Our local homeschool group has a monthly gathering during the autumn/winter/spring months which we refer to as “gym day.” The primary purpose of these gym days are social, though we try to provide the children with many gross motor activities and a few crafts. One such craft for our most recent super hero themed gym day was to create our own action figures.
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When we think of superheroes we often think of their powers, their gifts, what makes them super. We don’t often think about the adversity that many superheroes face. However, some superheroes can be an excellent catalyst to discuss difficult topics such as race and prejudice. One such superhero is X-Men’s Nightcrawler.
In Norse mythology, the Kraken is a large beast of the sea. The myth probably originates from a giant squid spotted in the waters then it was written about and there were stories relayed through song, however it has in recent years become a part of pop culture, having been featured in several major motion pictures.
Here is a super fun, super easy art activity that children aged preschool-late elementary would probably enjoy.
All you need is leaves, white paper, a white crayon, and some water color paints. (more…)
If you couldn’t tell, Star Wars is one of my main fandoms. (As evidenced here, here, and here.) But something you probably didn’t know about me is that I also love handprint art. I’ve been on a quest to find ways to combine these two loves. I’ve managed to come up with a few characters, so far handprint Yoda has been my favorite.
Here’s the how to. You’ll need green, white, brown, and black paint. Paint one of your hands and press it to the page, make sure you have your thumb pointed towards were Yoda’s toes would be (down). Then wash your hand and paint the other hand green, press it down pointing the opposite direction, with thumb still down, like so.
This was a rather simple yet very fun seasonal twist on our usual sight word work.
I started simply enough with a pink sheet of construction paper which I wrote on with a similar shade of pink crayon. I used simple words: red, pink, one, two, I, love, you, play, look, little, big, etc.. and I also drew several hearts onto the page.
I offered the construction paper on a tray with a few small containers and q-tips for painting.
Inside one container, plain water. Inside the other two containers 1 tablespoon of kool-aide mix with 1 tablespoon of water.
LittleMan has long been solid on the concept of mixing primary colors (red, yellow, blue) to make secondary colors (orange, green, purple). About 6 months ago we did this project to introduce the concept of shades and he has since been obsessed with finding out what the names of all the various shades of colors are.
Art is crucial to early childhood development. Art outside, in my opinion, is all the better. I had really hoped to create a large window easel but we just don’t have the space so re-thought my plans and realized that, besides being able to fit into our small space easier, a smaller easel would also require less work and less money. All I needed was a clear plastic sign holder similar to this (click).
We had a blank spot on our wall just above the library book bin, and it was driving me crazy. I like my home to be colorful, and my art of choice is anything my children have created. Ever since LittleMan was old enough to grasp a crayon I have plastered our walls with his scribbles and doodles. Something about being surrounded by children’s art just makes it feel more homey. Some of the artwork is framed, some of it is just pinned to a length of ribbon we have stretched across our wall. For this particular blank spot, I wanted something larger, but I didn’t want to spend a small fortune at the hobby shop for a large canvas. I found that 2 pieces of white foam board from Dollar Tree were just the right size for the space I wanted to fill.
Whenever we do a big project like this, I prefer to either work outside, or in the bath tub. We actually have a second bathroom which we use only for art projects. We call it our “art studio,” click [here] to see the virtual tour.
I try to give the kids a theme bath at the end of every week. It is a fun way to put a cap on whatever we learned that week in school and a great way to start the weekend out on a good note. Unfortunately I’ve slacked off about the weekly theme baths these past couple months. We were long overdue.