13 DIY Play Kitchens

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Store bought play kitchens for children can be very expensive. Often, they are large and it's nearly impossible to find the right place to set them up. And, they are often bright colored plastics which, personally, doesn't work well in my house. Below are an assortment of DIY play kitchens from the simple to the sublime. They have all been made with mainly repurposed items.YAY! Entertainment units, nightstands, apple crates, fallen logs and cardboard boxes have all been used to create play kitchens that will inspire hours of creative play for children. How fancy you get is up to you.

Here are 13 DIY Play Kitchens that I found interesting. Some of them have detailed tutorials for making your own, others are included just to offer up inspiration. If you've been wanting to get a play kitchen for a wee one in your life why not consider reusing and repurposing? You may already have a piece of furniture in your house begging to be turned into a play kitchen or you might be able to find something that's very inexpensive...Read more

Beeswax Flowers

Although not quite as lovely smelling as the real thing, these beeswax modeled rose buds do have a sweet smell all their own. We have scheduled working with modeling beeswax as one of our projects in  the Spring Bs Homeschool Companion unit. To completed this project you will need a set of modeling beeswax. You can either purchase the modeling beeswax (several of our sponsors carry it or it is available from Amazon) or you can make your own following the directions in our previous post, Make Your Own Modeling Beeswax

These rose buds are more advanced than what your preschooler will make. Young children can make their own simple shapes using the beeswax like clay. For young children let them work with one color at a time. Also note that modeling beeswax can be used again and again. But if you would like to delve into the world of modeling beeswax with a slightly more intricate project, you might want to try making these fancy flowers yourself. I often find that children embrace art projects with more interest if mom is sitting nearby working on...Read more

May Appliques

If I had to give a definition of artist it would be "anyone that answers the call to create". Whether we take paint brush to canvas, write a poem, sculpt an attractive crust on an apple pie we are baking, sing a delightful ditty in the shower or move perennials around our garden to create a perfect color combination, we are allowing the artist in us to flourish! This month we wish to sing the praises of the visual artist in all of us. Whether you use crayons or paint, thread or yarn, that desire to make something out of nothing fills us with a sense of well-being and self-satisfaction... and makes us an artist!

Here is our collection of our May Appliques. No matter how you chose to express yourself creatively, I hope it brings you great satisfaction!   

As always, these appliques were designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block, but they can be enlarged or reduced to meet your needs. We have already shared 2 of these appliques, but we will soon be sharing the rest, and adding coloring pages for each. We hope you find a special place to use...Read more

Drawing Lesson 6: Stacking Tables

We are continuing our weekly drawing class. We are using Mark Kistler's book, You Can Draw in 30 Days. Instead of completing the book in 30 days, we plan to take 30 weeks, doing a new lesson each week and then spending time during the week practicing what we have learned. Although I am teaching the class, I am also student and learning every bit as much as the wee ones. Michelle has a degree in fine arts and she adds tons of helpful hints. It is a very exciting time for us all. If you would like to join us, simply pick up the book You Can Draw in 30 Days, and start at Drawing Lesson 1 :: The Sphere, and follow along at your own pace. Each Lesson will be linked to the first Lesson, the previous lesson and the next lesson. Happy Drawing! 

Lesson 1 :: The Sphere

Lesson 5 :: Hollow Cubes

Lesson 7 :: Coming soon.

Last week in Lesson 5 :: Last week we continued our study of cubes...Read more

Wooden Bead Caterpillar

One of the projects in our Coming Soon updated Spring Bs unit is this super easy to make Wooden Beaded Caterpillar. If you are following the current online curriculum, the Wooden Bead Caterpillar would take the place of the Butterfly Life Cycle Collage scheduled in week eleven. It makes a sweet companion project for the Coffee Filter Butterflies.

Materials:

  • Wooden Pony Beads (mixed colors - or paint your own)
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Craft scissors/wire clippers for cutting piper cleaner wire (nail clippers make work)

 

Directions:

To begin this project, create a loop at the end of a piper cleaner. Twist the end around making a lasso shape.

Carefully flatted the lasso so that it is folded in half.

Twist each end of the lasso to create the antennae.

Slide your first bead onto the piper cleaner from the opposite side of the antennae. (If your wooden bead is filled with dry paint, you can use a yarn needle or similar to clean it out.) Be sure to cover the...Read more

A Morning of Painting with Friends

I am beyond thrilled that last year I began painting. I will never be an exceptional painter, but finally picking up a paint brush fulfilled an unrequited dream and the time I've spend drawing and painting fills me with so much pleasure it is hard to believe I waited until I was 60 to begin in earnest. And, of course, what fun is joy if you can't share it with others? So several friends have now joined me on my journey, and as I expected, has amplified my enjoyment beyond belief.

Yesterday we got together to do a very loosy goosey painting, and as always, I was amazed at how uniquely different each of our paintings turned out.

I began by getting out a ton of supplies. You never know, right?

The table was ready, the coffee made.

I've got my denim shirt on... looking all artsy... just waiting for them to show up. ASIDE: These days, when I see photos of myself, I am in awe...Read more

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