This is our last summer art play date! In the next two weeks most of our group will be starting kindergarten at various schools in our area. I think they’re ready. They get along along together the vast majority of our play time. They can manipulate and do the art almost on their own most of the time. They are very interested in reading and writing… So, I guess that I should be ready, too, right?! While I am looking forward to some alone time with just my little Nancy, it will be strange to not have Clara home with me all day every day. I’m already looking at the pace of our life changing dramatically as well. We have to be up early, fed breakfast, lunch packed, and ready to be out the door by 7:45. Adam is going to be assistant coaching soccer for Clara, too, so our evening schedules will be hectic, too. As much as I run around with the girls and play in the summer, I’m wary that I haven’t spent enough time going slowing in the past five years when I could. But such is the way of motherhood… not enough time to enjoy everything and too much time to not fill it up with fun.
This week we did all sorts of fun things, but they were all very simple and kid directed. I learned my lesson from the fireflies at the last play date. Our projects were: Birdie pencils, car painting, car bubble washing, and play dough.
These were super fun and easy to make as a back-to-school craft. All you need are pencils fluffy pipe cleaners, googlie eyes, orange foam cut into triangles, feathers, and a bit of tacky glue. First you hold the feathers onto the pencil, then wrap the pipe cleaner around the pencil and feathers tightly. Continue wrapping until the pipe cleaner is completely secure, then glue on the eyes and the beak. Done!
This was a very easy project and fun for all ages. I simply set out some paper plates of tempera paint and some little cars from Dollar Tree. The cars drove through the paint, then drove on our painting paper.
Bubble Car Wash
Our sensory bin this time was full of bubbles (made just with dish washing soap), water, and sponges. At first we just played with the bubbles and made more bubbles with the sponges, then when we had cars that needed the paint washed off, we brought them over and added them to the bin to get cleaned up!
Finally, we had more playdough! It is always a hit. Some kids start there every time, and others finish there every time. Love it!