Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Gak ! Ewwwwwww.........

Mega, mega, mega cool project !!! And this slime will last for weeks !
You will need:
2 cups of glue (I used PVA adhesive glue)
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons Borax powder (found in pharmacy)
1 cup hot water
Some colours (I used simple gouache, food colouring will stain your hands)
1. In a medium bowl, mix the glue and 1 1/2 cups warm water until combined.
2. Add coloring until desired color is reached.
3. In a small bowl, mix Borax and 1 cup hot water.
4. Pour the Borax solution into the glue solution and mix well. Once the mixture starts to pull together, you can mix it with your hands. Pour off any excess liquid. If it’s too sticky, add more Borax.
5. Store in a Ziplock.
IMPORTANT!!! Make sure this slime doesn't get in your child's mouth.

Play dough tale.

Oh, yes - this is madness :D
Try this mix - play dough + glitters.... !!! Holy macaroni, how big mess but how much fun !
While girls were at it, I encouraged them to make up stories. They were coming up with dragon spit which trapped baby deer, flying lava carpet and a magic stardust mud bath which healed broken penguin's leg.
This is so far the most creative activity we have done so far - 10 out of 10 !
WARNING: Sparkling house for a week regardless of how many times hoovered...

Modelling clay colour blending.

This practise is very important and yet - super simple.
It is a great way to show kids how colours can be manipulated into beautiful blends. All you need is some modelling clay :)
Let them make snakes and balls, sausages and pancakes :)
Then, placing two snakes next to each other, keep twisting them around each other. Once it's done - make one big snake out of it by rolling it on the table and watch how colours have blended !
Kids will be at it for hours laughing in an excitement, discovering new shapes and colours.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Girly Sunday.

You will need : clay, beads, crayons.
Exercising those little fingers encourage them to roll and pull and squeeze clay, make different shapes until they have a smooth ball.
Once you are happy with the ball - press hard on it and make a pancake. Using needle write your name in the clay. Gently stretch the clay - lines you drew in it will stretch and leave gaps wider. That will make beading for those little fingers much easier.
Start putting beads in-between the lines.
Once the whole name is beaded, prepare crayons. Chop them in as thin pieces as you can. Then using fingers press into the clay making a space to put in crayon shavings. Any shapes you want. We chose flower shape. Add crayons to your artwork !
Now it's time to melt crayons and complete the artwork. I turned on grill in the oven and left the whole piece in the oven for about 3 minutes. Don't close the oven door, you just need to melt crayons a little bit not bake the whole clay. Otherwise the smell of melting plastic from beads will be unbearable. I tried melting it with hairdryer, bit pieces of crayon was flying everywhere (obviously... my blondness kicked in... ).
Job done ! Leave it over night to get hard.

Fancy flower pots.

Time to introduce kids to spray painting !
Oh, dear - pumped with excitement, they could spray the whole word if they would be allowed ..! They absolutely loved it.
Extremely important - do not do this without safety glasses or in a closed room. Outside is the ideal place to spray paint because the smell is very, very strong. Non stop supervision. Every so often spray cup was turner all different directions but the pot.. :)
Every so often I let kids to use every craft item in the house and this was one of those days. No limits ! They love it :)
Glue, paint, glitters, feathers - OTT all the way ! They will work on their project for hours !
Needless to say - finished items were absolutely..... SHINY and FANCY!!!