Our homeschool group has been doing once a month park days this year that give the children an opportunity to have some time with their friends and have some fun activities planned as well. We missed the first one in September. October we had a great time doing some fall themed activities. November's Park Day was rained out. In December we moved inside and played Bingo and had a pizza party because the weather is so unpredictable and we didn't want it to be too cold to be outside (turned out it was a really nice day that day!)
Because the weather can still be unpredictable in January, we had an indoor activity planned. A beeswax candle workshop.
We started out learning about beeswax and where it comes from. Then we talked about all the different uses for beeswax. We also talked about the benefits of beeswax candles and candle safety.
Each child got their own sheet of beeswax and a wick. They could make one big candle, two medium sized candles, or several small candles. My four children that made them all made one big candle. They were very easy to do. They had to place the wick at one end of the sheet and press it into it. Then they had to roll it up and trim the wick.
So after the workshop we had planned on staying and eating together and giving the children an opportunity to play. But, Christian got two big wooden splinters in his hand. He is a tough kid but apparently digging the silvers out affected him more than I thought it would because he got really pale, hot and nauseous. So we loaded up and headed for the house. He was fine after a little while.