With the weather turning cooler and the leaves starting to turn beautiful colors, our thoughts are turning to the fall season and planning for the holidays.
While walking through the local dollar store recently, I came across the multi-colored packages of modeling clay, and oh, what fun memories ran through my mind! While we were studying the Thanksgiving unit study when the children were younger, we would take packages of the modeling clay and everyone would sit around the kitchen table, night after night, slowly but surely creating our own version of Plymouth Plantation. The children created tiny figures, houses, stockade walls, and even a lake and fishing poles!
We assembled the village on a large piece of freezer paper centered on the table, and eventually this became our Thanskgiving centerpiece. You can do the same thing with a cookie sheet covered with foil or freezer paper and be a bit more mobile with their creation.
So, pick up a few packages of nontoxic inexpensive modeling clay at your local dollar store, and have fun! Some of our best homeschooling memories have been made with projects just like this, gathered round the kitchen table, laughing and talking and sharing.