Sunday, October 30, 2011

Yarn Pom-Pom Pumpkins, Owls, and Monsters, Oh My!

The girls and I recently got hooked on making 
yarn pom-poms with a fork! 
Yes, I remember them from Martha Stewart but when 
I saw a mini tutorial over at the Whimsy Love Blog
its been a non-stop pom-pom making whirlwind ever since!



It started with a bunch of different pom-poms for our ice cream sensory box
(that I keep forgetting to post!)

On Friday, "C" asked if we could use some of our orange yarn 
to make pumpkins with googly eyes. 
The fun part, was that she had the whole craft planned out in her head!
Then she wanted to make an owl with brown yarn.
She picked out felt for the beak and wings.



I love the owl, I think he looks like an Angry Birds character!
Maybe we'll make an Angry Birds pom-pom set next. : )


She used Elmer's glue dots to stick the 
googly eyes and mouths to the yarn pom-poms. 
The pipe cleaner stems are just stuck into the pom-pom without any glue.


Sticking on googly eyes.



Carefully cutting out felt details. 


She also made a green yarn pom-pom monster,
he's hanging out in our miniature Haunted House
right now! I didn't get a photo of him.

Happy Fall Crafting! 


For another fun fall game and craft check out my 

Fondly,
pink and green mama, MaryLea



Friday, October 28, 2011

Fall Art Project: Turkeys In Disguise



This project was always a blast to do with the kids 
in October or November when I was teaching elementary school art.
We would make "Turkeys in Disguise" out of cut paper
or as a drawing assignment depending on the amount of time
I had with each group of kids.

Feel free to adapt and do however you see fit,
it's lots of fun to see how clever the kids are and see what
they're imaginations come up with!

It makes a cute hallway display 
and it's also a fun Thanksgiving day craft for the kid's table!


(Shh... I'm a Lamp Not a Turkey)

I would start by explaining to the class that the Turkeys needed some help
disguising themselves before Thanksgiving. 
They aren't the smartest birds so they aren't the best at hiding in their disguises.
You need to come up with a disguise for your turkey that is clever,
but we can still tell it's a turkey.

Then, we would sketch ideas and brainstorm.
Once they had their idea worked out, they'd draw a final copy 
on nice drawing paper, or work with construction paper 
to make a cut paper collage. 


(Psst... I'm a Mummy Not a Turkey)


For the cut paper turkeys, we would start with a basic 
bowling- ball-pin-shape cut out of construction paper and build on from there.


(Franken-Turkey)

For the drawings, we would sketch lightly in pencil,
trace over it in Crayola markers, then color in with 
Crayola twistables, colored pencils, or crayons. 


It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Super Turkey!


I'm a Cheerleader not a Turkey...
Give Me a "T"!


Gobble, Gobble, I mean... ahem, Meow.
I'm a Cat not a Turkey!

You get the idea.
Happy Turkey-Disguise Making!

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Preschool At Home: Halloween Counting and Sorting Games



We have some fun Halloween-themed activities
on our preschool at home shelves this week.

"C" (age 4) has really been enjoying this counting game.
I picked up a couple of bags of mini halloween erasers
in the dollar bin area at Target and they are great little math manipulatives.

I printed out some numbers on card stock and sort them into 
this wooden box (I think it's left over from a Melissa and Doug toy)


She loves counting her little erasers and does this in the afternoon
while big sister is working on her homework.


She's also been having fun with the light table.
I stuck some googly-eyed halloween face stickers onto scrapbook paper
and trimmed around them. They're fun little light table manipulatives.
"C" drew this Haunted House to set up all of her little faces in the windows. 



"C" drawing her Haunted House on drawing paper.


This little tray has been popular with both of my girls!

It was inspired by the awesome activities from the 
(go check it out, she has the cutest games there)

"C"s favorite is cutting the strips of scrapbook paper.
She actually cut out all of the little skeletons
then wrote "Boo!" on the back of them and put them in that little tin candy box.

The hole punch is a bit harder for her but "E" (age 8) really likes it.
We also tried sharpening some Halloween pencils but she likes 
the electric sharpener better! 

We also have two little buckets of spider rings with a set of tweezers
but I didn't get a photo of it.
"C" likes transferring the spiders back and forth and sorting them by color
(orange and black.) 


And, of course, we've been having fun with the Halloween sensory table.


Are you doing any halloween-themed activities
 at home or in your classroom this week?

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama


Monday, October 24, 2011

Halloween Themed Sensory Box!




Halloween is fast approaching 
so I better get the rest of my Halloween posts up this week! : )


Here is a quick peek for you of this year's Halloween Sensory Box
currently being played with in our playroom.
Except the girls dumped out the contents yesterday 
from this plastic storage box into our (empty and dry) water table. 
(Sorry, I don't have a photo, my camera's battery needs to be re-charged!)


Dry Black-eyed peas, some dry black beans,  and a handful of dry orange rice.


We also have some craft foam halloween shapes 
(a black tree, owls, tombstones, skeletons, pumpkins)
 Pumpkin, spider, and bat erasers.
Tiny plastic skeletons.
Wooden craft store ghost cut-outs.
Ghost cookie cutter, rubber rats, fuzzy spiders,
Orange Yarn/ homemade pom-pom pumpkin. 
Pumpkin scoops, and orange bucket.


Happy Halloween Exploring!

Do you have a "spooky" sensory box or table theme going on right now?

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama



Thursday, October 20, 2011

* Easy Fall Kid Craft: Colored Glue Leaves With Watercolor Resist



We've been doing lots of fall crafting around here lately.
This project evolved from our colored Elmer's glue projects.

The girls asked if we could make big fall leaves with our colored glue
and I said, Absolutely!


We started by lightly sketching big leaf shapes on white drawing paper
with pencil, then outlining the pencil lines with colored Elmer's glue. 
For directions on how to make your own colored Elmer's glue 
see our post here about making your own Rainbow Glue


The next day, after the glue dried, we went back and started 
coloring the leaves in with watercolors.

We like Rainbow leaves around here, can you tell?


"E" painting some leaves.


"C" painting some leaves.


Mom painting a leaf.


While the watercolor was still wet, 
we sprinkled some table salt over some of them 
for a fun mottled look! 
(we keep a salt shaker in the art studio with our watercolors
for this exact purpose!) 

Just shake/brush off the excess salt after the watercolors dry.


Now, what to do with our giant colorful leaves?


I think we may cut them out and put them up in the 
playroom windows with our sand paper leaves!


I recommend doing this project with ages 3 and up.

For this project you will need:
Pencil
Colored Elmer's Glue (see our recipe here)
Watercolors
Drawing paper or watercolor paper
Salt (optional) 


Happy Fall Leaf Painting!


Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama


Monday, October 17, 2011

Sandpaper Leaves




Good morning and happy Monday everyone! 
It's cloudy and cool here this morning,
but we had some beautiful October weather all weekend. 
Now if we could just get over our fall cold's we could really have some fun!


We're sniffling and hacking but we're still crafting!

The girls and I decided to make some sandpaper leaves 
to decorate the playroom windows. 
(Pardon their Pajamas in the photos, that's how we roll around here.)

This project is great for preschoolers (ages 2-3) on up!

You will need: 
crayons, sandpaper, and scissors 
(if you want to cut them out like we did.)


We started out by looking at leaf shapes (collected from our yard)
and drawing the outlines in black and dark blue crayon 
on some half and quarter sheets of sandpaper from the Dollar Tree.


Then, we sat down and started coloring the leaves in with crayons
on the sandpaper. The girls really liked how vibrant the colors are on sandpaper.
Coloring on sandpaper is also a great way to sharpen your crayons!


Leaves in progress...


Happy Rainbow Leaves!


Finished leaves cut out and ready to hang in the playroom window!



You can take this project a step further and put your sandpaper and crayon leaves
face down on a t-shirt or piece of paper and iron it to make a melted crayon print!
Alpha Mom blog has a great tutorial here if you want to try making a crayon printed shirt!

We decided to "leave" ours alone, the girls didn't want the colors to run,
I may try one later.  ; )

Happy Fall Crafting! 

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama


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