After the gumdrops, come the porcupines…
The kids checked for me that all the images were showing on my previous post. And promptly reminded me that I’d forgotten to include their, uh, creation? This is the latest in random bizarre kid acts:
I’ve been informed that it’s a porcupine. And art. And that it’s all stuck together by the sticky residue left over from the gumdrops.
And we eat this stuff? ….. uck.
Just make sure I don’t find any of those toothpicks on the floor with my bare feet.
In other gumdrop longhouse news, as you could no doubt see from the pictures on the previous post, we tried everything we could think of to keep that thing standing.
At one point, while I was re-reading the instructions yet again, I actually paid attention to this line – and read it out loud to the kids. (Who had, of course, supposedly already read it on their own.) “Toothpick and gumdrop construction is not easy! You will encounter various challenges that will require careful thinking and imagination.”
To which Cheyenne promptly replied, NO WONDER.
And yet none of us paid those two sentences any mind until we were already deep into construction and frustration.
We tried the nice, straight white poles show in the books photo… ha-ha-ha, nope, those fall over WAY too easy. Hence our switch to cones.
And those sweet white puffs of smoke? Oook, cotton balls and white glue take way too long to dry, and they feel *really* gross when you have to pick them up and touch the cotton ball part. Hint: do those at least the day before, and save yourself the ick-factor. Or, at least don’t let your glue-happy 11-year-old do them. [Shiver]
All in all, really, you make it through the gumdrop longhouse, it all gets better from there. It has to. There’s nowhere to go but up!
I can’t remember why, but I remember doing something similar fairly recently with marshmallows.
Whose bright idea was it to teach our children to play with food, anyway? And why are we doing it with sweets – when all anyone with a lick of sense wants to do is just EAT them. (Or, in the kitten’s case, lick them.)
Would someone please use triangular structures next time? They’d at least have half a chance of being sturdier…