Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Jared too, seemed keen so I wanted something he would enjoy as well.
So I set up a really simple painting experience that has brilliant results, butterfly painting.
Instead of using spoons to dollop out the paint, I made it less messy and gave them the whole tube of paint to squeeze out. This paint is really thick so it worked their muscles in their fingers really well.
I got them to squeeze paint down the centre of the page ( I folded it in half first so it was easy to see) and then to fold it over and squish the paint in between the layers.
No matter how many times you do this, its always different in the end.
Then they got to open them up for the big reveal.
You should have seen these little faces absolutely light up when they could see how beautiful their butterflies were :)
We will use our butterflies as gorgeous wrapping paper this year. So much cheaper and nicer to recieve than shop bought paper :)
Make some for yourself!
Monday, November 29, 2010
Jumeirah and I had found some art by kids who had been inspired by the artist Georgia O'Keefe, an artist who painted beautiful artworks inspired by nature and in particular, flowers. And so we decided to have a go at doing some ourselves which the idea that she could give them as Christmas pressies to the family.
Jumeirah, of course, needed to taste it first. Only took her one try to not want to do that again :)
I love this face
And when Jumeirah had finished, she made me close my eyes, and then she showed me all she had done.
And they turned out spectacular :)
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Earlier this week, my lovely friend at Mom Tried It, Kim, sent me MORE Kool Aid after I lost the first lot. ( I know it will turn up, someday). So, today, I was busting to try it out :) It smells incredibly sweet, even in an unopened packet. So we decided to do some simple water painting with it that would give us lovely smelling paintings.
So Amahli and I sat up and began to make a simple concoction of water and Kool Aid. Both of us wanted to try the powder. Neither of us had any idea how incredibly SOUR this stuff is!! Amahli didnt get it the first time, and had to try again. Me? Umm.. well... lets just say it took me longer ;) ( I had to try ever single one, believing for just a moment, that one of them would taste like it smells. I can see why you have to add copious amounts of sugar to it!!)
This is the faces when trying Lemon...
I then thought I would have a go at making finger paint from it. I made a cornflour and water paste with two flavours ( lemon and blueberry) and the result was truly )almost) edible. I reckon if I put that in a pastry case it could SO pass as a lemon tart ;) An incredibly tart tart.
Monday, November 22, 2010
The time that I did get to spend at home though, was fun and busy too.
It seems as the year progresses, Jumeirahs brain is getting further and further into overdrive. This afternoon, she gets in the car from school and announces: "Mum, Im making a remote control car. For school. For tomorrow." *sigh*
But, on the weekend, she took herself instead of announcing her plans (thankfully! I cant keep up) and was very busy for quite sometime. Finally, the announcement was made for us all to come to the kitchen for the "trying on". And I was greeted with the most gorgeous animal masks for the whole family. Before everyone tried them on, I suggested we laminate them first so they wouldnt rip.
The welcome messages for Tigers and Cats, complete with balloons :)
(If you dont have a laminator, GET ONE. I have used mine so many times and they are just fantastic for perserving art and now animal masks too!) She was happy with this and so once laminated, I had a family of tigers and cats prowling around the house....Amahli wasnt sure for awhile but got used to and then wouldnt take it off to eat.. luckily enough, my smart cookie had cut holes so they could eat and so she happily ( well incredibly messily but she did manage) ate her dinner through the mouth hole in her mask. Luckily for you, my stomach was churning at the sight so there are no photos of that one :) Sausage and sauce is not a good look. being laminated, they just wiped clean.
Even daddy got involved and had a roaring ( ha) good time as well :)
Making masks are fun and simple. You can print them off the net ( just google printable masks and there are hundreds) or just draw your own. Or let your kids make one themselves! Laminate them if you can as the elastic will rip through paper or cardboard and that way you can keep them for longer as well.
And look whats growing! The one vegetable that I planted and cant stand is squash and its growing beautifully!! such a pretty flower :) Such a horrid veggie...
Friday, November 19, 2010
This is quite possibly the worst photo I have ever taken... but I cant not post it because Miss almost 6 asked me to :)
Its her tooth, ANOTHER one, that was so lose it turned itself sideways.
"See Mum, I told you I would keep growing up!"
Thursday, November 18, 2010
So I vented on the ever present Facebook (I would be lost without it really :) )
My vent was " Karina needs healthy suggestions on how to deal with the world when its hell bent on pissing me off" ( sorry, I told you I was having a bad day)
A response came from a friend " Ignore the world luv!!Look above!!"
Well, today I did. The day is much like yesterday, grey and rainy. And so looking up, I see this.
Until it hit me. I KNOW FOR A FACT that the sun still shines above those gloomy clouds. I flew in a plane once and was shocked that although on the ground the rain fell heavily and the sky was completely cloudy, once we got through the clouds, the day was brilliantly sunny and blue.
So, I KNOW that although it SEEMS gloomy to me, that brilliant sun is still shining above. Even though I cant see it, or feel it, I know its there. And clouds pass. Ok, so sometimes they hang around long than we want or can deal with, but they DO pass. And often, they bring a rainbow, a promise of better days ahead.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
We dont have the crazy darkness that she has either. I cant say its ever been dark before 6pm at least so it wasnt quite as effective as hers but it was still a very fun thing to do.
I didnt tell them what we were doing, just sat down and started to draw on our glass door. They looked at me in shock and were very quick to join.
Then I asked Jared to go outside and put his face on the other side. I began to trace his features while he giggled and wiggled away.