Monday, April 23, 2012

Let's get golfing!

We were in the sporting goods section of my favorite chain retail store over the weekend when I spotted, across the aisle, these goodies.

Yep.  I bought a bag of golf tees.  My kids were confused.  I had to explain what they were.  We are not golfers (and I'm not complaining).  I jokingly told them that we were all going to take up this new sport, but my laughter gave me away.  They knew I had something else up my sleeve.  

We're looking for any type of activity that Punky can do that forces her to use her muscles to push and pull objects.  My original plan was to use a large piece of styrofoam (such as what would be used to pack a small appliance in a box for shipping, etc).  However, we don't have anything like that on hand. What we do have is this box...Punky's story box.  What she really loves to do is color on the box, then sit in it and let someone push her around the carpeted floors.  Today, this box gained a new purpose.  

First, Daddy and I punched some holes in the box so Punky could just slide the pegs golf tees in.  She liked that, but quickly took to punching her own holes in the box.  Many of hers don't quite make it all the way through, but she was having a great time!  Success!!

Punky's story box...full of golf tees!

Ready to make a new hole!

Punky insisted on getting this bucket in the dollar spot  of our favorite store.  Came in handy today!  

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Art Journal (3) - Show, Not Tell

This week, Belle and I are working on descriptive writing.  I thought it would be fun to do an art journal entry based on this.  More adjectives!  :)

I based this activity on yet another Pinterest find.

Each girl was assigned a feeling, and they had to draw a face that SHOWS the feeling. Then, I asked them to surround the picture with words that describe how the person is feeling...without using the word on their post-it note.

Here's how it turned out:

Belle's entry: Afraid

Sunshine's entry: Sick

Sick girl in bed.  At least she's getting some fresh air, right?  :)

Friday, April 06, 2012

Art Journal (2) - Easter graffiti

We decided that eggs are a universal sign for Easter and work well in our blended family.  Each girl drew an egg shape on her paper in graphite pencil, then colored it with watercolor pencils.  I encouraged them to decorate the eggs.  Then, they were asked to use light colors to completely color the rest of the paper, leaving no white.  They used fine brushes to blend the colors as they chose, and then waited a while for everything to dry.  They were asked to choose springy colors to write words around their egg that remind them of Easter.  Graffiti art!