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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Farmer Boy Week 5



This was my final week with the kids. We had a blast and learned a ton, despite not finishing Farmer Boy.

Bo requested an ocean box for his final one of the summer. The base is water and water beads. I added a Coral Reef Toob, boats, and shells.

Amelia also got an ocean box. The base is water then I added sea creatures, boats and a mermaid.

Tuesday we did bags and boxes as usual.

We also did some obstacle courses.

Then we went to the park where we made fairy/elf houses in the roots.

Mom came home early, so on Wednesday we finished up our chapter and activity from the day before. We made feather pens.

Then bags and boxes as usual.


We read the chapter about Almanzo splatter black stove polish on his mother's wall paper. We went outside and splattered some black paint on big paper. One of us decided to paint her entire arm black too, but that wasn't actually part of the plan.

After a trip to the park, Bo and I talked about the phases of the moon. Using a cheat sheet from his folder we made the phases with Oreos.

He finished up 2 pages of his folder.


We left the other 2 blank because we didn't get that far in our book.


Thursday was my final day with the kids. So we partied. Well, Bo had school then we partied. I painted Amelia's pig tails pink and her finger nails.

We went to Wildcat, her request.

After getting Bo it was food fight time. We had flour balls (flour in panty hose), pudding, and water balloons for after. Then it was a shaving cream slip 'n' slide and sprinkler. (Video later when my GoPro decides to operate.)

Then some pool time. Bo had the GoPro, can you tell?

We had a wonderful summer together, but now it's back to school.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Farmer Boy Week 4



This is a combination of this week and last because I only had the kids two days of each.

Bo's box was dinosaurs. The base is cloud dough (8 cups of flour and 1 cup of baby oil). Then I added  a Baby Dinos and a Dino Skulls Toob. The cave is from an aquarium.

Amelia had a zoo box. The base is dry oatmeal. I took the fence from a farm set I have and the animals came from a Zoo Babies Toob.

Bags and boxes of course

Both days

This was Bo's page he completed.

Surely, you know the drill by now.

Our chapter talked about gardening. We planted some seeds of our own. Side note: I forgot what kind of seeds they were. I told the kids they had to remember to water their plants if they wanted to find out.

Bo worked on a new page of his folder.

Drew wanted to play too.

Bo and I learned how to play marbles like Almanzo might have during recess.

He finished up his page.



I will be out of town next week. The week after is our final Borgy week. We won't have time to finish our book, but we'll get close. Also, we are looking forward to our last day of summer party. Check back in a couple of weeks to see our summer bash.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Farmer Boy Week 3


Sorry this post is so late going up. The week after this I got mono. It wiped me out for two weeks. I babysat for the first one, but we did nothing related to the book and no real activities. The second week I stayed in bed. Anyways I'm feeling much better and will be back to babysitting this week.

This was Amelia's box first. The base is coffee grounds. The "lake" is blue half marbles and the people came from a Wild West Toob.

Bo had a swamp, per his request. The base is water, green food coloring, and water beads. I added some aquarium plants, part of a River Toob and an alligator.

We of course did bags and boxes. They got a special treat of real life Angry Birds.

They were bums all day and it was hot so we played balloons downstairs.

Bo worked on his page.

All done!

Bo and I dyed some strips of cloth with Kool-Aid. It actually worked much better than I thought it would. 

Wednesday we did bags and boxes as usual.

We also attempted rock candy. Despite dumping tons of sugar into the water, the crystals never formed.

Thursday we didn't have a book related activity, but we did bags and boxes.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Farmer Boy Week 2



So this week was really short. We only had 2 days.
After I got out of school, the kids did bags and boxes. This week, they just switched boxes.

Tuesday, we read the chapter about the teacher whipping the big boys. After we read, I showed Bo and Amelia my whip and cracked it a few times for them.  They were super impressed and I was just happy that I didn't whip myself with it. 

Thursday they did bags and boxes. 

I blew up some balloons and we bopped those around for a bit.

After reading, Bo and I wove a pot holder. 

This was his page for our week.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Farmer Boy Week 1


We started Farmer Boy this week! I will get a big post up with all of our stuff from Little House in the Big Woods.


Sissy has a space box. The base is black beans. I soaked them in alcohol to keep bugs out of them. So far, it has worked well. I added a space Toob and some glow in the dark things from the dollar store.

Bo has a cave box. The base is dirt. I made a cave from a shoe box and added a cave dwellers Toob.

Tuesday we did bags and boxes.

After swimming and reading, Bo and I made him some moccasins like Almanzo had. I was using scrap pieces and had no pattern, so please ignore their hideousness and the fact they don't match. Bo loved them and said they were super comfy. I bought a leather scraps bag at Hobby Lobby. I already had leather cord and a leather punch. I just wrapped the leather around his foot and went from there.

Wednesday we did bags and boxes again.

After swimming and reading a chapter we talked about a wash basin. Almanzo had to clean up after working in the barn. It was decided that sinks and plumbing were fantastic inventions.

Thursday we did bags and boxes of course.

After some pool time and reading, we made button strings or buzzsaws. To make one simply put some string through a button (2 opposite holes) and tie off. Holding both ends spin it to twist the string. Once it is really twisted, pull the ends out and in. Keep going and it will make a noise like a buzzsaw.

That is it for this week. Between school and VBS, the kids and I were exhausted all week.