Don’t stop creating just because you aren’t in the art room! Try some of these great ideas:
-study snowflakes like Snowflake Bentley
-Box City – your own Terrace Town!
Materials: Empty cardboard containers, large and small (cereal, cracker, toothpaste, beverage, toilet paper, paper towel, poster rolls) Glue
By gluing boxes together, you can make any kind of building: wide like a supermarket, tall like a tower, or stacked like a skyscraper. Add other cardboard containers to make chimneys, tunnels and balconies. To make your first building, glue two sides together and wrap rubber bands around them or lay them under a book. While that part is drying, build another section of the city. When the parts are dry, you can glue them together for one big city block or move them around to change the city. Do you know what every building is?
– Double drawing
Materials: Thick paper (tagboard or manilla folder), Dark Crayons, Dull Points (paperclip, pen caps, broken pencils)
Color big shapes with crayons, covering the whole board. Unbend a paperclip or take another point, and draw lines over the crayon. Draw faces, or decorations (like webs), or texture (like waves or clouds). When the scratch drawing is done, you have two pictures in one.
– Snow Dome
Materials: Small jar, cleaned. Very small plastic figure. Super glue, model glue or nail polish. Eggshells, cleaned. Several sheets of newspaper. Can or rolling pin.
Squirt a blob of glue o the inside of the jar lid and set the figure in it. Leave it alone for five hours to dry. Spread the eggshells between the newspaper sheets. Crush them to tiny bits by rolling a can over them. Slide or spoon the shells into the jar, then add water almost to the top. Squirt glue around the inside rim of the lid, and screw it on the jar. Dry it with the lid up. Turn it over and shake your snow!
– Little Loom
Materials: Shoebox, Scissors, Yarn, Tape, Stringlike Material (ribbon, tinsel, rags), Paper (comics, notebook), Spoon, Glue
Make V-shaped nicks along both short ends of the box. Stretch yarn from one short end to the other, around the nicks, making a sort of a harp. Tape down the loose ends. Cut thin strips of fabric or paper as long as the box is wide. Weave them across the yarn harp, over one strand, under the next. After four rows, press the strands tight with a spoon. Weave across the whole box. Dab glue across the rug and press the box lid over it. Flip the box, and gently pull off the loops. Cut off the extra cardboard and press the rug against its backing once more.
– Paper Bowl
Materials: Vaseline, Old ball, Newspaper, 1 cup white flour, 1 tbsp salt, Disposable bowl or Plastic container, Crepe paper
Smear Vaseline on half the ball and sit it sticky side up. Rip the newspaper into small pieces. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Drip in one cup of water and stir until it’s soupy. Dunk a paper patch in the gluey soup, squeeze off the extra, and lay it on the greasy part of the ball. Keep patching until you cover almost half the ball, and then paste several layers over each other until the covering gets thick. Add crepe paper patches for color. Leave it a day or more, until it’s dry, then pry your bowl off the ball.
– the new Madison Children’s Museum has lots of fun things planned including lots of art projects!
– the Aldo Leopold Center has Vacation Day programs available.
– Madison Public Libraries also have many programs available.
– Check out Kids in the Rotunda at the Overture Center
Have a wonderful winter break and I will see you all on January 3rd!
Go Badgers!! Rose Bowl 2011! ( Had to put this in here : ) )