August 19, 2011

Kid Concoctions

Summer seems to be a time when my kids like to have lots of fun and get messy.


Well, mine gravitate toward fun and messes any time of year, really!  
How about yours?

Whether you're a new homeschooler or a veteran, this month chances are your thoughts turn to organizing yourself, gathering materials, and thinking ahead to the learning experiences you want to provide for your children this coming year.

Homeschooling allows families to have the kind of time they need to make fun memories together and learn. So, if it's still hot at your house right now like it is at mine
and your kids still feel like summer fun is in the air,
why not give that homeschool planning a break--
it'll keep for an hour or so--
and make a little time for some more fun together?

Just as you don't have to be a professional to be a good-enough parent,
you don't have to have a degree in art to enjoy creating with your kids!
(and it doesn't have to cost a lot, either.)

   Keep cool indoors while you
take these ideas for a spin...literally

Concoction #1:

Spin painting

 Here's what you need:
  • Salad spinner
  • Tempera paint (washes off easily )
  • Paper plates, trimmed to fit inside spinner

Each child takes a turn squeezing out drops of paint of his or her choice on a paper plate that has been placed inside the salad spinner. Experiment with various ways of getting the paint on. This is also a great way to experience cause and effect for any age: "If I squirt it on thick here, or thin here, how will it turn out?" or "Will the colors mix and create a new color?"

It looks like this:

Secure the lid tightly and the child spins away!
Remove the lid and the child discovers his / her own unique creation.
Let the artwork dry in a safe place and repeat, repeat, repeat!

Concoction #2:

Fake Spill

Want to make Dad quake in his shoes? How about a shriek from Mom or big sister?

These harmless pranks produce excellent results, without causing lasting damage.

 My kids picked their unsuspecting Dad to pull this silly prank on. They wanted to put it on his laptop keyboard to see how surprised he would be!  
Do they know what makes their parents tick or what?

Oh, no! A strawberry shake spill!

Materials needed:
  • White glue, about 1/2 c. per spill
  • Tempera paint, add 1 T. at a time until desired effect is reached
  • Cups, lid, straw
  • Wax paper

Mix together the paint and glue in a paper cup until the color is reached and then pour into the desired container, which is carefully place on its side on wax paper. 

Drizzle the glue/paint mixture on the edge where the spill cup meets the paper, ensuring all parts of the items in the 'spill' are connected by glue.

*Tip: Be sure to let the 'spill' dry completely on wax paper on a cookie sheet out-of-reach before you use them. This can take a day or so depending on how thickly the glue is poured.

Choose your victim, place the spill discreetly... 
and try not to give away your hiding place by giggling!

Other ideas:
  • Milk and cereal. Cheerios are very convincing. *Tip: Stir in white paint with the glue before pouring as white glue dries clear.
  • Yogurt cup spill. Use an empty yogurt cup and plastic spoon.

As someone wise once said...

"A creative mess is better than idle tidiness."

Here's to more happy memories-in-the-making!
(and good luck with your homeschool planning, Moms and Dads!)

More fun art activities to do with children: 
Fun in the Making: A 'green' crafting website with sustainable living tips by Hester Jane
Dick Blick's Art lesson plans online for grades K- 4
Super Art Activities by MaryAnn Kohl @ Bright Ring

Eve is a happy homeschooling mother of 3 sons and a daughter, ages 8, 6, 4 and not-quite-2. She shares bits and pieces of her good intentions and kids' creations at her blog, Inchworm Chronicles. Her interests include: supporting women in childbirth and breastfeeding, beginner fiddling, cooking with the music turned up loud!, and spending time with her and her husband's families: 7 siblings on each side! Although she and her husband are both public school graduates, homeschooling from the very beginning is the way they have chosen to build a strong and happy culture in their family, as well as to educate their childrenThe Lord has always been faithful to bless and strengthen them in those tasks.

4 comments - Add a comment below -:

Dana ♥ said...

I can hear the giggles from here! ☺

JRoberts said...

My boys would especially love the "spills"! Thanks for sharing.

Tami said...

I KNEW I should have gotten that IKEA salad spinner! Now I have to go back! :) Love both these ideas. We are definitely doing them.

jamieBEE said...

Eve introduced us to Spin Painting when we were out of state. I LOVE the shake idea! And am going to try it on our Daddy's laptop!!