This week I put out the blocks and some additional wood pieces for building. I found some great accessories at Hobby Lobby--wood pieces that look like flower pots or candlesticks; flat pieces (for roofs or whatever); some simple short trim pieces. Also some thin dowels and some wavy craft sticks have ended up in the wood pieces bin. All of these items were for building churches and temples. JH worked with the blocks for a while and then decided to build "the president's house."
Instead of building up, he built flat on the floor. The bottom of the president's house is at the bottom of the photo and the building proceeds up to the top of the photo. Cool, huh?
At the easel, we were painting with red and blue paint. PW created a negative image picture, all on her own.
I know it looks rather purple, but the face is half red on a blue background and half blue on a red background. I couldn't have instructed her to do this if I had even thought of it. Cool, huh?
We were also making books about things we do at church. I had paper, markers, stapler, and a few sample sentences. However, I told them they could make books about whatever they wanted (or could just draw/write if they chose). OS decided to write some sentences.
(She likes to write in cursive.) I was impressed with her writing and her message. Cool, huh?
I could have insisted that the children do exactly what I had planned. And, being compliant children, they would have followed my direction. However, I would have missed some great ideas from them. Encourage their own ideas. Let them take the lead. You may get some great ideas for future activities. (Thanks, PW!)