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The Feet Have It!

The Feet Have It

I got to spend some time with my grandchildren after Thanksgiving.  What a BLAST!  N is eight months old and can charm the candy cane off and elf with those big blue eyes and shy smile.  E is talking up a storm.  You have to pay close attention to figure out what she’s saying.  I did understand when she told me “Love you, Love you, love you” before she went to sleep.

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One of the things we did was make reindeer with our feet.

Materials:

Bronze acrylic paint

Sponge brush

½ inch pompoms

Google eyes that would fit proportionally to the bottom of the feet being used.

White glue

Good quality paper, I used 140lb paper.  I tried construction paper but it was too thin.

Instructions:

  1.  Paint bottom of child’s foot and make an impression on the paper.  You can either press the paper on the bottom of the foot while the child sits or you can have the child step onto the paper lying on the floor.  (Sticking out your tongue does make it easier.)

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      2.  Draw some antlers starting at the juncture between the toes and foot.

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  1.  Cut the foot and antlers out.

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  1.  Glue a pompom at the bottom of the heel in the middle for a nose.

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  1.  Glue the goggle eyes near the ball of the foot

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ENJOY!

Hint:

  • Baby wipes work well to clean the feet off.
  • For younger children (under 3) put a dot of glue where needed and let your little helper place the objects.  (nose, eyes)
  • Change up colors of paint, pompoms, eyes
  • Copy and shrink the reindeer use as a Christmas card.

We had fun making these.  I’m putting them on my Christmas tree.  E learned so much while making these.  She learned how to follow directions (putting stuff on the glue dot), make an impression with her feet, and directionality by putting the eyes on correctly.  Not bad for a toddler, of course, she is my granddaughter.

What adventures have you had lately?

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Torn Landscapes

You may have figured out that I am an artist. Many of my activities involve art or art supplies. This is another one that I am re-blogging from Aupair. It should be for older kids, maybe five and up. Enjoy.

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Usually paper and scissors go hand-in-hand, but not for this project. We’re tearing paper and layering the pieces to make colorful landscapes. Each one turns out completely unique and beautiful, and all you need is paper and a glue stick.

Choose a background paper and tear a strip from your first color. Leaving some paper at the top for the sky, glue down your first piece.

Work your way down the page, overlapping and gluing each piece. Experiment with your tearing – try making big mountains, rolling hills, straight plans, or wavy fields.

Have lots of paper handy – some of your tears just won’t be right!

Continue adding torn layers until you reach the bottom of your paper. If you like, add torn paper details like trees, clouds, sun, or flowers.

Stand back and admire your beautiful landscape. This is such a quick and easy project with very little…

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The Money is in the Bank

One of the things Grandparents need to do is teach the grandchildren how to save money.  A good way to do that is give them a piggy bank.  Here is a paper mache tutorial on how to make their own.  Depending on the age of the child(ren) they can make it all themselves or you can help them.  My granddaughter is almost 2 and my grandson is less than six months old.  I’ll be making N’s bank for him.  I’m going to make most of E’s bank and have her put the finishing touches on with Mod Podge and fabric scraps.

Materials

9 inch round balloon

Newspaper for tearing up

Paper egg carton

Masking tape

Flour

Water

Fabric scraps cut up into small pieces

1 pipe cleaner

Mod Podge, glossy

Bowl (for mixing the paste)

Directions:

1.  Make the paper mache paste by mixing the flour and water.  I’m not sure of     the exact measurements but it should be the consistency of thin pancake batter.  Start with equal parts of flour and water.

2.   Blow up the balloon and tear the newspaper into strips.

3.   Dip each strip in the paste and cover the balloon completely. Let dry completely then put 3 more layers on, letting it dry between each layer.

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4.     After the last layer is dry cut the egg carton into sections.  You need 4 legs, a snout and 2 ears.  The legs and  snouts are made out of the cups where the eggs sit.  The ears can be cut from the corners of the top of the carton.

        

5.  Make more paste, tear more paper, paper mache over and around all the new parts, covering the whole kit and caboodle.  It should be looking like a pig around now.  Let it dry completely then put one last layer on all over making sure to keep the general pig shape.

6.  When the pig is dry, use an exacto knife to cut the money slot in the top and cut an X on the back for a place to put the tail.

7.  Use the pipe cleaner to make the tail.  Wind the pipe cleaner around your finger to curl it.  Poke one end into the X you cut with the knife.

8.  Use the Mod Podge to attach the fabric scraps.  Put some Mod Podge on the pig, place the fabric on top, then cover the fabric with Mod Podge.  Be sure not to cover the slot for the money.  Be sure to secure the tail in well with the Mod Podge and fabric.  Let dry completely.

VOILA!

College, here we come!

What have you created today?

GF Homemade Playdough: Worthy of Play or DOH! ?

I have updates to this blog. I kept the play dough to see how long it stayed playable. I kept them in ziploc type sandwich bags in my studio. Well, after 2 weeks the purple rice flour recipe started to get slimy, then the dogs got it and that was the end of that. The cornstarch and baking soda batch, however did not start to go bad until last week. Before it went bad I used it for a mixed media paining. The texture was smooth and silky, however, I had to keep dipping my fingers in water to work with it because it tended to be on the dry side. I will post photos of the painting soon and you can be the judge of how well the clay looks. Enjoy!

Grandma's Fun Factory

What a fun day!  At the request of my daughter I found then made two gluten free playdough recipes that I found on the web to see which one, if any, are worth the bother.

Recipe 1: from the Celiac Disease Foundation

Ingredients

1/2 cup rice flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/2 cup salt

2 tsps cream of tarter

1 cup water

1 tsp. cooking oil

food coloring if desired

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Directions

Mix ingredients in medium sized saucepan.  Cook and stir on low heat until it forms a ball.  Cool completely before storing it in a seal-able plastic bag.

I made the mistake of doing this on a day when the arthritis in my hands was acting up.  It hurt to stir the dough in the pan.  If you have a similar issue either wait for a less painful day or have someone (an older grand?) stir it for you.

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This is where my hands started hurting.  It gets…

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Permanent Sand Castles

Once again Doodles comes through with an amazing activity to do with your grands. I highly recommend you check out her blog and subscribe to it.

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Today at Barrow Street Preschool, we made sandcastles out of sand-clay, which will harden over the next week, retaining their shape. I had two groups ages 3/4 and 2/3, and began the lesson by talking with them about sandcastles they had made in the past at the beach, and also the different parts that one could put on a sandcastle. Then I put them in front of tons of misc materials and let them go wild. The project worked great for both age groups–super tactile and messy. The younger kids did need a lot of extra help with the molds, but one adult per table of 5 seemed to be plenty.

*the sand recipe needs to be cooked before class

(click through for the full lesson plan)

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Layered Landscapes no. 4

What a fun activity to do with all ages! This is an activity I will have to try with some little friends.

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In today’s lesson, we used masking fluid and brown and black buckets of ink to create ‘found’ landscapes.

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June in Arizona means APPLES

June in the Sonoran Desert  means apple crisp, applesauce, apple leather, dried apples, frozen apples, apple bread, apple muffins, apple cookies….you get the idea.

Image  This is a picture of one of my apple trees.  We got a bumper crop this year from both trees!  With this wonderful crop there are a lot of activities that can be done with the grands involving apples.  This week I will blog about three.  Applesauce, apple leather and apple printing.

Apple sauce is a yummy, healthy, fun, easy food to make.  There are a few things that you will want the younger grands to sit out on.  If they are old enough and can handle a pairing knife they can help with all steps of making apple sauce.

Step 1 – pick and wash the apples.  Don’t worry if they have a little bruise or two.  It adds flavor.  Wash carefully.  If the apples are not organic put them in a sink full of cold water and about 1/4 cup white vinegar for about ten minutes.

Step 2 – cook the apples. If you have a nice colander for making applesauce you don’t need to peel them.  If you are not using a colander peel and core the apples  I like putting them in the crock pot with about 2 cups of water on high.  It only takes a couple of hours.  You can do apple prints or carve apple head dolls while you wait.   If you cook them on the stove it takes about 1/2 an hour.

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Step 3 – When the apples are done cooking they will be soft and slightly yellowish.  They will smell sweet.

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Put them in a colander or sieve.  If you have an applesauce colander, just use the wooden pestle to smush the cooked apples to get all the yummy juice and pulp out.

If you do not have an applesauce colander, put the apples in a regular colander over a bowl and use a wooden spoon to squish the applesauce out.  The kids LOVE to do this and watch all the sauce coming out the bottom.

4.  After all the applesauce is out of the peels just compost the peels or give them to the dogs.  You can add sugar and or cinnamon to the applesauce at this point.

One of my fondest memories as a kid is making applesauce and watching as my mom pulled the jars of fresh applesauce from the canning pot.  We took great pride putting them away knowing that we would have yummy applesauce to eat all winter whenever we wanted it.

What are some of your favorite apple memories?  Have you ever made apple head dolls?  Apple prints? Apple butter?