We absolutely Love Melissa and Doug toys. These are geometric pattern blocks. My children (especially the 3 yr old) love to play with them. There are about 5 wooden boards here and there is an image on each side. Sometimes we do a timed version and we see who can finish first. My 6 yr. old loves a good challenge.
We took a little trip to Barnes and Noble and bought them each a fun work book for their handwriting skills. I bought some fun chapter books like "great expectations" and "The adventures of Geronimo the mouse." We also bought the game "Feed the Woozle". This has been a fun one for Jocelyn.
We found a turtle near our house and it was making it's way to the road. We decided to adopt it. We named him Cutsie and put him in a plastic container and made it like a terarrium. The sad news is he got out and ran away 2 weeks later. Im hoping he found his way back to the lake. The kids miss him.
I've been making a lot of Kombucha Juice and Kefir. I figure it's kind of a science experiment for the kids to see fermentation and how a Scoby grows on top of the Kombucha.
We took a good month and learned about the Civil War. All the books we got to read were so fascinating. Dax retained quite a bit as I still frequently ask him "What's the mason dixon line" What is the "Confederacy". What's an "Abolitionist". He is able to tell me these things and that's not bad for a 6 year old if you ask me.
And of course we experimented making some delicious homemade popsicles. These ones were our "Coconut Key Lime" popsicle. It was basically coconut milk, lime zest and juice and raw honey.