Thursday, 19 April 2012

Art and craft in the everyday


I was busy looking through my photos covering the last year or so and I noticed I have a lot of photos of our everyday art and craft activities... the bread and butter stuff that I have not blogged about. This is what the bulk of our art/craft time is spent doing – we don't sit around making Chicken World and Christmas Angel Table Lights every day. In fact, a lot of our art and craft activities are done with our pajamas on in the early morning.... and my mind does not work until I have ingested the contents of my coffee pot.

So I have put together a photo essay of the simple, non-messy, process oriented, everyday art and craft activities that we do to feed Cakey and Boo's creative souls.

We muck about with pipe cleaners


We arrange flowers


We stencil


We string beads
We stick stuff in playdough
We cover things with sticky tape

We stick pieces of paper to other pieces of paper

We make jewelry from paper and string

We make cars for toys

We thread

We make books

Did I mention we go through a lot of sticky tape?

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28 comments:

  1. Aw. I love these photos! My little ones love all of these above activities, especially sticky tape! <3

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  2. sticky tapes are lifesaver for me :) love your fun ideas! thank u!

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  3. Hee hee, we go through stacks of sticky tape and glue too!

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  4. I love your photo essay...it's easy to forget all the great stuff that gets done while still in pyjamas!!!love the last tape pic!

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    1. It is nice to have a record on the blog of these everyday experiences.

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  5. Lovely Ideas. M specially love punching holes onto the paper. Sticky tape is an absolute favorite. Great essay and lovely stuff you do everyday!

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  6. I think it is great that there are so many children united in the world by their love of sticky tape!!

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  7. We love sticky tape as well... I love these I don't blog about the every day arts and a crafts or play that we do - as I think most people do it anyway but talking with people at playgroup they say they have no idea where to even start... The most common question I've been asked "What do you get them to paint!" very hard to explain that you just let them paint adults have a lot of trouble understand the fun of doing something just for the fun of doing it and not with a purpose in mind

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    1. Hmmm, that is very interesting Cerys. Makes me think I might do a messy play photo essay too. Paint for paints sake hey!

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    2. I did one a while back and 5 people on my facebook when I did the post asked "But what was he painting"

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  8. More sticky tape love from my kids & me livng in The Netherlands! sticky rules ;)

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  9. Covering things with sticky tape is our number 1 fun thing to do lately. I think Miss 2 likes the challenge and success that she has with it.

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  10. Love this list! My kids also loooooove tape - must be a kid thing! :)

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  11. So many wonderful creations and loads of fun!! I really like the garden in a box. Thanks for stopping by learning4kids! I am looking forward to following your gorgeous blog! Thanks x

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    1. So glad to have found your blog too.

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  12. This is just wonderful - looks fun and very creative!

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  13. Fantastic post Ali. I am so glad to know your blog. Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty! ~Alissa and Maggy

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  14. How great! I haven't gotten the sticky tape out with my toddler yet. Hmmmm...

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    1. My daughter found using the tape dispenser frustrating at first but once she got it she was then able to create without constant help getting the tape off. I do use good quality tape which is easier to tear for little fingers. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. I love all the variations of how you used the materials! Super fun ideas!

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  16. Very sweeet!! loved the ideas about the sticky tapes..amazing post!!BY - Swings And slides

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    1. Thanks, that is kind of you.

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  17. Please...my daughter had paper tapes that required licking or light sponging with water to stick...like older postage stamps or an envelope. Now that she is "mother" and I am "grandmother", she asked me to try and find these again. they were paper and came on a 1 1/2" wide roll. Are your "sticky" tapes paper or what? Any help would be welcome.
    Grandma

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    1. Hi, my sticky tape is cello tape so not the sort you lick and stick. I don't know where you can buy lickable stickers but you can make them. Here is a link to a tutorial:
      http://frugalliving.about.com/od/craftsgifts/ht/Make_Stickers.htm

      It involves mixing gelatin with water, painting it on and allowing it to dry completely - and then you have lick and stick stickers. I hope this helps.

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