April 17, 2014

Sensory Print Making

Unlike many of the art projects we do, this one is very much process rather then product oriented. It is also mainly aimed at the 2-3 year olds. In fact we learned how to do this from our Parents as Teachers coordinator.  

The items you need are finger paints, shaving cream, freezer paper, and white paper to make prints with.

Start by taping your freezer paper, shiny side up, to your painting surface. We used painters tape, but masking tape works too.

Squirt on some shaving cream to start the fun. This alone is great sensory fun even for the big kids.

Then add some finger paints (ours are courtesy of  CraftProjectIdeas.com).  Once the kids have squished and smeared the paint you can have them draw in the fluffy paint with fingers or

Once they are happy with their drawing you can use paper to gently make a print of their picture. Then they can spread the paint out and draw again.

It was a great time to talk with the girls about reflections too. It was especially obvious when they would write their names in the paint and then their names would be backwards on the prints. We even tried writing our names backwards to get them the right way on the prints!

Overall, they loved the messy fun, and the freezer paper made the clean up so much easier!

April 15, 2014

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April 13, 2014

U is for Ultrasonographer

Our Community Helper for U is Ultrasonographer! My girls got to see several ultrasounds prior to Eli's birth, and they were able to appreciate the profile pictures at that time identifying the head and nose.  Bria was really funny during one because when we saw Eli's spine she yelled "teeth!"  They still enjoy looking at their own ultrasounds as well (and baby pictures in general), so that is where we started. We looked at the ultrasounds, and I explained to them how when you look at ultrasound you are looking at a cross section of whatever the subject is or basically looking at the flat version of a 3D object. So as we looked at the pictures we talked about how the picture was formed and labelled the parts we could identify.

After looking at all the pictures I had a little activity set up for the girls to match up various objects with their cross sections that I had drawn on a piece of paper. They have practiced this with your typical 3D shapes already, but this time I chose some shaped Easter eggs and several kitchen objects that you could look at in different ways. I had them match up each object with the cross section, and then on ones with multiple cross sections I asked them what it would look like if I cut it a certain way, and then they found the pictures that would match.

They easily matched the eggs, but the boxes and cans were a little harder, and the straw was the hardest. They figured it out though!

Once we matched them all up we talked a little bit more about why you might have an ultrasound including to check on babies (one of their favorite subjects) as well as looking at other body parts. They were even able to describe to me what intestines might look like on an ultrasound!

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