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Amanda Camillo

Summer Crafts Series: Drinking Straw Yarn Weaving Bracelets

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This is the fourth and final post in the summer craft series. This one is good for practicing creative art and fine motor skills.

 

DRINKING STRAW YARN WEAVING BRACELETS from: theresjustonemommy.com

Materials:

  • 3-5 plastic drinking straws
  • Yarn
  • Tape
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Cut 2 pieces of yarn approximately 2 ft long each.
  2. Tie the three pieces of yarn together at one end. Thread each piece through an individual plastic straw.
  3. Wrap 5-8 ft of a different colour of yarn around a small piece of cardboard.
  4. Tie the loose end of your weaving yarn to the other three pieces of yarn that were threaded through the straws.
  5. Tape the knotted yarn to the table to hold everything in place.
  6. Use the carboard shuttle with all the yarn on it to weave the yarn over the first straw, under the second and then over the third.
  7. Continue weaving back and forth and push the yarn up on the straws as you go.
  8. Once done weaving carefully slide the soda straws down, and off the yarn, one at a time and hold the weaving in place so it doesn’t unravel.
  9. Tie the ends together to make a bracelet.

Source: http://theresjustonemommy.com/2016/07/15/soda-straw-weaving-tutorial/#comment-312452

 

Summer Crafts Series: Water Sponge Darts

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This is the third post in a series of posts on summer crafts. This selection is more of an activity than a craft but it is great for the summer so we are including it here anyways.

 

WATER SPONGE DARTS from: theseasonedmom.com

Materials

  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Sponges
  • Water
  • Bucket

Instructions

  1. This activity is quite simple to set up but it is a lot of fun and a good way to cool off in the summer!
  2. Draw a target on the sidewalk with chalk. Draw circles inside of each other. Or, create your own kind of target, it can be a grid with different point values or whatever else your child wants to create.
  3. Fill a bucket with water and collect some sponges.
  4. Take turns dipping sponges in the water and tossing them at the target.
  5. And that’s it!

Source: http://www.theseasonedmom.com/sponge-darts/

 

Summer Crafts Series: Painting with Ice Cubes

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This is the second post in a series of posts on summer crafts. This is a great one for combining art and outdoor play and it is applicable to most age groups.

 

PAINTING WITH ICE CUBES from: onesavvymom.net

Materials

  • Heavy paper (ex. Construction paper)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Ice cube tray
  • Washable non-toxic paint
  • Optional: muffin tin to separate paint after the fact

Instructions

  1. NOTE: the following instructions are taken exactly from the source site below in order to preserve the directions.
  2. Mix 1 teaspoon washable kids paint with 1 teaspoon water in each space in the ice cube tray.
  3. Place wooden popsicle stick in each space in your filled ice cube tray.
  4. Place your ice cube tray of paints in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until frozen.
  5. Once frozen, remove ice paints from cube tray and place in an old muffin tin.
  6. On a nice day cover a tabletop surface or sidewalk with heavy white craft paper.
  7. Set your muffin tin full of ice paints alongside your heavy duty craft paper and let children get creative.
  8. Safety note: make sure younger children do not attempt to put the paint cubes in their mouths.

Source: http://www.onesavvymom.net/2016/07/summer-toddler-craft-idea-ice-painting-how-to-make-ice-paints.html

 

Summer Crafts Series: Woodworking – Dinosaur Bookends

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This is the first post in a series of posts on summer crafts.

Today’s craft focuses on woodworking. Some parents may be hesitant to get children involved in woodworking as the tools necessary can be difficult to use and dangerous for little hands. However, we believe that woodworking activities can be modified for children to make them safe, yet still introduce them to a cool new skill. In general, learning skills like woodworking, sewing, cooking, and more is great for kids, it helps them build confidence, and you’ll find that if you take the time and care to properly teach them the use of significant tools and how to be safe, they will be respectful of those tools and what they can/cannot and should/should not do with them.

All that being said, this is a good woodworking activity to ease into the subject as it does not require nails or hammers, the adult only steps are minimal and at the end of it you have a practical item that kids can be proud to keep in their room.

 

DINOSAUR BOOKENDS from: http://www.instructables.com/id/Dinosaur-Bookends-with-Hot-Glue/

Materials Needed

  • Scrap wood
  • Old plastic dinosaur toys
  • Hobby knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint
  • Sandpaper

Instructions

  1. Find an old dinosaur toy (or other similar item, like toy animals for example) and cut the dinosaur in half. (ADULT ONLY STEP).
  2. Find two pieces of scrap wood. If necessary, you may need to cut these to make them the right size/shape.
  3. Let children sand the wood pieces with sandpaper.
  4. Hot glue two pieces of wood together to make an L shape. (USE OF HOT GLUE IS ALSO AN ADULT ONLY STEP).
  5. Then, glue half the dinosaur on each side of the L like the image above so that they make a pair.
  6. Let the glue dry (this shouldn’t take too long).
  7. Let children paint the pieces with the dinosaurs attached.
  8. Let dry and then their you have it, bookends! They make a cute pair!

Source: http://www.instructables.com/id/Dinosaur-Bookends-with-Hot-Glue/

 

BC Wildfires – How Parents and Caregivers Can Help Children

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Our post today is in support of those affected by BC Wildfires. Well wishes to the many communities and families across the province dealing with evacuations and displacements.

This is an article from the Red Cross (image above also taken from this source): http://www.redcross.ca/blog/2017/7/how-parents-and-caregivers-can-help-children-during-and-after-disasters#.WXD6icAwSbM.facebook

 

Jackson Pollock Inspired Art

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Jackson Pollock was an artist in the first half of the 20th century who was famous for his method of painting. He would place large canvases on the floor and drip paint on them and then swirl the paint around with sticks, mallets, paintbrushes, and even other tools like bricks and broken glass.

In our Summer Camps program we like to spend some art time looking at the work of famous artists and creating our own masterpieces inspired by those artists. Jackson Pollock’s method is a great art project for the summer because, its messy and therefore great to do outside! So here is how to make your own Jackson Pollock inspired creations at home this summer!

Materials Needed

  1. Paint
  2. Large piece of paper
  3. Sticks, paintbrushes, mallets, and other tools (pretty much anything goes, just keep safety in mind!)
  4. Smocks or old clothes

Instructions

  1. First of all talk about Jackson Pollock and his artistic style. A quick search online will bring up a lot of information about how he painted and what his creations looked like.
  2. Then, head outside with a large piece of paper, paint and tools. Let children drip paint onto the canvas and paint like Jackson Pollock. If there are multiple children working on this activity have them all work on the same canvas, and make sure it is large enough for them all to have space.
  3. Note: you may need to weigh your canvas down with rocks if it is windy.
  4. Make sure they are wearing protective smocks or old clothes as this may get messy.

Step back and admire your work! Keep in mind that this art project is more about the process and less about the end result. Children typically really enjoy creating the art.

Source: http://www.learningandexploringthroughplay.com/2016/05/jackson-pollock-preschool-art.html

Image of Jackson Pollock source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_Pollock (visit this link for more information on the painter)

 

 

Mommy Brain?

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Hope everyone is having a lovely start to the summer! Our Summer Camps and Pre-K programs have started this week and the weather has been so great, we are having a lot of fun and definitely taking advantage of this sunshine.

For our post today we are sharing an article about “Mommy Brain”. Has anyone felt like after having their children they are forgetful? Maybe you feel like your brain just isn’t firing as fast as it did before kids! The exhaustion, and stress and not to mention the hormones! Well, this article takes a look at “Mommy Brain” as an actual phenomenon and the scientific evidence to support its function.

Give a read here: https://www.parent.co/theres-good-reason-mommy-brain/