Monday, September 12, 2016
Vito is 34 months old.
My youngest is not really the artistic type. But even though he’s not into painting crafty things, I make sure that these art materials are always available just in case they feel like doing some artistic pursuits. So imagine my delight when he decided to join me with this autumn trees painting activity.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Vito is 29 months old.
Here’s another interesting way you can get your kids to learn about shapes. I was telling Vito we’ll do magic, and look for shapes in the black paper. He was fascinated of what he will discover after covering the cardstock with paint!
Thursday, April 21, 2016
We love making crafts at home! Aside from bringing out the artistic side of the kids, it’s also a great opportunity to practise fine motor skills. So this week, I’m featuring five amazing arts and crafts activities from our beloved bloggers!
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
For the Bird Theme, we are reading Owl Babies and The Story About Ping books. Vito enjoys reading them with me but he loves Owl Babies more. So in line with it, we made some cotton owls at home to extend our learning about owls and the textures of birds.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
We're seeing A LOT of nests in the neighborhood because the trees are still bare, so this has got me thinking of making a bird's nest at home. I told the boys all about it, and they were so excited! There are so many versions of this if you searched in the web: the yarn, shredded newspaper… but I wanted to try the spaghetti as I have some that are about to expire. (this idea was inspired by Let’s Tot School)
Sunday, March 27, 2016
Vito is 28 months old.
We have an amazing full moon during Holy Week so I encouraged the boys to the paint the moon. I can’t believe that it turned out so beautiful and realistic! The craters are naturally formed and the color combination of paints were fantastic. The best part about this is that it’s so simple to make!
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
I saw this beautiful rainbow craft a few weeks ago in Pinterest and I totally forgot the main site, so please if you own this craft leave a message and I’ll include the credits.
I’ve been introducing Vito to the spring season using our Spring Season Picture Cards, books and outdoor activities. Today, I’m sharing the rainbow clouds the boys made last week. The weather was terrible at that time and we couldn’t explore our yard so I made use of their free time doing crafts at home. So I tried to scan through Pinterest in search of simple crafts that BOTH of my kids could work on, and this is one of them!
Crafts projects allow children to exercise their fine motor skills, improve manual dexterity and understanding of visual-spatial relationships. They provide opportunities to use their imagination as well. Just be vigilant when using small items and sharp objects like scissors.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
There’s so many wonderful posts I’d like to feature this week in our Link & Play Link Up! I love seeing all these beautiful artworks and crafts which are so colorful and spirited! Here are my picks!
Thursday, February 4, 2016
We had a lot of fun today making our Chinese lantern in celebrating Chinese New Year. Mavi and I did this years ago, and I think he would love to do this again, and of course for Vito to experience.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Years ago, Mavi would do a lot of artist study. One of my favorites is our Van Gogh project, The Sunflower. It was one of those rare moment wherein both Mavi and I were in depth with our subject and were absorbed by the beauty of painting. But it was just more than artwork. We studied the life of Van Gogh, and how his life reflected in his work. (click the image below for more details)
Now thinking about it, I picked the best art projects and crafts in our link up this week. Here are the featured post:
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Don’t you just love spring? The colors of the flowers brighten up my day. The beauty of the cherry blossoms never ceases to give me a smile. Reason why, in this week’s link up, I will talk about the things colors and the things that you can do with it, to see a mood.
Check out some of these fun activities from our previous link up that features the use of colors!
Featured posts for Playing with Colors this week:
Flower Water Tube Stamping by Montessori on Mars. Wonderful activity for creating beautiful materials through color mixing using stamps!
Montessori-Inspired Color Activities for Toddlers from Living Montessori Now. A great way to introduce young children to colors.
Learning About Seasons from Planting Peas. You will see how they use color variations to set the seasons. Amazing!
Under the Sea Preschool Activities from Natural Beach Living. I love the use of blue water beads to setup an ocean senosrial tub! The use of colors can definitely simulate a habitat!
Art Appreciation Activities from Every Start is Different. A compilation of art activities for kids!
We are doing a lot of artworks at home. Just the other day, we were looking at the masterpieces of famous artists like Monet and Van Gogh. We talked about the techniques the artists used and how they set the mood of their paintings. In particular, we talked about the colours they used during the daytime and night time. In effect, we ended up talking about warm and cool colours which eventually brought us to this activity.
So Mavi and I practiced mixing paints to create our own warm and cool colours. He was even more excited that we get to name our own colours!
Cool colours are those of water, violet and colour tones of blue and green. Love how he created his names: Gods Light and Coral Sea Blue.
This is a simple activity that you can do with your kids anytime of the day! Less preparation but with much to learn. Now with this knowledge, we can create paintings with proper mood settings!
By the way, about the coloured tempera paints we are using. The brand is Gouache Liquide Tempera Paints. I am very particular with the paints we use at home because Mavi has asthma. This brand has negligible smell and I love how strong and vivid the colours are.
So start making you colours now and have fun naming them!
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Friday, February 6, 2015
Oh this one fun activity for Mavi! He could not believe that he actually made paper! Presenting to you how we made Papyrus out of our parchment paper. This is in line with our Ancient Egypt Study (will have a separate post on this).
What you need:
- Glue mixture. (mix 1 cup of flour with 2 cups of water)
- strips of parchment paper. You can use anything you like here, but I decided to use parchment to make it more realistic LOL
- Aluminium foil
- kitchen towel
- rolling pin
This was our setup. I covered the area where we’re going to work so it won’t stick in the wooden table.
We laid it out horizontally first, and then the second batch is in a vertical position. This will give the papyrus a weaved effect. Though we all know that in reality, papyrus was formed by laying out the strips in horizontal position only (stripes!).
Cover the paper with an Aluminium foil and roll a pin to flatten your work. We don’t have a rolling pin at home so we used the cling film roll. Wipe out the excess mixture.
After which, dry them overnight. The wet strips are still delicate so I suggest NOT to remove them from your parchment cover. You can easily remove them later on when they’re dry.
And tada!! This is our papyrus! Ready for us! Mavi suggests we make more later after school :)
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
I came across this project at Deep Sparkle and decided to try this with Mavi. I love how simple the project is and it uses basic colour combinations. Since the project involves the colorwheel, Mavi and I revisited our basic art lessons about colours a few years ago. We talked about the primary and the secondary colours and how the are organised in a wheel type figure so we can easily remember the colour combinations.
The flowers turned out really good and the colours were vibrant! You can see these hanging in Mavi’s room as of the moment.
For the details of the projects, click this link from Deep Sparkle.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Here are the activities for the first chapter of the Story of the World Vol 1 Earliest People. (Based on the Activity Book Vol 1) [Affiliate link]
Map and Activity Sheets
I took a photo of Mavi’s interpretation of the nomads living inside a tent and with a campfire.
The book also suggests that you try cave painting (pretend) as a means of communication or recording of events.
As much as possible to we love to incorporate LEGO in our work. So here we made Jericho, the first city… just as the book described it.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Bahay Kubo is square shaped house with no divisions, just a door and windows. It is made up of local materials such as wood or bamboo or nipa grass. It is a Philippine icon and represents the Filipino culture. Note that these houses are raised, for proper ventilation I guess since the flooring is made up of bamboo. Another reason is to avoid the flood.
Yes I have seen Bahay Kubo and have friends and relatives who used to live on this type of house. Until now, they still exist and I can’t wait to show them to Mavi. He has always been fascinated with Bahay Kubo. Maybe he can’t imagine how people can live on just a square house.
Thus, I decided to create a model using cardboard boxes from Book Depository.
There are still people who lives in this stilt houses and I can’t wait to show it to Mavi when we visit the folks this year :)
I cut out the cardboard boxes into strips then stick them on a wooden BBQ skewers.
Adding the roof which is made up of cardstock and a wooden ladder here’s the end product.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Hi everyone! There are lots of daffodils growing in the yard and Mavi has been constantly picking them up for his "collection". So to make use of the flowers I pulled out our flower nomenclature cards and told him that he will need to dissect the daffodils to learn about its part.
Since we did this activity a few years ago, he was so excited to do it again. Kids love to do this! I know how dreadful it is to learn about the parts of a flower (with all those weird names). But if you get to this activity with your kids, with a tactile activity, they will definitely learn faster and the retention is much better.
As we dissect the daffodil, I would ask him questions like "how does the petals feel like?", "why do you think that some flowers are yellow some are red?". As we go along, I also discuss the functions of each parts. He mentioned that his favorite parts are the petals and the stamens because according to him, these makes the flower look beautiful.
If you are interested, you can this Parts of the Flower and Definition booklet by clicking the image below:
Afterwhich we read our book How Flowers Grow and look at the pictures of the different kinds of flowers around the world.
I was also inspired to make flowers in popsicle sticks. I love how these flowers turned out! You can place them in a vase and stick them using a playdough or clay :)
In our case, we found a purpose for these flowers in our math activity which I will talk about in my next post, so stay tuned!
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
My son completed his mini project of our Solar System unit and he finally got to display it in his room. It was a simple project for my 5 years old, something that I made him work during the midterm break.
I mentioned this previously in my post that we're going to plot the planets in a black craft paper. First thing, he placed all the INNER PLANETS. My son memorizes the order so I made he did all the work here. I decided that it would be best to label the planets so he can memorize the spelling.
As you can see, we added "asteroids" after Mars.
Then he continued with the OUTER PLANETS.
When everything is in place, he added stars (stickers).
And we both stick it on the wall using blutacks. And look how pretty it is! He was so happy how it turned out. He felt proud of what he has accomplished! And I have to say that the use of foil in planets made such a huge difference!! Now this is art and learning combined :)