The boys are really into bugs lately
Here is another bug project made with an egg carton
W concentrating really hard creating his paper plate ladybug
Handprint fire inspired by our recent camping trip
Great for fine motor skills
A beautiful flower garden made with magazine cutouts
Birds on tree branches
The first part of the activity was making the trees
Create the branches using cardboard and paint as a stamp
They turned out so cute!
We made this easy kettle corn recipe as a fun treat to take to the beach:
Air pop popcorn
Add half a cup of pecans
Drizzle one tablespoon of honey and mix together
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes
When it cools add M&M's
Fish sun catchers made with coffee filters
Step 1: Cut out the shape of your fish
Step 2: Use a white crayon to fill in the details of how you want your fish to look
Step 3: Colour with marker and spray with water
Creating octopus' using recycled materials
The finished products
Making inchworms using bingo dabbers
The boys awesome inchworms
The idea behind this activity was to fill balloons with a mixture of water and paint. Then break them on the paper and create a beautiful picture. They had a blast but, some ideas are better in theory...
Nature paint prints
W picked out a bunch of items that he thought would make interesting prints
The beautiful finished product
This picture is inspired by all of the rain we have had lately
Muffin cups cut in half make great umbrellas
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 tea baking powder
1 1/2 cups butter softened
1 cup sugar
2 pkg. jello
1 tea vanilla
Mix all wet ingredients together, then gradually add dry. Quickly need with your hands, then shape into balls, dip into remaining box of jello, and flatten with the bottom of a drinking glass.
Bake for 8-10 min on 400 degrees
A flower garden painted with forks
W made this beautiful bouquet out of coffee filters
Colour the filter with marker, then spray them with water
The boys love to collect treasures like rocks, shells, etc.
W made this chest to keep them all in one place
W's shark (that is a little fish on the side of the teeth)
The teeth are cut from a paper plate
The boys tie dying their own shirts
They were very excited about the final outcome
It rained for a few days in a row, so we decided to make an indoor slide
W's beautiful spring flower pot!
This footprint robin turned out so cute!
Getting an early start with a few of our summer garden choices
Using old juice containers is a great way to recycle
Yes W is wearing his bike helmet, just because he wanted to
Spring inspired hand print flowers
Book hide and go seek
Hide ten books and read them as the kids find them
This easy activity makes reading a thrill
W making bunny ears
I couldn't get him to stop hopping long enough to get a good picture
The Egg in Vinegar Experiment
Immediately the egg became covered in bubbles
After one week soaking in vinegar (in the fridge) the shell had dissolved and the egg became translucent
The boys thought it was fascinating that the shell was gone
They loved the rubbery feeling of the egg
It only took me a couple of minutes to make this Easter themed word search, but it kept E occupied for a while
Great for reading
W making a rainbow using cut up paint chips
The vibrant finished product
Using Q-tips to paint paper eggs
E proud of the egg banner
Surprisingly only one egg was cracked in this process!
The vibrant eggs
It was the boys idea to put stickers on them to make patterns
Learning how to make maple syrup
Making chicks with handprint wings
Easter inspired sensory bin
Colour a coffee filter with washable markers, then spray with a water bottle
Gummy Bear Experiment
-it will sink
-it will grow
-it will change colour
-it became covered in bubbles
-it grew bigger
-the colour lightened
-it became slippery
E busy working on his love bug
The fished projects
Revealing hidden messages
Write messages on white paper with white crayons, then paint with water colours to uncover what they say
One of the messages
Love trees cut from magazines
Valentine's theme sensory bin
Made with salt
I love how you can take a regular snack, like strawberries and present it to a kid in a different way and it is like they are tasting them for the first time
Getting ready to play our Valentine's theme memory game
Great for memory and reading
W was so proud when he found a match
Our bean and lentil dessert
One of our rhyming turn dials made from a toilet paper roll
We made a race car track out of tape
They decided it also made a great running race track
'Dancing Raisins' Science experiment
-1 Cup of water
-1 tbs of baking soda (mix with water until dissolved)
-add 1/4 cup of raisins
-1 tbs white vinegar
Once the vinegar is added the raisins slowly begin to rise and fall like they are 'dancing'
The boys were fascinated by the chemical reaction
I love when the boys make up their own art activitys!
E decided to make these special arms that turned him into a robot man
Testing what materials are magnetic and what aren't
W would scream when he found a magnetic one
The boys love playing with water beads!
Design a snowflake using tape, then cover the picture with paint
When you are done painting, peel the tape off and you get these beautiful snowflakes
W had a blast painting the snow!
He used squirt bottles filled with water and a few drops of food colouring
This layered Jello activity goes out to my Grandma, the 'Queen' of Jello
For some reason playing with snow indoors is way more fun!
We painted these cute reindeer hoodies to give as Christmas gifts I got the deer template free on this website:
Popsicle stick reindeer
The boys helped me bake and decorate gingerbread men
They said they decorated them to look like themselves
Busy making toilet paper roll angels
E is tracing his hands to make the wings
The finished product
We had a bunch of buttons, so we decided to make them into Christmas lights on houses
W painting a Christmas tree using bubble wrap
An ornament made from a yogurt lid
Decorating shortbread cookies
E caught red handed eating the decorations
Reindeer made from fingerprints
Decorating Christmas trees made with contact paper
Making candy canes using construction paper and batting
The finished product
Christmas trees made out of scrap ribbon
W thought it was hilarious making a reindeer out of his hand and foot prints
The finished reindeer
The boys glued sparkly jewels to their trees to make them look like Christmas lights
Our natural pine cone garland
For most people Halloween ended back in October, but for W it's December and I don't think the costumes are going anywhere anytime soon!
The boys had a blast making "Gram Cracker" houses
Obviously eating the houses was the best part!
The boys love making "Shrinky Dinks"
First you colour them
Then you watch them shrink and turn into a hard plastic in the oven
The before and after size difference
The boys made some of them into key chains
Homemade bowling pin set, inspired by our recent trip the the bowling alley
The classic paint by numbers activity never gets old
W wanted to make a skipping rope with all these leftover ropes and ribbons
It was a group effort to knot, untangle, and sort
This is an awesome fine motor activity
W using the final product
Paint chips taped together to make a basketball
Crazy monster guys!
Made using a Monster book kit
Making a home reno into an art project
W thought it was awesome that he got to paint the fireplace
Combining art and snack!
The boys love pumpkin seeds
The classic paper towel ghosts
Aren't they photogenic?
The boys making cupcakes for Elias to take to school
The finished product
Making cleaning up leaves fun!
E's new teepee. Made using this link: http://obsessivelystitching.blogspot.ca/2010/02/tent-week-day-four-twin-sheet-teepee.html
We have a ton of boxes from the move and it has given the boys endless entertainment. They have made everything from cars, to houses, to space ships, etc.
Back in the spring the boys planted pumpkin seeds, watched them grow, and produced their own little pumpkin patch
W very excited for his cooking class to start
Busy making pumpkin spiced muffins
Thanksgiving turkey craft
Just add food colouring to bubble solution
The finished product
The boys collected fall leaves to make these awesome crowns
Egg carton bats
The boy's latest obsession is making their own juice
The best apple juice ever!
Busy making paper pumpkins
Proud of their creations
Making tissue paper corn on the cob art
Crumple squares of tissue paper and place on glue
W was very proud of his finished product
Stain glass leaf
Apple picking on a beautiful fall afternoon
"I LOVE APPLES!!!"
They are too funny!
We collected leaves on our hike and made leaf rub pictures
Making fall trees, by dapping Q-tips in paint