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Monday
Jul202015

My New Art and Writing Center!

I recently picked up Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder, read, and fell in love! It's full of ideas and thoughts on how to engage children in reading, writing, art, math, science, and social studies in a creative and fun way. Part of the philosophy is setting up a Playful Learning Space. Organization, supplies, and fun speaks to my heart! I have a few areas already set up around the house. We have reading areas and craft bins but I felt like I needed some things more accessible for my children.

Welcome my new Art and Writing Center!

My friend made the box for me and I contemplated between painting it blue or coral. Obviously the blue won out and I could not be happier! I measured it so it would fit 6 mason jars. Right now, I am using three mason jars and filled the rest of the space with paper, crayons, paper, notebooks, and sand.

I have paintbrushes, scissors, and colored pencils in the mason jars. As we evolve and do different activities, I imagine myself switching things out.

The center sits on my kitchen table so there is no excuse not to be engaged in some sort of creative process. I also love is that I can easily take the supplies out and use it for entertaining and decorating. It's a multi-functional piece!

Do you have an art and writing center or any other kind of centers that you would love to share?

I would love to be inspired by you! Please post pictures and ideas on our Facebook  page! I love seeing new ideas!

Monday
Jul132015

Space Week! How to Make a Rocket Ship

One of our favorite activities is to make rocket ships. I let the kids design their own and decorate any way they like. We hung our son's rocket ship in his room along with the planets, sun, and stars.


Supplies Needed to Make a Rocket Ship:

scissors

cardboard cut into triangles for the wings

paper towel tube

aluminum foil

hot glue gun - in the picture it shows tape but I found using a hot glue gun so much faster and easier to use in attaching items together

one piece of white cardstock

an object to trace a circle around

streamers of desired color(s)


To Make a Rocket Ship:

1. Trace a large circle around a circular object. You can also print out a circle template from your computer.

2. Find the middle of the circle and cut a line from the middle to the edge of the circle.


3. Take one end of the cut circle and cover the other side until a cone is shaped.

4. Cover the cardstock cone, wings, and the paper towel tube with aluminum foil.

5. Hot glue on paper tube to the cone. 

6. Hot glue on the wings.

7. Cut out the streamers to a desired length and hot glue on or tape on.

8. Decorate and fly!

Tuesday
Jul072015

How to Make a Hanging Space Mobile

Melissa and I are celebrating Space for the next two weeks. My son is currently obsessed with planets and space. We saw an orange moon the other night (we are surrounded by many wildfires) and it was absolutely beautiful. It gave my son and I an opportunity to research why the moon can be a few different colors. I love these quick teaching moments and so thankful for technology that allows us to quickly look up information!

My son and I made a fun hanging space mobile for his room. I printed out pictures (to scale) of each planet and took a piece of string and attached each planet's name.

I then cut them out and hung them in order.

We also made 3D sun and stars. Obviously not to scale! :) 

To make 3D sun and stars:

Items Needed:

cardstock or paper

stapler

tissue paper

Circle and star template- you can find a star template online and I used a number 10 can to make the circle shape.

To Make:

1. Cut out the shapes on cardstock or paper. 

2. Staple around the shape, leave an opening large enough to stuff in some tissue paper.

3. Stuff the shape with tissue paper until full. Make sure you do not overstuff or you will have a hard time stapling the shape together.

4. Finish stapling the shape close.

It's easy and simple!

Hang and enjoy!

Tuesday
Jun162015

How To Make A Stained Glass American Flag

I loved making stained glass decorations with my children. We are in full gear getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July and thought Stained Glass American Flags would add to our patriotism.

 Materials:

  • Cardstock Outline of an American Flag
  • Clear contact paper
  • Red, white, and blue tissue paper
  • White cardstock for the stars
  • Scissors

To Make:

1. Cut out the outline of an American Flag. I used my Silhouette to cut out the shape.

2. Cut out two pieces of clear contact paper that are both the same shape. They should be slightly bigger than your American Flag cutout.

3. Cut out small squares out of the red, white, and blue tissue paper. Place the colored squares onto the American Flag. The tissue paper will stick to the contact paper.

4. Cut out small stars out of white cardstock. Place onto the blue tissue paper. We did not need to use glue since the stars stuck to the contact paper.

5. When the flag is finished, place the 2nd piece of contact paper over the finished design and cut out. I like to cut just a bit outside of the outline to keep all the sides stuck together.

6. Hang and enjoy!


Thursday
Jun112015

Coffee filter chromatography butterflies

 

So, you may not know this about me, which you probably don't since we are still strangers, I am a bit of a nerd.  I love science and am always trying to find fun ideas to introduce it to my girls.  This week I found a little tutorial on pinterest and decided to give it a go. 

 

In case you're not familiar, chromatography is a method used by scientists for separating organic and inorganic compounds so that they can be analyzed and studied. By analyzing a compound, a scientist can figure out what makes up that compound. Chromatography is a great physical method for observing mixtures and solvents.  In this case we're seeing what colors make up a Mr. Sketch marker. 

For this you're going to need coffee filters, small cups (such as a juice cup), Mr. Sketch Markers (which will immediately take you right back to Jr. High), a pencil, and pipe cleaners if you're choosing to make butterflies. You'll want to prefill the cups with a small amount of water.


First Have your child draw a medium sized circle on the page, and write the name of the color in the center of that circle.  The pencil won't travel so you'll be able to tell which color you started with. 

 

Next have or help your child fold the filter in half, then in half again.  Place it in the cup of water, making sure that the marker circle does not become submerged.

Now let the magic of science begin!  The colors will separate into individual components as the water travels up the filter.   

 

Let the filters dry on a paper towel.  It's fun to try to guess the starting color without looking at the pencil.  Ask them which one surprised them and which ones didn't. 

Once dry, use the pipe cleaners and fashion into a butterfly!  Science made fun.