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
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
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
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!
we’ve been talking a lot about love and hate and kindness and peace lately
The cashier at the grocery store probably thought we have a major bug problem. Actually, we have a painting addiction. This one should really be done outside. Really. You’ve been warned. THWAP! *giggle* THWAP! THWAP! *giggle giggle* This project was messy, and crazy (wind!), and awesome! We rolled out a huge piece of paper… Continue reading thwap painting
marble shake painting
Ok folks, there’s no sugarcoating this one. It gets messy. But it’s a BLAST! And there are a few things you can do to contain the paintornado (see what I did there?). Let’s do this. My kids are at very different places right now – developmentally, emotionally, physically. They got very different experiences out of this… Continue reading marble shake painting
The boys made watercolor birds for our tree! Tweet Tweet!
It felt like time to check in with our spring tree! One thing I love about these ongoing projects is their integration of a variety of skills and learning topics, all focused on a central engaging theme. So far we’ve constructed a trunk and branches, painted and attached leaves, and crafted tissue paper spring blossoms. Now… Continue reading bird nests
I did this activity for Jackson. I swear. With a few basic materials I already had in the house (never EVER throw away paper towel or toilet paper tubes), these shooters came together quickly and were So. Much. Fun. Jackson enjoyed them, too. Tee Hee. I spotted this idea on Simply Learning. To make the shooters,… Continue reading marshmallow shooters