Making Art with Bubbles


Making Art with Bubbles

A few weeks ago I received a surprise package ~ the new book by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller! These two ladies have an incredibly successful blog that you should follow immediately called Kids Activities Blog. They sent me a free copy, just because they like me I think. I immediately opened it and started folding down corners on the pages that looked good. And by good I mean stuff I could do with my campers. After folding down about 12 pages, I decided to start with something that I’ve been wanting to try forever: Bubble art!

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

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The book has really good and clear directions, so I won’t give that away. But I will say that we first used gray sulfite paper (like construction paper, but a little more dense…i love this paper!), and it made some really ethereal patterns. I loved it, but the kids thought it was a bit dull. So then I brought out white sulfite paper. We used just one color to make them monochromatic (we talked about this word in class which was fun to say), but I think next time I will have the kids use multiple colors.

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

We experimented with the bubbles a lot. They loved building big bubble towers. I mean, LOVED! But then they realized that when all the bubbles melted, the paper just looked like one color and you couldn’t see any circles. It was too saturated. So then they started practicing blowing very delicate bubbles. All in all, they were completely fascinated!

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

I cut out the paper that was laying on the table ~ the aftermath ~ and hung it up on the wall next to the kids’ work. They walked in the next day for camp and said, “Wow!”, which was very cool.

This book is just so full of fun ideas, I love it. It reminds me of this one book I used to have when the kids were little. I think I gave it to the library when we moved last year which makes me SO SAD! Why would I do that? I was in a purge mode. So I don’t remember what it was called, but 101 Kids Activities is such an awesome replacement. You can do crafts, play games, or do some science-y things. It’s just a very easy way to bring some fun and creativity into your long day with kids. Or my fave idea (which is what it says on the cover) ~ give the book to your babysitter!

xo, Bar

{note: As I was writing this blog post I came across Artchoo’s post about the exact same activity from the same book. Oy! Sorry Jeanette, hope I didn’t step on your toes. But you guys should definitely check out her post because she used multiple colors and they were more vibrant.}

 

Mothers


Mothers

These images were taken by Ken Heyman, a now 83 year old photographer who has been working since his 20′s when anthropologist Margaret Mead (his professor at the time) asked him to come along with her on a trip to Bali to photograph families. He’s always had an eye for being able to portray the human condition. Recently, Mr. Heyman discovered these photos that he took for a book called Family back in 1965.

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

photos by Ken Heyman from 50 years ago show that our mothering is still the same

I keep staring at these photos because…i don’t really know. I guess that in my mind, my mom’s generation and earlier weren’t as hand-on as we are these days. I never really thought of them as playing with and hugging their children as much as I do. But these photos reveal that back then, mothers were still mothers just like us. Loving their children and taking care of them as best as they knew how.

See the full article here with more beautiful photos.

xo, Bar

 

Henna Hands by Kids


Henna Hands by Kids

There is a fad brewing in our house. My daughter and her friend, both 11, came downstairs the other day and showed me their hands. OMG, so beautiful! They had both created the coolest designs on each other with gel pens. Wow!

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

They called them “henna hands”, named after the Indian tradition of painting on your body with henna dye. She is now a self-proclaimed pro. All of the little girls at art camp have been waiting patiently for their turn with the henna girl.

She uses these super duper neon gel pens. They don’t smudge when dry, but wash off instantly with water. And they are scented! So your hand smells fruity and delicious.

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

I tweeted the company who makes these cute little gel pens, and they assured me that YES they are non-toxic. Phew, because the henna hands have been the perfect summer craft in our house for the last two weeks. I love when my kids tap into their own creativity and go with it!

xo, Bar