Monday, 20 February 2012

A day at the Art Gallery

The art gallery is a fabulous place for kids and it's free! We spent an hour and looked at only 5 different art works. Each art work tells a story and the kids love the stories behind art.

Giulio Paolini L'altra figura

We discussed the emotions on the faces of the plaster casts of the Roman Hellenistic bust, shapes, what a plinth is and how the busts show the heads slightly at an angle to the body, their faces turned to reflect each other precisely.

In this painting we discussed colour, paint effects, emotions on the faces and what the red lines may mean- perhaps their bloodline.

I will follow up our visit with art at home, perhaps some plaster of paris!

Friday, 30 September 2011

Junk table=great imaginations

Junk table=great imaginations
Materials we used:
glue, sponges, stamps, ink, tape, cardboard, google eyes, pipe cleaners, glitter,coloured lentils,scissors,egg cartons, crepe paper and textas. The girls crafted for about 2 hours together!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Keeping up with reading in school holidays

Linking books with craft always keeps my little one interested in books.
How  Elephants lost their Wings. Retold by Lesley Sims 

Sunday, 25 September 2011

A TOOLKIT for Families

Inspiring Children’s Spirit of Stewardship:Click on link to read the wonderful inspirational ideas from  world forum foundation.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Quotes and imagination/discovery boxes.

“A child can learn specific skills but if they don’t have the ability to secure a relationship with another individual, or have adaptability or have reciprocity with another person, then all the skills in the world won’t be of much help”
Stanley Greenspan

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

Today while cleaning out cupboards I found a wonderful assortment of bits and pieces. I decided to gather these on the lounge room floor and sort them into 'Imagination and discovery play boxes'. The girls absolutely love them! So far we have :
The sea
The farm
Dolls and doll house furniture

More ideas:
Think I may do a prayer box for bedtime and one for the beach with shells, a jar of sand, some pictures/photos, a book about the beach, pencils, note pad and the questions the girls asked us about the beach.I don't want their valuable questions to disappear into thin air.

It's just another nice way for the children to play,imagine and wonder.