crafts · fine motor

stringing 

I put together a quick invitation to play for the boys this morning, stringing pasta onto yarn. Jackson really got into it… stringing, making patterns, counting, switching between yarn.  Lucas worked hard on the process for a bit. He especially loved hanging the yarn over the side of the table and watching the pasta slide… Continue reading stringing 

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torn paper turtles 

From the moment we put up our ocean wall, Jackson has been waiting to add TURTLES. This was the project we came up with.  First, we painted egg carton pieces… love upcycled materials! (I got this fabulous idea on Pinterest from Emma Owl.) We mixed different shades of green and Jackson painted his hand. The usual. … Continue reading torn paper turtles 

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wet chalk octopus

Time to add to the ocean wall! Jackson asked for an octopus project and this is what we came up with. First, we googled images of octopuses (octopuses? octopi?) and Jackson picked out one he liked. Then I drew something nothing like it (hey, I tried!) on watercolor paper. J colored the other side of… Continue reading wet chalk octopus

crafts · holiday · process art

A friend posted this idea on my Facebook page, and I had to try it! Originally from Learning 4 Kids on Pinterest (whoa social media), this activity uses cardboard tubes to make fireworks. How fun for the Fourth of July! Prep was simple: cut slits (of the same length) around one side of a cardboard tube and… Continue reading

crafts · movement · process art · sensory

bubble wrap jellyfish

Oh bubble wrap. I love you. The boys and I decided to add jellyfish to our ocean, and I wanted them to be AWESOME. Lots of texture and pattern and color and movement. These things are all that and more. To start, I cut a bunch of paper plates in half. Jackson decided he didn’t… Continue reading bubble wrap jellyfish

crafts · movement

under the table drawing

This one didn’t create stunning drawings but it didn’t have to. Putting a commonly used material in an uncommon place can lead to renewed interest, creativity and JOY.  Today, I taped a piece of paper under the playroom table and Jackson and I drew with crayons. We were under there for an hour. It was… Continue reading under the table drawing

crafts · process art

painting an ocean

Today the boys and I painted an ocean for our next wall scene! “Look mama! My hands are the OCEAN!” Rollers and brushes, different shades of blues and greens, and another water table clean up!  Now on to the creatures!