Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Rainbow Sun Catcher - Painting in White Glue

Hello Sunshine!!! We have made many sun catchers over the years and I am always up for new versions of this art activity. We love when the sun shines in the summertime so we can hang our beautiful creations in the window!! I found this version at Babble Dabble Do and knew we had to give it a try. 

What You Need:
  • white glue
  • a shallow lid - we used the lid from an animal crackers container. 
  • food coloring
  • tooth pick
  • hole punch
  • string or yarn or ribbon
What To Do:
  1. Pour the white glue in the lid. Tip: the more you pour, the longer it will take to dry. But if you don't pour enough, it will be too brittle when it dries and will break when you punch the hole. 
  2. Drop one of each color of food coloring into the glue.
  3. Using a tooth pick, swirl the drops of food coloring together. 
  4. This is when you can add more food coloring drops if you want more coloring then swirl again. 
  5. Let dry - this is the most difficult part for kids who like immediate gratification ;)
  6. Once dry (ours took about 3 days to dry completely) peel the sun catcher out of the lid.
  7. Punch a hole in the sun catcher and string the ribbon through. Then hang it in a sunny window!!  
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Step 2
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We will definitely be making many more of these!! And I can't wait to hang all of our creations! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ninja Turtle Puppet Sticks

If you turn on the TV, Busy will watch it. But if you don't, she will show her most creatively fun side :) I was doing some work in the kitchen during Beansie's nap today while Busy was drawing in her art book. After about 30 minutes of "Lollie Time", she called up for me saying she needed some help tying some rubber bands. I headed down to the playroom to find her at her work bench coloring craft sticks, cutting rubber bands and sorting pom poms. Not wanting to derail her focus, I tied the rubber bands around the green colored craft sticks like she asked and sat back to watch. She then proceeded to take one blue, one red, one purple and one orange pom pom and stick it under each tied rubber band. She held up all four sticks and said "It worked! I made Ninja Turtle Sticks!!"

And as simple as it seems, she really never ceases to amaze me :)

My Favorite Play Dough Recipe

We love play dough! The possibilities for play with play dough are endless!! And I have to tell you that we have tried many recipes, and until I came across this one from The Imagination Tree (which I tweaked a little), I really would prefer to buy it. It's either too sticky, too flakey, too pasty or or just plain gross. But this recipe is pretty perfect!

What you need:

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (I actually left this out and like it even better!)
  • 1/2 cup of salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar 
  • 1 and a half cups of boiling water
  • food coloring (optional) I used a packet of Kool Aid which adds awesome color and a wonderful smell!! 
What to do:
  1. Mix the flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool Aid in a large mixing bowl.
  2. If you use food coloring instead of Kool Aid, mix it in the boiling water now then add the water to the mixing bowl. 
  3. Stir continuously until it becomes a sticky, combined dough.
  4. Take it out of the bowl and knead it continuously until it os no longer sticky. Make sure you knead until it becomes the right consistency.
  5. If it is still sticky, add more flour, a pinch at a time, until it is right. 
  6. Store in an air tight container in a cool, dry and dark place. We keep ours in the art room in the basement. I have tried keeping play dough in the fridge and in my opinion it gets too cold and wet-ish which makes it a little slimy. 
Our friend Cooper helped us stir the dry ingredients
Then she kneaded the play dough 

Then she pounded the play dough ;)

Beansie said "I like pinching the play dough.
It makes skinny pieces."

Ways you can play with play dough:
  1. use cookie cutters 
  2. make snowmen
  3. use sticks
  4. bury rocks
  5. use textured materials to make imprints (pipe cleaners, shells, coins)
  6. make snakes
  7. use forks, spoons and knives
  8. connect balls of play dough with twigs 
  9. roll play dough in snake shapes and make letters and numbers and words
  10. make various sizes of balls to teach small, medium and large or small, smaller, smallest
  11. pretend play (make breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  12. use stamps without ink
Get creative!! There are so many different ways to play with play dough!! 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Coffee Filter Art

Busy is absolutely loving water color resist art right now! It all started with the heated wood resist we did a few weeks ago. Then for Easter we used white crayons and water colors on eggs! Yesterday she wanted to experiment with the resist technique using oil pastels and coffee filters. So I set up the project and she got to work.

What you need:

  • round, white coffee filters
  • oil pastels
  • liquid pater colors
  • a paint brush
What to do:
  1. Draw on the coffee filters with the oil pastels
  2. paint with the water colors on the coffee filter
  3. After it dries, hang the coffee filters in a sunny window for a colorful sun catcher!

She called this one "X Marks The Spot." She
made it for her friend Caroline because she
likes pirates :)