Monday, July 30, 2012

Glow in the Dark Moon and Stars Painting

The kids made some fun glow in the dark paintings for their rooms last weekend. They enjoyed making them, but enjoyed turning out the lights over and over again once the painting was dry much more. 


glow in the dark paint
masking tape
black canvas
 Using the masking tape make the shape of the moon on the canvas. The kids can dot the paint all over the canvas with the q-tips making stars and filling in the moon. I think a sponge would make some neat moon craters as well. Once dry, remove the tape and turn out the lights!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Cork Stamp Set, Homemade Birthday Gift

Homemade gifts are so special, unique and important in teaching children that we don't need to run out to the big box to buy everything. Making things ourselves with lots of love is a very special way to say Happy Birthday to friends and family.
Join me over at Family Sponge today as I show you these adorable stamps that are perfect for summer party gifts. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Sand Playdough

Today we made sand dough and I couldn't stop thinking of how, oh how can possibly make huge batches of this to send to each child I know. Yes, it was that great. This is basically mold-able sand and my kids had such fun with it! I gave them rocks and bugs to use with the dough, but they eventually started to add in their own nature findings. 

Best Playdough Ever Recipe!
4 cups of play sand
4 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup oil

Mix all ingredients and knead to soften up. Done. Go play!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Painting with Kids

Art is a wonderful way to express emotion, especially in children who can not always verbalize how they are feeling. Sometimes when talking about our day I have my children draw pictures for me. This way they are free to draw whatever comes to mind about their day and how they are feeling. 

 Emma is greatly anticipating the visit with her Uncle Ray, Aunt Meesha and their sweet little dog, Suki next week. Telling a five year old she has to wait one more week can cause frustration so I have been giving her a different task to do for the count down to her big awaited day. 

Emma decided she wanted to paint a painting for her Uncle and Aunt. She chose Suki for the model and asked me to print a photo for her. This was the first time Emma did a painting of a subject. I honestly thought she was too young for such a painting, but I learned differently. This was a wonderful way for her to focus and spend time on something that she would take pride in making. 

Not only did this project help to build Emma's confidence, but it expanded her way of painting and helped her to  express the excitement she is feeling for our family visit. This was a win!
 Tips I have for subject painting with young children:
  • Sit with them and take a moment for them look at the subject and decide what colors they will need for this painting. 
  • Have them look at the shapes in the photo (or whatever they might be painting.) This helped Emma when she was having trouble with Suki's body. I asked her what shape it looked like. Once she reconized it as a rectangle it was easy for her to paint. 
  • Let them know that in art there are no mistakes. Art is beauty we create, no right or wrong.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Recycled Croc Planter

Hello Wonderful Crafty Friends! Long time no create! I am sorry I have been off the map these days, but things have started to settle down after a very busy beginning of the summer. I am getting back into a regular routine and hoping to get some recent projects put up. Unfortunately my trusty old Canon proved to not be so trusty and needed some work. So for now I apologize for the lack of photos. I am stealing the hubby's phone at the end of the day to photo projects. 

 Now on to the good stuff. This is a project Emma did at the end of the year in preschool and I loved it so much I had to make more. 
Using old Crocs that have been sanitized (check thrift shops if you don't have any old ones) use moist soil and some succulents and get planting. Pull them apart and stick some in the front holes as well. Succulents are tough and can handle moving around pretty well.
Are these so darn cute you could just scream, or what? I think so. 

Hope you are all having a blissful summer.
green owl mama