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Something about Christmas time always seems to bring the geeks out of the woodwork (or away from their game consoles, which ever the case may be). Perhaps it is the Doctor Who Christmas special we wait [im]patiently for, or perhaps it is the stack of brand new fantasy books we know we’ll find under the tree on Christmas morn. In any case there is no shortage of geeks catching the Christmas spirit and finding unique ways to make their holidays reflect who they are. (more…)
We are pretty big TMNT fans around here, so coming up with a new idea for this post was a little trying. We already shared 15 things you can do with your TMNT fan and last October we talked about our TMNT family group costume and a TMNT small world play activity. This time I thought I’d focus on just the sensory aspect of play, but LittleMan surprised me by creating an elaborate storyline using the very few utensils I provided.
For this activity I (more…)
Today was our first day of our “famous art” theme week and we mostly focused on Vincent van Gogh. We talked about how colors illicit emotions from us, how often an artist will paint what they feel rather than what they see, we examined images of van Gogh’s paintings, we painted coloring pages of Cypresses and Starry Night, and we read two books, one about van Gogh’s life and the other about the art of self portraits in general. All in all, it was a really fun and productive day!
While reading our book about self portraits, we came across the names of several other artists, one of whom was Leonardo da Vinci. LittleMan’s eyes lit up, he instantly recognized the name as the artist for which one of the ninja turtles was named for.
In that moment it dawned on me that I was missing out on a wonderful opportunity to connect his studies with something really meaningful to him: comic books.
So, with some input from LittleMan, I put together a few printable worksheets and nomenclature cards.