Cardboard Theatre


Cardboard Theatre

My fourteen-year-old daughter came home from her last day of 8th grade with this!! I mean….OMG!! I immediately took about a million photos of it, from all sorts of various angles. I was asking her a million questions, like how did she come up with this idea, how did she make it, did your art teacher just DIE?? Turns out, the assignment was to make something with cardboard. She came up with the idea all by herself (she wants to be an actress, so this was very personal art making), she made it by cutting cardboard and gluing it and painting it (duh), and she didn’t know if her teacher liked it because she never asked. Even more AWESOME!! A completely self motivated art experience with no expectations. Now that I’m done gushing, here are more photos of her masterpiece.

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

I love how she rolled the cardboard to make little stage lights. And I love the castle bricks, and the clouds…and how she outlined the castle with gold. I also think the seats are brilliant. How long did it take to cut out all of those little chairs? I honestly didn’t know she had this in her, she is not normally a detail oriented girl. But this is what I love most about motherhood…just when you think you know them completely, they surprise you with another layer of their growing self.

I love this theatre, and I love this girl. Thanks for letting me gush!

xo, Bar

 

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