Posts Tagged ‘ colors ’

Beads: The Portable Craft

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Going away on vacation?  Don’t underestimate the brilliant, time occupying nature of an old fashioned bead set.  Not only will children make you gorgeous necklaces, but the multitudes of tiny colorful objects lead to sorting, arranging, and rearranging.

Grab an organizer from the craft store and fill it with beads of all  shapes, sizes, and colors.  If you are faced with a rainy afternoon or if your kiddos are in need of some quiet time, break out the kit and let them play.  We don’t go camping without one!

Don’t forget cord and twine for making necklaces!

I love wearing my child made jewelry!

-Emily

Add a Comment

Inspired

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Inspired: Each week I offer a tip for finding inspiration in the world around us. It might be observed in my classroom or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or thrifted or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that gives me a creative spark. My hope is that these bits and pieces encourage you and the children you spend time with to search for creativity in your days. This isn’t about spending money or acquiring new things; it is an exercise in motivating us to pay close attention to the bright spots in our world.

 

Collections of tiny things like beads, pins, coins, acorns, or buttons, are often a perfect way to inspire little hands (and, big hands too!). The act of sifting through a collection in search of favorites is such a lovely way to appreciate color, texture, and shape.

 

Line them up, re-arrange, and repeat. Even if you aren’t a collector, chances are there is a pile of loose little bits floating around the bottom of your junk drawer.  Go in search and you will find.

xo emily

Add a Comment

Bird Collages

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.

xo emily

Add a Comment