Yikes! It has already been a week since our last summer art play date and I have not posted anything yet! I guess that I’m still trying to catch my breath after a super fifth birthday party three day weekend for Clara, super fun summer action, and getting ready to take off for camp next week.
We had a fun-filled and low-key summer art play date with about half the number of kids as our first play date had. The more the merrier, but I do have to say that I was able to enjoy myself a little more this time. We had four activities: bubble painting, bubble snakes, pool noodle creatures, and flubber!
I’m not gonna lie. This activity was not the hit that I was hoping for. It was very hard for the kids to blow the bubbles through the straw and not suck up the paint, soap, and water solution. Some of the older kids (4-5) had some success, but it had to be well supervised. Nancy had a major issue with sucking up the paint both times she tried and then trying to throw it up… not so fun. Luckily, everything was non-toxic. So, bottom line, if you try this, do it with older kids. In the end, I ended up just getting some paint brushes out for the little kids to use instead of the bubbles.
Anyway, the way it worked was I put some soap, water, and paint into pie pans. Then the kids were to blow with straws into the solution to make bubbles.
Then they gently placed the paper on the very top of the bubbles and let them pop onto the paper. Fun sounding, right?!
When done correctly, they look gorgeous, like this:
This is just a fantastic idea that I can take absolutely no credit for. This came to me via Pinterest from Come Together Kids and I have to say that it is one of the best ideas using recycled trash that I have found lately. You cut the bottom off of a plastic soda or water bottle, cut a circle of terry cloth (I used an old towel that my Mommy gave me–Thanks, Moo!), and rubber band that circle onto the bottom of the bottle. Then you dip it into bubble solution (or just really soapy water) and blow through the top. The bubbles just don’t stop!
I put out a big tub of bubble solution a few of these bubble snakes and some other assorted bubble wands that I had in my shed and I think that the bubble station may have been the most popular of all the activities this time.
Pool Noodle Creatures
You’ll remember that we used pool noodles at our last summer art play date. Well, I bought four pool noodles with the intention of using them for the painting and for this craft. Both of theses crafts allowed me to joyously cut them up with a bread knife after my kids played with them for a few weeks and a) smacked all sorts of things and each other with them and b) pretended that they were alternatively tails, and phallic body parts. I was not sad to see them go. Both crafts turned out quite well, though.
This idea came from this Pin. When I saw it I thought it was both brilliant and easy at the same time. This craft was easy for both the little toddlers and the bigger preschoolers to do together with little to no help. I cut the pool noodles into about six inch lengths and set them out with a big bag of golf tees, some pipe cleaners that were cut in half, a bunch of googlie eyes in various sizes, some decorative gems, glue sticks, and some dot and square stickers. Then the kids just got to create as they saw fit!
You may remember our obsession with flubber this spring. I knew that it had to be revived during summer art, so our tactile table this time had flubber, scissors, chop sticks, various plastic animals on it. Recipe for flubber here!