Thursday, August 27, 2009

Busy Hands Make Busy Minds

My boys do not like to just sit and listen during History and Historical Fiction Read Aloud time. Actually, my girls didn't either. The girls used to knit/crochet (Rachel) or draw (Jessica) or sometimes other things. Kids like to keep their hands busy, it helps them focus. They can narrate back to me details of the History I read and they are definitely into the G.A. Henty we are reading right now - A Knight of the White Cross: A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes. My daughter even caught a part of a chapter while she was in the kitchen working on something and wants to read it when we are done.

But, back to my post which was about the boys keeping their hands busy.

Most of the time their busy activity of choice is building with Lego. But, since we started using the Christian Kids Explore Physics book for a TOS Crew Review they got the K'nex sets out that we bought the last time we did Physics. The boys love these. We bought them from Timberdoodle.

Check them out Price: $28.50 each

K'nex Intro to Simple Machines: Gears

K'nex Intro to Simple Machines: Wheels, Axles and Inclined Planes

K'nex Intro to Simple Machines: Levers and Pulleys

They not only started building with the Simple Machine sets they collected all theirr K'nex from all over. After they built one of the items from the set they wanted to make some stuff with their own K'nex. I made them put the extra set pieces away so they would not get mixed up and then they went to work.

Caught you making a funny face Christopher! LOL

Busy Boys


A scale they made from another K'nex book with projects in it.

The Blender is from the Gears set.

Assorted boy stuff: boat, flying vehicles, a sword, and some unknowns???

So as long as the boys listen, can narrate back about the stories and don't talk to much about there creating and drive me crazy; I let them continue to build during read aloud.

I hope you enjoyed this post,

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