I think my eyes bugged out more than the girls when I saw this set up!
This year my friend Laura invited us over to do Gingerbread Houses with her and I am so glad she did!! She had big houses set up for her and I. Then she let the girls pick between houses, trees or a carousel. They both chose to do a chalet. Laura gave us each bowls to fill with candy, a bag of icing and we got to work.
Hard at work.
The front of Nadia’s house.
The front of Amelie’s house.
The front of my house.
The back of my house. And because I got to do my own, that meant I could be symmetrical 🙂 Laura says that we can make this a new tradition and we are so excited!
And this is the craft gingerbread house that the girls made with Aunt Tahni during her visit. I think we covered all the gingerbread bases.
So I saw this awesome pumpkin idea over at the Imagination Tree ( I love her blog). This was really easy to do with some mini pumpkins from Target and acrylic paint from Michael’s. I let the girls pick the glitter colors at the store and the rest we had at home in our craft stash.
Yeah for gravity!
Once they dried I put a coat of Mod Podge on to prevent the paint from peeling. The girls were really excited with how these turned out and were so happy to put them outside with the other pumpkins on the porch. And it was oh so easy to do and clean up, so I highly recommend this activity!
When the Homeschool Buyers Co-op had a sale on the Home Art Studio curriculum I snagged all the levels. I wanted them for the girls and I knew I was going to be teaching art for the younger kids in our homeschool co-op this year. As I was deciding on which lessons to teach, I thought the girls needed to be my guinea pigs timing wise. I chose the ‘Color Mixing Hands’ so that Amelie could take part too. I prepped all the supplies in advance and then let the girls watch the DVD. We paused as needed and it was easy for them to follow along.
This was the end of part one and we had to leave the hand prints to dry. PS. I love our new elastic edge vinyl tablecloth that I can pull out for projects like this.
Now it was time to mix up the background colors.
The finished project. Amelie’s looks a little wild, but considering it is a kindergarten project, I think she did a great job.
This year I was asked to teach Drama for Art Camp at our church and of course I said yes! This is the first year Nadia has been old enough to attend, but she wasn’t having any part of my class since the kids were going to perform in some manner at the end of the week. Instead she chose leather work and painting with two people she adores – Mr. Steve for leather work and Miss Sarah for painting. (Miss Sarah is also her drawing teacher)
I had a group of 3 smaller kids and 5 older kids and we all had so much fun!! I started with the basics and moved along as fast as the kids could handle. By the end of the week the big girls had created their own skit after I gave them a basic idea. They came up with their props and costumes and then I arranged for my niece Gwen to come visit and do the makeup for all the kids on the final day.
Older girls practicing their skit.
Little kids practicing changing “mood” based on what emotion I yell out.
Nothing but fun with these girls.
Make up time.
The little’s created their own super hero with powers and costumes.
Nadia’s major art work of the week.
Nadia’s super cool journal she made in leather work class.
We had a great time, but by the end I was beat 🙂 The kids were really entertaining and creative and I was so happy to be a part of the week with them.