Saturday, March 30, 2013

10 Ways to Play This Weekend: Week 33

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Painted Suncatchers


We're trying to bring some fun spring colors into our house, so to decorate our windows, we made these fun and pretty painted suncatchers. We've made suncatchers before using clear Contact paper, like these simple tissue paper ones or this flower garden. But, this time, instead of tissue paper, we decided to paint our Contact paper.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Shake Art Easter Eggs


We've tried shake art, or painting with marbles, once before. It was so much fun that I knew we ought to do it again. Easter seemed like the perfect time. 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Exploring New York City: Resource Post

Map image courtesy of DaveCito, Creative Commons License

Do you want to do your own virtual exploration of New York City? I've compiled a list of books, activities, blog posts, videos, and websites that helped us with our project. Bear with me as this list is quite extensive, but I'm providing it in the hopes to help you create your own virtual journey through New York City.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Spring Button Flowers


Happy first day of spring! I've got a few projects coming your way to celebrate spring starting with these Spring Button Flower note cards. We're ready for spring at the Creative Family household, unfortunately our yard is still covered with many inches of snow and it's bitterly cold outside. Longest. Winter. Ever. Sigh...

Anyway, let's craft, shall we! It may not look like spring outside, but at least we can make it look that way inside. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Exploring Irish Folklore

Welcome to Around the World in 12 Dishes, the 2013-2014 edition! We enjoyed our journey so much last year, that we decided to do it again with a different set of countries. We made a few changes that will hopefully make your experience more enjoyable. We'll be posting throughout the month now, so now you'll find my posts the third Monday of every month. Plus, the girls and I won't be cooking. Instead we'll be focusing on crafts, activities, and other cultural activities. If you would like to join in, or just find other ways to these countries on your own, you can join Around the World in 12 Dishes on Facebook and Pinterest. Are you ready to get started? Let's go to Ireland!

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With St. Patrick's Day in March, Ireland seemed like the perfect spot to start our journey. When researching our project, I found a wide selection of Irish folktales and soon settled on Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato by Tomie DePaola. We love Tomie DePaola books and knew he would tell us a fun tale. After enjoying the story of Jamie O'Rourke, the laziest man in all of Ireland, we decided not to be lazy and to start crafting. Since the book centered around a potato, we decided to try out potato stamping.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Becoming Warhol ~ Kids Art Activity

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New York City is full of museums, so it was hard to pick one for us to talk about during our exploration of New York City. But, I ultimately chose The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). It allowed us to see all sorts of fun examples of art and well as introduced one particular artist, Andy Warhol. After viewing examples of his artwork, both online and in the book, Usborne The Children's Book of Art: Internet Linked, we were ready to make our own Warhol-inspired artwork.



We used Marilyn Monroe, by Warhol, as our inspiration. We talked about how the picture looked like a real person, but the colors were different. Warhol used bright colors such as pink and yellow in his picture. We talked about how art could be anything. It could be realistic or not. Or in the case of Marilyn Monroe, it could be a combination of both. 



Then, it was time for the girls to get to work. I prepped this project by printing out a full letter-sized picture of each girl in black and white. I found a picture of just their faces since it was most like our inspiration piece. I then got out our markers and told the girls to have fun. They were a bit hesitant and their first instinct was to try and color their pictures as realistic as possible. So, we looked at our inspiration again. Aha, inspiration struck!



The girls made bright colored hair, hot pink lips, electric blue eyes, orange noses, cool bows, and lots of freckles. Yes, we became Warhol!



To round out our learning, we read Uncle Andy's by James Warhola. Warhola is Andy Warhol's nephew and he wrote and illustrated this delightful picture book describing his childhood visits with his eccentric uncle. It was a fun and very kid-appropriate introduction to Warhol.

Have you studied any of the great artists with your kids? Which ones have you learned about?

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Linking up to It's Playtime and Kids Get Arty.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Subway Acrostic Poetry

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As part of our exploration of New York City, we learned a little bit about the subway. We used the books, A Subway for New York by David Weitzman and Down in the Subway by Melanie Hope Greenberg, as inspiration. A Subway for New York told the history of the subway system. It was a little advanced for the girls and I knew they wouldn't have the patience for it, so I paraphrased and we looked at the pictures. Down in the Subway was a fun story about the different types of people you can meet while riding the subway. After reading, we used our inspiration for a fun writing project.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Statue of Liberty Dress-Up Kit


After working on our Statue of Liberty math experiment, the girls told me that they wanted to dress-up like the Statue of Liberty. Of course, I was game, so this fun craft project was created. All it took was one paper plate to make the Statue of Liberty's torch and crown.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Math Play: Statue of Liberty Measuring


No trip to New York City is complete without a trip to see the Statue of Liberty. So, as part of our virtual trip, we let the Statue of Liberty inspire a fun math experiment. The question we tried to answer: how many Lizzies (or AJs) would it take to be as tall as Lady Liberty?

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cityscape Printmaking


Project Around the World has taken us to Alaska, through Canada, and now we are spending time in The Big Apple, New York City. We'll be exploring the Statue of Liberty, the subway system, Broadway, and The Museum of Modern Art, but first we wanted to pay homage to the streets of New York with a fun printmaking project.