Tuesday, June 28, 2011

BYOC (craft)

It's far more fun to decorate a shirt for the 4th than it is to buy one pre-printed. This week the kids and I made firework shirts. I was SO excited to see the outcome. Every shirt turned out unique and all of them looked like fabulous fireworks.The fireworks were painted by twisting 5 pipe cleaners together and dipping them in the paint like a rubber stamp.We also used assorted foam stamps.

I do believe I just might bring this craft to our Fourth of July pot-luck instead of a salad.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

3 Hens and a Peacock

I read the book "Three Hens and a Peacock" by Lester L. Laminack to my kids one night and thought, WE HAVE TO MAKE PEACOCKS! This story is really witty and who could resist a peacock craft?! I did some research and quickly discovered that peacocks kind of get the short-stick in the craft world. I think we did the beautiful bird justice and the kids had a great time too!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Rainbow Fish

Often I see die-cut shapes at stores and think, hmmm...what would I do with that? When I spotted this fish shape I HAD to have them! This was great for all levels. The little guys started with paint daubers and added tissue paper scales and of course sequins. (I HEART sequins!) The older kids did the paper marbling technique and added sequins and scales to compliment their brilliant designs.

If you know the book "Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister the theme of this craft make look familiar. Notice the little blue fish with one shiny scale? It's a great at-home craft too!


What takes, 2 paper plates, 1 incredibly long straw, paint and a fastener? A FLOWER of course! Be sure to add a full side of creative interpretation!

This is a project I do with the kids explaining how random objects can become art. It's the introduction to recycled art and a great book to compliment all of it is "Beautiful Oops!" by Barney Saltzberg.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shrinky Dinks!

Shrinky Dinks are still one of my favorite crafts to do with the 6-10 year olds. We have made many things especially jewelry and key chains. Last week was different. My buddy Raina sat down and said, "I want to make a turtle". We talked about how she might draw a turtle and different design choices and then she clarified. "I want to make a turtle that stands up". (GULP!) I thought to myself. Hmmm...why couldn't we make a turtle that stands up? TOgether we spent the class testing shrink sizes, making slots and visualizing the outcome. It was a BLAST and the outcome turned out pretty stinking cute!

Great job RAINA!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Summer is coming so that means busy schedules and lots of time outdoors (hopefully). Check out our new summer schedule. I will have the full schedule back in the Fall and look forward to doing more projects with your kids.

Tuesdays: 10:30-11:15 or 11:30-12:15
Wednesdays: 1:30-2:15 or 2:30-3:15

Creative Kids: Ages 6-10
Tuesdays: 1:30-2:15 or 2:30-3:15
Wednesday: 10:30-11:15 or 11:30-12:15