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Art with Bluebonnets

April 4th, 2019

   Art with Bluebonnets

Since spring has arrived here in Texas, bluebonnets will be popping around everywhere. To celebrate their arrival, we will be making these cute bluebonnet finger art. It is as simple as drawing a green line and dotting the line with blue finger dots. It’s simple, but we love this hands on craft! If your child does not like the feeling of paint on his or her fingers, q-tips can be used. Happy spring and happy crafting!

 

Pumpkin Zentangles

November 15th, 2018

 

 

 

Pumpkin Zentangles

The holiday season is creeping up on us! Soon Thanksgiving will pass and Christmas will sneak up on us once again. But lets soak up every bit of fall this November, and partake in this calming art project. I have attached a link for a printable of a pumpkin zentangle. Zentangles are so easy to prepare, all you have to do is print it out and color! Adults have crazed over the trend of zentangles, but I have found that our students also find calmness or zen in these projects. I like to offer only warm fall colors for these zentangles to enhance the fall feel of the project. If you want to make your zentangle snazzer, we like to cut out the zentangle and paste it onto a gold foil scrapbook paper.

Plenty of Pumpkins

October 12th, 2018

 October is the perfect month to teach your children about  pumpkins! There is so much you can learn with pumpkins!

 

Practical Life: Exercise their fine motor skills by pin pricking a pumpkin or snipping and gluing orange construction strips on a paper plate.

 

Sensorial: Make a pumpkin sensory bag! Cut open a pumpkin. Fill a large ziplock bag with the insides of the pumpkin. Let the children feel and see the seeds and the pulp!

 

Language: Read a favorite pumpkin story to the kids and let them take turns acting out the story.

 

Cultural/Science:

  1. Does a pumpkin sink or float?
  2. What is the life cycle of a pumpkin. How does a pumpkin grow?

 

Math:  

  1. Weigh a pumpkin.
  2. Measure around the pumpkin using a piece of yarn.

 

Art: Finally, have your child paint a silly face on a pumpkin and display it in your house!

 

A Blog by Anne Orcutt

 

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Snowy Tree Art

February 6th, 2018

This week in art at Montessori Country Day, we will be making snow trees. Hopefully making snow art will bring snow to Texas this month! It is important to show our students that we can make art in many ways. We can even paint with bubble wrap! Not only is this project simple, but also gorgeous!

Reference: http://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2016/01/bubble-wrap-snowy-tree-kid-craft.html

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Made with Love

December 21st, 2017
The holidays present many educational opportunities for small children. Allowing them to participate in your holiday preparations will keep them occupied while helping them learn and grow.
You may have already noticed with your child that they naturally enjoy engaging all five senses in what they do. While many special decorations may only be for seeing NOT touching, consider finding alternative ways for your child to explore.
For example, in December our toddlers made a gift for their parents; handprint Christmas trees. After they finished with their project, we were discussing how it felt when I brushed the paint onto their palm. Most of them said, “Wet and tickles.” Our finished project is shown below.
You can find similar opportunities at home. Baking is excellent for sensory, motor and language development.
  • Young toddlers will enjoy squeezing frosting tied in a sandwich bag. Whole-hand grasping builds strength and coordination. They’ll be amazed when you snip a corner off and they make the frosting squirt out!
  • If your child can refrain from eating raw dough, they can help roll dough and press cookie cutters.
  • Allow them to smell and taste fresh herbs and spices. Expanding their palate one ingredient at a time can help picky eaters accept new dishes.

Whatever the activity, always discuss and recount what you’re working on, name items, use a variety of descriptive words, invite them to repeat (even though they may not be able) and keep encouraging. The cookies may not be iced perfectly, but we know everything made with love tastes better anyway.

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Art Blog For November

November 17th, 2017
 Materials needed:  uncooked Corn on the cob, paint, paper 
The holiday season is just around the corner! This simple art project will keep your little one occupied while you can get some holiday chores done.
Just roll corn in a very thin amount of paint, coating all sides. Roll the corn across the paper to make corn textured patterns. If you have some, use the little pronged corn handles to make it easier to dip and roll for little ones. Have fun!

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Science with your child!

August 10th, 2017
 Montessori methods use a lot of hands on material for science. Just a fun summer activity you can do with your family is a sink or float game. This could be in a pool, a plastic bin, anything you can fit objects into to find out if they sink or float. This is a good experiment to open up other discussions. Some you can bring up, for example water retention, then some ideas your child will come up with on their own. Doing open ended experiments with your child is the best way to open their mind to creative thinking.
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Color Mixing Montessori Work

June 22nd, 2017
 Make this easy Montessori color mixing work!
It doesn’t have to be fancy, all you need is water and food colors. Mix science and art together by incorporating cause and effect.
What will happen when we mix red and blue? Purple!
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Coffee Filter Butterflies!

May 31st, 2017
 Materials needed: water spray bottle, do-a-dots, coffee filters, pipe cleaners
This is a great last minute, busy spring project, which is also an easy hack to replace watercolors. We just “dotted” the coffee filters with the do-a-dots, some children made rainbows, and some turned brown (be careful!).
Once the children had dotted their hearts out, we took the coffee filter over to the sink area and sprayed it with the water bottle until the colors blended. Make sure the sprayed coffee filters dry before the next step to prevent tearing. Once dry, scrunch the coffee filter in the middle creating the butterflies wing’s, and secure it with a pipe cleaner. Now our butterflies are ready to fly!
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Self Portrait Art in Watercolor

March 14th, 2017

During the month of February, the Elementary class made a watercolor resist self portrait for Art! This is how we did it…. We started off by drawing hearts with an oil pastel and we incorporated different patterns into the hearts. Once we perfected our hearts we went over them with watercolors, and WOW the watercolors did not affect the oil pastels! At the end, a silly “kissy” face was added on top to add to the festiveness.

This is definitely an art project to add to your list to try at home

To try it at home you will need:

Materials

  • Oil pastels
  • Watercolors
  • Watercolor paper
  • Paintbrush
  • Cup of water

Directions

  1. Draw any design or picture you’d like using the oil pastels. If your child prefers sketching their picture in pencil first and then going over it with the oil pastels, that works too!
  2. Paint over the oil pastel picture with watercolors.  
  3. Let it dry and display your awesome art!

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