The Milkmaid and Her Pail Wild, Spectacular, Imaginary Eggs

Milkmaid and her Pail Craft
Imaginary Eggs
Imaginary Eggs

So this was our take for Wild, Spectacular, Imaginary eggs for the fable “The Milkmaid and Her Pail“, the origin of “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.”


  • Wooden eggs sprayed with white primer
  • Rice paper
  • Markers (we used Crayola. Sharpie would also work.)
  • Rubbing alcohol for the grownup
  • Sparkle Mod Podge
  • A small paintbrush you don’t care about
  • Stuff to keep a mess from spreading. We used aluminum foil.

We scribbled splotches on the rice paper sitting on top of foil. The grownup dribbled rubbing alcohol on it.

We waited. And waited. And waited. Finally it dried.

TIP: You could probably skip this step completely if you have some fancy tissue paper in several colors, but then you don’t get to scribble. You can also use hand sanitizer for more control, but part of the fun is watching the colors bloom and learning about the Color Wheel.

We ripped the paper into pieces and decoupaged it onto the eggs with sparkle Mod Podge. Mom will probably go over them with resin while the Youngling sleeps for durability.

The Boy Who Cried Wolf

Boy Who Cried Wolf
Boy Who Cried Wolf Craft and Playlist
Boy Who Cried Wolf Craft and Playlist

So we’re doing a Child-led Classical Core Unschooling thing, I guess. Anyway, I take a reading topic based on any number of free curricula (or celestial events… or birthdays of famous people) and add things that match for “playing school”. The Boy Who Cried Wolf was the first story in a free Core-based first grade curriculum at It fits in with Classical and the Young Master likes wolves, so here we are.

We read it, answered the plot questions, watched a Cat in the Hat video about a wolf named Grayson, “A Howling Good Time”. (I’d link to Netflix but it’s giving me a Silverlight error, so….) We colored and read wolf and sheep science worksheets from Enchanted Learning. I adapted a Cemrel math lesson from cats and mice to sheep and wolves (It may be the first lesson plan in the first grade file.)

Then I set up a short playlist of different ways the story has been told on You Tube. It includes Muppets. I like Muppets!

We looked at Romulus and Remus art and learned some Latin in here somewhere.

We rewrote The Boy Who Cried Wolf and acted it out with him playing Batman (the townspeople), me playing Robin (the boy), and one of the cats playing a minion of Cat Woman (the wolf) coming to steal our ice cream (sheep).

After that we had art time. The promise of Art Time gets him to concentrate.

Sheep Card Craft
Sheep Card Craft

It’s not hard to figure out. Kraft greeting card, construction paper, googly eyes, cotton balls.

A three-year-old’s attention span being what it is, even though he likes “playing school” like Daniel Tiger, this took two days at 15-minutes to a half-hour here and there. That’s cool with me because the theme days are much more fun for both of us than filling in a stack of humorless worksheets. And we end up with a card to send to his grandparents!