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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013
In need of a creative way to pass some time with your children? Make mountains! This is an easy project that will have children dreamily crafting a mountainous skyline where imaginary friends romp and play.
Simple How To:
1. Using watercolors, paint a sky on the entire sheet of watercolor paper.
2. While sky dries, gather scrap paper
3. Cut scrap paper into mountain top shapes.
4. Glue shapes to the bottom of the paper to create a mountain range. Continue to build up the mountains until the range is complete.
5. Hang and admire.
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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
We had a few heart fluttery, bright, warm days and now my family has bird songs, rabbits, sprouts, flowers, ferns, and bees on our minds. You too? Why not decorate your walls and door and door knobs with signs of spring? This way, even if March delivers some cloudy and cold days, you can remind yourselves of the lush springtime happenings that are just around the corner.
You can make ramp up the project by asking children to research the scientific names of the flowers that grow in your yard (or, the names of flowers that they want to grow in the yard).
We like to use cereal box board for the canvas. It provides a nice muted background, which encourages colors to pop and sing. The images are cut from magazines, catalogs, and old paintings that were headed for the recycle bin.
We like to hang these cheery signs around our home to welcome the prospect of spring. A tulip sign on a bathroom door or a sprig of yellow Forsythia sign above the bed feels so heartwarming. It makes us smile.
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Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
For many families, this is vacation week, which means different things for different families. It can translate to trips to the slopes and flights to warm oceans or it might mean slow days at home with crafts, toys, and movies. If you happen to be home and are still in your pajamas (ahem!), why not take the opportunity to encourage your children to get creative?!
Pieces of scrap wood are perfect blank canvases for mixed media collages. If you happen to have a few hanging around, sand the edges a bit, and place them on the table. Break out your markers, watercolor paints, paper, magazines, buttons, and other bits and bobbles like tiny pasta, beans, and sea shells, etc. You’ll want to offer some brushes, a little bowl of glue, and a cup of water (for the watercolors). Ask children to consider painting or drawing on the wood before they begin gluing.
I love this project because the layering of colors and textures is captivating and so satisfying!
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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Here in Massachusetts, we are deep into our cold New England winter. Except for today’s predicted high of 55 degrees(!), our outside world has been frozen and icy.
No matter where you are in the country or the world, join me today as I find inspiration in photographs from the opposite season. Ask your children to help search for photographs from 6 or 7 months ago and use the images to inspire creativity. Draw, paint, or collage. Write a poem or a list. Describe an imaginary adventure in that other season.
I’m remembering flowers, green grass, balmy nights, swaying branches, warm sun on my shoulders, naps on picnic tables.
What do you remember?
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
Welcome to Everyday Fun! I’m Emily Neuburger, and I’m thrilled to be making myself at home in this lovely new blog space. I’m an artist, teacher, and children’s craft designer as well as the author of the blog red bird crafts and the newly released book Show Me a Story. Each week, I’ll suggest interesting and inspiring ideas and projects with the hope that they pave the way for lots of fun adventures! I’m always in search of new ways to become inspired by my everyday surroundings, and I am really excited to share these new-found tips and suggestions with you. For me, this space is all about community, so please comment, share ideas, ask questions, and link to finished projects.
Given that birds tend to find their way into my artwork, I decided that bird collages would be an auspicious way to kick off Everyday Fun. On one of the cold and rainy days last week, I made these punchy birds with my daughter. We simply gathered brightly colored scrap paper and used scissors to cut out lots of eyes, wings, and beaks in various shapes and sizes.
Then, we drew bird bodies onto white paper and painted them. Once the paint was dry, we glued the cut-outs onto the bird bodies to create our unique winged friends. The quirkier the better, I think. You can use a bird resources like Peterson’s Field Guide of North American to get ideas for the shape of the body and wings.
Wouldn’t this project be fantastic at a birthday party or group play date? After the birds are all constructed, the children can give them names and personalities. I’ll start by naming the blue bird Priscilla Plume.
My daughter and I had lots of fun playing with different wing, beak, and body combinations before we used the glue to affix them to paper. It was such a nice way to explore color combinations.
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