Mardi Gras Masks

Ok, so it is the wrong time of year to think about Mardi Gras, but we have been working hard at finishing up our State Studies Unit 2 and these Mardi Gras masks are great project to go along with Louisiana. I don't often do projects with the kids that involves glitter and sequences, but I did make an exception here. We all had a great time making our masks.

This is a relatively easy project that requires basic "kid craft" supplies.

Materials:

  • Mardi Gras Mask pattern printed on card stock or traced onto poster board
  • scissors
  • markers
  • craft glue & hot glue gun
  • glitter, feathers, sequences, etc for decorating
  • paper straw, painted stick, long popsicle stick, or dowel rod for handle

 

Cut out your mask. We just printed ours on card stock but if you would like a sturdier mask you could trace it onto poster board. Be sure to cut out the eye holes (tip if you are having trouble using scissors for this step, try a...Read more

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Gammies in Pajammies

Several weeks ago I got a phone call from Fairy at 8:00 pm. 

Fairy: Gammy, do you want to come over for some strawberry shortcake and watch "So You Think You Can Dance?" with us?

NOTE: If you don't know already, my grandbabies are dancers. They started taking lesson when they were 2 and have never stopped. This year Fairy made "Company" at her dance studio. She will be taking 12 classes in the fall. These girls LOVE to dance. Watching "So You Think You Can Dance?" is like doing research... not to be taken lightly!

Me: Can I come over in my nightgown? I'm already dressed for bed.

Fairy: ((giggling)) YES! We have our pajamas on, too!

So, Tim and I got in the car, drove the 2 miles to their house, had strawberry shortcake, then settled in on the couch to watch "So You Think You Can Dance?"

Before we left...

Pixie: Gammy, will you come back next week and watch?

Me: Sure!

Pixie: Wear your pjs!

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Oil Pastel & Watercolor Bridge

For those of you who had been following along with our State Studies Unit 1, I wanted to let you know that our State Studies Unit 2 is almost complete. I have been adding everything you need to do the unit on the State Studies Unit 2 Overview page. I will not be sharing each and every week in a separate post for this unit but instead have added everything to the overview page. Be sure to stop by and check it out. I hope to have every resource completed by the end of next week.

Today I'm sharing the Oil Pastel & Watercolor Bridge paintings we did after reading Pop's Bridge.

Materials:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Oil Pastels (or crayons)
  • Watercolor paints and brush
  • Images of suspension bridges to work from

 

The lines of a suspension bridge make for an interesting art study. Start by looking at images of the Golden Gate Bridge on line or in your books.

Use oil pastels (or crayons will work) to draw the overall structure of the bridge, land edges, and small details...Read more

Wooden Rainbow Candle Sticks

As you may remember, a few weeks ago the kids made hand dipped beeswax candles (you can read about how making the Hand Dipped Beeswax Candles here). They had to cure in the freezer for 3 weeks so that gave us some time to come up with an awesome way to display these special candles. Since there were 6 candles, I decided in true Wee Folk Art fashion, that we need a set of wooden rainbow candle sticks.

I ordered a couple of different styles of wooden candle stick bases from one of our sponsors, Casey's Wood. I also picked up some brass ring inserts from them. To finish the wood, I used our soy craft paints and beeswax finish, which are available at A Child's Dream in their woodworking section.

Materials:

 

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