Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Annual ornament making at WBCL

Sparkle everywhere,  tables full of items to paint all grouped together so that everyone could use their imagination and create ornaments. There is a great appeal to making your own ornaments instead of picking out the stuff at the store. 
Every year families flock to the library to participate in this event. Having plentiful volunteers also helps during the event. 
This year was no different. There were small sleds and sleighs, CDs made into wonderful's sparkling hanging ornaments. Colorful plastic balls painted with a variety of items from snowmen to abstracts. And always glitter. There were snowmen and santas and candy canes. There were bears.  there were angels of every type that became decorated exactly the way that each person wanted them to be. 
No one went home with less than five ornaments. This was so much fun!

Lights are the symbols of winter celebrations @WBCL

Have families draw and then create their art is always great. searching symbols of winter I found that all of them included lights or candles. I found some great information on Wikipedia on this one.

I did a sketch in advance of the class of four different symbols for the kids to follow. We did a menorah, a candelabra for Kwanza, an advent wreath , and the luminary bag. We talked about the number of candles and the colors of candles. We also drew a single candle with a flame. The kids did a great job.

Snowman and hot cocoa gift bag @ WBCL

We try to paint at least once a month and this pattern was too cute to pass up. I printed it out on paper then had the kids and their parents paint them. We used crayons for a wax resist on them. They turned out great. We then glued them to white paper bags to make our gift bags.