This week, Mother Goose Time helped us discover works of art from England. Some of the things we learned about were sidewalk chalk, stenciling, castles, and coat of arms. We had a blast creating our own coat of arms and pretending that we were royalty living in a castle. I explained what a coat of arms shield was and told my girls to think about things they might want to draw on their own shield later that day that represent them and their family. We did all our other activities first so they had enough time to think about what they could draw that would represent them.
This first activity we did was have a pretend tea party. In England, many people drink tea every day. We pretended we were from England. My girls loved this activity so much, so we pretended to have a tea party every day for the rest of the week. We even got brave and poured water in the teapot. I love the conversation we were having together during these tea parties. I feel like I learned a little bit more about them and their cute personalities. My younger daughter ended every sentence with the word “darling”. “Thank you for the tea, darling. Do you love my hat, darling? Pass me the sugar, darling.” I think, in her mind, she thinks that British people say the word “darling” a lot. It was adorable and I loved it! My older daughter made us all cling our tea cups together and stick our pinkies out when we took a pretend sip. She said that in England, they hold their pinkies out when they drink. I don’t know if that’s true or how she would even know that, but I think it’s cute. We had a lot of fun pretending to be from England. I think it would be so fun to visit real England with them someday and have a real tea party. But, for now, I will take our goofy little pretend tea parties at home.
The next activity we did was build castles. They each helped me build a triangle shaped castles and a square castle. We talked about which castle would be better to live in. Then, they each designed and built out of blocks their own castles. One was big and wide. The other was big and tall. Both fit their personality perfectly.
Then, we looked at different coat of arms pictures and designs. The girls copied the shields by drawing the design in shaving cream.
After looking at all the shield designs, I had the girls pick which one they want to create for their own coat of arms. Finally, we created our coat of arms. It was so much fun to see what kinds of things they wanted to draw on their shields. I got to see what was most important to them. My older daughter drew music notes, the family, a cupcake, and she left the fourth spot empty. She is still trying to decide what to draw. My younger daughter drew a bunch of lines that represent something, but I wasn’t sure what that was. She is very proud of it though and so am I.
We are finished with our art study! Next week, we will learn about science.
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