Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tie Dye Leaves

Coffee Filter Leaves

It does not have to be fall to make colorful leaves.  This is an easy project indoor project that the kids love and you have all the stuff in your kitchen. 

What you need:
  • Coffee filters
  • Cookie tray or Art tray
  • Colored markers
  • Spray water bottle
  • Salt
What you do:
  1. Cut your coffee filter in the shape of a leaf. 
  2. Color it with markers on the tray
  3. Spray with filters with water bottle
  4. Sprinkle salt over the top
  5. Let it dry
  6. Add black leaf line when dry.
Tape them to the window or to a tree and make a tree.

I got this great idea on the Chocolate Muffin Tree.

Read, Read, Read All About It

It's a News Paper Fort

It's mid-winter break this week here so all the kids scheduled activities are canceled.  What to do all day?  I pinned this long ago and finally collected enough new papers to pull off this project.  Let's build a news paper fort to play in.  Morgan help roll the paper and count the paper rolls.  You will need 12 triangles of rolled paper. That's 36 rolls of paper. It took about an hour to build. We also used duck taped to help reinforce the fort.

For instructions go here :

We covered ours with blankets and the kids have been playing house all morning.  Turn the lights off and add flash lights for fun.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Leaf Prints


Here is a basic but fun project to try with your little ones.  This is a great project for teaching about color, lines, shapes and textures.  And the results are so pretty and unique.
What you need:
  • leaves
  • paint
  • paint brushes or sponges
  • paper
  • art tray or cookie sheet
What you do.
  1. Collect different shape leaves
  2. Pour some paint on the art tray and smear it all around
  3. Paint your leaf or lay it in the paint.  Be sure to paint the entire leaf so it is completely covered.
  4. Place the leaf on clean paper and place another sheet over the top of the leaf.  Press firmly on the paper.
  5. Pull off the top paper and slowly pull off the leaf to reveal the leaf print
We created an assembel line with three trays.  The first tray had the paint, the second tray was for painting the leaf and the last tray was for making the leaf print.  This helped keep our paper clean.