there are various Science kits and resources,
plus seemingly a lot of rocks
(New homeschoolers – You too will have collections of rocks in your house soon.)
The bottom shelf has more Science kits,
plus some technology and design kits to make up,
a whole dish full of currency from around the world,
some 3D shapes (some plastic ones and some handmade by my FIL),
some pulleys, thermometers, magnets, a puzzle
and even a bird’s nest.
The Math and Games cupboard was just as horrid as the Science cupboard
but look at it now.
All nice and organised
(although there’s plenty of stuff in this cupboard just waiting to go and live at my nieces’ house).
The top shelf has all sorts of card games and flashcards.
The second shelf has various Math supplies
like clocks with moveable hands, scales, fraction pieces, more games, hot dot cards,
plus a toy microscope and even a skeleton (in the plastic white box)
The bottom shelf has more games and Math type activities.
We found a few old favourites in this cupboard,
and it took us twice as long to clean it
as we had to stop and have a game or ten.
We played with the Logic Links.
You use counters to try and solve the puzzles.
Some are very easy
and others are much harder.
We built the soma cube.
Then we pulled out the soma cube card challenges.
One of my sons is excellent with these sorts of spatial challenges.
We played Shape By Shape,
which is a tangram-like game,
and Top This, another spatial game,
which requires you to make the same arrangement using different blocks.
The kids were also reacquainted with Rushhour Junior.
After a few rounds, I remembered that we also own the original Rushhour game,
which I’d put away when the kids were little,
waiting for them to be big enough to play.
They are more than big enough now.
I suppose that’s a good thing about cleaning
– reacquainting yourself for all your goodies.
We also filled a bag with goodies to share with others.
Now, to attack the bedroom cupboards.
If you don’t hear from me again,
I’ve gone into my WIR,
never to be seen again.