Winter is definitely here to stay for a while.
In Idaho, it gets pretty cold. But as long as the temperature isn’t too awfully low, I still encourage my four sons to bundle up and play outside. Getting that fresh air and exercise is important all year round and it keeps us all healthier and happier. However, I do want them back indoors once the sun sets. And since it sets so much earlier in the winter, we are left with a lot more time indoors…Which can lead to a pretty noisy household.
My 12 year old is dribbling his basketball on the tile floors, my ten year old is leaping from couch to chair to coffee table, and my four year old and one-and-a-half year old are racing back and forth on their little ride-on cars. I know they need to burn off that excess energy, so I allow them to run around for a while, but then I bring out the quieter activities to return some calmness back to our home. It’s especially nice to have something new to attract their interest and attention towards. So I was glad to get these new Star Wars books in the mail: “Learn to Draw Star Wars” by Walter Foster Publishing, and “Star Wars: Master Models” by Becker&Mayer Books.
My three older boys are all huge Star Wars Fans, so getting their attention was easy when I showed them these new books!
My 10 year old wanted to try the new drawing book and spent quite a while just choosing which of the 15 exciting characters to draw first. I was impressed with the simple, yet well-explained instructions offered and we went over the “Tools & Materials,” “Basic Pencil Techniques,” and “Textures” sections together before I set him off on his own.
Each character in the book is illustrated in about 8 to 10 step-by-step sketches, beginning with the basic shapes and gradually adding detail along the way. It didn’t take my son long to have an awesome illustration of BB-8 completed with only the help in the book. And the best part was the pride he felt in creating his own artwork. I think it is so important for our children to feel the intrinsic reward of accomplishing something on their own.
Darth Vader Model Kit
My 4 year old and 12 year old were draw to the awesome model kit of Darth Vader. The kit included 10 sturdy sheets of die-cut shapes–all numbered, to aid in the construction. And a detailed instruction booklet laying out the step-by step process to build the model. All that you have to provide is the glue. We used Elmer’s school glue. But were a little impatient in waiting for each piece to dry. So we also used to tape to hold things in place while they were drying. We also found that it helped to add tape to the under-side of the model. This added even more stability to the finished model.
The coolest part was the included push-button sound module. With three of Darth Vader’s most popular quotes: “No, I am your father;” “I find your lack of faith disturbing;” and also the eerie sound of his masked breathing. We got to put the sound piece in last and it was a big hit with the boys. And if that’s not cool enough, the kit even came with a 48-page book on the man behind the mask!
What are you doing to pass the time in these colder winter months? Have a great idea? Share with us in the comments below.
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