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Gravity painting craft

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Miss yesterday's Micro Angelos class? Here's how you can make your own gravity paintings at home!

What's better than dripping paint all over the place? Dripping paint all over the place on purpose! March's Micro Angelo lesson with Julie Waltz-Stalker focused on just this, while teaching children about gravity and the pure joy of artful messes.

If you missed out on the fun at the PRC, here's how you can do it at home.  

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

  • Early literacy skills like a pincer grasp and vocabulary such as gravity, hypothesis, and color names. 
  • A scientific intro to gravity and experimentation with color mixing.
  • Art expression through color theory and abstract expression.
  • Fun sensory-focused ways to paint!

SUPPLY LIST

  •  Liquid watercolor paint
  • Eyedroppers
  • Watercolor or other thick paper
  • Tape
  • Tarp, sheet, or drop cloth to catch drips
  • Book:  Gravity, by Jason Chin (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1.  Tape sheets of watercolor paper to the edges of a table so that they hang vertically.
  2.  Lay a tarp under the table to catch drips (You will thank yourself later!)
  3.  Read the book, Gravity, by Jason Chin.  Discuss how gravity makes everything fall to earth.  Make hypotheses about how this will affect paint.
  4.  Give children paint and eyedroppers and let them experiment with dripping paint at the top of their papers and letting it drip down to make different designs and colors.
  5.  Discuss what is happening as children paint.

**PARENT CHALLENGE:  Try to avoid giving feedback like “That’s pretty!”  Instead, describe what your child is doing.

Examples:
“That drip went all the way to the bottom of the page!”
“When you dripped red onto the yellow you made orange.”
"You used bright colors!"



 

Tree stamp craft

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Following Miss Sue's reading of 'Colors of Fall' at the Southeast Steuben County Library, we had these simple stamp crafts ready for families at the PRC! We hand-drew the trees beforehand, but feel free to allow your child to make their own fun tree shapes before they get into stamping the colorful leaves! 

We also used small wine corks for the stamps, but just about anything would work -- let your imagination run wild!

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

This craft is a great way for children to practice colors, identify parts of a tree, and learn about the changing seasons! The act of stamping also engages fine and large motor skills.

SUPPLY LIST

  • Paper (we recommend card stock or construction paper, as regular printer or notebook paper will become wrinkled with the paint)
  • Tempera paint
  • Something to stamp with (we used wine corks)

Fall paper mache lantern craft

Fall is well under way, in our latest Micro Angelos class, Miss Julie Waltz-Stalker showed families how to make a paper mache luminaire. We pre-cut the paper and found the leaves ahead of time, but if you're doing this craft at home, those are great opportunities to explore the world around you and work those fine motor skills!

Learning Through Play

As with every Micro Angelos lesson, today's craft is full of learning opportunities for children of all ages! They explore different materials and textures and learn investigation science by hunting for leaves, discussing changes of seasons, and experimenting with light shining through an object. Their fine motor skills are put to the test when they apply the strips of paper and glue to the balloon with a paintbrush, and they engage their large motor skills by collecting the leaves beforehand. 

Supply List

Directions

  1. Blow balloon to desired size (3-5 inch diameter is good for tea light).
  2. Tape balloon into paper cup, tied side down. This will provide stability while you apply the paper-mache to the balloon.
  3. Paint a light layer of Mod Podge or white glue over the balloon.
  4. Add strips of tissue paper, alternating with more Mod Podge/glue as need to make the tissue lie flat. 
  5. Once the balloon is covered with a thin layer of tissue paper, begin adding leaves, covering each leaf with strips of tissue paper and Mod Podge/glue so that it lies flat along the balloon.
  6. Continue with leaves, tissue paper, and Mod Podge till balloon is covered according to preference.
  7. Allow to dry for 24 hours or until dry to the touch.
  8. When completely dry, remove balloon from cup, pop balloon, and place the light in the balloon. 

Haunted house coloring/sticker pages

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Another Tuesday, another craft in collaboration with Miss Sue from the Southeast Steuben County Library! Since today is Halloween, we went with a fun house craft that included coloring and peeling off fun foam stickers to make spooOooOoky haunted houses. 

We pre-cut the pictures and put them on construction paper just to be on the safe side, but if you're doing it at home, your children would probably love to cut out the house in silly shapes! After it's cut, glue it to colored construction and get coloring and stickering!

Learning Through Play

Along with the creativity that comes with coloring, children enhanced their fine motor skills and pincer grasps with the colored pencils supplied, as well as the ability to peel with the easy-to-use foam stickers. 

Supply List

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Printable haunted house coloring pages
    (Anything from Google will work, but we used these)
  • Foam stickers
    (There are all kinds of options on Amazon or your local craft store)