Monday, August 29, 2011

Homemade Moon Sand (that evil stuff)

I will admit it.  I have a love/hate relationship with Moon Sand.  The first time we used it, it just wouldn't go away.  I swept it, hosed it off, and nothing.  Uggg!  On the other hand, my kids go crazy for it.  It is really fun to play with, I do agree.  When I found this recipe for homemade moon sand, I gave in and tried. it.  Boy, am I happy I did.  It came out nice and pliable and the kids are uber happy to have it again.  It isn't hard at all to clean up and is much cheaper than the store bought type.  If it starts to dry out, (and it will) just add some more water!
All it takes is 4 cups sand, 2 cups cornstarch and 1 cup water. 
Congratulation, you just made moon sand.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Drawing on Aluminum

Draw on aluminum foil...why not.  I cut the panels off a cereal box and wrapped it in aluminum.  Then I put the Sharpie pens on the table and waited for the kids to discover them. When they did, they quickly got busy drawing and creating.  Just a different way to be creative!

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fun with (unused) fly swatters

Here is another fun and fine motor developing activity.  I got the idea HERE, on Pinterest.  We got new fly swatters, yarn and pipe cleaners.  I tied the yarn onto a piece of pipe cleaner to act as the needle.  Then I handed it over to the kids and let them have at it. They thought the fly swatters would make really excellent fishing poles.  I just love children's creativity!  This uses all those little muscles they need to write with.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Melted Crayon Art

Here is something else you can do to use up those broken crayons.  We used pencil sharpeners to make lots of crayon shavings.  This is an excellent fine motor skill, helping those little muscles needed for we can all this experience, "pre-writing"!  We put a towel down and then a piece of paper.  They sprinkled the shaving onto the paper, topped with another piece of paper, another towel, and ironed it all.  We had the iron on low, so it took a little bit longer but the kids were so excited to see what was going to happen they didn't really seem to mind.  Plus, I let them use the hot iron.....ooh, the intrigue!  You can see in the picture R's reaction when she opened the picture.  So happy.  We did this over and over again.  We tried simply folding the paper and ironing right on it.  It worked great but I was concerned about the paper burning. 

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Straws and Bottles

Sometimes my kiddos get stuff out and just start working.  Sometimes I document it and sometimes I don't.  They found the package of straws that I had just bought, ummm, for drinking.  They had a different vision.  They went to the supply closet, grabbed all the bottles and just started creating. Most of the time, it really is the simpliest things that gains their interest. I didn't ask what they were doing or what they were building, I didn't ask them anything.  Just observed their concentration and creativity.   
 Let the physics lessons begin!

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Slide Drawings

This was so fun.  I pinned it on Pinterest (my latest source of excellent ideas) and couldn't wait to try it.  I would just say that if you try this (and you should), make sure you tape the paper really well to the slide.  My daughter could not get enough of this.  She decided that chalk worked the best.  I mean really, how can you go wrong when you mix a slide and coloring?

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Pipe Cleaners and Embroidery Sheets

We found these plastic, embroidery sheets at the craft store and I had planned to have them use them for sewing.  When T saw them he went and grabbed the pipe cleaners and started "sewing" with them.  They stayed with this great fine motor activity for quite awhile.  What I love is that is was totally self-iniatied.  I don't know how long it would have taken me to discover this great experience for them. 

T made a hat!
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Colored Glue Suncatchers

We love colored glue and now with all the glue on sale we have been stocking up on it.  We made these Glue Ghosts last year and I thought it would be fun to make a summer version.  We just squeezed the glue onto wax paper.  Ry made a "dancer" which made me think of bringing out the cookie cutters.  We filled them in with the glue and then waited until they were dry.  It took about 24 hours for them to be completely dry.  We carefully peeled them off the paper and punched a hole in them with a hole punch.  We hung them in the window so we could get the whole effect of the colored glue.  Awesome, huh?

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Clothespin Creations

I got out some supplies with the plan of making some cute clothespin cars that I saw in Family Fun magazine awhile ago.  It called for some clothespins, bread ties, straws and buttons.  I took out the pipe cleaners too.  I made one of the cars but the kids had other ideas.  They wanted to make their own creations.  I think they came out amazing and this project kept their attention for quite awhile. So if you need a project for a rainy day, this is a great one. This is great for exercising those little hand muscles that they need for writing.  It is also great for exercising those creativity muscles too!  I wonder what your kids will invent?

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tile Paintings

I happened upon a box of unused tiles which led me to make this cool project with the kids.  They arranged the tiles however they wanted onto a piece of cardboard and then I glued them down with adhesive so the tiles wouldn't slide around.  They painted the tiles and then pressed down a piece of paper (we used scrap paper) to make a reversible print.  The kids were so excited to see what print they made, over and over again.  I can't take credit for this idea, though, I heard about from the incredible Lisa Murphy.  So, if you have any old tiles laying around, here is a great way to use them up.  Your kids will love it!

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