WTF? I'm a homeschool mom! Why am I not doing these things???
Well, today marks a new beginning. We did a pincraft, and it was GREAT! The thing I decided to tackle was "chalk paint" that I found HERE. I picked it mainly because I had all the "ingredients" on hand, it took very few steps, and it involved colors--one of the things we talk about A LOT with Ben, my preschooler.
So, we started with:
We added equal parts corn starch and water and mixed. We poured the concoction into a muffin pan and added a few drops of food coloring in each one.
Ben was in the other room crying because he's
a brat three and gets frustrated easily. When he couldn't squeeze the dropper and refused to let me help him, he burst into flames tears, so I told him to calm down in the other room and join us when he was ready.
He recovered and joined us to do some mixing with toothpicks. We ended up mixing nine different colors (the suggested mixes on the back of the food color box), and we were ready to paint!
I figured out pretty quickly that it wasn't the kind of paint that you could really cover a lot of space with, but that was okay. The boys had fun smearing and splattering, and the best part is that the "paint" dries like chalk, so it's not that messy. Once dry, the paint on the ground looked just like chalk.
Our hands got cold because it's 45 degrees out here, so when we were finished, we ceremonially dumped the rest by flinging it across the ground. I think this was the best part--especially because it inspired me (like real live inspiration without a pin board!), and we came inside for an unintended lesson in art history.
I bought this book at B&N for something like $8 a long time ago, and I didn't know why until today! We compared our painting to the work of Mr. Pollock, reading a little bit about abstract expressionism in general, and then perused a few of his works.
Ben said he thought the Moon-Woman from "The Moon-Woman Cuts the Circle" looks more like a dragon, and Will decided "Convergence: Number 10" was his favorite because he found Darth Vader's head somewhere in the painting.
Ben also mentioned that a lot of the paintings reminded him of mazes, and his favorite was this because it looks like an invention. He then decided to title it "Invention" since it didn't have a title: