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Tuesday, January 12, 2021
Sunday, January 10, 2021
New Year's Noisemakers
Supplies & Instructions
- Partially fill a clean, dry plastic container (or tin) with beans, rice, small pebbles or plastic beads. Do not overfill.
- Use heavy duty tape (like Duck™ brand) to seal any holes and secure the top permanently.
- Cover entire container with same tape, and/or decorative stickers.
- Add labels, paint marker decorations, etc.
- Shake, shake, shake to bring in the New Year or anytime your dance party needs some extra noise!
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Paint Splatter Snow Prints
- Old toothbrushes
- Tempera or Watercolor paint
- Medium to Large Cardboard box
- Art or Construction Paper
- Apron & Paper towels
- Put on apron.
- Put a piece of paper in the open box. Feel free to cut off the flaps so it's easier to access the inside.
- Dip a toothbrush in water
- For tempera paint, dip brush bristles lightly in the paint. For watercolor, rub the wet bristle around the paint pad for a bit to transfer color to them.
- Hold the brush close to the head, place the thumb on the bristles, and with the brush close to the paper, rub the thumb across the bristles a few times.
- Rinse off the brush, gently dry it on a paper towel, and try another color.
- Repeat! Change colors and paper as desired.
- Experiment with different brush types, moving the thumb faster or flower, even shaking the brush at the paper instead of running the thumb on the bristles. How does this change the splatter pattern?
- What if there's more or less water in the paint? How does that change the splatter?
- When done, set aside to dry, being careful to not tilt the paper so that the splatter dots don't drip.
- When dry, sign the artwork and add other features (maybe even cottonball snowpeople).
Salt Clay Ornaments
- Salt Clay (or store bought clay that hardens when dry)
- Prepare ahead of time: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water. Stir until combined. Store in airtight container.
- Thick dowel or small rolling pin
- Cookie cutter(s)
- Leaves/Fabric/Coins (to make prints)
- Pencil, bamboo skewer, or small paintbrush (for design and making hole)
- Butter knife/Spatula
- Tempera/Watercolor Paint/Paint Makers and Glitter (for painting after dry)
- Ribbon, string, or ornament hooks (for hanging after dry)
- Lay parchment paper or plastic wrap on a surface. If clay is sticky, sprinkle flour down as well.
- Roll out clay to about 1/4" thick.
- Cut any shape with cookie cutter or butter knife.
- Press fabric, coin, or leaf gently into surface to make an imprint. Peel gently away.
- Using the pencil, skewer, or paintbrush end, press a small hole at least 1/2" from edge all the way through the ornament. Make sure to gentle move the pencil in circle to wide the hold to 1/16".
- To smooth edges, dip a finger in water and rub gentle on the clay. Do the same to stick two pieces of clay together.
- Make different shapes, Try cutouts, and even layering shapes (reminder that thicker shapes will take longer to dry).
- With a spatula gently lift ornament and place on flat surface elsewhere to dry. This may take a week or more.
- Once dry, paint! Option to add gloss using ModgePodge.
- Add string/ornament hook through hole and hang to decorate.
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Cotton Ball "Snow People"
- Cotton Balls (or pompoms)
- Geometric craft stickers
- Googly eyes
- Glue Stick and/or glitter/school glue
- Glitter (optional)
- Construction paper/felt or Foamie Square
- Misc craft items for snow people accessories, like pipe cleaners.
- Use the paper/felt/foamie square as the scene background.
- Lay out the snow people/critter before glueing. Try different shapes. Try tearing apart a cotton balls to make smaller sizes!
- Put a dab of glue on the paper for each cotton ball, then stick (remember, glitter or school glue will take a while to dry).
- Add googly eyes as wanted to the snow person/critter. Put the glue on the piece, then stick to the cotton ball/pompom.
- Add geometric shapes stickers for noses, hats, scarves, buttons, feet.
- Try cutting pieces of pipe cleaners for arms.
- Use extra cotton balls/pompoms for ground snow.
- Put drops of glue on the background and add tiny bits of glitter to make it sparkle!