Supplies Needed; Foam or construction paper, green flip flops, scissors, glue gun, pencil, and a yellow pipe cleaner.
Directions; Use the toe of your flip flop to "free hand" the shape of your dinosaur toes. Cut out the shape. Cut your pipe cleaner into pieces about 1/2 long. Glue the pipe cleaner pieces to the tips of your dinosaur toes. Glue the shape to the bottom of your flip flop, and allow to dry.
Paint your night sky
1 part cornstarch (1 c.)
1 part water (1 c.)
food coloring (we used neon colors)
Mix corn starch and water. Add food coloring and mix.
*I used a muffin tin for extra large muffins to hold the paint. One cup of cornstarch and one cup of water filled them about half way. The paint stretched further than I thought.
Here is what you need: 4 Sheets of tissue paper, glue, water, balloon, and scissors.
1. Blow up the balloon
2. Cut tissue paper into approx 4x4 squares.
3. Mix 1/3 cup glue with 1 cup of water and place into a bowl.
4. Place the tissue papers (one at a time) into the glue mixture and let it get soaked through.
5. Place all over the balloon. Do 3 layers of tissue paper.
6. Leave a space at the bottom of the balloon where the tie is.
7. Let dry. This may take a day or two.
8. When totally dry, pop the balloon and remove. Now you have a paper mache globe!
Sometimes things don't go as planned, and that's not always a bad thing.
According to "The Kitchen Project", the potato chip was invented when a cook, George Crum, got angry at a customer who kept sending back "soggy and thick" French fries. He fried up some thin crunchy fries, creating potato chips. The customer loved them. All of America loves them. Crum's little burst of anger led to a great invention.
Now you might be wondering what this has to do with the face on my pen. The last couple days my main plan for the blog post has failed miserably. I have been trying to create a weaving project to promote fine motor skills along with a little culture lesson. One little problem; I am really horrible at weaving. I am certain every child who tried to complete this project would have done 100,000 times better than me!
So, as I tinkered with what was supposed to be a woven coaster, trying to make it lay flat and to make the hole in the center a little less conspicuous, I decided it looked like a skirt. On my pen it went, and I can’t have a little ballerina pen - without a face.
Don't get discouraged when plans don't work out. You might have something fun planned for outside and the sun decides to turn into a storm. Let the children suggest indoor activities, or prompt them to create a game.
Another activity you can do is look at abstract art, to see what the children think it is. This can also be done with classical music, asking the children to narrate a story that goes along with the music. You hear or see one thing, but someone else may see or hear a different story.
Look at things differently and allow the children to lead. They might just teach you something.
Working with children you find yourself saving a lot of recyclables such as water bottles, cardboard, and all sorts of packaging. Here is a new one for you to start collecting, cheese wax. Its the red stuff on the outside of the Babybel mini cheese rounds, as well as other various cheese, and comes in several colors. It is great for creating stamps and as play dough.
The cheese wax can be melted or softened and molded. If you plan on melting it completely to pour into a container I would suggest using a double boiler. It not you can soften it in the microwave and shape it with your hands. We used to popsicle sticks to flatten the sides making our rectangle. After it has hardened use a toothpick, or a different child friendly device, to carve a design into the stamp. Then add a little paint or an ink pad and enjoy.
Encourage children to string beads onto a pipe cleaner. Provide construction paper, safety scissors, glue, and googly eyes for each child to make their own beaded snake.
Provide children with markers, glue, Pom Poms, and googly eyes for them to make their own bookmarks. Self-made bookmarks may encourage children to look at and/or read books.
Rain sticks are beautiful instruments, traditionally made of cactus. The spines of the cactus are pulled off and poked into the cactus. It is then filled with rocks, beans or other small objects and sealed. In our non-cactus version, we used a wrapping paper tube (paper towel rolls would suffice as well), toothpicks, Tulle (to close the ends), packing tape, rock salt and beads.
1. Poke the tooth picks into the cardboard tube. This will need adult supervision.
2. Have an ADULT break or cut the excess of the toothpicks and cover any sharp edges.
3. Decorate and fill
Have your child document their summer by writing what they do each day and adding it to their chain. At the end of the summer they can look back at all the fun they had.