Thursday, December 2, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon

Several times a year, we receive homework from the school. 

I have written about such projects before.  In fact WAY back in March, I wrote about one that you can read all about HERE.  For the record, that project is miraculously still intact.  Don't believe me?

Meet:  "Runny"...

The sturdiest horse in the west.

I find that the older my children get, the more complex these projects get.  And, that the projects get more complex from year to year.  Sissy never had to make a stick horse.  Sissy's projects have been limited in large part to 2 dimensional pictures and posters.  Bubble, not so much.

Before anybody misunderstands me, I am NOT complaining about these projects.  I completely understand and support the purpose behind them, and they can be a lot of fun to do.  As you've seen here before, we do these kinds of projects WITHOUT prompting from the school.  MY problem with them, is that as they get more complex, the engineer in Roon, and the perfectionist crafter in me take over, and they seem to become OUR projects.  And the poor kid hardly gets to help.  And then I feel guilty.  That's all.

Before Thanksgiving break, we received another assignment. 

The first grade is learning about...hmmm come to think of it, I don't really know what they're learning about.  Something with motion.  I KNOW it's something for science.  I'm positive they wrote it on the original letter home.  What was is?!  Oh well.  It was something with motion.

To complete the assignment, we were to construct SOMETHING that Bubble could push and/or pull around the school by himself, for a "push and pull parade".  They could be made out of anything EXCEPT metal.

Roon was determined to do something awesome.  He asked Bubble what he wanted to make for the parade.

Bubble settled on a dragon.

3 whole nights this week were consumed with the construction of that dragon.

And even though at times it seemed touch and go, Roon never gave up hope.

So now, the question remains:  How DO you train your dragon?

If you're us, it's with a heck of a lot of black duct tape.


blueviolet said...

Coolest dragon ever!!!! I hope people take pictures at the parade!

aubrey said...

That is so awesome! How come they didn't do this last year?!

Evelyn @ Hanging by a Silver Lining said...

Haha! Way to go Roon and Sami! I mean Bubble. Hee hee! Those teachers are just asking for parent interference when they give projects like that.

MiMi said...

You guys are so freakin' creative!!!
The kids are lucky to have parents who can do such cool stuff. :)

Amy said...

that is awesome! I am a little jealous of it actually. When you are through with it, can we buy it for Christmas?

Megan Harmeyer said...

OMG that is too cool!!! You guys did an awesome job. I wish you would've made it in to a tutorial. :D

Emmy said...

Very impressed! We haven't had any big projects yet, just the daily homework. But yeah I will have a hard time not taking over.

Eschelle said...

see duct tape can do anything lol

My last post

Lisa @ Angels Faces said...

AWESOME!! What a creative group of people you are!

Impulsive Addict said...

Can you make me a dragon? But I want a pink one with bows and a more feminine color of duct tape.


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Xazmin said...

LOVE it! So freakin' cute. We too often loose control on school projects. Hey - at least we're involved, right?

Myya said...

You are making me feel like I am going to be such an inadequate parent. LOL