Posts Tagged With: Imagination

Art: Shapies, Rubbing Alcohol, & Tiles

Today we had friends over and experimented with fun art. We started with white tiles from Home Depot (A whole $0.08 each!), Sharpies, and Rubbing Alcohol. First we drew on our tiles with our Sharpies.

Then we used eye droppers to drop 91% Rubbing Alcohol on our tiles.

Which then lead to experimenting with ways to move the rubbing alcohol around the tile. We tried blowing, straws, tilting, & paper towels.

(A then had a blast making art on her tile and then making art on paper towels. She has a large stack of them saved up, wait till you see her custom wrapping paper!)

Then we learned that we could do a later of maker and then rubbing alcohol, let it dry, and then add another drawing on top. Stencils worked great for adding the additional images.

And one of the best things we learned through this process was, if you don’t like it, just add more rubbing alcohol to the tile & wipe it dry!

Here are some of our masterpieces!

After these have dried I will seal them with a coat of Polyurethane and add some felt to the bottom.

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Space Exploration: Part 1

We got a new Kiwi Crate the other day. This time I decided to use it as part of a larger Project Based Learning unit. So we started off with sitting on the stairs & “seeing that our house has floated into space”. Then the (pretend) phone rang and it was mission control asking A & S for their help in building a rocket ship & exploring space. In addition to their rocket ship they also built their Control center.

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Activity: Roll A Monster

A really likes most aspects of art, so today we played Roll A Monster. (From Twin Dragonfly Design). But instead of using Felt, we drew our monsters.

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It’s Pirate Week!

We are part of the Virtual Kids Book Club. Here they choose a theme with a related book, and then activities to go with it. The suggested activities are also divided into: sensory, alphabet, math, science, & imagination.

This week is Pirate week. We started it off with using one of our Kiwi Crates: Secret Agents. From this box we used the secret message pens. A & S had to decode the message.

From there they went to build their pirate boats. They spent a lot of time decorating their boats. Here we also used our secret message pens that show up under blacklight.

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Free play time

Some days I have some fun activity planned for A & S. And some days we just do instructured free play.

I truly love listening & sneaking glimpse at the kids when they are playing. (I try not to interrupt too much when I can help it.) There is so much (& researched backed) that they are learning through play.

Cardboard boxes have always been a big hit with us (see activities like Bulldozer), but they don’t always need to be elaborate creations. Lately A & S & friends have been using simple boxes for tons of imaginary play. This includes: speed boats, restaurant, trains, spaceships, etc.

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Cardboard Submarine

We have been reading several books about water, exploring the seas, and submarines. Papas Mechanical Fish by Candace Fleming is a wonderful book. So we decided to build a cardboard submarine! This was our first cardboard creation that I actually created a plan for first.

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Activity: 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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Cardboard Car Track

S got some matchbox cars for Christmas. So to go along with his other cars we decided make a track/ garage from our cardboard boxes.   After scrolling through Pinterest, I got some neat ideas.   S helped me measure,  tape,  and hold parts in place.  

S was so excited he got right to playing as we were still making it!  Then after we picked A up she was excited to see what we made.   Countless hours have been spent with this creation today!   

*Note:  I would like to decorate it with roads & whatnot,  but the kids seem to love it just the way it is. 

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TravelWee

I found this cute post by MmmCrafts called TravelWees and decided I needed to try it!  And I have to admit,  I love how she turned out! 

What a fun little craft to make.  This one is a gift and I look forward to seeing where she goes! 

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Cardboard Bulldozer 

What a fun morning surprise for A & S! I created a fun,  with moving parts,  bulldozer!

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