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?

 Materials 
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 
markers
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!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

ikea goodness


I picked these little cups up at IKEA about five years ago. They are very inexpensive and can be used in a bunch of different ways. One year, we reserved them for our water cups. They are super small but I had a bunch of kiddos that just refused to drink water...until we brought down our special cups...then everyone had to take a turn or two, or three...After a few years, the cups have made their way to our outside area, They are used to create milkshakes, cupcakes, tea, and more. They are filled with sand, water beads, water, soap suds, leaves, you name it. I need ot make my way to Ikea again for another set or two. We love them!

Friday, September 22, 2017

I was asket to guard them...

At the beginning of the school year, the children latch onto the stilts as objects for keeping. They gather them up in pairs or more and create their own games and variations of play with them. At some point in the middle of the year, they progress to balancing and standing on them, and by the end of the year, they are walking on them. I love the time of year when they place such a high level of importance to the stilts that they need guardng.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

decorating the castle....

When we really wanted the giant Outlast blocks from Community Playthings, but did not have the budget for them, we bought crates instead. Crates are great for building a block happy community. They are lightweight and stackable and provide a multitude of opprtunities for the children to come together with their imaginations and problem solving skills. Yay crates!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

being sneaky...

Sometimes our play yard toys get super ickified....the easiest way for them to get less ickified is to add soap to the water table...we like to use either Dawn or Mrs. Meyers....the kiddos just like the suds...