A couple of weeks ago, we had an impromptu early-birthday party for Ben. He invited a couple of friends over to spend the day. The night before I was racking my brains trying to figure out how to keep 4 boys occupied for a whole day when I had a brilliant brainstorm (if I do say so myself). I got each of the boys a Hexbug Nano (a miniature, cockroach-like robot made from a toothbrush head and a vibrating motor) and a sheet of foamcore. The boys spent many happy hours constructing maze-like habitats for their bugs and then playing:
I was really impressed with how well they worked together, how carefully they used the hot glue guns, how they helped each other, and how creative the habitats were. All I did was cut the foamcore into strips and squares.
Afterwords they watched a movie:
And had a cake that Nikki made: