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Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Patch 2010

We went to the Pumpkin Patch at Fruitville Groves in Sarasota, Florida with my daughter's preschool.  They have fresh local produce, a hayride, peacocks walking around, and goats the kids could feed.   Each child took home a mini pumkin. 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Color Mixing "Butterflies"

Here's a simple project with big results to teach colors.   Take a sheet of paper and fold it in half.  On each side put a different color of paint.  Be sure to put the paint on thickly in "blobs" rather than painting it thinly all over.  Fold the paper and press down firmly and rub all over.  When the paper is opened there will be beautiful "butterflies" of a third color.  I drew antennae on the butterflies and wrote the "new" color name at the bottom.   I've done this with a range of ages and it's always a big hit.  Kids will make these over and over.  They can't wait to open the paper and see what their butterflies look like!


Monday, October 11, 2010

Fun Hair for Halloween!

Here's an idea I had to dress up the girls' hair at my Girly Art Camp.  They loved it!  I gathered items I wanted to use on a tray -pipe cleaners, curly ribbon bows, and plastic flowers.   I twisted the pipe cleaners into corkscrews with a pencil and cut the flower stems to about 3 or 4 inches. 

Put hair up in pony tails.  Add the ribbons, twist in the pipe cleaners, and stick in the flowers.  Fancy Hair!

This would be great for a princess costume using shiny pink and gold ribbons and pipe cleaners.   For an alien use all silver and lime green colors and hot glue large google eyes to the ends of the pipe cleaners.  For fairy hair add small butterfly wings and tie in strips of shiny tulle. 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monoprints Kids' Art

I hosted several Kids' Art Camps this summer and compiled a bunch of photos!  We made some great art!  The monoprints below were so simple to make and came out beautiful.  I still have some hanging in my house.  The kids loved making these.  Instant gratification!  I posted the instructions below.

Paint your image very thickly on a cookie sheet. 
Then mark lines through it using the end of the paintbrush -see the lines in the tree trunk?

Press paper on the baking sheet, rub firmly and peel off.  Voila!

Flower Monoprint