Roy G. Biv with Licorice

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I had some Twizzler Rainbow Twists left over from a church snack, so the kids and I used them to learn that Roy G. Biv can help us remember the colors of the rainbow.  I cut the pieces in half and gave each kid their own set.  Then they took turns identifying the colors in the Roy G. Biv’s name and putting their pieces in order.

It’s a fun and simple way to help your kids learn their colors!

R – red

O- orange

Y – yellow

G – green

B – blue

I – indigo (no indigo licorice, but explain to your kids that it’s between blue and violet)

V – violet

Marshmallow Painting — Art

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This is a very easy art method to use with your children.  We simply squirted out blobs of different colored tempera paint onto foam plates and dot-painted with marshmallows.

You can use mini, regular-sized or jumbo ones.  You can even find novelty-shaped marshmallows during the holidays.

Just be prepared to let your kids eat a few marshmallows on the side!

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My youngest daughter enjoyed making an abstract picture.

Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects by Jack Challoner

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I found Maker Lab when we went to the library in a nearby town.  I was hoping that we would be able to do a few of the projects in our homeschooling, but that will have to wait.  We’re packing up to move and most of our supplies are languishing in storage right now.

Premise:

This book is aimed at kids who want to do their own maker projects.  The 28 projects fall into four categories: Food For Thought, Around the Home, Water World, and The Great Outdoors.  Each project has a supply list, clear instructions, a sample, and a short explanation about how it works.  The pictures are colorful and engaging, and enhanced by whimsical doodles.  There is also a short glossary at the end of the book to explain some of the more scientific terms.

My thoughts:

If I were a child, I would want this book!  That’s because I’m a perpetual crafter/project-tackler.  Any child who enjoys doing those hands-on projects will get excited when they see the awesome projects they can complete themselves.

The illustrations and projects are great, but there are only 28 total projects.  So while this is a fun book, it will not keep the dedicated project-maker occupied for too long.  Once you’ve tackled all of the projects, it would be a nice gesture to pass it on to a friend.

I would recommend this book for children of all ages.  The younger ones will need help with the projects, and the older ones will gain satisfaction from completing the projects on their own.

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Birthday Invitations – Art

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Making birthday invitations is a great way to get your child doing some art!  It is very similar to cardmaking, but this is just another application for the using same techniques.

The invitation above is one that my eldest son made a couple of years ago for his Link-themed birthday party.  I already had all of the supplies he needed, except for the Hyrulian Crest stamp from etsy.

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He used an invitation stamp with fancy lettering inside, and went back to fill in the details later by hand.  My son really enjoyed this hands-on projects.  They didn’t turn out perfect, but he got the satisfaction of doing the job himself.

It can be difficult to hand over party details like this to your kids, but it is well worth it.  I’ve started trusting my kids to do more, instead of taking over because of my perfectionistic nature.

Valentine’s Day Box – Art

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Here is our Valentine’s Day box from last year!  This is a fun and usable group art project.  You could let your kids plan out a design ahead of time or just wing it.  It’s totally up to you!

I used my X-ACTO knife to cut a slot in the top of our box.  For decorating, we had some silver and pink duct tape left over from other projects, so we decided to use those colors on our box.

The kids decorated the entire box with Valentine’s stickers that I had gotten at the dollar store.  I’m glad I got several packs because they went through almost all of them!

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To finish off the ends of the box we put on some washi tape I had sitting around–silver glitter, heart garland, plain pink, and pink polka dots.  The tape may not stay on the best, so a bit of clear tape on the ends might help.

I hope our box has provided you with some inspiration for decorating your own Valentine’s Day box.  We just used an old gift box and items I already had around the house.  See what you can make with your odds and ends!

Cardmaking – Art

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This is another art activity which lends itself well to the homeschooling family.  When you and your children make cards for your friends and loved ones, you’re also undertaking an art project.  This is a wonderful way to teach your kids to think of others and send them a note of encouragement.  Sometimes it’s nice to get a card in the mail when you are feeling alone, discouraged, or forgotten.

There is no right or wrong way to make cards, so kids can come up with their own designs, and experiment to their heart’s content.  If you start making cards with your kids, just be careful that you don’t get sucked into the never-ending list of supplies available to you.  It can be quite addicting!

Below are some of the basics that we use in cardmaking.  All of these items can be found at your local Michaels or JoAnns.  There are many, many more supplies available to you in addition to what I have listed here.  Have fun experimenting and see what you like best!

Adhesive Foam Dots

Adhesive Runner Tape

Bone Folder Tool

Circle Punches

Clear Polymer Alphabet Stamps

Colored Card Stock

Envelope Punch Board

Ink Pads

Paper Trimmer

Sizzix Big Shot Plus Cutting/Embossing Machine (or other brand)

Stamping Blocks

Stickers

Washi Tape

White Card Stock