The Bendaroos ended up being a hit, mainly with the boys, which was surprising. I really thought the girls would enjoy them more. Jasper was a Bendaroo rock star. They are just these different colored pieces of wax covered string. But all on his own he figured out what to do. He alone made a sheep, a basket filled with eggs and a chick. Eben did the green basket and Jesus in the tomb. And no, I didn't even prompt them to do Spring things. But they do know how much I love sheep, chicks, eggs and Jesus and they did want them put on the mantle to be displayed...hmmm.
They did pretty well with the sharing part too! We did divide the candy up into their own bags. So they had the opportunity to give from their stash to each other. (I got some new, healthier, if it's possible, candy. Not everyone liked them. So it made sharing even easier! Is it sharing if you give away what you don't like?) Jasper is an awesome sharer. If anyone expresses an interest in something he has he almost never misses the chance to share it with them. We actually have to work on not abusing Jasper's kindness in our house. There's one thing we all know: Jasper will always give, Eben will always receive.
Biggest Big with Littlest Little
Jasper and Eben work very hard on their Ninja House every time they get a chance to play with Legos. It gets taken apart carefully when they clean up so they can piece it back together the exact same way the next time they play. It has become a humongous project complete with a ninja training facility, hot tub tower, and horse stable. I think the boys should design a house for us!