Two projects at once... yippee! I didn't get last weeks project blogged so they are both included in today's post.
It's the BIG 4th of July holiday this weekend and my kids are counting down the days until they get to make the special trip to the firework stand. Since fireworks, parades and camping at grandma's house are all they can think about I figured we should continue the celebration with our art this week. I personally do not have any decorations for the patriotic weekend and thought we should change that. That was my inspiration for this weeks project. I combined an art project that I did with Will's 3rd grade class using colored sand and added glitter this time. To paint with sand you use a paint brush and paint elmer's glue then sprinkle the sand with a spoon over the glue. Dumping the excess sand and glitter back into the bowl as you go helps the glitter go a long way. I mixed 3 part colored sand with 1 part glitter in matching color in a bowl for the kids to work from. Below is the sample I displayed for the kids.
Since I was really in the holiday spirit I got a little carried away with the snack. I found this wonderful recipe for flag cookies on the cooking photographer blog. ( A new to me site that I am loving) These cookies are flavored with raspberry jello and very berry jello and taste just like you are eating crunch berries out of the cap'n crunch box. I have never seen my kids eat as many cookies as they ate today.
This is a great art project for kids of ALL ages. Sasha sat on the grass and worked with minimal help from me and loved every minute.
This cutie loved his project so much he carried it around and never wanted to put it down.
I really wanted to take a picture of all the flags hanging on the art clothes line but the wind was gusting over 35mph and so we had to improvise. Here is most of the gang and their masterpieces.
Last weeks project was inspired by an artist named Saxton Freymann who takes vegetables and turns them into faces and sculptures and then photographs them. I read the book "How are you peeling?" to the kids and then we painted a portrait using only cut up veggies as our brushes. Below is the sample I showed the kids. See if you can figure out what fruits and veggies were used to paint each part of the face.
Here is all our painting tools NOT our snack tray. I used Speedball block printing ink instead of paint so the imprints wouldn't bleed and lose their veggie forms.
This was a great project for little kids too. Sasha had a blast making blue hair with her corn on the cob.
Will used broccoli to paint the hair on his face and a pepper and celery for the eyes. The tongue is made out of the end of a corn on the cob.
Hope you are enjoying our backyard art!