Friday, February 1st, 2013
1. Make your own Printing Stamps with Vicki. Printing is near and dear to my heart, and Vicki’s project is just wonderful.
2. Jessica’s Wall of Paper Hearts installation. Oh my!
3. And, this Tree Heart Installation!
4. Make a Paper Flower Tree to brighten up your home.
5. A striped Watercolor Heart to give to someone you love.
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities | Tags: art, crafting, cute, fun, heart, hearts, installation, kids, paper, printing, stamps, tree, watercolor
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013
At our house, playtime with clay typically amounts to tiny pinch pots, pretend food, and, occasionally, pretend eggs. The other day, we added flexible clay molds to the mix, and we couldn’t stop making all sorts of cute little critters and shapes. My favorite is the fern, my eight-year-old daughter’s favorite is the butterfly, and my five-year-old opted for the pinch pot standby.
We used white air dry clay and a plastic sculpting tool for cleaning up the designs. There is something so nice about crisp, white clay! Our creations have been brightening the center of our table since we made them, and we all agree that they are charming. You can give them as little love gifts, display them in a dish, or paint them on a rainy day.
These are the molds that we experimented with, but there are plenty of fun sets floating around the internet. Perhaps, snowflakes will be next on our list?
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Must Read | Tags: butterfly, children, clay, craft, crafting, fern, fun, leaves, molds, shapes, stars
Wednesday, December 12th, 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.
See what you can do.
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Inspired | Tags: crafting, create, fabric, glue, inspire, make, materials, paper, possibility, scissors, tiny