Crossing the Finish Line

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TODAY IS THE DAY! I DID IT!  I’M CROSSING THE FINISH LINE!

For the past 31 days I have been posting about fun play activities you can do with children.  Play based learning is who I am and how I connect with children. I think it is fun to explore the world with imagination and creativity. This month I have discovered my desire to create my own patterns and my own activity ideas.  I hope my post have inspired you to be creative with the children in your life.

Here is our final  – 31 Day of Play post:

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Skittle Experiment 

Supplies:

  • Skittles
  • Plate
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Arrange the skittles in a circle on the plate
  2. Pour the water in the center of the plate
  3. Wait a few minutes and watch the rainbow appear

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DIY Pilot Hat and Goggles

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In preparation for a field trip to the National Air and Space Museum with my little buddy I made the above Pilot Hat and Goggles.  The original pattern was made without a lining and my crafty self decided to adapt the pattern a little.

Click links for the free patterns from Parent Magazine

Pilot Hat Supplies:

  • 1/4 of yard of Brown Fleece
  • 1/4 of yard of Black Fabric

Instructions:

  1. Cut hat out of the brown fleece and black fabric.
  2. Place the brown fleece right sides together and sew the center seam of the hat.
  3. Place the black fabric right sides together and sew the center seam of the hat.
  4. Take the brown fleece and black fabric and put it right sides together.
  5. Pin the hat together leaving a gap at the base of the neck so you can turn the hat right side out.
  6. Sew around the hat leaving the gap open.
  7. Turn the hat right side out.
  8. Iron or finger press the seams flat.
  9. Fold in the unsewn edges of the gap.
  10. Top stitch around the entire hat

Although I love the look of my googles, I  suggest using foam per the pattern instructions. The felt and vinyl are hard to work with on such a small item. Blame it on my sewing skills but I promise you it’s not worth the headache.

 

 

 

 

Q-Tip Bat Silhouette Art

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Q-Tip Bat Silhouette Art 

Supplies 

  • Tempra or Acrylic Paint
  • Wax Paper
  • Q-tips
  • Black Cardstock or Construction Paper
  • Bat Silhouette Template  (Click link for  8 x10 printable)

Template originally posted by Love and Anarchy

Instructions

  1. Print out the Bat Silhouette templates
  2. Put tape on the back of the bat silhouettes
  3. Arrange the bats on the black paper
  4. Squirt paint onto either wax paper or a paper plate
  5. Dip the q-tip of your first color and begin to stamp around the outside of the bat. Be sure to cover all of the edges of the bat so the silhouette will be crisp and visible.
  6. Continue to add more dots to the painting until  you like your creation
  7. Allow the art to dry for about 30 minutes before pulling up the silhouettes

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Watercolor Ice Painting

 

Watercolor Ice Painting

Making watercolor ice (ice cube paint) is a blast. It was fun watching Kate figure out how many drops of food coloring she wanted in each ice tray slot to create different shades of color. The emerging little color blender learned to correct a color combination when she added too much or not enough food coloring. She thoroughly enjoyed the experimentation.

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Here are a few helpful tips if you want to take on this adventure:

  1. Develop this activity in two parts. Part 1, create the colors and allow the ice cubes to completely freeze overnight. Part 2, begins with frozen paint to allow maximum creative time to paint with the quickly melting ice cubes.
  2. This project is best done as an outside activity.
  3. We used toothpicks in our trays but I would highly recommend using popsicle sticks to gain more control over the ice cube when you’re painting.
  4. We recommend heavy duty paper watercolor paper or white cardstock paper.
  5. If you want to add dimension to your picture try using a white crayon to create a water resistant look.
  6. Reuse the colors by placing the tray back into the freezer after your pictures are created.
  7. When you are ready to dispose of the colors I would suggest pouring the colors into a grassy area rather than a sink.
  8. If you spill any food coloring on a counter, I would suggest using Clorox Wipes to clean up the area.

This is a simple activity that yields a lot of fun creations. Here are all the supplies you need to start your ice watercolor painting.

Supplies:

  • Ice tray
  • Food Color
  • White Crayon
  • Popsicle Sticks or Toothpicks
  • Watercolor Paper or Cardstock Paper

We would love to hear what you think of the activity.