Harvest Pumpkins

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Halloween is over and the house is looking a little drab without all of the spook-tacular decorations. Thanksgiving is a great holiday, but not necessarily a flashy one. The other night as I sat looking at my bare living room I got an idea for some wire pumpkins. You know, something to place on top of the piano (or whatever) until you can “haul out the holly.” When I mentioned this new project to my husband he asked if I was going to make a cornicopia. I don’t want to go that traditional, but you should feel free to experient. I first started working with wire when I took a metal sculpture class at Salt Lake Communtiy college and was intruduced to Alexander Calder’s work. (Find out more about him at Artchive) Since I have ejoyed making all sorts of things out of wire. Use a small gauge and make a flower for a cute thank you card. Use think armature wire to make all sorts of fun decorations. Like these pumpkins. Check out the project of the week page for a step by step guide.

The Joys of Being Two Years Old

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Megan is my two year old and it is getting more fun everyday to do projects with her. joys2.jpgShe is starting to have a little longer attention span and actually enjoys sitting down with crayons and paper now. It is great to have this fun thing as there are so many less joyful aspects of this age. I will avoid spewing forth my complaints about the stubborness and testing that are such a major part of our lives; not to mention the TANTRUMS! I have a feeling that it is not just us, but some days can get a little long. So what do you do when you want them to have some fun and are feeling like a bad parent for how many times you have watched Monsters Inc. that day?

Why not try this, it is sure to please. Take a bottle of bubble solution and pour it into a few different cups. (Those take-and-toss containers that are found at the are great for this.) Add a few drops of food coloring and stir. Then lay out a few pieces of white paper on your kitchen table. Blow the bubbles above the paper and watch as joys3.jpg interesting little designs appear on the paper.

Now talk through making pictures together. Model your thought process aloud. (This might sound something like this:)

“Hmm, do you see any pictures in here?

Hey! this one looks kind of like a cat. I just need to add eyes and wiskers and a tail” (As you draw on the bubble.) This is actually a really valuable way to teach kids how to go through the thought process. By modeling out loud what you would think as you figure out what to do with your picture, you give your toddler a verbal outline of how to think through problems. You might feel a little silly, but research shows that modeling (as this is called) is how kids learn a lot of real life techniques.

Older kids enjoy doing their own bubble art too. They can really come up with some creative pictures. You can also make a game out of this by trying to make joys1.jpgsomething that starts with the letter ___. (eg “Hmm… can you find anything that starts with the letter “a”? Oh, that could be an apple…) You could also look for animals, etc.

Hope you have some bubbly fun with your little one too!