We are always thinking how we can do science at home and one day Elsa asked if we could make crystals. So…. we popped to our local library and found a at home science book which had it in.
It looked too easy to be true as you only needed 5 things (eggs, water, alum powder, pva glue and food colouring). First of all we emptied the egg shell of the eggs (we made cupcakes), then washed them and left them to dry.
Then we painted a little PVA glue to the inside of the shell and sprinkled it with alum powder, then again we had to wait for them to dry.
We mixed up 2 parts warm water to 1 part alum powder and then added different food colouring. We stirred it for what seemed forever until it had all disolved.
We put the eggshells into the different mixtures overnight. The next day we removed them and placed them on paper towels to dry out.
We watch a programme called The Great Pottery Throwdown, which we love and one week on the latest series, they made tiles. We decided we wanted to have a go at making them. So we bought some air drying clay (as we don’t have a kiln 🙂 ) and used the tools we had already from our old playdough days.
First we had to warm the clay up to make it easier to roll out. We then rolled it out until it was about 3 or 4mm thick then we cut a square ish shape out of it.
We then used different tools to make indents and marks into it, we added clay to make the clay more 3d. The results were good.
We left them about a week on the window sill to dry, then we painted them.
One day while looking through our local library we found this book and the girls decided they would like to make a plush cube. (yay measuring and sewing) 🙂
I asked them which one they would like to make. Elsa decided on the Minecraft parrot and Anna decided on the pig. I asked them to design them on some squared paper and then work out what and how many materials they would need. We popped to our local Hobbycraft (brilliant shop btw) and purchased what we needed.
Firstly we measured 6 8x8in squares out of the felt which would be the base colour of the things we’d decided to make. Pink for Anna and red for Elsa.
We then cut them out and starting to sew them together. We left the sides which required more detail separate to make it easier to sew.
We then cut out 1x1in squares for the details then pinned them on the base squares. Elsa had face, wings, tail and Anna had face and tail.
They gradually sewed the pieces on and then finally sewing all the base pieces together we left a little gap so we could stuff them.
Then they finished off by sewing up the hole.
The girls did these mostly on their own. It took a little while to complete them as there was a lot to sew, but they completed them.
I asked the girls if they would like to do another lesson from the famous artists curriculum. We haven’t done any for quite a while so the girls were both very keen to do this. We chose Louise Nevelson this time. As we always do, we researched our artist a little bit to find out where and when she was born, where she studied and what type of art she was most famous for which is Monochromatic Sculpture. She mainly used wood for her art, but we wouldn’t have had enough so we improvised at bit and over the previous week or two we collected items we could use to replicate her art.
The girls found some box lids and designed their art pieces in those then stuck them down and left them to dry.
While it was drying we went to our local DIY shop to buy some acrylic spray paints. Elsa chose pink and Anna chose blue. We went home and went outside to spray the now dry pieces of art.
This has been one of their favourite artworks they have done 🙂
We did some tie dye because we have been learning about rainforests and all the colourful birds, flowers and animals that live there.
First we wet our t-shirts in warm water so that the dye would sink in to the t-shirt.
We twisted our t-shirts into two different patterns. In this one we have called it a sunflower fold and did it by twisting from the middle. We had no rubber bands so we used string to stop it from undoing.
We made the dye by mixing the dye powder with warm water and salt. We put the dye in squeezy bottles so it was easy to put the dye on the t-shirts. Next we dyed our t-shirts by squirting the dye in random places. We suggest wearing gloves or something on your hands so you don’t end up with colourful hands.
We put our t-shirts in a bucket of cold water to set the dye into the cotton. Then we rinsed them in warm water to get rid of any dye that didn’t soak into the t-shirt.
Left to dry on the washing line.
We really enjoyed doing this, it was really fun and we had great results. We didn’t think they would turn out this well but they did. They look amazing. We can’t wait to wear them.
We have been learning about the Amazon rainforest. Part of our topic was to create a game.
We brainstormed our ideas on a board about what we might see or come across if you were in the rainforest and then we chose the best ones to make our game.
We decided to make a game where you had to collect cocoa beans as you went through the forest, but you met good and bad things as you went.
We called our game Cocoa Bean Madness.
Firstly we cut out lots of cocoa beans and coloured stones and other bits, which we had printed from the internet. We used the stones to design the game and we used various bugs, villages and animals as ‘to do’ spots. We made our own spinner which worked well. We chose and printed out our own explorers as our moveable piece. We also decorated the board to make it more colourful, with trees, rivers and other animals and flowers.
The rules were, you use the spinner to move around the board and every stone you land on you collect a cocoa bean, but if you landed on a tiger you had to go back to the start, or if you landed on a spider you had to lose all your beans. If you landed on a village you collected 4 extra beans and if you landed on a parrot you get to go to the nearest village. The winner was the person with the most cocoa beans when everyone had finished.
It’s a lot of fun to play this game and the coolest thing about it is we created it and made it ourselves.
Lesson 3 of the Famous Artists curriculum, and this time it’s Henri Matisse. Elsa researched him and we chatted about the different styles of art he did. He is most famous for his painting/drawing with scissors which is basically a collage. He used a lot of organic shapes and very few straight edges. We had already done a name panel in this design so we decided to do his banner style this time.
Elsa decided one half of her banner was going to be a superhero style cutouts with Batman, Dangermouse and Star Wars all making an appearance. The other side was more organic and like the style of Matisse a little more.
To start with she cut out different coloured rectangles and stuck them down in two strips, then cut and placed the various things she wanted to put on it to see how they fitted. After moving them around for the best look, she stuck them down.
This was great fun. I know that because I did one too. 🙂