Sep 142012

We took advantage of the beautiful late summer day today and headed to the beach for what will probably be one of our last beach outings of the season. While the kids played in the sand I picked up a small smooth piece of driftwood and sketched the landscape in front of me.

I should have put something in the photo for scale: The wood is about two inches long.

Activity Cube for Little Kids

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Jun 242012

We worked on a kiddo craft today – an activity cube to use for an active indoor game – perfect for a day like today when it was completely pouring outside (yay summer). This was a fun, easy craft to work on with the kids.

I found a piece of cardboard to use – it was white on one side which worked well for the illustrations. The first step was to measure and draw out the template for the cube on the back side of the cardboard. I decided to make 4″ squares and used a yard stick to measure and draw the sides.

It would have been a bit straighter with a T-square or a triangle, but it worked out ok. Next I used a craft knife to cut out the cube, and scored the rear side along all the lines to make the folds easier.

We decided on which movements we wanted on our cube, and drew the illustrations on each side. Vivi did three and I did three.

Finally we folded up the sides and taped the cube together.

We had a lot of fun with the cube today, taking turns throwing it and doing the activity/movement that came up. Our six movements were tree pose, star pose, touch your toes, jump up and down, spin around and stand on one foot.

License Plate Game Map

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May 282012

I left the license plate game sheet I made at home so I decided to whip up a new one – my idea to draw a US map got slightly derailed by the slight problem with scale I had (note: gap between Alabama and Georgia/Florida).

I wrote up a state list too – almost in alphabetical order except poor Vermont who had to get stuck in the space I skipped after the A states.

Hope we have fun looking for plates!

Crayon Resist with Watercolors

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May 222012

I was struggling to come up with a project tonight, surfing Pinterest, when I came across a pin describing using white crayon and watercolor paint. The pin directed me to this post on a site I hadn’t seen before: Alisa Burke – which I’m now going to delve into because it seems really interesting and full of creative ideas – and after reading it I went straight for my materials.

This was a really fun project – first the quiet concentration of drawing the design, then the fun of flooding the paint onto the paper and watching the design come to life. It reminded me of those activity books I had as a child where you scribbled on a blank page and a picture appeared. What a nice way to spend a windy, rainy evening.

The scan turned out terrible – I left the painting on the drawing pad and that plus the not-so-great scanner did a number on it, but you get the idea.