Saturday, March 19, 2011

What We Did This Week - Week 6

Pinky is 5 years, Chaos is 36 months, and Wild One is 15 months

We didn't have a specific theme this week, though art did play a large role in most of our activities.

This week we started the online art class from Pineapple Paintbrush. If you're not joining in you really should be - it's a lot of fun! You can click the button in my sidebar to learn more.

We started by reading Mouse Paint since this week's class is all about color.

Then we moved on to a few of the activities Dani outlined in her class:

Color wheel (Pinky now knows all the primary and secondary colors - so cool!)

Color blending:

String painting (this was our favorite by far - even I had fun making a few pictures!)

Next we read the book Ish. It's a cute story about a boy who loves to draw and learns that his drawings don't have to be exactly perfect.

We decided to make some "Ish" drawings. I really wanted to encourage the kids to draw, even if they didn't think they could. I was so impressed by Pinky (who is always quick to say she "can't" draw something) telling me that she was going to TRY to draw a caterpillar. I think she did a GREAT job!

The caterpillar she was trying to draw

Her finished drawing!

The next book we read was Elmer. It's a story of an elephant who, though he looks different, learns what is special about himself. This was definitely the favorite book of both Pinky and Chaos this week.

Just for fun we colored some Elmer elephants with our oil pastels. The coloring page was printed from here.

For some non-art related activities:
Chaos has been very interested in learning his letters lately, and Pinky has been very interested in spelling. I traced our alphabet magnets and added pictures (our rhyming cards from Dr. Seuss week) to spell simple CVC words.

The kids both LOVED these. I plan to make quite a few more (these are double sided and "laminated" in contact paper).

I didn't want to leave Wild One out of the art activities so she made her first ever collage using felt and contact paper. This was a great sensory activity for her too! The idea for this activity came from here on The Activity Mom.

I also made her a Discovery Box (inspired by this post at The Imagination Tree) filled with musical instruments. She loved it!

Her Discovery Box - most of the instruments are from our years in Kindermusik or Melissa and Doug sets.

She dug right into the basket. Her favorites were the xylophone and the rainbow bottle (Pinky made it a few years back - it's simply an empty 20 oz bottle filled with beads and decorated with with rainbow tape. If you make one be SURE to secure the lid tightly).

My favorite picture this week...

Wild One is NOT pleased to be giving up her role as the baby in the family! I hope she changes her mind - Sprout will be here very soon!

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JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love the letter matching cards! What a great idea!

Dawn said...

I love the alphabet magnet c-v-c words...GREAT idea!

Giggly Girls said...

What a fun week! Great projects!

kewkew said...

Great activities. I especially love the alphabet magnet cards. We read Elmer several weeks ago when we did the letter E. I had never heard of the book before and we really loved it.
That's cool that you are also involved with the art class. Can't wait to see what your kiddos create next week.
Congratulations on your soon to be addition. Things definitely slowed down last year for us around this time. Can't believe my baby will be a year old in a few weeks.

Pip said...

i am very pleased to have found this post. I have been looking fopr some colours activities to use with the children i look after. Such a lot of great ideas and story ideas too. Thanks for sharing

Liz said...

Love the idea of the collage with felt and contact paper, we did contact paper and tissue paper last week and Avery loved it so I'll have to try some other collages with contact paper. Love the idea of a discovery box, we have all our instruments in a drawer but what a great way to present them, make them look so fun!

Aussie Mum said...

What a busy week! Love the music discovery box.

Brooke said...

Sounds like a great week. I really love the alphabet magnet cards. Such a great idea.

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa said...

We've been doing a similar art study. We're reading Mouse Paint and ish just like you. We also like the dot and little blue and little yellow.

I'm going to look up Elmer as we've just adopted a baby elephant and the children have been drawing little Naipoki.

We're continuing our Drawing with Children series this week and we're also sharing a FREE printable book: It Looked Like a Dot. It's perfect for all of your art activities.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Ish sounds very interesting, I have to look for it. My 4 year old also says that she can't draw, and maybe this book helps. Thanks for joining WMCIR!

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

What fun ideas! I love all of the rainbow colored artwork!

Thanks for sharing this at For the Kids Friday at SunScholars! I will be posting the next party tonight. I hope to have you linking up again this week!

:)rachel @

TheRockerMom said...

What a great week! I love the magnet mats. Excellent idea!!

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