Saturday, May 26, 2018

the weighing table

The white kitchen scale only lasted a week before it stopped working, drats! I need to shell out for a nicer one. The tray to the right of the white scale holds our people blocks (blocks of the children themselves), the cylinders are weighted, and the cute little wooden balance scale on the right drives me batty as the tin plates fall off ALL THE TIME.
But, that doesn't keep the children from playing with it so I guess it's okay. The best part is when they run off to another area in the room and bring back new items to weigh. We also have a balance scale out in our play yard, and an old school step-on scale that has seen better days.

Friday, January 26, 2018

circle circus

This is a project I did in when I was in first grade class with a visiting art teacher. We created our circles with black paint and used crayon to add our color. I recently happened upon my happy paper of circles and thought how much fun it would be to revisit it with brighter colors and markers for a more fine line feel to it all. Are you ready?

large sheet of sturdy weight paper 
acrylic or tempera paint in three shades of one color 
shallow dish or paper plate 
assortment of cylindrical containers such as yogurt containers, paper cups, etc 
Set up your plates with your paint. Here we used two shades of blue and two different sized containers. Dip your container into the paint. And make a print on your paper.
Repeat the printing process until you have covered your paper with a circus of paint-happy circles. Here is where you can change it up by using only one color, two colors or a trio of happy colors.
Gather your markers and get to doodling. You can have your kiddo stick with dots or stripes or they can jazz up the spaces with squiggles and stars. Use all the colors in the markers pack or use just one or two colors. 

Your kiddos can make one ENORMOUS piece of art or several all summer long. Try making one in each color of the rainbow. Save the artwork and repurpose it as gift wrap. Make a tiny print using a drinking straw for your circles and toothpicks dipped in watercolor for your designs. Happy summer!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

mouse paint: drawing mice


When we do guided drawing in the classroom, we first talk about breaking down the thing we wish to draw into manageable shapes. The children tell me how to draw it first.  I use this part of the lesson as a tool for guiding descriptive and prepositional language. Where do the eyes go? Is this the head? Does the nose go above or below the eyes? For Mouse Paint, we drew primary colored mice. We used crayola markers to draw the mice, then painted them in with liquid watercolors. Not every child chooses to join us when we do projects like this. While we encourage participation, we do not buckle down and force anyone to do it. Generally, a child who may be apprehensive about such a task in the beginning, will eventually show interest. When they are ready, we will sit down and invite another firend to help. They always turn out so cool, and the children are always so proud!

Friday, October 13, 2017

mouse paint: color mixing

A little clear hair gel and two primary splashes of liquid water color into a zip bag taped to a tabletop create a fun exploration as the children used the mice (tied to the table) to mix the paint.