paper, plate, and plane that artist woman creating a window collage Did you see the pretty window collage on the wonderful Filth Wizardry blog? I was inspired to do something similar with the children at preschool. The first step was to cut and/or tear different colours of tissue paper. We used our clear perspex easel instead of a window. Different kids arrived at different times and added their tissue paper to the easel. I had envisioned (a la filth wizardry) that the easel would be completely covered like this: But the children had other ideas. They carried over other collage materials and added them to the mix: Although it didn't turn into a stained glass window it still succeeded as a communal collage experience - and this week it will turn into a communal washing up experience!
diy Alright, alright, alright. (Picture me saying that in my best Matthew McConaughey voice.) Are you ready to see this bathroom done or what? Yea, me too. Too bad it's STILL not finished. Last time we left off the guys had just put up the dry wall. Here's where the large pantry-style cabinet will go... And here it is after about 7 coats of high gloss white paint....or was it 8? I left the doors on to paint it and a highly technical tool to keep it propped open... There are endless uses for toilet paper. I totally forgot to take a before picture of the cabinet. My chunky supervisor The men folk, on the other hand, chow down on pizza that comes in a box too big to fit through more doorways... But back to the bathroom. I'll spare you the long and boring step by step tile laying process and get straight to the good stuff. Next it was time for paint. (sneak peek of the floor!) It looked like a nice neutral grey. Plus it matched perfectly with the mosaic tiles. Powdery, baby blue walls. First I cursed.
Deep Space Sparkle Teacher Tom diy You know how they say one person's pain is another person's gain? Or something to that effect, at least. Well, someone tore down the little abandoned house next door to us and I'm sure someone, somewhere must have lost some money on that. They've been working on this off and on for a few weeks. And I've been eyeing these piles of perfectly usable wood destined for the dump. Can you tell we're thirsty for water over here? My gain - free wood. I didn't take any step by step pics of the construction because, honestly, I was just trying to not succumb to heat stroke or dehydration while working on these in our non-air conditioned garage in 100+ degree heat. I just used some random lamps that I scrounged from around the house here. I left all the imperfections as they were, I only sanded them a little bit to take most of the splinters off. Along with the light came some extra storage space and when have you ever complained that you had too much storage? So here's what I came up with.
Irresistible Ideas for play based learning Sarah is a follower of ours who works for a firm in the UK which produces garden sheds and cubbies. She is very keen on outdoor play, in particular group games, and has shared with us three games she knows are tried and true. Not that long ago, children spent the majority of their free time playing outside. Discovering secret hideouts, catching frogs, crickets and glow worms, and inventing fun games together was part of everyday life. Now, they’re spending up to 5 hours a day watching TV. A group of 4 to 8 (or more, if you feel you can handle them) is ideal for these games, so consider inviting some of your children’s friends round or the neighbours to make up the numbers. “I’ve chosen three of my own childhood favourites to talk about in this article. Red Light, Green Light Personally, I recommend starting with this game, as it starts off slow and then becomes more interesting, so it’s a good option of getting the children used to the concept of playing outside. Freeze Tag