then we headed outside in the sunny 60 degree weather for a reading from the hobbit. i handed out maps to each kid and they went on a scavenger hunt to find swords hidden at places from the hobbit map. each sword was labeled with a name. we pitched a tent for the hobbit hole, and just let the kids run wild.
afterwards, we headed inside for a feast and quiet drawing/writing with feather pens and journals. back outside again before cake and ice cream. a perfect rhythm, a nice small group, and a magical afternoon.