Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Watercolor Extraodinaire!

Do you know how many families have their own watercolors to paint with?.....

Me neither- but they are quite inexpensive if you buy the basic pack of watercolor paints that come with 8 colors and a paint brush. I spent less than $3.00 for mine at my local grocery store, and boy do we use them a lot!

Sometimes I draw a little something for my 3yr old to paint over. However, most of the time, he gets the most joy out of letting his imagination take him wherever he wants to go. By the end of our painting time, ive usually got three or four colorful blobs of jumbled color to display in my home for a while or to give as giifts to grandparents! But he sees with the  excited eyes of a child.....

Here's my favorite part of my sons time spent painting-

He is often quiet while he's creating each colorful, masterpeice. So when he is finished, I take time to really look at each one. I ask him what it is. Then follow up with more questions. For example:

Me: That's fantastic! I love the bright colors! What is it?

Him: That's my friend, his name is Monster!

Me: What is Monster doing in this picture?

Him: Well, Moster is a spy-ninja and he is after the bad guy. He can do all sorts of ninja things just like me! He can kick, and jump high, and do all sorts of flips and punches! I love Monster....

Just imagine the fun stories you could get if you had multiple children or invited your childs freinds (or play group) to paint together! Perhaps their creations would overlap into one epic, tall-tale? Or maybe they would all paint something very different and have fun listening to eachothers stories.....

Oh the possiblilties!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Puppet Time!

This week, at my home, has been one full of construction-paper-projects :)

I dont schedule out every activity we do, we just sort of play it by ear. I keep paper, crayons, water color, play dough, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, and other things on hand for whenever, and let my kids take the lead.

My 3 year old son has wanted to make puppets, or "puffets" as he calls them, almost every day lately. So we gather up colorful paper, crayons, and since i was out of glue, we used tape! 

I usually draw the shapes on the paper and then let him help me cut them out with children's scissors. (He feels so accomplished when i take the time to let him help). But even my 1 year old loves the tape most of all! We lay out each shape on top of paper bags and decide where they go. Then they help me apply the tape..... and a masterpeice is created!

But noone is completely satisfied until we've added a few finger-puppets to the collection. This is a bit more tricky, and i definitely recommend doing a search for free printable finger-puppets! But if youre willing to try, and not scared to have something turn out less than perfect, all you need is to draw your puppet, and cut it out! Adding a small ring of paper to the back of the finger puppet will allow a "slot" for a finger to slide and play time can begin!

Paper+scissors= infinite possibilities!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

ABC books.... All you need is construction paper and a marker or crayon!

My boys just dont care how many cute things i can make from Pinterest...... :)

In fact- the more professional it looks, the less interested they will likely be in it. So here is the simplest ABC book imaginable. Perhaps you've done it this way too?

Step 1. Cut paper into four or more squares.

Step 2. Draw desired letters and coordinating pictures on each page.

Step 3. Staple pages together.

Step 4. Let your little one color each picture.

Voila! Abc book complete..... easy-peasy!

* note: my 3yr old loves dot-to-dots. So i used dashed lines to write out the letters for him to trace :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Welcome Shpeal

Welcome to Moms and Kids! My goal is simply to find a group of moms and kids in my area to play with once a month. To take turns bringing a treat to share, take turns planning a group activity for the kids to try together, and let them be wild and free together!

I will also be posting ideas for myself and anyone else who happens to read this blog to try at home with their kids. And.... well, I will probably post pics of my own family's hooligan adventures :)