Easy Art Projects

My girls had been asking to do more art since I majorly dropped the ball on doing anything hands-on for the past two terms {I am blaming it on pregnancy and shock of twins}. Anyways, the past few weeks we have succeeded in creating some fun and very easy art! I thought I would share them here in case any of you are in a rut and need some ideas. My idea of easy is: basic supplies that we already have on hand and no preparation on my part.

The first one was a Valentine’s Wycinanki and it turned out super cute; I got the idea from this blog post. Thanks to her helpful post, I showed the girls the videos she had posted and then googled Wycinanki so they could get a few more ideas of what they actually were. These are hanging on our windows and the sun shines a perfect amount of light through them!

**Supplies needed for this = paper, tissue paper (or you could use colored construction paper), scissors and tape.

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Another  easy one was this peacock drawing… I wouldn’t really call this art but more practice in drawing and using watercolors. Here is the link to the blog page where I found the worksheet to print.

**Supplies needed for this are = a printer (or you could just show the picture from your laptop/iPad), paper, watercolors (or you could use markers/colored pencils), fine point marker for outlining.

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We took this step by step and I encouraged the girls to use watercolors even though it is harder to mix the exact color you want. The last part was outlining everything with the fine point marker- I think this really helped to make the peacock stand out.

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And the last easy art project was a 3D hand drawing. Here is the page I found (I know, it’s in Spanish but you can have Google translate it for you!).

** Supplies needed for this are = paper,pencil, your hand, and markers (we used Sharpies).

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FYI- each of these projects probably took about an hour of concentrated time, but well worth it! 🙂

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Civil War living books

I thought I would share some of Kailyn’s favorite Civil War era living books that she has enjoyed the past few weeks. She is such a voracious reader that it is hard to keep her stocked with good, quality books but I try! These books are not part of our curriculum, but she reads them in her free time or for her “free reading time” each day.

Landmark book

Landmark book

The Boys War by Jim Murphy

The Boys War by Jim Murphy

Gettysburg Landmark book
Gettysburg Landmark book
With Lee in Virginia by Henty
With Lee in Virginia by Henty

She also read about Clara Barton who was an important person during this time and lots of Lincoln books. I feel maybe I was a little Confederate heavy in book offerings but I wanted her to read about both sides of the War. Do you have any recommendations for Civil War living books that your kids loved? Share away!

A letter from the Queen

Yes, we did receive a response from the Queen of England!!! 🙂 I should say, Louisa received a response from the Queen! Remember my post about the letter Louisa sent last year for the Queen’s 90th birthday? Well, look what came in the mail yesterday: img_5099_li img_5100
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Louisa was very excited and had a huge smile when I showed her. I was quite surprised and excited myself. I wonder how many letters she received? I think it’s quite impressive that they responded to all of them. I asked Louisa what she was going to do with it and she said she was going to keep it in her special letters box forever.  🙂

By the way, the signature E II R means Elizabeth Regina. She is the second queen Elizabeth of England and Regina means Queen in Latin.