Behold, Conner's 3rd grade Saturn project!
The week that his project was due was also the week of Valentine's Day and my parents' visit. I knew I was going to be busy cleaning, painting the living room, baking cookies for multiple class parties, entertaining, and planning a sharing time . . . . so I asked Scott if he would please take the reigns on this project.
Now if you know Scott, you know that he never does anything half-way and this was no exception. He came home on a Monday with all the supplies to fulfill his vision. Conner was pretty stoked. And so we spent family home evening painting and assembling. Scott even thought to pick up extra planets for Payton & Anna. Payton made the Earth and Anna created some sort of Pinkalicious planet. It was a great activity.
Now, Saturn has 53 named moons, I believe. But they chose to include just 23 for the model. I think it was sufficient.
Conner was very proud to bring his project to school and present it in front of the class. (And of course it was pouring rain the day that we had to transport it to and from school.) He was so proud and excited that when we walked into the classroom (Saturn and two tubs of valentine's day sugar cookies in hand) he announced to the class, "Okay, okay. Nobody freak out." This was said rather loudly during what is supposed to be a quiet work time. :)
The project was a success. Father and son bonded. And we learned a little more about Saturn. Now, what is the fate of this model? Currently it is sitting atop the entertainment center in the playroom. But there are plans for it to come along on the father-son camp out this year for a ceremonial burning in the campfire. I guess it's tradition for my men to burn something each year. And surprisingly, Conner thinks this choice is a great idea.