4th grade is the year the kids study their state. Ours being California, one of the many projects is a Topographical map of CA. They are instructed to use (4) “non-sugar” based substances to differentiate the areas of coastal, mountains, central, and desert regions. (and indicate the states/ocean that border) – no coloring allowed.
My daughter brings home the blank map, but no instruction sheet. I inquired if there was something more to give us specifics as to what to do and the due date.
“ohhh, I forgot it at school!”
Of course you did. Daddy then states, it’s no biggie because we could just refer to her older brother’s map from 4th grade. We took a picture of it before throwing out, right? Yes. But I don’t know where it’s stored on our computer.
I indicated, it couldn’t be that difficult and my daughter replies
“Yeah, we just need things that aren’t sugar and attract ants.”
So thinking of products in our household, I mentioned we could use bits n pieces of cotton balls, sand, seashell and maybe rice. My son replies:
“Yeah, but not the soft kind, mom. Not cooked. The hard kind.”
Yes, thank you, son.
P.S. Dang it, and after all that, I forgot to take a picture before she turned it in… the above was an example. We ended up using crushed seashells and diamond glitter for the coast, spray paint and gold glitter glue for the desert, shaved crayons (mix of red/brown/white) for mountains, and q-tips spray painted green (partial stick colored with brown marker) for central. It looked pretty.