Drip Pumpkins

Drip Pumpkins
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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.

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Drip Pumpkins

Yeah for gravity!

Drip Pumpkins

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!

First ‘Home Art Studio’ Lesson

Color Mix Hands
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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.

Color Mix Hands

Color Mix Hands

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.

Color Mix Hands

Now it was time to mix up the background colors.

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Color Mix Hands

The finished project. Amelie’s looks a little wild, but considering it is a kindergarten project, I think she did a great job.

Art Camp 2013

Art Camp 2013
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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.

Art Camp 2013

Older girls practicing their skit.

Art Camp 2013

Little kids practicing changing “mood” based on what emotion I yell out.

Art Camp 2013

Nothing but fun with these girls.

Art Camp 2013

Make up time.

Art Camp 2013

The little’s created their own super hero with powers and costumes.

Art Camp 2013

Nadia’s major art work of the week.

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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.

Shaving Cream and Water Beads

Water Beads/Shaving Cream

I knew going into this playtime I was in for a big mess by the end, but I also knew the girls would love it. It was way too hot to go outside, so I set this up on our pantry floor in front of the washer and dryer. A few weeks earlier, I set aside some of the multicolored water beads from the batch that I froze for outside play. I filled up 8 portion cups with shaving cream and gave them some “tools” to sculpt with.

Water Beads/Shaving Cream

The first thing Nadia wanted to do was attempt to shape the shaving cream into something interesting. Amelie started by coating the water beads in the cream. At that point I left them to it and told them to call me when they were done.

Water Beads/Shaving Cream

This is what I saw when I came back – Amelie was trying to get it on every exposed body part. Nadia was saying she was done because the smell was too strong – HA!

Water Beads/Shaving Cream

The towels on the floor made for an easy clean up and I put both girls directly into the bathtub. I think they both would have liked this better if I could find some unscented shave cream, but even the sensitive skin scent smelled too much like aftershave.