We began by attempting to play the board game she designed. At the Smithsonian Sleepover, Meg and I bought Clare the Creativity for Kids Spark!Lab Smithsonian Invent the Greatest Board Game. Clare immediately began work upon receiving it and created her game: Portals and Passages. Today she showed me the game board and began explaining the very complicated rules. There were numerous sets of cards and by the time she sorted through all the cards, she had lost the dice. So, we put the first official playing of Portals and Passages on hold.
The final portion of Clare's one-on-one time was reading poetry together. Clare has always loved rhyme and recently that has developed into a love of children's poetry. She writes poetry (and songs), but she mostly loves reading it together. I was recently watching the BBC series The Secret Life of Books (which I highly recommend) and learned about Edward Lear's Book of Nonsense written in 1846. I knew Clare would love his work. I then discovered the British Library had issued a beautiful edition of Lear's Nonsense Songs and Stories, so I immediately bought it for her. This afternoon Clare and I read several of the poems from the book. She likes us to read in unison so she can follow my cadence and learn how the poem should sound. It was quite enjoyable.
This completed our special time together. I couldn't have planned a more pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I was quite happy it was Clare's idea of a nice afternoon as well.