Paper Water Lilies, really bloom in water

These lovely water lilies really open up and seem to bloom in water! This is by far one of our favorite homeschool lessons.

Paper Water LiliesMaking the lilies was simple. Using the book All Year Round for inspiration, I cut out the leaf and water lily shapes. Without telling the kids what we were doing, I gave them each a flower and we colored them with crayons. I told them to color the flower anyway they liked, but to leave the back blank.

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Butterfly Fairy Fiber Art Doll

This has been such a wonderful project! In the future I would make her with a simple Waldorf Doll face, the art face too so long!

This little project was started way back in November as a gift for my mother. I wanted to make a needle felted butterfly fairy, but could not get the face right. It just looked creepy to me, finally I put it aside and moved on.

Months later, this little fairy was still calling to be finished, so I packed her up for our trip to Mexico. Maybe a change in climate would help her along. Luckily I packed a bit of cotton doll skin.

The change was just the thing. I quickly realized that this little one wanted to be an art doll, not a needle felted doll. She wanted some soft skin. As soon as I covered her felted face I was in love.

Sitting in the sun with my family all around, working on this little fairy was heaven for me. The kids played with their cousins and I felt totally free to relax and create. One set of wings were already felted, but I decided to make another set so the back could have the same pattern.

I was not working from a pattern, so I did have to re-sticht her body once.  In the end I was very happy with her. With just the tiniest scrap of blue felt left over from the wings I was able to piece together a little cap and attached antenna.

She was done in time to travel home with my mother… only 6 months late for Christmas 🙂

 

 

 

 

Oobleck

Oobleck is a wonderful and very messy activity. You can grab it fast and it seems solid, then let it turn into a liquid and drip between your fingers. In a warm climate like ours, we let it dry outside and rehydrate it the next day. In cooler areas it might mold if you leave it out.

It has always been a dream of mine to find a source for past-its-expiration-date cornstarch so that we can fill a small kiddy pool with Oobleck and walk on it! A girl can dream.

Ingredients:
1 Cup water
2 Cups cornstarch
a few drops food coloring

Mix together and play!

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Turning Art into a Toy

This was such a fun project! We actually did this last year, but I am posting it now.

My daughter drew a picture for us to turn into a little felt doll for her cousin.

I cut it out and she did most of the sewing. I’m so in love with the way it turned out.

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