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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.

    

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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:

Coloured Pasta

Pasta of all different shapes and sizes can be used in craft activities especially at Christmas so I thought I would add a post about how to colour it.

You will need:

Green and red food colouring(These are good Christmas colours but you can really use any colour you like)

Pasta

Zip lock bags

Water

Paper towel

Foil

Add about a tablespoon  of water to the zip lock bag and a few drops of the food colouring. The more food colouring in you add the more intense the colour will be. Add a few handfuls of pasta and close the bag. Move the water around in the bag to make sure all the pasta is coloured. You can add more pasta at this stage if you find there is a lot of liquid still in the bag.

Leave the pasta in the bag flat for a minute then turn it over and leave it for another minute.  After a few minutes the pasta will absorb the colour, if you leave it for too long the pasta will go soggy.

Pour the mixture out onto a plate with paper towel and allow it to absorb the extra colouring mixture. Then tip the pasta onto a plate covered in foil and put into the sun to dry.  If you leave it on the paper towel it will stick.

The finished pasta:

I will post some craft ideas for the coloured pasta in over the next few weeks.

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.

Bubble Painting

Kids love bubbles and this is a creative and fun way to turn them in to a work of art.

What you need:

  • High sided bowl
  • ½ C water
  • A splash of washing up liquid
  • 10 drops of food colouring (you may need more to make the colour stronger)
  • Paper
  • Straw

Firstly you put the water, washing up liquid and food colouring in the bowl. Then the child blows through the straw to blow the bubble up just above the rim of the bowl. It’s important to ensure the child doesn’t drink the mixture so this activity is best done with older children.

Then place the paper over the top of the bowl to take an image from the bubble. We did two colours to make an effective pattern.  

Autumn Leaf Collage

My girls have really loved playing in the Autumn leaves this year – usually throwing them in the air or at Pops who is always up for a leaf fight! So I thought we would take this interest and turn it in to a creative activity.

You will need:

  • Leaves
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Contact paper (for younger children)

We started off by collecting leaves, we collected leaves of many different colours and sizes. This is a great activity to do to build language skills, colour recognition and have a lovely afternoon outside before it gets too cold!  (It’s important to check the leaves don’t have any spiders or other creepy crawlies on them.)

For older children you can give them some glue, paper and leaves  and let them explore the colours textures and create their art work. Olivia loved doing this, she filled the page with glue then leaves.

 For younger children sticky tape some contact paper sticky side up on to a table and let them place the leaves on the paper. Once the child is finished place a piece of coloured paper on the contact and smooth down.  Lara loved the sticky texture of the contact paper and was more interested in exploring this than the leaves. She places a few leaves on the contact and was finished.

It’s important to remember when doing creative activities with kids that it’s all about the experience rather than the finished product.