Finally finished Little Boy Blue

It’s kind of sad it took this long.  But we got it all done.

To read about the first part of this project go here.  That also has material needed and a the blackline masters you need if you want to do the same one.

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First you cut out your pictures.  It is absolutely necessary that you cut it out in large blocks.  Or so I learned from my kids.

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Now use LARGE amounts of glue to get everything on the paper.  Then complain when Mom says you have to put on the words.

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Cut yarn, actually this time I used embroidery floss, and think I will from now on for projects I want specific colors.  Then it’s 20 cents for a skein, and it doesn’t take up as much space.

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I just love the studious look on her face.  Actually, I think that’s because she’s trying to figure out how to put back together the paper that tore from too much glue.  But, we’ll pretend it’s because she’s being serious.

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Now shred a bunch of cotton balls and glue them on the sheep.  This and cutting the yarn for the haystack was the favorite part of today’s part of the project.  Hmmmmm, that might have been a little bit of a convoluted sentence.

And here’s the finished projects:

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Mine, I’d like to claim my kids are these amazing artists…… but, then I’d by lying.

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I think this is Batman’s.  Yep, looks right when I compare the picture at the top of Batman with this.  So, this is Batman’s project.

And apparently I don’t have a picture of Superman or Princess’ completed projects.  Weird.

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And is it just me, or do I look like a chipmunk in this picture?  Superman loves to take pictures with my camera, and this is one of the more normal ones.  Really, he takes unusual pictures.

Okay, I no longer have a kid napping in my room, PRINCESS GOT HER CASTS OFF!  So, I’m off to take a bath.

I’ll post about the cast taking off process later today once I’ve uploaded the pictures.  It was really interesting to see.

Open Ended Art: Matisse


I ended up deciding after the fact that the activity wasn’t super open-ended, besides my kids do better open ended when left completely to themselves.

Here’s the intended activity, vaguely inspired by a page from Carisa’s dino pack.

Batman, who after the fact went back to his desk and glued in his “Space Guy awards” (from his Tag reader, they’ve discovered they get awards, so now this is the latest excuse not to go to bed).

Oh, here’s the story that goes with Batman’s: “It’s a space guy fighting a ‘saur, and the space guy has a light saber.” Everything he does now has to have a space guy with a light saber.

Superman actually made a dinosaur, and then needed a crayon to draw a mouth.

And Princess did a multi-layered collage. After she was “done” she added the coloring book page, and some other stuff I can’t quite figure out what it is.

But, here’s what they do all by themselves


This is Batman’s rendidtion of “Space Guy Stickers”

Princess’s random stampings.

Batman’s random stampings.

So, that’s our open-ended art for the week. Sadly I couldn’t find ANY books on Matisse in our local library, so for my kids this was more of an experience with collages than anything else.

I’m hoping I can find a book on future featured artists, I’m really excited about this idea, because I love the idea of studying artists.

Hickory Dickory Dock

Materials needed: printout, art supplies, fun foam or construction paper, yarn, glue, hole punch

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1. Print it out and gather everything.


2. Color, of course a grandfather clock is green. Cut it out and glue it down. Make sure to use half a bottle of glue, otherwise it might not stick.


3. Take your fun foam or construction paper. Cut out a tear drop shape. I drew it on the paper and let the kids cut it out. Doesn’t her shiner look painful? A great object lesson, in following directions. When Mom says not to play in the closet and climb on the ladder, she really did mean not to. Of course she did, and so she got to be cuddled and held for a good 30 minutes after bedtime. I think she planned it all as a way to stay up late.

4. Hole punch the mouse and tie a piece of yarn in it. If you want to be able to move the mouse, then cut a piece of yarn about 12 inches, otherwise let your kid decide. If making a movable mouse, get a piece of paper or something to use to glue the yarn down. Otherwise, glue the mouse down.

5. Now have fun reciting the rhyme and acting it out.

The nice “pretty” Mommy version. I figure if I make my own, then I don’t freak out as much, when they don’t do it how I want it to look. It’s a workable theory.

Superman’s, his is probably the closest to “my vision.”

Princess didn’t even want a tail.

And here is Batman’s. He was very particular, his mouse is a Batman mouse, and he drew Batman on there. AND, I cut his tail “TOO long Mommy,” so he sat there trimming away at the tail until he had it just right and glued it down with authority. Don’t change my mouse!

For those who are curious, this is our first version of Hickory Dickory Dock, made before I decided to let the kids each make their own and have more control over it. Those projects were a lot more impromptu then now because I was usually sketching the pictures right before they colored them. As opposed to now, when it’s at least 5 minutes ahead of time, so I have time to copy and scan it all.

A super cute book that goes really well with this rhyme is The Completed Hickory Dickory Dock, I picked it up on a whim from Half Price one day, and it’s a favorite here now.

Linked up to We Made It Friday!

Creation Days 2 and 3

So, we started off our learning about the Creation week with a bang! First we learned about light and dark in day 1 and then painted about it.

We kept up with our crazy Creation book, so here goes.

Day 2 God created separated the sky from the waters, so I followed the instructions in the “My Father’s World” curriculum to make the craft, and have suggestions for changing it if you do this.

Here’s what we did:

Get paper, blue and green.

Tear blue and green papers in half. Glue the blue on the top half and the green on the bottom. Then color blue all over the green paper. This didn’t turn out well.

Instead I’d suggest a piece of blue paper and you color the bottom half with paint and crayons. Coloring with the crayons first and then using water colors afterwards to do a crayon resist.

What did work for us: We added cotton balls at the top to represent the clouds that formed.

Day 3

So on Day 3 God made separated the waters from the land and made all of the plants and stuff. This takes a little prep ahead of time.

A couple of days beforehand pick some leaves. Find a nice big phonebook and stick them in there between some paper towels.

The day of gather cardstock, blue and green construction paper (use the other half of the sheet from Day 2), glue, markers, and a small cup or bucket of dirt.

Glue the blue paper on the bottom, cover part of the blue with the green for the land.

If you’re Batman, you need all of your green paper, and then all scraps of your brother and sister. It took a lot of glue for that all to stick down.

Now take your papers, a bottle of glue and go outside for the dirt. Paint glue randomly on the green area.

Then happily sprinkle as much dirt on your paper as you can.


Show off what you’ve done so far.

Then, while they’re napping, you come in with the super breakable plants, why did I pick feverfew? It’d break into little bitty pieces if I let them do this part. Spread the glue all over and put the little pieces of plants on. Actually I know why I picked it, because I think it looks like a tree on the paper.

For more great kid crafts go to Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

For the last part go here.

Jack and Jill

Today we made our latest foray into the fun of nursery rhymes. I wanted to try something a little different and made another interactive feature.
As always first we glued the rhyme down onto the page. I have no pictures this week because Princess was busy trying to cut her lines into individual letters, and then Superman decided to cut his into separate words. So no pictures of that step.

Next we went through and colored the pictures I’d hastily drawn to illustrate the rhyme.

They were all set to scribble one line and then get right to the glueing, but I reminded them we like lots of color, and they started working harder on the coloring.
Princess was all set to cut everything into little pieces, so I set her to cutting out the hill for Jack and Jill to climb.

Then to provide some background color and also to stiffen up the paper so it will not be destroyed quite so easily the kids cut up blue construction paper and glued it all over to make the sky.

Finally I glued on the last hill, since I had made it a more complicated piece to glue. And here’s the completed picture:

Hmmmm…… No completed picture.

Nursery Rhyme Crafts

So, we’ve been making a nursery rhyme book for the past couple of weeks. We’d put together one nursery rhyme a week, I’m actually thinking of picking up the pace a little, because when we’re done I want to start on making our own fairy tale books. But, here’s the finished product:

And here’s the in process work. First I printed off the nursery rhyme and then they got to glue the rhyme down one line at a time. Next we colored the pictures.
Then we cut them out

And finally we glued them on.

Hmmm… No really good picture of the glueing process. I thought I came up with a pretty clever idea for this one. Humpty Dumpty is not glued down, but has a brad attaching him to the wall on the top picture, and we didn’t glue that side of the wall down, so he can fall.

The kids have been having a blast doing this, so far we’ve done Hey Diddle Diddle, the Three Little Kittens, and now Humpty Dumpty. it’s been lots of fun.