Bingo dabbers and a paper-covered table
The kids dove into this provocation before I could take a picture.
Covering the table with paper really gives children the freedom to create on a much larger scale. This paper is Creativ brand easel paper from K-mart (just a couple of dollars for 5m). The dabbers are from a cheap shop (again just $2 for three dabbers).
I like dabbers because they are very durable. Jack (5.5 yrs) bangs them quite hard on the paper – you can see by the splat marks – and they stand up to the onslaught seamlessly.
The three compartment tray is also from a cheap store. The tray makes it easy for Jack and Sarah (3.5 yrs) to access the materials as well as put them away again when they are finished.
The paper was covered in dots and drawings by the end of the day
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This idea came from 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com!
The Christmas crafting has begun. I can not tell you how in love I am with these rainbow blocks! The colours are amazing, aren’t they? And they couldn’t be easier to make. It only took one evening in front of the telly to dye 200 blocks.
I’m keeping one set of 50 blocks for Jack and Sarah and will be gifting the other three sets. They turned out so beautifully though that I am thinking of making some more.
So, you want to make some now too, don’t you?
How to Make Rainbow Blocks
- Jumbling Towers (K-mart’s generic Jenga blocks) – I bought 4 tins (48 blocks in each) for $6 a tin. Bargain!
- Liquid Watercolours – We have these Watercolor Magic ones. Or if you’re outside Australia, you can find them here on Amazon
- Shallow saucer or flat-based dish – it needs to be flat otherwise the dye will run to the corners and be difficult to use
- Cooling rack – I just used my cake cooling rack
- Towel – to protect the table
- Divide your blocks into the number of colours you’ve chosen
- Set up your space; lay the towel, have your blocks on one side and the cooling rack on the other. You need to work quite quickly so it is good to have your space set up before you start
- Start with the lightest colour. For me that was yellow. Pour a few drops of liquid watercolour on the saucer. You are going to get dye on your fingers and this can transfer to other blocks. I started with red (and then yellow) and so a couple of my yellow blocks have red spots from my dyed fingers. If you start with the lightest colour, you won’t notice any marks as you move through the darker colours
- The blocks dye quickly. If you leave them in the saucer they will soak up a LOT of colour. You need to move quickly. Place one block at a time in the liquid watercolour; roll it to colour it, then quickly take it out. It only takes about 5 seconds to dye one block. Place your block on the cooling rack
- Leave it to dry and you are done. You can seal them with spray sealant but I don’t think I will bother. If you don’t seal them, the colour will bleed if the blocks get wet. So you’ll need to make sure they stay dry.
Aren’t they gorgeous?! I can hardly wait to give them to Jack and Sarah. I know they are going to LOVE them.
The idea for the blocks came from this really fabulous new kids’ book called, 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids: The Very Best and Easiest Playtime Activities from FunAtHomeWithKids.com!
This book is incredible. You really must take a look at it.
I’ll show you a few more activities from the book with a full review on Friday but if you are thinking about ordering it for Christmas, get in quick because it is selling out all over the place like crazy!
You can have a look on Amazon, try Adams Media Bookstore, or check your local bookstore.
There’s a bit of a rainbow theme going for my Christmas gifts this year. I have another little project on the go at the moment which I’ll show you next week.
So who else is Christmas crafting this year? And who is going to make some of these blocks?!!
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A couple of months back I started an email newsletter. In the newsletter, I had a section called, 30 Second Tips. In it I would give three simple tips that you could read in less than 30 seconds. Sadly after only three issues, my subscriber numbers quickly grew beyond the ‘free service’ limit and I wasn’t able to afford the monthly subscription fees (did you know bloggers pay to send out newsletters?!) .
Anyway, since I liked the section so much, and got great feedback from you guys, I’ve decided to include it here as an ongoing series. For all those who didn’t get the newsletters, here’s what you missed. Hope you like them
From Issue 1:
Fine-tipped Black Markers
Fine-tipped markers make excellent drawing materials. Their delicate line allows little artists to draw with great detail. Simply show your child how to press gently to protect the tip then let them explore. Leave them out with a sketchbook for when inspiration strikes.
Rocks & Gems
Got a little rock lover? Look up your local Lapidary Club. It’s a great place to get beautiful rocks and gems at really good prices. Plus, you get to speak with all the rock enthusiasts!
Reflecting Our Child’s Thoughts
Your iPad or tablet makes a great tool for documenting and reflecting your child’s ideas. Upload pictures of your child working – their drawings, buildings, interesting places you visited – and show them to your child next time you are working together. Showing children photos of their work, plans and ideas inspires new questions, new approaches and deeper learning.
Now’s your chance, what simple tips do you have for meaningful play?
(Let’s get some great tips going in the comments )
I’ve been thinking about different ways Jack (5.5 yrs) and Sarah (3.5yrs) could use the easel. For this provocation I simply clipped some plastic mesh to the easel. I thought it was interestingly textured and would create some nice patterns. I … Continue reading
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