Monday, September 23, 2013

Egg Paint

This is an interesting art project that mimics early artists from 1100 to 1300 AD (at least).  After looking a bit at some artwork from this time period and discussing the use of powdered dried plants, rocks, and other things, we tried our hand at this ancient paint.

1.  Mix 1 yolk with 2 teaspoons water, whisking until frothy.  It's important to do this ratio of yolk to water.
2.  Meanwhile, crush chalk (pastel chalk works best, though we used plain chalk) with a large smooth stone.  Try to get the chalk as dusty as possible, though chunks make for an interesting finished piece.
3.  Paint away!

Crush chalk. Chalk pastels work best.  This is plain colored chalk.

After whipping egg yolks with water, add crushed chalk.

Finally, paint!

Notice the interest flecks of chalk not ground into dust. (9 years)

Freestyle!  (6 years)

The paint gives a lovely glossy sheen. (10 years)

Have fun!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mesopotamia Fudge Brick Houses

Mud is fun.  Fudge is more fun!  We're doing a light world history study this year for my 1st grader with Sonlight Core A, and I have seen ideas to make mini mud brick Mesopotamian homes floating around.  A picture I saw looked like fudge (though it was clay) and I couldn't resist.

Here's what we did.  First, make fudge.  We used a Hershey recipe, but it was far too complicated.  Use an easy fudge recipe, possibly using marshmallow fluffy stuff.  Simply cut into rectangles and stack away! 

While this project was mostly all for fun, it did make Mesopotamia more enjoyable for my 6-year-old!  Plus, I will admit I enjoyed it too.  ;) 

Keep adding as much as you want!

We only did 3 layers.  As you can see, she couldn't keep her fingers out!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Flower Line Drawings

Our girls have been taking a drawing class at our co-op every week called How Great Thou Art.  I don't know any of the details, though, as I don't have to teach it!  Anyhow, here are some of their latest drawings.  I'm very impressed.  It took them a long time to do these, and their patience seems never ending . . . but I know better than that.  ;)  Enjoy!

DD8 decided to label it.

DD10 decided to lavish her love on me. :)


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Pyramid Notebooking Activity

I sometimes get an idea that I actually act on.  Now is the time!  I've got this odds 'n ends component for you today.

I've made a very simple pyramid 3D notebook component for my 1st grader recently.  I wanted something for her to manipulate as she pages through her notebook.  I think it would be good for grades K-2, as it is very simple without writing.  Of course, your child could label it as desired.

I hope you like it!  

Pyramid Notebooking Activity