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Veggie Prints

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Veggie prints are easy, even for toddlers. We all remember potato printing, but there are lots of

other vegetables that work well too::halved pears, oranges, celery hearts (with an elastic band

securing the bottom), apples and corn. You’ll need an assortment of vegetables, some acrylic

paper made a little thinner with water, some large format paper (we used newsprint) and a tray or

palette to contain the paint. Mix up a few colors and show kids how to dip the vegetable into the

paint and press it onto the paper. After they dry, you can cut them up and try to make a

composition out of them, seeing what narrative the shapes suggest. We made these little boats

with celery heart waves and added the toiler roll sails with a bit of white glue. Happy printing!

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Ink blot bugs

This is good activity for all age groups-from toddlers to adults because its always a thrill to see what happens when you unfold your paper. You will need:
4-5 eye droppers, acrylic paint or liquid watercolours, standard white paper, scissors, glue heavier card stock and transparent papers (optional)

First fold a bunch of the white paper in half. Then in several small cups, dilute the paint until it can be pulled up easily with the eyedropper while still staying vibrant. Runny is no good, the paint has to have flow-y yet have blobby consistency. Mix the colours well for each cup and place an eyedropper in each one, explaining that this dropper is just for this colour. Open your paper and with your eyedropper draw out a bug in lines and blobs on one side of the paper only. Include insect details like antennae and spots.The coolest bugs we made had both light and dark colours next to one another. Draw out your bug in careful blobs and lines without using too much paint. When you are ready, squish your bug by folding the dry side onto the wet side and open to reveal your pattern. Make 3-4 at a go, because it will take about 30-45 min for them to dry. After that you can stick them on the heavier card stock if you chose (looks nice with a 1/2 inch edge on it) or just get out the scissors to cut out your bug and add legs and transparent wings or any small details. 

Hot Air Ballon mixed Media

This is a versatile craft that is fun even for toddlers, just explain to them that the colourful side the paper has to be facing out :)

you’ll need:

Strips of coloured paper, cut into 6-7 inch strips, different thicknesses

scissors and a cutting knife/blade,

large sheet of white or blue paper

glue stick

crayons,felts

With a pencil, draw out the outline of a hot air balloon; make it big, it will be the focal point. Use the blade to cut out the interior of the balloon.  Cut out the balloon part only and save the interior bit. D Colour in the sky and draw he basket of the balloon. Encourage your kid to think about what time of day it might be and what could be in the sky-sunset, night, birds, plane,etc. When the drawing is done, flip it over and starting at the top of the balloon, begin to glue the strips of paper, coloured side facing out, over the empty space until it is completely filled. Flip it over and you are ready to add whomever will be riding in the balloon. Use the leftover paper from the interior to draw a small figure or animal to go inside the basket and glue that on as well. I used old fake-wood drawer-liner material for the basket but you can use any interesting paper.

 

This is a versatile craft that is fun even for toddlers, just explain to them that the colourful side the paper has to be facing out :)

you’ll need:

Strips of coloured paper, cut into 6-7 inch strips, different thicknesses

scissors and a cutting knife/blade,

large sheet of white or blue paper

glue stick

crayons,felts

With a pencil, draw out the outline of a hot air balloon; make it big, it will be the focal point. Use the blade to cut out the interior of the balloon.  Cut out the balloon part only and save the interior bit. D Colour in the sky and draw he basket of the balloon. Encourage your kid to think about what time of day it might be and what could be in the sky-sunset, night, birds, plane,etc. When the drawing is done, flip it over and starting at the top of the balloon, begin to glue the strips of paper, coloured side facing out, over the empty space until it is completely filled. Flip it over and you are ready to add whomever will be riding in the balloon. Use the leftover paper from the interior to draw a small figure or animal to go inside the basket and glue that on as well. I used old fake-wood drawer-liner material for the basket but you can use any interesting paper.

Posted on April 13, 2017 .

Natural brushes and process painting

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Natural brushes

 

This activity has it all. Its interactive, as kids will search for their own materials to make the brushes. It engages them in a way that is immediate and very freeing and it encourages them to be curious about all kinds of mark-marking. Here’s what you’ll need:

Some long-ish sticksfrom the forest/park 

sturdy string

roll of paper, any color

ink or acrylic paint

small buckets/bowls for the paint

a large open space, preferably outside

 

If inside, tape down your paper, kids should be able to paint from all sides. If outside, weight your paper down with small stones on the corners.

Gather some long,straight sticks and put them in a pile. Together, search the outdoors for natural elements that you could tie to the end of your sticks that you think might make an interesting mark- pick things that leave wispy, feathery marks and things that will leave more blobby, thing-like marks. Some things we tried were: feathers, berries (still attached to their branch), pine tips, small bouquets of flowers,etc. Cut yourself a length of string that will allow you to wrap it around the stick quite a few times. As you are wrapping it, keep some tension as you want to give it them as sturdy a base as you can.  If its a bunch of things, like berries or flowers, try to thread your string through a few times to give it more even stability. Tie a knot and the brushes are ready.

Between 1-3 pots of color is enough to work with-try to encourage painters mot to double-dip colorsas this makes the colors muddy faster. Other than that-let them go for it.

Note: The only real drawback to doing this inside is how much kids love to splatter with their brushes so…just something to keep in mind.

Posted on April 13, 2017 .

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry blossoms

 

This craft is always a hit- suitable for ages 5 and up. You will need:

Heavy white paper

large straws

scissors

ecoline ink or acrylic paint

cork

small sponge for painting, or late brush, H20

chinese black ink

Optional: pink tissue paper 

With either ink or acrylic paint, make a degradee from dark to light blue. Using your sponge,paint a intense band of color at the top of your paper, and then dab with a little water to gently soften the color all the way to the bottom. Let it dry.

Chinese ink is intense black, the same ink calligraphers use. A little goes a long way. Before we use it, first trim your straws down to less than 4 inches. Next, using a paint brush, make a small resevior of ink where you want the base of your tree to be. Working quickly, sort of get behind the ink blot by blowing at the bottom of it with the straw. Blow in an upwards motion. The ink will create thetrunk of your tree. Follow the line as far as you like, and where you want a new branch to begin, do the same as before-begin with a small ink reservoir and blow to create new growth. The results are random but you can manipulate it somewhat with practise. Let dry. Put out a dollop of both red and white paint and drip your cork into each.Without blending, stamp where you would like the blossoms to be. If you like, add extra depth by gluing on twisted bits of tissue to bring out the flowers in your cherry trees.

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Posted on March 2, 2017 .