Scratch Board Art

 

It’s fun and very compulsive. Just doodling with colour!  It also creates a lot of fine black dust so  cover the table with some newspaper. 

It’s something the youngest child will enjoy although you will probably find they have finished in five minutes whereas you have only just started! 

The general rule is, the younger the child the larger the surface and the sturdier  the tool so something like a spoon  works well as they can grip the bowl and scratch with the edge of the handle. They also need a large piece of board or thick paper and supervision although it’s much more fun and better for them if you do one yourself.

I’d recommend  trying  out different techniques and tools on small pieces of paper before launching on a masterpiece! 

The Spiders Web Clock


For this clock you will need a circular piece of thin wood and  the correct size of clock mechanism.

The web is made from long cocktail sticks and lolly sticks and the spiders are plastic ones I painted emerald green with nail varnish. 

Acrylic paints and varnish. 

To make: 

First paint the board off white or pale cream using acrylics. While the paint is still wet brush on some olive greens and oranges from the centre out. Paint the numbers in olive green too. 

Leave to dry and then varnish with a satin varnish. 

Use the same olive green paint for the lolly sticks and the cocktail sticks. 

Stick the lolly sticks on first then us the cocktail sticks to form a web kind of pattern between them. 

I inserted the clock mechanism before sticking the lolly sticks and cocktail sticks in place to ensure the hands weren’t blocked . 

How to tie-dye and paint on fabric .  Making animals from fir-cones


The Activities are designed for families to enjoy together. 

Today its possible for every member of the family to enjoy one of the activities.  Even a toddler can dab a bit of fabric into different colours and teenagers can experiment with using different techniques perhaps as a base for a textile project.

Children should always be supervised but then I believe that it’s so important that your kids see you enjoying participating in the activities and it’s so much more fun than just standing there making sure they don’t hurt themselves!
Try to prompt with open questions rather than saying ‘It will work better if you do this..’.

Your participation motivates and encourages them and they also see that making mistakes is part of the learning process. That you become more determined to get it right next time. Not to sulk and give up!



Today Alfie shows us the models he has made from Fir-cones and Georgie demonstrates how to do tie-dye and silk painting. She has experimented with using food colouring in place of proper fabric dyes and they worked great! Georgie and Maisie have made scarves out of the large pieces of fabric . They used the small silk samples to dress some spoon people. 

Warnings:
Food, colouring stains everything especially fingers and it’s a devil to wash off som gloves and protective clothing are the order of the day!

An iron will be required so obviously adults need to take over here or, with older children it is a good introduction providing they are supervised. You never know maybe the boys will progress to ironing their own shirts!!

The  use of food colouring was effective and so much cheaper . It offers children the opportunity to try out lots of different techniques without spending a bomb!

We rinsed our samples quickly before drying and ironing and the colour stayed well but I don’t think it would be any good for items that needed to be washed properly.

The challenge this week is to find out what happens to fir cones when it rains. Also why? We are going to make a weather station at Jumble House.
Maybe you can do too!

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                    Today’s Sunday Challenge Programme
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Sunday Circles

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It’s Sunday again and time for a new challenge .

Last time we watched raindrops falling into puddles and saw the circles shapes firming one inside the other.

The challenge was to see if we could find other examples of concentric circles and to try to make something using circles.

In the video the Jumbles show what they have made.