N. received many special presents for his birthday this year (thank you, thank you). One present that N. received on his birthday this year was a kit entitled "Break Your Own Geodes". What a fabulous idea! N. loves to use the hammer any chance he is given, so this was a perfect fit.
So after outfitting his geodes into a sock and placing some sunglasses on N. for eye protection, he was given the green light to hammer away.
Here are just a few of the delightful crystals we found. The boys were so enchanted by this project, it must have felt like a treasure hunt. Additionally, Grandma had a few geodes from Mexico in her suitcase that yielded the biggest and best crystals (thank you G.).
Moving from rocks to sea shells, I was waiting for just the right spring day to get out all of those sea shells that we collected this year. Once I layed out all the sea shells for our project, the boys loitered over the table with oohs and aahs remembering all their special shells. I thought the boys would enjoy making a pattern or selecting their favorite specimens to display in their rooms.
N. worked diligently selecting out shells of the same size and color. Z. was content to make a pattern with his most favorite shells.
I used the scallops on the terra cotta pots. After the pots were finished and out on the deck, they sadly were assaulted by an overzealous squirrel trying to get to our bird feeder. Both pots were knocked off the ledge and I didn't have the energy to adhere the shells bock on...ho hum...More shells for the garden and possibly some mosaics I have in my mind.