Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Glorious Mess: The Final Chapter

Our many-part Valentine's Day creations are done!  The last part was to cut up some of Lucy's finger paintings into hearts and have her glue them on the cards we made earlier.  She fingerpainted with her usual relish, but the gluing quickly became dull.  Alas.  Regardless, they turned out truly beautiful.

For some reason the photo uploader keeps turning my pictures the wrong way!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Holy Hoodie, Batman!

 I was editing an Etsy listing and got some super cute pictures of Malcolm is his cute green hoodie!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Glorious Mess Part II - Heart Stamps

 As I said in the original post, I had intended the soap bubble prints to be the foundation of Valentine's Day cards for family and friends.  While the finished product was nothing like the example that I found online, they were colorful and fun, and 100% Lucy-created.  So I decided to soldier on with the project.  This was phase two - decorating the bubble-painted cards with toilet paper roll, heart-shaped stamps.  This is a super-easy, fun project. 

One or two toilet paper rolls

-Smoosh the toilet paper roll into a heart shape and tape into place
-Squirt some (washable) paint onto a plate
-give your little artist the stamps and the paint and let creation ensue

Again, Lucy did her own thing.  She did a few stamps like this:

But most ended up fingerpainted with hand prints like this:

Happy Valentine's Day...from the toilet paper roll...

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rolly Polly

It has been a big week here for the littlest member of the Corbett family.  Malcolm, currently pushing 18 and a half pounds, rolled from back to front for the first time on Sunday and on Monday, lo and behold, he sprouted his first tooth!  Grow baby, grow!
Teething hurts.  Stop looking at me.

Look, Mama!  I'm a roller!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

A Glorious Mess

I was looking for a fun art project for Lucy that didn't involver her embellishing something I had made, or trying to create something along lines I had drawn.  I am starting to realize that preschoolers don't really do "crafts" so much as they experiment with art.  The best experience for Lucy is me just providing the media and letting her explore the process of making something.

This project looked like a lot of fun to me.  And it was something where there was really no expected "product" so I felt like I could just let her have fun with it.  Turns out it is easier said than done, this allowing the mess to flow without any expectations!  The idea is that you make soap bubble paint solution and blow bubbles.  Then you take pieces of paper and tap them on the bubbles to make fun bubbly prints.  My big plan was to use the paper she decorate to make valentines for grandparents.

You need:
Bubble solution (see below)
a drinking straw
a dish
thick paper (any paper will do, but if you do this project like Lucy did, you'll need something that will stand up to a full-on dunking)
a smock for the kid (maybe one for yourself)
a washable surface to contain the mess
lots of towels

Here is the recipe for the bubble solution:
3 cups of water
1 cup of dish soap
1/4 cup of corn syrup
1/2 cup tempera paint

A word to the wise: use a dish that is AT LEAST 4" deep.  This is a lot of liquid.

True to form, Lucy didn't care one bit about what the project was supposed to be!  We mixed it up together in the kitchen.  "Oooo, gooey!" was her comment as a glopped the paint into the mix.  I spent the whole time we mixed telling her this wasn't for eating for drinking.  We were going to do bubble painting!  As the original poster of this project suggested, I poked a hole in the straw to prevent her from drinking the mixture instead of blowing bubble with it...it didn't work out so well.  I put the dish down, gave her the straw and showed her how to blow the bubbles.  Then I went the 12 steps to the kitchen to get the paper.  Coughing ensues.  I hear a pained (and perhaps a trifle betrayed) little voice say "It doesn't taste good!"  No, sweetie, it soap mixed with paint doesn't taste good, even with corn syrup added.

So after a drink of water, much coughing and a little vomit, we were back to the project. Lucy wanted nothing to do with blowing bubbles this time (which I though would be the most fun), so I was the bubble blower. She dunked the paper, scooped bubbles, painted with the straw, spit, fingerpainted, splashed in the paint and generally did everything but the actual project. After a while I stopped trying to direct the mess and let it flow. What glorious fun!

You can see the remnants of her taste-test on her fac...

And then, an hour later, I notice it is raining on Lucy's art project.  Sigh.