Art

Painting On/With Foil

Today we covered our kid table with aluminum foil, held in places with painters tape. (We find ourselves using painters tape (great ways to make quick roads/obstacle courses on the floor) & Foil Tape (best way to hold pieces of cardboard together) so often!) Spread the drop cloth underneath and then got out some paint. We also used this opportunity to try out our new fun shaped rollers & dabbers. We squirted a bit of paint right onto the foil and let them go. (It was fun watching them work together squeezing the bottles and painting on the same big area).

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DIY Stained Glass

I had a couple extra glass doors from any old medicine cabinet, so I decided to try a DIY Stained Glass project. I am pretty happy with how it turned out, but even more I had fun doing it.

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First I picked a deign for my window. Then I half traced/free-handed the design on with a Sharpie.

Next I used a combination of black paint and regular white Elmer’s glue to make the thick black lines.

Then I used clear glue and colored paint mixed together to paint in the rest of the design.

Next time I would probably use a little more glue to paint ratio.

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Creative Art Project

Today we decided to spend our morning doing a creative art project.  First we cut pictures out of a magazine.  Then using glue sticks (slightly less messy than squeeze bottles) attached them to a big paper.  Then we proceeded to complete the picture by drawing what we thought would go with it.   We cut out a skirt & A drew the rest of the person.  We cut out a blob & S saw a butterfly & then a person.  We cut out a shoe & made it a hat.   The possibilities are endless! 

SLILLS: Fine Motor (cutting,  gluing,  drawing), Imagination, Storytelling 

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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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