Monthly Archives: June, 2012

Art Show

Art Shows are a fun way for kids to display their artwork. Have them set up areas around the house for their work. Write on paper the name of the paintings, drawings, or sculptures. Invite friends, neighbors, and family members to the show. Serve snacks and check out books from the library on famous artists and artwork for guests to see.

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Love Poem painting

I Love this poem so much I made it into artwork. The first thing I did was paint the canvas background white for a base coat. Once it was dried I taped off the top and bottom, leaving room for the other artists to paint. I painted the middle gray and wrote with a black sharpie marker. Once the middle was dry I taped it off with newspaper and let my oldest son paint the top and the young son paint the bottom. I wrote their ages and names on the edges of their paintings.

The Love poem is an adaptation of a poem (1 Corinthians 13 for Mothers) by Jim Fowler.

If I live in a house of spotless beauty with everything in its place, but have not love- I am a housekeeper, not a homemaker.

If I have time for waxing, polishing, and decorative achievements, but have not love- my children learn of cleanliness, not godliness.

Love leaves the dust in search of a child’s laugh.

Loves smiles at the tiny fingerprints on a newly cleaned window.

Love wipes away the tears before it wipes up the spilled milk.

Love picks up  the child before it picks up the toys.

Love is present through trials.

Love reprimands, reproves, and is responsive.

As a mother there is much I must teach my child, but the greatest of all is…Love.

*This painting on my wall reminds me of my greatest task of showing and teaching my children love.

Spots and Stripes

Spots and Stripes is a game to spot spots and spy stripes. Have a child look through the house: cabinets, books, movies, etc. to find objects that have spots or stripes. If you have an animal book have the child pick out animals with spots or stripes. Also, find out why certain animals look the way they do. Camouflage? Attracting mates?

Learning Sizes

Learning sizes. Have child group together toys based on their size. You can hang signs up that say small, medium, and large. Go over different words to describe the size of an object. (Ex. tiny, gigantic, enormous, average)

Miniature Golf

Miniature Golf. Make your own miniature golf course out of toys. Start easy and then you can make more complex holes like hitting a ball through an empty paper towel roll. I purchased the golf toys from Wal-Mart for $5.

Canvas Painting

Canvas painting. Allow kids to express their inner Picasso and finger paint onto canvas. Display for all to see. Kids will enjoy seeing their artwork.

Story Time

Story Time. When some kids are learning to read it can be scary reading to an adult. They fear constant correction. For a fun change, have your child read to their stuffed animals or toy trucks. Toys tend to be very good listeners.

Fishing for letters and numbers

Fishing for letters and numbers is a fun way to learn the alphabet or numbers. For older children learning to read try using sight words. (the, and). To make: Cut out colorful fish and attach a paper clip. Make a fishing pole out of a long stick and tie string. Then, attach a magnet as the hook.

Dollar Diner

Dollar Diner is a fun game to teach counting money. Make up a menu. Ask the child what food they would like to sell. Make money and coins out of paper or use real money if you don’t have an infant around. Since I have a 9 month old crawling around I prefer paper coins in case big brother drops one on the ground.

Fraction Pie

Fraction Pie is a fun way to teach fractions. Use a pie pan and cut pieces of paper pie into the fractions. 1/2, 1/4, 1/8. For fun, draw fruit of the pieces to make apple, peach, blueberry, or strawberry pie. Say: I would like a piece of apple pie that is 1/4 of the whole pie.