Frozen-inspired Painting

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Brrrrrr…it’s cold outside!  Little Brother and I spent our first frosty morning of the season with this Frozen-inspired painting activity.  I absolutely love using corn syrup as paint because it dries shiny (we have made a fishbowl inspired by One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and a rainbow using corn syrup as well).  This time we added glitter for a whole new sparkly effect!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  a paintbrush, washi tape, a piece of cardstock, corn syrup, food coloring and glitter (which we received compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com)!  

 

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 1.  Mix the corn syrup with a few drops of food coloring and some glitter for your “paint”.

 

 

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2.  Place the washi tape on the piece of cardstock to make your child’s name (or another design).

 

 

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3.  Paint all over with the corn syrup paint!  (FYI:  If the corn syrup is super-thick, it will take quite a while to dry…so encourage your little one to spread it on pretty thin!)

 

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 4.  Let it dry completely and then remove the tape!

 

 

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 It glitters and shines in the light!

 

 

 

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Silly Putty Melting Jack-O-Lantern

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We made homemade silly putty this week and created our own melting pumpkins!  This was also a great time to discuss the 3 different states of matter (solid, liquid, and gas) and point out that silly putty is neither one!  I am planning to have this at one of the center activities for Big Brother’s fall party, along with some examples of the states of matter in gloves.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  Elmer’s Glue, Borax, water, food coloring for the homemade silly putty.  Please note:  There is some controversy surrounding Borax.  Based on my research, it is safe as long as it isn’t ingested.  Just be sure your child washes his/her hands after playing with it.  If you still aren’t comfortable, use one of the other recipes for making silly putty.

 


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To make the jack-o-lanterns, you’ll also need wiggly eyes, wood beads, mini pony beads, and green pipe cleaners.  We received all of the necessary supplies compliments of CraftProjectIdeas.com.  

 

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We followed the directions on WikiHow to create homemade silly putty.

 

 

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1.  Mix 1/4 cup of glue and 1/4 cup of water until it is completely combined.

 

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2.  Add food coloring.  We used red and yellow to make orange.  :)

 

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3.  In a separate bowl, mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 2 tablespoons of water until the borax is dissolved (if it isn’t dissolved fully, your silly putty will be grainy).  Combine both of the mixtures and it will start to congeal.  Remove the solid mass from the liquid and knead until smooth.

 

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4.  Make your jack-o-lantern using the silly putty and the bead, pipe cleaner, googly eyes, and mini pony beads.

 

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All ready….

 

 

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…several seconds later!

 

 

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I stored the jack-o-lantern sets in baby food containers.  They were perfect!

 

 

The Science Behind It:  Silly Putty is not a liquid or a solid:  It is considered to be a non-Newtonian fluid, which acts as a liquid over a long time period but as a solid over a short time period of time.

 

 

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Building Solomon’s Temple with Golden Blocks

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I am still working on supplementing our church’s curriculum for the unit on Solomon.  It is so intriguing to read about the building of the temple–how all the stones were pre-cut and no tool could be heard in temple while it was being built and all of the ornate materials used .  Since the temple was so magnificent, I didn’t want the children to build it with plain old building blocks.  It needed to be something extra special…hence building with golden blocks!

 

“And Solomon overlaid the inside of the house with pure gold, and he drew chains of gold across, in front of the inner sanctuary, and overlaid it with gold.  And he overlaid the whole house with gold, until all the house was finished. Also the whole altar that belonged to the inner sanctuary he overlaid with gold.”  -1 Kings 6:21-22

 

Here’s what you’ll need:  wooden building blocks and gold spray paint.  

 

 

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I purchased two sets of these blocks to make sure there was enough for a group of kids.

 

 

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 I laid them out on some plastic and then painted them with gold spray paint.  I let them dry for an hour, then turned the blocks and painted again.  All-in-all, I turned the blocks a total of four times.  Enough overspray got on the remaining two faces of the blocks that I didn’t need to spray 6 times.

 

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We used this blueprint to make the birds-eye view of the temple.

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SolomonsTemple“. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers

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 I have just about every “subset” of young children:  a school-aged child, a preschooler, and a baby.  I don’t currently have a toddler at home, however, but I recently came across these colorful clips at the Dollar General and knew they would make a great (and simple) color activity for toddlers!  

IMG 1084 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers   This activity is also great for developing fine motor skills, since children have to use the small muscles in their fingers to open and close the clips.   IMG 1074 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers   IMG 1076 500x333 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers     Here is my cute non-toddler finding matching colors for the clips!   IMG 1092 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers IMG 1094 300x450 Clip the Color Activity for Toddlers  

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Ping Pong Alphabet Bounce

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This is a super-simple activity that Little Brother loved!  I used leftover ping pong balls from our hands-on blood demonstration and the plastic inserts that hold frozen quiche bites from a baby shower I helped with several months ago.  To keep from ping pong balls flying everywhere, I also used a shallow plastic tub to tame the bouncing.    

 

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