I got the kids each a cactus, so they could have their own plant to take care of. Cactus will forgive you if you forget to water. Plus, the spines force you to be gentle.
They were all very excited. We looked in several cactus books to see if we could identify them and find out what color bloom they would have. We learned a lot.
Emma, however, was most carried away by her new acquisition. She made it a blanket so it would be warmer and feel more like it was in a dessert. She invited the birds outside to come look at it through the window. She told her new cactus all about its new home.
The kids inevitably wear a costume at some point in the day. For Simon, it is a cape. Emma prefers her ballerina costume. Evy has no allegiance. Later, Emma decided to make her cactus a costume, so it would really feel at home. As a mom, I was very impressed.
Here is a picture of her creation.