A New Friend or Character Engineering!
Pencil or pen
Any kind of paper
Design and name a new character for your favorite TV show or book. What is their power or mission in the storyline? What kind of clothes express their personality? Write out a character identity paragraph, or make a list of their strengths and challenges, like: Clever, Fearless (but afraid of mice), doesn't go anywhere without their lucky rock, always wears red hats.
Patterns (3 and up!)
Use small objects to make tabletop patterns
* Small stuff - Buttons, Coins from the penny or change jar, paper clips, shaped breakfast cereal, etc.
* Colored or white paper
Fill the paper with shapes, rows and columns of objects in patterns...silver and copper, horizontal and vertical paper clips, Cheerios and Chex in circles... Take an overhead picture of your work and then start another. Or make a mini collage of all of them together on the kitchen table!
***Make sure you put all the change back in the jar! You can eat the "art" cereal, or sprinkle it out in the snow for the animals
WINTER ONLY....Designer Ice Garden
Overnight Indoor/Outdoor Project - See Pics above!
Freeze nature-friendly stuff in colored (or not!) water for a mini outdoor sculpture garden
* Foil pans or Plastic containers (empty and clean, to-go containers from the recycle bin?)
* water in pitcher
* Cold weather and flat outdoor spot to freeze your Art Ice
*Suggestions for freezables: unwrapped hard candies or lifesavers (holiday leftovers?), sliced or shredded carrots, small pine cones, raisins, colored tissue paper, colored bottle caps, dried flowers or petals, single leaves, bird seed.
*Water can be left clear, or use a few drops of food coloring, jello powder or drink mix (gatorade, koolaid, lemonade, tea - even those not-so-fresh packets left over from last summer, or the tea that no one likes :)
HOW TO! Indoors: Gather your freezables and arrange them in the containers. Think about your color pallette! Fill pitchers with water. You can color ahead of time, or add color outside. Outdoors: Place containers on a flat surface - they will be here overnight, so the front sidewalk is probably not a great spot! Pour water into containers at least 2 inches deep, but thicker is better especially with large containers like a foil lasagna size pan! use a stick or fork to adjust placement of the objects in the pan. Sprinkle drink or jello powder over top, or add food coloring and gently stir. Leave overnight to freeze. Clear a snowy area off to display your big ice. Definitely take pics!