Thursday, April 21, 2011

Making our own recylce center @WBCL/ recycled creatures

It is great to be able to use old boxes and containers for some new purpose and in this case as a spot to collect items to sort them for or repurposing. The library has had many large coffee containers and boxes donated to use in the program. They are not ideal for storage for me as I want to be able to see what is in the container but for a sorting location they are great. Everyone decorated their own and put on messages that they thought were important. One of the parents made a mail container for her car with her daughter to get that under control. What a great idea!

For the second second session we made creatures out of materials that were "found." The results are always fun and creative and this time was no different. Some of the creatures are clearly "out of this world!" One of the kids decided that the rag was just perfect to create a horse puppet with the addition of the glue spreading sticks. Clever!
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Making and decorating paper eggs @ WBCL

Plastic eggs have lots of uses but are really difficult to paint on due to the slick surface. The shape makes them a bit harder to stabilize too so I hit on the idea of covering them with tissue paper. I tried out several glues and found stick glue sticks to work best for everyone. We used the slightly heavier paper torn into strips and irregular pieces and covered the entire egg. We gave it a quick dry with a hair dryer then painted our designs. Most were able to complete 2 in the hour. One of the moms made a chick complete with wings and feet. Great creative impulses in our group. Next week we are making a home recycling center.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Painting wildflowers @ WBCL

With the display of Texas wildflowers a bit meager this year, the group produced a vibrant array of flowers that any hillside would be jealous of!

I did a quick sketch of the flowers and made copies so the activity could be painting instead of drawing. Using paint supplied by members of HOTT we went at it and the results were spectacular. After the flowers were completed the group was encouraged to add bees and butterflies which they did with great enthusiasm. A few even added backgrounds which really change the look of the design. In the spirit of age 8 to 90 a few of the parents took up a brush and did their own paintings.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Springy bumble bee pins @ WBCL

This is one of those cute crafty painting projects that is able to be done successfully by many age groups. We began by gluing the pin back to the back of a wooden half ball. The group then painted the ball yellow and added a black face and tail area as well as black stripes with a marker. They also painted the little heart wings with cream paint then glued them to the back of the ball.