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๐ŸŒผNature ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ‚ Objects & Pom-Poms Process ๐ŸŽจ Art (101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series)

We love process art and the opportunity for combining sensory movement with art. In process art, not the destination (the end ๐Ÿ–ผproduct of art) is the principal focus, but rather the ๐Ÿ›ฃroad the child takes- the "process" of the formation of art: such as gathering, sorting, matching, associating, patterning, and other initiations of actions and proceedings. There are no rules to follow, no steps to take: just YOU and the PROCESS!

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So, for our ๐Ÿ‚nature-inspired project, children collected pine cones, fern, moss, leaves, dandelions and other treasures they have found during their nature walks to use during their creative process

DSC_0196We are using these vivid washable finger paints. 

DSC_0196Colored clothespins are to be paired with color-matching pom-poms. DSC_0196This is a fun sensorial way to practice color matching while exercising fine-motor control.

DSC_0196Children are free to choose any medium, and there are no set rules for the process!

DSC_0200Using pine cones to create textured prints.

DSC_0200Process art is concerned with the actual doing of the work of art: seeing the art as a pure artistic expression.

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Your child's imagination is the limit as to the process and the end result!

Process art is an open-ended art. Children are free to express their creativity without trying to make something exactly like a sample product. Also, there are no real directions! Process art allows children to explore and create freely; naturally and effortlessly bringing up creative little artists in them. Also, because there are no set goals, children can repeat the same project many times, creating different end products each time, without ever perceiving the art project "old" or redundant.



DSC_0196Adrian's version of his process art.
DSC_0200Julia's version of her process art.

DSC_0234And a finger painting finale!

Process art often entails innovativeness, inherent motivation, and personality. Therefore, art is viewed as a creative journey or process, rather than as a deliverable or end product. Enjoy the PROCESS and have ๐Ÿค—fun while exploring your ๐ŸŽจartistic expression!


Pixel Art Fusible Craft Beads for Children

This fusible beads craft is currently the most popular form of art with both Julia and Adrian. These tiny hollow beads require precise fine-motor control and extreme carefulness as with the slightest movement of the craft-board, the beads fly all over since they do not stick together until they are fused with the iron! Invite your child to use own creativity to bring pixel art to life or offer a pattern from a Pixel Craft book (buy here).

 DSC_0004Beads craft is also great for groups, encouraging children to share their design ideas.

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We are using IKEA fusible beads (buy here) or buy USA food-safe plastic beads here. Buy tweezers here and geo board set here or animal/flower shape boards here

 DSC_0004With this pixel art, the child develops fine-motor control and hand-eye coordination.

DSC_0004These beads are also great to practice math skills for sorting, patterning, and counting. 

DSC_0004A child would arrange beads in a pattern on a pegboard, creating own design.

Next, to fuse the beads together, you would place a thin see-through ironing paper (comes with a pegboard-buy here ) on top of the beads to prevent the beads from melting onto the iron. 

DSC_0004Make sure that the iron is not too hot, & iron just enough to fuse the edges of beads together.

DSC_0028Once ironed, carefully peel the beads from the pegboard.

DSC_0032  With these beads, a child brings the tiny world of pixel art to life! 

DSC_0032The back of fused beads. 

DSC_0031Pixel beads are a fun and inexpensive craft. Besides developing fine-motor control, these beads also help teach coordination skills, color names and basic counting.

DSC_0007Julia made a flower for her pretend play: she would plant it, water it, and take her dolls for a walk in the park.
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What else to do with these piny hollow beads? Offer a child to color sort the beads using a cupcake or a muffin pan, count them, or use these tiny beads for the estimation jar with older children. And, let your child explore their creativity and express their artistic side by bringing pixel art to life!


๐ŸŒ˜ Solar Eclipse Play Dough Craft DIY Big ๐ŸŒžSun -Small ๐ŸŒ‘Moon Science Experiment (๐ŸŒŒCOSMOS Unit Study)

If you have ever seen a picture of a solar eclipse, you may have noticed that the Moon comes very close to covering the entire Sun. However, the Sun is 400 times larger than the Moon! So how can these space objects appear like they are the same size, though the Sun is much bigger? This craft science experiment illustrates to a child that a smaller moon can cover a much bigger sun, depending on the distance each object is from each other. We are using a smaller moon and a larger sun from play dough to investigate how a much smaller moon can eclipse the large sun.  

DSC_0015What you will need:

  • play dough (we are using this amazing natural play dough set, made from wheat flour and colored with all-natural pigments, no chemicals added - buy here),
  • recycled ice-pop sticks,
  • silver pipe-cleaners for the moon,
  • googly eyes.



 Science mystery ๐Ÿ’กrevealed: objects that are farther away always look smaller, but a small object and a big object can look the same size if they are the right distances away from the observer. In fact, the Sun is about 400 times farther away from Earth than the Moon, but at a certain distance from each other, they look the same size. 

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The Sun and Moon have roughly the same angular diameter. In fact, sometimes the Moon appears slightly larger than the Sun and sometimes the Sun appears slightly larger than the Moon. This is because the Moonโ€™s noncircular orbit around Earth sometimes brings it closer and sometimes farther away from Earth. Itโ€™s just a coincidence that the Sun and Moon appear to be the same size when viewed from Earth. If you were on another planet, its โ€œmoonsโ€ could have a very different angular size compared with our Sun! For more about the science behind the Solar Eclipse, read www.nasa.gov here

For more on our ๐ŸŒŒCOSMOS Unit Study, read here


๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธPainting with Salt! (Science๐Ÿ”ฌโš—๏ธโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅSeries ๐ŸŽ‡)

Have you ever tried painting with salty water? This DIY activity is super easy and fun artistic activity to do with your child while exploring physical science on the topic of how the matter changes.

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You will need:

  • warm water,
  • salt,
  • dark construction paper (we are using brown paper, so that the white salt picture would stand out),
  • a paintbrush.

 Invite your child to paint a simple picture with the salty water on the construction paper. 

DSC_0026Set your painting aside and let the paper dry.  

DSC_0026Ask your child where did the water go?

Science mystery๐Ÿ’กrevealed: The warm water disappears because it changes into water vapor. The salt, on the other hand, a solid, remains on the paper and makes your picture stand-out. 

We read about this fun physical science activity in Change It! Solids, Liquids, Gases and You book (buy here), which offers many fun experiments to teach physical science to your child.


๐ŸŽจPainting with ๐ŸŒˆColored Vinegar on Baking Soda Science Experiment ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡

Today, we are continuing our Science ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡ with this super fun painting with colored vinegar on baking soda experiment.  

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What you will need:

  • a tray with baking soda,
  • colored vinegar (we are using this mini measuring beaker set),
  • different droppers, 
  • science glasses (buy pink here  and blue here).

Baking Soda/solid (NaHCO3) + Vinegar/liquid (HC2H3O2) โ†’ Carbon Dioxide/gas (CO2) + Water/liquid (H2O) + โ†’ NaC2H3O2 

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Science mystery๐Ÿ’ก revealed: Baking soda and vinegar react with each other because of an acid-base reaction. Baking soda is a base while vinegar is an acid. When they react with each other because of atom exchange, they form carbonic acid which is very unstable. Carbonic acid instantly breaks apart into water and carbon dioxide, the latter of which is a gas responsible for all the fizzing as gas escapes the solution. This โš—๏ธchemical reaction releases gas because when baking soda receives proton from vinegar, it transforms into water and carbon dioxide molecule which since now is free of its other chemical bonds, can escape, bubbling forth as a gas.
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For more on baking soda and vinegar experiments, see here "Magic Ballon (Baking Soda and Vinegar Reaction) Science๐Ÿ”ฌโš—๏ธโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅSeries ๐ŸŽ‡," and here a video-post ๐ŸŒ‹ Erupting Volcano Science Experiment ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡.

Also check out here  "๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’™โค๏ธPrimary Colors, ๐Ÿ’ฆWater & Paper Capillary Action โŒ›๏ธTimelapse โš—๏ธ Kids Science Experiment (๐ŸŒˆ Rainbow Walking Water)."

For more on color-mixing, please see here " ๐Ÿ‘” Father's Day๐ŸŽˆBalloon Color-mixing DIY Craft (Sensorial ๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿ‘ƒ Activities 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)."

For more on science experiments, see here a video-post "Float or Sinkโ“Tangerine ๐ŸŠ Science Experiment (Science ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡)." Also, see here "Walnut Shell โ›ตSailboats ๐Ÿ’ฆWater Science Experiment (Science ๐Ÿ”ฌ ๐Ÿ’กโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅ Series ๐ŸŽ‡). "