More Fun with Shaving Cream: Puffy Paint

December 30, 2010

For this activity mix equal parts glue and shaving cream in a pie tin.

Allow your child to paint with the mixture on to construction paper. The shaving cream glue mixture will  dry to a 3D masterpiece.

OR – get out those old snow boots and let your child stamp puffy paint shoe prints on their paper.


Cabin Fever Post #1: Zen Fun With Shaving Cream

December 29, 2010

Let me begin by saying…. shaving cream is not as messy as you might think (isn’t that right Katie?)

For a fun, sensory, and totally mess free activity spray an entire bottle of shaving cream on your kitchen table. The stuff from the dollar store works great! Let your child use the table as a canvass where they can draw in to the shaving cream. Throw in a bunch of googley eyes or jingle bells and they can form snow men from the shaving cream. The shaving cream will disappear right into their clothes as it dries, and is a piece of cake to wipe off of your tables.

My camp counselors introduced me to the beauty of shaving cream as a means to clean off tables after a messy craft activity.

Of course, just like frosty will melt as it gets hotter,  your children’s shaving cream creations will also disappear.

Extra! Extra!New Page Added

December 23, 2010

Many, many friends have asked me how to upload photos of activities they have tried. I haven’t been able to find a way to add the photos to the comments section, so I added a page (see link to your right.) The new page is called, “I Tried It.”

If you try one of the activities on this blog, send  a photo to my e-mail. I will repost the photo on the “I Tried It ” page, as well as on the page from the original post. I won’t post names, url’s or e-mail addresses, unless you want me to.

P.S. To my favorite Southwest girls, you did a great job! Love the feathers sweeties.

Sculpture Collage

December 23, 2010

have you been saving toilet paper rolls thinking, “someday I am going to use these for something?” Well today is your day. If you haven’t been saving them, just throw them in a drawer in your bathroom everytime a roll runs out. You will be surprised, amazed even at how quickly they will add up.

For this activity I had my son sponge paint every tube I had aquired. He loves this activity, you may recall that from a previous post. I put out a couple plates of paint and a few different types of sponges and let him at it.

Once the tubes are dry, cut them, or let your child cut them in to small rings.

Put tacky glue on a small plate or plastic lid. Let your child dip the rings in to the glue and affix to another piece of cardboard. As I have said before, cardboard is the best canvass for collage work. I get these long pieces of cardboard from the fabric store. I just ask the folks behind the fabric counter if they have any of them from when they finish cutting a bolt of fabric. They always do.

After a few hours the tacky glue was dry enough to stand the collage upright. This sculpture collage is now hanging in my kids playroom.

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This Is A Craft: Snowy Owl

December 20, 2010

You all know how much I like it open -ended, but sometimes a craft comes along that just steals your heart.

I found this in Family Fun magazine, of course!

All you need are:

  •  ponderosa pinecones. You can find htis this tiem of year very cheap, with the added bonus of cinnamon scent at your nearest craft store.
  • 5 cotton balls that your toddler or older child will love to shred into pieces
  • googley eyes
  • white and brown pipecleaners or felt for the wings and beak
  • Tacky glue

I think the picture pretty much explains it all. For the fluffiest result, stuff the cotton pieces into each of the crevices on the pine cone.

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December 13, 2010

Easily my favorite activity I have done with children! Each child created a house using pre-cut small and large shapes. I used construction paper, circulars and old wrapping paper to make the shapes.

Each child was then able to mount thier house on to a common canvass. Finally each child was able to add a picture of a small child to the “neighborhood.”

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Curvy Line Collage

December 12, 2010

To begin this activity I showed the children a picture of Romare Bearden’s “Sea Nymph.” The picture shows gently swaying lines of shades of blue. There is also a solid black swimming figure. I asked the children, “What did the artist do to let you know this is a picture of water?” Some groups had lots of answers, other needed a few more questions like, “What colors did the art use?” and “Did the artist draw straight lines or wavy lines?”

Children then got a piece of cardboard (the greatest canvass for doing any kind of collage.) I had prepainted the cardboard – if I had had more time, I would have asked the kids to sponge on their own paint.

On the table, children had access to yarn (4 types,) glue and black fish cut out of felt. While they created I commented on what they were doing – using words like, wavy, curly and swirly. As you can tell from the pictures below, each child had their own vision of what they wanted their water picture to look like.

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Giving: I-Spy

November 18, 2010

Seriously, by today’s standards I do not think I buy my kids too many toys. However, between happy meals and birthdays and grandparents….the kids seem to accumulate a lot of toys.

Every year at this time when I KNOW, more toys will be coming in to the house, I always have my children pick out toys they no longer play with, but are still in good condition. In the past I have given them a box to fill, which they HAVE to fill. We then donate the toys.

This year is the first year my kids every complained about it. Now, I have been weeding out all year, so it is possible that they were really attached to their toys, but I do not think so. So, I filled a box with toys I thought they no longer played with. They were then allowed to go back through the box and pick out five toys each to save.

After the toys were sorted out the kids made I-Spy arrangements on a whiteboard with the toys we were donating. We took pictures of each arrangement (see above photo.) To get a copy of all of the photos, send me an e-mail.

By the end the day the kids were excited to be giving away thier toys.

If you know someone who needs to get rid of some toys, SHARE this post.

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Color and Giving: Crayon Cookies

November 17, 2010

Hello – this is going to be short, but I hope helpful post.

Last year at the art center I needed a way to have crayons that the smallest artists could use. After I made a set of crayon cookies, lots of folks asked me for the “recipe.”  Well, here it is:

Preheat your over to 250 degrees

Unwrap three crayons for each “cookie” you want to make and chop them up

Get a disposable mini-muffin tin

Press yor fingers into the bottom of each muffin section to round out the bottom. The rounded bottom will make it easier for your little one to hold onto the crayon cookie.

Fill each muffin tin with crayon pieces. Make sure to group warm colors together and cool colors together.  Too much mixing of crayons will give you brown. In your mind you will be makign a rainbow crayon, but what will come out will be more like a mud pie.

Place tin in the oven (put an oven liner underneath for wax spills.) Cook until the crayons are mostly melted.

Cool off in the cold outdoors – the colder your tin gets, the easier the crayons will pop out of the tin. You can also put the tin in the freezer.

A small collection of these with some construction paper also makes a  nice gift.

LIGHT: Parchment Paper Luminaria #1

November 16, 2010

Leaf rubbings are a “ye old art project everyone has done at least once in their life.”  The reason this project has so much history is that everyone likes to do it. When you uncover the leaves, ti is like solving a mystery.

Let your child arrange the leaves as they wish. Hold them in place with a piece of clear contact paper. Put a piece of parchment paper over the leaves, and let your child uncover the images as they rub crayons over the parchment paper.

Wrap the finished project around $1.00 veladora from the Hispanic section in your grocery store. If you want, wrap a piece of clear contact paper around as well, this will help hold the wax in place.

Remember, never leave candles unattended.

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