Art

Painting With Coffee

We decided it would be a fun day to paint,  but wanted to try something new.  So,  after a bit of Googling we decided to try painting with coffee. 

I made up 3 cups because I didn’t want to miss out on the fun!  Then we grabbed some leaves and acorns with our paper & paint brushes and got to playing! 

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Mother’s Day Card 

So A has been requesting to paint lately.  So we took a trip to Michael’s and grabbed some supplies as ours were running out.  We ended up finding a multi-pack deal on some square canvases. And my wheels started turning.   With a half formed idea in my head we got to work!  Continue reading

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Butterfly Chromatography 

This is Spring break for our County. So it means it is a good time to host another event.  

Today was Butterfly Chromatography. Markers are made up of different colors.  when you put them on some paper and have water travel up the paper, the different colors separate. 

We started off with the story Gotta Go Gotta Go! I love seeing how excited and engaged the kids are! 

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Experimental Painting

A decided that she wanted to try painting with jelly beans. So,  we got some mixed media paper, dropped different colored jelly beans into containers,  added some water and tried it.  The conclusion,  it did not paint any color.  But in the process we talked about how do we get the color to appear faster. 

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Kids Homemade Valentines Day Cards

A came to me tonight & said she was sad because she did not have anything to give me & Papa for Valentines Day.   So I grabbed some construction paper,  few stickers, crayons, & let them go.   

It is nights like tonight that make me proud. First,  A wanted to do something nice for others without any prompting, and second,  she helped S  and made sure he had all of the things he needed. 

SKILLS: Fine Motor, Artistic, Empathy, Compassion.

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Do & Redo Gingerbread House

I saw this post by Frugal Fun For Boys & Girls and I was so excited to try it out. In fact,  I invited friends over the same day & made a quick trip to the craft store. 

After letting A help pick out items to decorate the house with,  we headed back home to get it ready. 

It was very easy following the directions for building the house. A was excited to help me measure & draw the lines on the cardboard. Then A spent a lot of time cutting extra pieces of cardboard. 

The hot glue was super easy & sturdy for the house.  (Much easier than frosting!).  Then I added velcro to the house & then to the different decorating items. 

A  and her friend had a blast decorating their houses.  And they even redecorated it a few times during the making process! 

SKILLS: Independence, Decisions, Fine Motor, Measuring, Cutting, Working Together 

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Loose Leaf Tea Sensory Play

A is always excited to play with certain things when S is napping.  Many days,  like today,  that involves some sort of sensory play. 

After cleaning out our cupboards I realized we had a lot of tea that we do not like.  So that became our material for the day. 

We started off with the tea and chop sticks and making patterns/ letters.  Which lead to burying the chop sticks.  Which then turned into scooping the tea and pouring it in & out of the bag.  Then finally it made it to the typical A question,  “what happens when we add water?”  So we did.   I love watching & listening to her line of thought & questions. 

SKILLS: Self-directed play,  Cause & Affect, Fine Motor 

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Woodland Themed Baby Shower

Today I had the pleasure of co-hosting a baby shower for a friend.  We were so happy that we could help celebrate with them and their friends. To go along with the theme of their nursery we did it all in a Woodland Theme.  It was a huge success.

Parts of our shower consisted of: A photo booth, Fingerprint Tree Guest Book, Baby Advice Mad Libs, Thank you cards, Decorating Onesies, and a kids station (Trucks, Sun catchers, & several things for coloring).  We also had the luck of a gorgeous November day and were able to take advantage of the wonderful outdoors at the Walker Nature Center in Reston, VA.

I had so much fun making a lot of the decorations for the party.  Including the Wooden Fox(who knew foil transfers were so amazing?!), the Wooden Squirrel, and the Foam Tree House! What a great day to spend with friends!  It was amazing to see how talented everyone was with the puffy paint on the onesies! And the food, catered by Wegmans was delicious as expected!  What a wonderful day it was!!

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Tissue Paper & Water

We were working on activities for the upcoming baby shower we are hosting. (Stay tuned for that post). This moment it was cutting tissue paper for woodland animal themed sun catchers.  So A was having fun cutting & tearing the paper, (Fine motor) and then putting it in a large pink bowl. (Which can you believe I got in college and I still remember that?)  Then A looked at it and said, “What happens if I add water to it?” (questioning) So….

I said, “Let’s find out!”  So A ran and got the eye droppers and filled a cup of water and brought it over to the counter. A proceeded to slowly at first add water, then after a few times with the dropper, she poured in the rest.  Then she sat there and played with it with her hands.  (self-directed play)

I find it very interesting listening to her as she does these activities.  (describing) Sometimes she makes up stories, sometimes she describes it to me.  After a little while I asked her what happened with the water.  She told me that it is like play-dough because it made a ball and it gets squishy. (observations)  These are great observations!

SKILLS: Self-directed play, Fine motor, questioning, describing, observations

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Tie Dying with Friends

A few weeks ago we meet up with some friends for a play date & tie dying. We let the girls shake the dye,  decide how to twist/ wrap, & then squirt the dye.  

We even added some sand from the sandbox to see what happened.  (Results:  no change).

SKILLS: Independence, Art, Fine Motor, Experiment, Curiosity. 

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