Summer Art Play Date #6

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Sometimes, art projects just do not turn out the way you want them to.  This was one of those weeks.  While everyone had fun, dressing up in princess clothes and pretending that monsters were chasing them seemed to be much more the theme of this play date than art.  Oh well.  If you want to see some of our more successful art play dates this summer, go here.  I had two projects planned.  The sponge balls, while they were made, were not all that fun to throw sans water, since it was too cold.  The spray bottle painting was fun until frustration set in when the bottles kept getting clogged.  We’ll try something different next time.
Sponge Balls
I have seen this project in many different places, but first here and then at Frugal Family Fun. Its super easy. All you do is cut some ordinary sponges into thirds the long way, then tie six of the pieces together in the middle with either a zip tie or some dental floss. We used floss because it was more readily available at our house. Then, you’re supposed to use them for water fighting. But because it was so cold, we just practiced our target practice into the baby pool and everyone took theirs home to try out in the bathtub. Nancy loved hers.
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Clara was obsessed with getting hers full of bubbles and them wiping the tub or Nancy’s head with it. A good project, but just not what I had wanted for SUMMER art. Because it was supposed to be hot out.
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Spray Bottle Painting
This project seemed great in theory, but was super frustrating in reality. I followed this recipe from Disney Family fun and thought all was well. I mixed tempera paint, a lot of water, and some dishwashing liquid together in some Dollar Tree spry bottles. Then I set the kids loose with them and some big paper on the line. But, after about five minutes of squirting, all of the bottles seemed to get clogged or somehow stop working. This led to a constant chorus of, “Danette! Netters! The pink isn’t working! The yellow stopped working! It’s not working!” Oye. Finally, my brilliant sister figured out that if you squeezed all of the air out of the bottle, creating somewhat of a vacuum, they would work for a little while before you had to do it again. This was a cool project and super fun in size and for the power of being able to use a squirt bottle, but I’m never doing it again.
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4 Responses to “Summer Art Play Date #6”


  1. 1 Kristen August 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I really like the brilliant sister part 🙂

  2. 2 Rick August 10, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    More like “twisted sister”. But in a good way.

  3. 3 Caron August 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Such great ideas Danette! I linked to it from our twitter page. What I love about your blog is that you try all these great ideas… but then you also aren’t afraid to say, yeah… that one didn’t work out so much. It’s really refreshing. You have a much better ratio of the ones that DO work out, then I do right now!


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