Saturday, October 8, 2011

Taking a break.. calling it quits?

Well readers. I'm posting today to let you all know that I just am plain burnt out on blogging. I'm just not sure if it's my "thing". I absolutely love blog hopping and getting ideas and inspiration from other bloggers. But, I just don't have the drive and ambition to keep up my own. I've been doing activities at home with T still but just don't have the extra energy to blog about it anymore. I may or may not come back. Not sure if it's a temporary thing or for good yet. Just wanted to apologize. It saddens me a little. I do love coming here and seeing everything we've done. But, it's not in me right now to continue on with this currently. Thanks to all my loyal readers. It means so much to me that anyone even read my little blog and hopefully I inspired some creative ideas and brought colorful works of art into your life.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Leaf print stained glass

Another wonderful art-inspired idea from The Artful Parent.

Last Saturday, I was watching 2 of my nieces (age 2 and 3), and had them gather some leaves. Then, I taught them how to use the side of a crayon to make leaf prints. They kinda got the hang of it, but enjoyed scribbling around and drawing on the paper more. No big deal. The paper was really big, so I didn't think they would be interested in filling the entire paper up anyway. I think they're favorite part of this was just gathering up all the leaves. :)

The following day, I had T and A (3-year old niece), paint the paper with our liquid watercolors. They painted the entire strip of paper practically all by themselves. They really enjoyed this part.

After the paint dried, I cut the paper so it would fit into our window by the front door. Then, T and I brushed vegetable oil onto the back of it and stuck it onto the window.

I absolutely love all the beautiful colors and the way the sun shines through the paper. The leaf prints didn't seem to be so noticeable though, unless you stare hard at it, but the kids and I still like it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

First Day of Fall!

Fall play idea: Jumping in a pile of leaves

(The leaves aren't in a pile anymore in these photos, but still just as fun.)

Friday, September 23, 2011

What We've Been Up To...



More ice cube painting with a friend...

Practicing photography...
(photo taken by T)

The state fair...

Last beach trip before summer ends...

Happy Autumn!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mural Painting

A couple weeks ago, A (T's cousin that you've seen around the blog) spent the night over for the first time. Whenever A comes over, I love to do atleast one activity for the girls. It's fun to see how different, or how similar, their creativity and imaginations are.

This art activity was really easy. I just taped up a long roll of T's easel paper onto our backyard fence. Set out some paints and handed the girls some paintbrushes.

I also had the pool out full of water for easy cleanup. (Which actually became an activity in and of itself- mixing different paint colors in the pool.)

Body painting was also inevitable. Which was followed with painting of rocks and sticks. (Didn't get to take a picture of that.)

Friday, September 9, 2011

Montessori Activities

As you may have noticed, I haven't posted at all this week. I decided to extend my "blog vacation" for a bit. Not sure when I'll be back. I'm thinking most likely next week, but honestly, I think I'm going to slow down on my blog post numbers. One reason being that T is now in school so we might not be doing as many activities together each week. And the other, is I just need a little break. I even contemplated not continuing with my blog anymore now that T is in school and I'm a little burnt out. However, I've realized that I really do enjoy blogging. And, I think we will still continue with activities at home, maybe just not as many as before. With that, I will post when I feel the desire again. (I do have some things to post, I just haven't had the ambition to post them.)

Anyway, I did run across a wonderful list of age-appropriate Montessori activities for you to do with your child at home. Perfect for those rainy days ahead.

Montessori Activities for Pre-schoolers

I don't think I mentioned before, but T began a Montessori school this year. I can not say enough how excited I am for her to be going to this school. Everything about it, the teachers, the classrooms, the parents, the playground (you get the point), is just too perfect and I know will be a great fit for T.

Also, I wanted to add that this is my 100th post! Wow! Wanted to say a special thank you to all my followers and supporters of this little blog journey I've begun. I feel honored to have even one person who appreciates my postings. I hope to have many more inspiring activities and ideas to come! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. :)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Photo of the Week

First Day of Preschool

Also, want to add that I will be taking a 4-day weekend blog vacation! Be back soon! :)