Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Activities for the Kids

Inspired by this post and this post by Meg over at the blog Whatever, I got out the Sharpies and watercolors and gathered my kids for some painting. . .and my thought was, hopefully a good half hour or so of no fighting.

We first traced circles onto our paper. Galeta and J did much better tracing inside a roll of masking tape than tracing the outside of a cup. For you with preschoolers, I recommend tracing inside a roll of tape or inside a round cookie cutter. You'll want to use a permanent marker so the ink will not run when you start painting.

Or you could do what Meg at Whatever did, she had her kids stamp the circles on the paper with a cup and black acrylic paint (but then you do have to let it dry).

After our circles were drawn, we colored them in with watercolors.

I felt like such a good mom. The kids were not fighting. . .they were thoroughly engaged in their paintings. I taught Galeta (home from Ethiopia for 3 weeks now) what a circle was and how to say it. We taught him the names of a few colors too.

I had organized an activity that kept a 4, 6, 10, 11, 14, and almost 40 year old entertained. Really, it was like so peaceful for a good 40 minutes. Look at their faces.


Here's J's final masterpiece:

And here's Galeta's:

And here's mine. If you use LESS water, the colors will be brighter. My kids kept getting that confused in their heads. . .they thought it should work: more water =more color, but no.

Oh it was a fun 40 minutes for all of us. We have gotten out the sharpies and watercolors and paper many times since then. It is a perfect activity for all age groups.

And it is so not messy. Well, until someone spills the water. Tip: pour a little bit of water in a shallow dish with a wide bottom as opposed to a cup, and the spills will be fewer.

Let me know if you give it a try. One last picture because the colors make me smile:

And for more activities to do with the kids, check out my Pinterest board called Kids Crafts (really all kid activities I have filed here). Click here for such things as 10 recipes for homemade art supplies: fingerpaint, watercolor paint, puff paint, playdough, flubber, bath crayons, lick&stick; stickers, bubble mix, sidewalk chalk & chalkboard paint or 38 Kids Crafts and Boredom Busters for the Summer. Also check out Meg at Whatever. . her Craft Thursdays can be found here.

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5 comments:

  1. Now on my to do list for track out, which starts Friday. Better yet, it's on my list for 'what to do' when a playdate starts going South! Thank you!

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  2. I love this! Especially for so many ages at once!
    Would you like to share this post at our Weekly Playdate link party? It would be a fantastic addition!
    You'll find the party here: http://beneaththerowantree.blogspot.com/2011/06/playdate-link-party-blog-hop-14-all.html

    Cheers,
    Lori
    Come & Play :: Playdate
    www.beneaththerowantree.com

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing your great post at our Weekly Playdate!
    I am featuring it in the fresh Playdate that begins tomorrow (Monday the 4th)~ so pop over, take a peek (leave another link!) and snag a 'featured' button!

    Cheers,
    Lori
    Come & Play :: Playdate
    www.beneaththerowantree.com

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  4. That is a wonderful idea! We do water colors a lot but I love the idea of filling in circles. Beautiful.

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  5. I love this idea! I would certainly introduce color theory here and the idea of color schemes/color mixing. Especially where the circles overlap: what a lovely opportunity! I would love to split-complementaries...what fun! We use solid cake tempera for our toddlers, and it's great! use like water color for translucent colors, or get fantastic opaque coverage, as well.

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