Saturday, April 15, 2017

Creative Table - Week 7 {Easter}

I do enjoy the freedom of not centering our creative table around themes; however, when it is a holiday I can't resist! This week's theme, of course, was Easter! We've done some incredibly fun projects in the past, with such a variety of activities! Please take a look back at the following units, or keep scrolling to see what we did this week:




MONDAY INVITATION - DRAWING or WRITING PROMPT

{Complete the Picture - Symmetry Drawings}

I love this drawing prompt, and have seen several types on Pinterest. So I created three options, using coloring pages from the Internet. For the invitation, I provided a pencil for each of the kids, and a multitude of crayons!


Here is a close-up of our three drawing choices:


Honey Pot loves drawing, and I knew she'd want to complete each one!


Here are her creations--super cute!!


Little M&M has become more interested in drawing prompts recently, and I was so proud of his efforts today too! He seemed to really enjoy this!


He used yellow for the chick, so it didn't capture well, but here are his completed drawings. Adorable!


WEDNESDAY INVITATION - ART or CRAFT

{Collage Eggs}

For today's craft I provided assorted materials including markers, stamps, scissors, glue, ribbon, pompoms and foam stickers. I set out the invitation by leaving an egg-shaped piece of foam in front of each of their seats. I also left a paper template of the egg in front of the remaining pieces of foam, in case they wanted to make more!


They sure did! I think the sheer volume of supplies in front of them really piqued their interest in this craft. They were tracing the template, cutting out eggs, and decorating for a long while!





At the end of their creative session, this is what they had come up with. Some ordinary eggs with patterns and textures, some Pokemon eggs (Little M&M's main contribution) and a whole basket of eggs made by Honey Pot (on the left there). They were so proud of their creations, and had such a fun time.


Here they are up close:





FRIDAY INVITATION - SENSORY or STEM

It was a busy time of the week for us, so I set out a few very quick invitations for our STEM activities. First I started with this free printable from Picklebums. It is a Find and Color, and the kids both worked hard on these! I thought this page wouldn't be popular, due to the commitment it requires. But I was so surprised when both kids sat down and completed the entire thing with such interest!





For the next activity I printed these two mazes from Artsy Momma. I had forgotten how much Honey Pot and Little M&M enjoy mazes! I placed each inside a plastic sheet to save on printing, and had the kids use dry erase markers.




I knew I wanted to use some leftover plastic eggs for a STEM activity, but didn't know what to do! Finally I stumbled upon this idea from Frugal Fun for Boys, and knew it'd be perfect. I stuck some golf tees into our trusty piece of Dollar Tree floral foam, and left beside it a bucket of plastic egg halves to be stacked and balanced.


This was mostly for Little M&M to do while Honey Pot worked on her homework for school. He liked the challenge!


Later Honey Pot came over to see what he was doing, and took an interest too.



So she tried it out later!


And while she did that, I quickly set up a pattern egg activity for Little M&M as well. We've done this in various forms since 2014, and the kids enjoy it.


So there it is: an easy, Easter week at the creative table! We have something super special planned for next week, so stay tuned!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Creative Table - Week 6

MONDAY INVITATION - DRAWING or WRITING PROMPT

{Eye Sticker Drawing Prompt}

I just came across this idea from The Artful Parent, and thought it would be a perfect activity to add to my creative table arsenal. During my recent trip to Michaels, I found a roll of eye stickers for just $1.99 each, so I purchased one black/white roll and one colorful one. These are so much fun! Here is the invitation that I left out on our table for the kids:


Little M&M and Honey Pot came up with some really great ideas!



By the end of our drawing session, here is what they came up with. Honey Pot's are on the left; Little M&M's are on the right. Notice on Honey Pot's first page, she stuck with a Monster's Inc. theme, complete with Mike Wazowski, Sully and Randall inside the Monster's Inc factory!


WEDNESDAY INVITATION - ART or CRAFT

{Simple Painting on Scrap Paper}

Little M&M actually chose today's art project. He often goes to my craft closet and sets an activity up for himself on the days he is home from school (sorting loose parts, playing with the geoboard, making cards, etc.) Today he asked to use some leftover paints that came in a decorate-your-own-horse kit from over a year ago. I didn't even remember that we had these paints! So I set the kids up with this simple invitation:


Sometimes I get so carried away on Pinterest, looking for an awesome craft, that I forget the simplest offerings usually are the most fun! And when Sweet E arrives, the simple activities will be the ones I'll look for! Little M&M used some pieces of scrap paper from our bin of partially used papers. He loves going in there to use up little pieces of paper! He made a house and an apple tree, a pretty page where he worked on color mixing...


And then this beautiful mess! Process art. So fun!


Then later Honey Pot had a go at the paints.


This is what she came up with: a flower, clouds, a bird and a person. So cute.


FRIDAY INVITATION - SENSORY or STEM

{Magnetic Water Play + Whisking Bubbles}

This initial idea comes from And Next Comes L. Today was a warm, early Spring day so I wanted something the kids could do outside on the deck. I pulled out two clear buckets, magnetic counters and wands, bowls, scoopers and pipettes:


Little M&M was especially interested in playing with this!


He and Honey Pot quickly used their wands to gather all their magnetic chips.


They used their bowls, scoopers...


and pipettes right away!


Then I asked them if there was anything they wished they could add to their bins. Together they decided upon silicone cupcake liners (which they also favor when playing with playdough) and "something to mix it up with." I decided if I was going to get a whisk, then we were also adding some dish soap to make this extra exciting! They LOVED this!


Soon their bins were super bubbly, which definitely extended their playtime.


Eventually it led to "science experiments" on the deck. In other words...


soap EVERYWHERE!


It was a great way to end the week. Definitely a sensory activity we'll be returning to on a hot summer day, in bathing suits! Maybe I'll even give them each a sponge and put them to work!