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.

Hail

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A few weeks ago, we experienced some adverse weather in our area.  What I thought would be a regular thunder storm actually produced some rather large hail.  It was easily as big as the end of my thumb!

The kids and I took it as a learning opportunity.  We stood on our front porch, which is full of windows, and watched the hail bounce on the ground as it fell.  Once the hail was done falling, I ran outside and collected some in a bowl for the kids to explore.  We put a few in a smaller bowl and popped them in the freezer so that Daddy could see them when he got home.

I can’t remember the last time I saw hail this large!  And the kids really enjoyed this unexpected chance to explore a weather phenomenon!

Why not use real-life weather patterns to fuel a science discussion with your kids?

Recognizing Punctuation & Symbols

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This activity is very easy and cheap!  My son took this handout from church and circled all of the punctuation and symbols he could find on it.

When he was finished we looked at all of the different types of punctuation and symbols, and discussed when each would be used.  That’s it!

How could it get any easier to get your child to explore the uses of punctuation?

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

Cake Decorating – Art

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Cake decorating is a fun, edible form of artwork that you can do with your children!  The cake above is one that we did for Halloween one year.  My son found the design in a book and asked if we could recreate it.  We were very happy with the results.

The thing I like best about this type of cake is that it doesn’t depend on stellar frosting skills.  As long as you can get a basic coating of frosting on there, the rest is fairly simple.  It’s just a matter of assembling the different components and arranging them on the cake.  This is my favorite way of decorating cakes.

Decorating a cake this way, as opposed to using six different colors of frosting, five different decorating tips, and several custom cake decorating gadgets, is so easy that your kids could even lead the charge.  And there’s something magical about a cake when the design becomes 3-D.

Your kids will learn all about design, mixing colors, food artistry, flow and form, and how to translate their design into physical components.  It’s a great learning opportunity and you get to eat it when it’s done!  What could be better?

Mini Magnetic Canvas – Art

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I found these awesome little magnetic canvases at Walmart on my last shopping trip.  They’re in the arts and crafts section.  The kids had the option of using paint or markers, and they all opted for markers.

Now the kids’ artwork is displayed on the fridge.  This was a fun and easy art project and it’s totally open-ended, so that kids can express themselves in whatever way they wish.

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I traced the canvas on some scrap paper and gave the kids templates to plan out their designs before they tackled the canvases.  This one is from Son #2.  He likes designing crazy-looking people and aliens.

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