3D 💠Flower Craft • 👱Father's Day 🎉Card • 🎨Watercolor🖌Painting • Arts ✂️Crafts 101 🎥 Series

Father's Day is approaching, and we are making a 3D Process Art craft which Adrian will give to Daddy as a Father's Day gift. We are using materials you probably have in your cupboard (salt, oats, and bran), along with some watercolors and sprinkles of imagination. DSC_0148

This is a fun fine motor activity that allows your child to express creativity while coming up with own coloring media combinations. You can use a variety of grain for this craft: from corn to rice ~ your imagination is the limit! And, there is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling for a child than to be able to creatively express oneself openly and without judgment, and arts and crafts provide a wonderful opportunity for such expression. 

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What you will need:

  • watercolor pad (we are using this one)
  • watercolor paints (we are using this artist paint set and these watercolors in tubes)
  • oatmeal bran and salt
  • cotton balls
  • a glue gun,
  • and a stapler.

DSC_0092These kids watercolor techniques are exciting and interesting alternatives to basic watercolor painting. We love to experiment with the different medium, coming up with new creative expressions!

Adrian's favorite color currently is blue, so, of course, he chose a 💠blue flower! And, after researching types of nature's bountiful blue flowers, we set up a tentative artistic plan. However, I leave a lot of room for artistic expression, and with few additions and modifications, our Blue Flower has emerged! 
DSC_0092This Flower art can be framed and hang in your child's room, or you can make a perfect birthday card out of it or this can be a very special Mother's Day or Father's Day gift. DSC_0150Happy Father's Day to All Dads! Whoever you are, wherever you are, know that you are special and that we love you!

We did similar crafts, see below ...

DSC_0165 See here 🐝Goldenrod 🌼Flower DIY Craft Process Art • Oatmeal & Salt 🖌Painting

DSC_0019-2Also, see here 3D 🎨Jellyfish 💦Watercolor Hot Glue Texture Raised Salt Painting Process Art

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American Indian 🎨Craft • North America Study • 🌎Geography 101 Kids Activities 📽Series 🎇

Today, we are continuing our North America study by making an America Indian craft while referencing to American Indian Crafts Kids Can Do! book.

DSC_0153What you will need:

  • brightly colored cardstock
  • dark crayons (we are using these oil pastels)
  • a toothpick
  • and a sprinkle of imagination.

DSC_0153First, color in the entire cardstock with a dark crayon.

DSC_0153Using a toothpick, offer a child to draw a story.

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Imaginative storytelling while exploring creativity is an amazing way for children to express themselves.

DSC_0153Adrian's story is about a fishy and a blue macaw bird.


 The opportunity to play freely encourages healthy development, and the opportunity to create freely benefits the child as a whole. Imaginative storytelling also helps with language training which is a vital part of the Montessori environment. Language Training activities elicit language from children and make them aware of the content, meaning, and context of the language they are hearing and using. There are many activities that can be used in Language Training, and imaginative stories are one of them. (You may download "Imagine Stories" Cards here.)

 
DSC_0153Do you use books to inspire you to make arts and crafts with your children? 

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Materials and books we are using for our North American Study:

 

DSC_0014 See here North America Unit Study • ⛵️Pilgrims & 🏹American Indians

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Seeds to 🍉🌱🍅Plants Matching Activity • 🌱🌼Botany Unit Study

It is amazing how children are drawn to the wonders of nature, to its magic of bringing life from fuzzy buds and sleepy seeds. The cycle of a plant is particularly mesmerizing to a child: how from something so tiny can sprout a mighty tree with roots reaching down to the earth. "It is necessary for his psychical life to place the soul of the child in contact with creation, in order that he may lay up for himself treasure from the directly educating forces of living nature, said Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori Method. So, today, we are having a closer look at seeds ...

DSC_0006Can you guess which seed belongs to what type of a plant? 

DSC_0006   A Seed is Sleepy book is a gorgeous book from award-winning artist and author, offering children a beautiful and informative look at the intricate, complex, and often surprising world of seeds. 

DSC_0006Poetic in voice and elegant in design, the book introduces children to a fascinating array of seed and plant facts, making it perfect reading botany material at home.

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Adrian also made a chart with types of plants written in columns, and he had to guess how would the seed look like by drawing it in a little square. He then, would open the seed bag and see if his prediction of how the seed should look was correct. 

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All matched up! Time for planting!

For more botany inspired activities, see here 🌼Botany Unit Study.

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Invitation To 🌾🌿 Create a Nest • 🐦Bird Unit Study

We see and hear birds everywhere! We also enjoy a sight of intricately build nests and occasional chicks. We actually raised two years in a row a family of house finches, each time hatching four baby chicks.

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So, inspired by all the sights of bird nests, today, we are learning more about this amazing skill of nest building by reading Nature Anatomy book and setting up this invitation to build a nest using 🌿🌾nature finds we collected during our nature walks and 🏡 homemade chocolate 🍫 rosemary play dough. (See the recipe link below.)

DSC_0196Julia and Adrian were invited to choose one bird, research what material that bird is using for nest-building and bring it to life. But first, they had to go and collect the necessary items. (We are using these birds to make this study more hands-on.)

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We take nature or "listening walks" at least once a day, and Adrian always finds a little flower, leaves or twigs that catch his attention. Today though, Adrian had a mission ~ he was a Blue Bird, on a search for materials for his nest.

 DSC_0196We learned that Blue Bird would use grass, twigs, and cotton or wool to build its nest.
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The nest in the middle is actually a real nest built by a house finch which she abandoned before laying any eggs. We decorated it with some eggs and flowers.

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To learn more about birds children had chosen, we read National Geographic Kids Bird Guide of North America (buy here), and (top-left)  Stokes Beginner's Guide to Birds: Eastern Region (buy here).

DSC_0010-2There was a lot of weaving and twig layering and the making of a "fluffy bed" for the chicks. And, finally, Adrian's Blue Bird nest is ready (on the right)!


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For more on Birds, read our "🐦 Bird Unit Study - Books and Materials" here

DSC_0231  To find out our play dough recipe, see here No-Cook Homemade 🌈 Play Dough Recipe

DSC_0225 -NOT on Blog"P" is for playdough ~ see here Letter P • 🔠Letter Series • Letter Hunt

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For more Spring Inspired activities, see here 🌸Spring Inspired Themed Unit Study.

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3D 🎨Jellyfish 💦Watercolor Hot Glue Texture Raised Salt Painting Process Art

Today, we are exploring painting over glue watercolor technique. When I asked Adrian what he would like to paint, he said a jellyfish.   

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What you will need:

DSC_0009You can either use a mist bottle or use a sponge to wet the pad before applying watercolors.

DSC_0009  Draw the desired picture by applying the glue to the pad.

DSC_0009We also like to apply tape to the perimeter of the watercolor pad to create a matting effect of the finished painting.
DSC_0009Wet the watercolor pad: either with a spray bottle, with a sponge or with a paint brush. 
DSC_0009Offer the child to color in the drawing with desired colors. 

DSC_0014We looked at pictures of jellyfishes and found that they can be very colorful with shades of blue, purple, emerald and even pink.


DSC_0014Sprinkle salt while the painting is still wet. 

DSC_0019-2 We are using Epsom lavender salt so the smell is divine too. 

Salt is a fun tool to use when experimenting with watercolor painting. Salt painting, or salt technique, is very easy to do, and the results can be surprisingly wonderful as there are infinite watercolor effects that are possible when using salt with watercolor.
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When using a salt technique, the saturation level of the paper will determine your final outcome. The drier the paper, the less effect the salt will have, as opposed to placing salt on a very wet pigment will result in a lot of movement and color transfer. 
DSC_0022There is a huge array of salts available, and each type will react differently on a pad. Also, what type of paper you use will play an important role. Experiment with different types of salt and different paper and see what appeals to you the most!
DSC_0022These watercolor techniques for kids are exciting and interesting alternatives to basic watercolor painting. Raised glue painting here is similar to the raised salt painting we did in the craft below.

DSC_0165 See here 🐝Goldenrod 🌼Flower DIY Craft Process Art • Oatmeal & Salt 🖌Painting

Whatever technique you choose to employ with your child, make sure you allow plenty of room for self-expression and make it fun!

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