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Body Outlines

This activity came about after my girls thought it would be a good idea to roll the new roll of paper across the lounge room and dance all over it. The paper ended up crinkled and ripped in places and wouldn’t fit on the easel (it was bought especially as it fits the easel…) So we had to come up with something to do with all this paper.

Olivia is very much into tracing her hands so we thought we would do this on a much larger scale.

What you need:

Large piece of paper (or two stuck together)

Textas

Scissors

Put the paper on the ground and ask your subject to lay down.

Once they are in position trace around them.  Once you have traced around them cut out the body shape.

Now decorate it!

Today we used textas only but you can decorate them with all sorts of materials e.g. paint, collage materials, magazine cut outs – to make funny faces or material scraps.

My girls lay flat but you can lay in any position and have some fun with the shapes. Once these were done my girls hung them on their bed room doors.

    

Ocean Playdough

 We have been talking a lot about recycling as Olivia has been talking about it at Preschool. With world’s Ocean day coming up on the 8th of June I thought we could explore the ocean.

We have talked about swimming in the ocean and what we can do to take care of the ocean. To further this discussion we have made some playdough and added some sea creatures to make it more ocean like.

This was my first attempt at making cooked playdough and I am really happy with how it worked out. It is a much smoother dough than the uncooked recipe I usually use. If you haven’t made your own playdough before this is defiantly something you should try.  The only problem I had was I didn’t have any blue food colouring so we have a green ocean.

 

What you need:

A batch of playdough(recipe below)

Sea creatures (I got a bag of about 8 creatures for $1 from Big W)

How to make the dough:

2 C Flour

1 C Salt

2 tbsp Oil

4 tsp Cream of Tatar

1 1/5 – 2 C Water

Food colouring

Mix the food colouring in with the water.  Add all the ingredients , but the water, to a large sauce pan and stir.

Over low heat slowly add the water until all combined.

The mixture may be sticky at this stage but as you continue to stir it will firm up.

Once the dough is coming away from the pot turn out on to the bench and lightly knead.

The dough should be stored in plastic wrap or a plastic container in the fridge.

  

The girls enjoyed this activity they made sand castles big waves and made patterns with the star fish.

We will do this activity again tomorrow and I will add some rocks from the garden and some blue crape paper.

Once the playdough is getting old and drying out a little I will add sand to if add another texture and to continue on with the ocean theme.

Worms!

About 6 weeks ago we set up our own worm farm in our back garden. My husband laughs at how excited I was and continue to be with the process he especially laughs at the thought of me handling the worms as I am not big on creepy crawlies.  I think  the overall idea started when the girls were helping in the garden and were excited to see the earth worms. I did a bit of internet surfing and found information about to setting up and caring for a worm farm.

I loved that not only is it an educational experience for the kids but a great way to recycle food scraps that would otherwise end up as land fill. In return you get worm wiz (worm wee!) which can be used as a liquid fertiliser on the garden. You can also use the worm poo (castings) as manure mixed with potting mix in potted plants or sprinkled around you existing plants. It takes about 3-6 months for the worm farm to be up and running so you can start collecting the castings. Saying that we have learnt a lot from our little wriggly friends in the short time we have had them.

The girls love peeking into the farm and seeing what the worms are up to. We have spoken about what the worms eat and the girls put left over scraps into our worm food container.   They are both keen to hold the worms and enjoy having their hands tickled by the wriggly wet creatures (Liv’s exact words) we have carefully pulled a worm out and put it on a piece of paper and watched how it has wriggled and dances around the page. We talked about his shape, colour, whether he is a boy of a girl and talked about where worms like to live. You don’t need to have a worm farm to do this activity as it can be done with earthworms found in every garden.

So to take this interest a step further we have done some worm painting today. This activity uses string to paint with rather painting worms as my sister Louise thought.   🙂

What you need:

Paper

String or wool

Poster paint

Water

Put some paint in a container and mix in a little water to make the paint the consistency of thickened cream. Wet the string and place it in the paint. I used gardening string and once it was wet it frayed a little this added to the effect but next time I think I will try it with wool.  Keep one end of the string out of the paint to use as a handle. Once the end of the string is wet with paint you can wriggle it along the paper to make wriggly worm lines and patterns.

             

During this activity we had lots of conversations about the colours mixing together, the patterns the string was making and the way that worms move.  Not only does this activity encourage communication, language and colour awareness , it develops fine motor control by using different methods and materials to paint with.

Fish

Hi Everyone!  Its been ages since my last post as we have had a busy few weeks with Christmas, New years and Liv starting Preschool! Over the last few weeks we also have been busy in the garden starting a worm farm and planting some veggie patches. I look forward to sharing our adventures and craft experiences with you over my next few posts.

Today my post is all about fish, Lara was mesmerised by them at the local pet shop even trying to pick them up through the glass. I like to extend on the girls interests in our craft experiences especially with Lara who is happy to paint a few lines on a page and be done.  From this activity we have extended it further by singing songs about fish, reading books about fish, The Rainbow Fish is a favourite, and used our new fish to make up our own fish stories.

What you need:

Paper plates – Plastic plates don’t work as the paint doesn’t stick.

Poster paint

Stapler

Foil

Paint brushes

Felt tip marker – or you can use googly eyes if you have them

Scissors

How to make the fish:

Separate the paper plates and use the scissors cut a triangle out of two plates. This space will become the mouth. Keep the two cut out triangles.

Place the plates to they are facing each other and staple around the edges. Place the two triangles together and staple them on to the opposite end to the mouth. These will become the tail.

Draw an eye on both sides of the fish.

Once the body is constructed you can decorate them any way you like. We started by painting the fish and once dry we painted some foil and tore it up then glued it on to the fish to look like scales.

Our finished fish:

Group Drawing

After a big morning of pizza making with a few friends and their kids (8 kids 4 years old and under!!)  I had my girls and my nice Emily to entertain for the afternoon. We needed an easy activity to do that they could all do and meant that I wasn’t run off my feet so painting wasn’t an option!!  So we got out some big paper, covered the table and the girls got creative.

What you need:

Paper – I have big sheets that you can get from art shops and newsagents. Or in you have a local newspaper printers nearby (we do!) you can buy rolls of newspaper that hasn’t been printed on, (kind of like butchers paper) Or you can tape together A4 sheets to make one big sheet

Tape – Masking tape

Crayons, pencils, chalk or textas

Tape the paper on to the table and put the crayons in the middle and get creative!

Today this activity kept the girls occupied for about 30 minutes. Then after my girls left the table Emily continued to fill the page with colour.

This is a great activity for not only the benefits of drawing but also allowing children to share a common space, learn about personal boundaries and sharing materials.

Canvas Painting

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Thomas gave these paintings to his Dad for his birthday and I have to say, they make me smile every time I look at them. Canvas painting is a really easy (and inexpensive) gift idea.

Not only are kids learning about colours, developing fine motor control and hand eye co-ordination while they are doing the activity but imagine the sense of pride they feel when they can see their artwork displayed on the wall. Thomas still gets a kick out of looking at his paintings. You can see how proud he is of himself.

What you’ll need:

  • Decide on (and purchase) the size and number of canvas’ you would like to paint
  • Paints – choose colours based on the decor in your room – the paints I used are acrylic artists paints which you can buy from craft shops. We used 3 colours.
  • Paintbrushes
You might like to turn the canvas’ around so you get an even coverage of paint on the canvas but other than that, let your child paint as little or as much as they’d like. They really do look effective when they are up on the wall. A definite work of art!

Cotton Bud Painting

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This is a very easy activity which is great for developing fine motor control, hand eye co-ordination and pencil grip. You will probably have most of what you need at home already which is a bonus.

What you need:

  • Cotton buds
  • Paint
  • Containers for paint
  • Paper
What you do:
Arrange the activity at a table where your child will be comfortable.
Put cotton buds in paint and let your child be creative! Try not to direct the activity too much as your child is likely to lose interest if you do.
You can extend on this activity by singing songs to describe what your child is doing while he/she is painting such as “put a spot over here” “put a stripe over there”… Don’t worry too much if you don’t know the tune… Make it up