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Sometimes when things just don’t seem to be going well… you are presented with the unexpected. My daughter decided to give a fall leaf new life.
We took a little holiday… to the sunshine. That’s where I’ve been. But we’re back now and working feverishly on the gardens – warm temperatures and a bit of sun have arrived, hurray! I do have to update you on the bathroom and the hallways, so look for that in the coming days. In the meantime, I wanted to share this sunflower craft we made for Mother’s Day.
For this craft you will need,
- 3 sheets of coloured paper – yellow (or more depending on the size your child’s hand)
- one small paper plate
- brown paint
- approximately 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (with the shell)
- white school glue
- pencil, scissors and a paint brush
The first order of business is to paint the plate brown. Set it aside to dry. Fold a sheet of yellow paper into four. Trace your child’s hand on the paper. Once done, cut around the tracing. You should be left with four cut-out hands. Repeat this step with the remaining paper. You will need 12 hands in total. Glue the cut-out hands (petals) onto the back of the dried painted plate. Overlap the petals slightly to give the flower a full look. Turn over and spread a generous amount of glue on the painted paper plate, and have your child place as many sunflowers seeds on the plate as possible. Set aside to dry. If you want, you can add some magnets to the back so that it can be hung on the fridge.
A few weeks back we attended a Family Fun Day at the local art gallery. They currently have a Matisse exhibit and make your own Matisse was the theme of the art class. It was a lot of fun, so I thought I would share.
A bit about Henri Matisse (you can read more here): Henri Matisse (1869 -1954) was a French artist, known for his use of colour. In addition to being a painter, he was also a draughtsman, printmaker, and sculptor. Matisse is commonly regarded, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, as one of the three artists responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Although he typically painted, during the early to mid-1940s Matisse was in poor health, and by 1950 he stopped painting in favor of his paper cutouts. This work has been labeled: The Cutouts; and it was his cutouts that inspired our Sunday afternoon art project at the art gallery. In fact, we viewed the Matisse exhibit after we did our art project and my daughter said, “Look Mommy, this looks like my art.”
Why spend a gazillion dollars decorating your walls when you can make your own art? Make and frame your own Matisse. Here’s how.
For this project you will need:
- a great imagination
- one sheet of 11x14inch white paper (or the size of your choice)
- coloured paper (a selection of colours)
- glue stick
- child friendly scissors
- painting stencil*
- paints (a selection of colours)
- paint brush (a round, fat brush works best for stencils)
- picture frame (optional)
Cut the coloured paper into a variety of shapes and sizes. Depending on the age of your child, they may or may not be able to help with this. If you have them, you can also use serrated edged scissors for added interest. Have your child randomly glue the paper shapes on a sheet of white paper. Once they are happy with the amount of colours and shapes, have them select a spot on their artwork for the stencil. Have an adult hold the stencil in place or tape it down so that the child can paint in the stencil. Carefully remove the stencil and voila; your make-your-own-Matisse is complete and ready for framing.
*You can buy stencils at an arts and crafts store, or you can make your own. Simply print a silhouette of an animal, flower or whatever you desire from the Internet, or draw your own on heavy cardstock. (You may wish to adjust the size of the image in a graphics editor if using images from the Internet.) Carefully cut out the filled in areas of the silhouette and you have your own stencil that you can use again and again.
Happy Family Day Ontarians. Yes, it was a day off for most in Ontario today. In our house that meant non-stop baking, crafts and since I wasn’t at all tired from keeping the dog from eating the cat, and from shoveling out from yet another snowfall… it also meant a sled ride. It was a busy, but enjoyable day with my daughter… not so much with the dog and the cat. Late in the afternoon, instead of taking a nap, we decided that the birds needed to eat so we made some bird feeders.
To make two bird feeders you will need:
- at least one excited 3 1/2 year old
- a generous cup of wild bird seed
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter if you have a nut allergy)
- 2 toilet paper tubes
- 2 pieces of string (about 30cm or 12 inches)
- plastic knife
- scissors (for the grown-ups)
- plate with a rim
How to make the bird feeders:
Using the scissors, poke a hole about 2 1/2 cm (1 inch) from the top of one end of the toilet paper tube. It should be big enough to thread your string through. Repeat this on the other side directly across from the first hole. This is where you will thread your string through later. Do this to both tubes. Using a plastic knife, generously spread peanut butter all over each tube. In a plate with a rim, add the bird seed. Roll the peanut buttered tubes in the bird seed; pressing down as you go. Once it is thoroughly coated, thread the string through the holes of each tube, tie the ends of each string, and hang in a tree.
Now run inside and sit in the window to wait for the birdies.