better things to do on a Saturday.

We carved soap today.

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It was fun. Really, really messy, but really, really fun. This is what the babe decided to do with the shavings.

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We used ivory soap, plastic spoons and toothpicks as tools. It was surprisingly easy to carve, we all loved it and provided a great opportunity to talk about 3 dimensional space.

Maybe you noticed the row of creatures above all appear very bear-like. We started out the morning with a brisk hike through the snow at a local state park. We had selected a trail new to us, and about half-way through our hike, we found something which is, to us, undeniably a bear track. Maybe if you squint really hard you can tell its a bear track (or imagine that it is a bear track).

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The day my husband proposed we found a fox hole- not the kind used by soldiers- the kind a real life fox lives in, complete with tracks. He’d planned a very romantic picnic on a hill, and a hike beforehand to set the mood and we’d happened upon the foxhole. It made my day- I thought- until even grander things appeared 🙂 It is still exciting to find signs of rare wildlife, at least to me, and today reminded me of that glorious day we found a fox’s domicile.

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This is a decidedly better way to spend our Saturday.

In case you’re wondering about why we’d carve soap in the first place, “handicrafts” are a valuable part of education. Read more about Charlotte Mason’s thoughts on the subject here.

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