Well. This month has been…busy. And draining in many ways. Honestly, more mentally busy & draining than anything else, but it definitely makes the time freaking FLY by. I don’t know how it’s already the last week of July. Anywho, life update. As I mentioned in this very personal post, my relationship was in a
little large amount of trouble recently. Things are going well. We are working hard, communicating, and will more than likely be beginning some couples/individual counseling in the next month or so (still working on child care, and if my partner will be able to work it around his work schedule.)
Things are positive, and that is good. I’m at a place where I feel like I can get back to a little bit of normalcy. For pretty much this whole month, I’ve put off art, barely skimmed by on blogging, and really did nothing much other than basic self-care (eating, drinking water, showering, exercise). It was a break I really needed, just to process everything. But I am very happy to be getting back on track, back to art, and back to a sense of my regular life. It feels good.
Earlier this week, we received the little missy’s monthly Kiwi Crate! I was pretty pumped for this theme, as it was perfect for summer: Water Wheel! It was such a great project, which my miss adored, and came with two other little projects to do as well! We haven’t even gotten to one yet, simply because we have yet to make time! This months box included:
The monthly Explore magazine (loved the article about hydro-electric power, explained in a manner young kids understand!), water wheel assembly kit, cork boat assembly kit, paint pen, straw, patterned and plain paper, animal stickers, and a really cool vinyl ‘splash pad’ you’ll see later on!
We dug right in with water wheel assembly. In standard Kiwi Crate fashion, the project was simple enough for my five year old to put it together with minimal help (just me reading some of the instructions to her, and holding things in place occasionally.)
Once the wheel was assembled it was time to give it a spin!
I freaking love her face in this photo! She was totally amazed at how fast the wheel spun, and was so proud she built it!
With the wheel complete it was time to assemble the little cork boat.
She was so excited to practice some knot tying to attach the boat to the wheel! Once attached, it was finally time to play.
I was SO impressed with the mini splash pad/pool this kit came with! It meant we could use it indoors to play with, instead of having to go outside with it. I mean, we love playing outside, but it was nice to have the option to use it indoors! She loved it, and loved pouring in cups of water to fill it until the boat was floating. Then, time for the water wheel!
She poured it into the funnel, and off it spun! The wheel spinning caused the string to wrap up, pulling the boat in. She loved it!
After a few rounds of reeling the boat in, she had to bring in some embellishments and toys…she seriously played with this for about an hour. Plus, the water wheel is now a bathtub staple!
All in all, another fabulous Kiwi Crate. She still adores getting them despite not doing structured school over the summer, and can’t wait to see what August’s box brings!
While I am an affiliate of Kiwi Crate, this box was purchased with my own money, and the review is my own honest opinion. As an affiliate, the links in this post are affiliate links. All income from affiliate links covers costs here on the blog!