Monday, March 1, 2010

When There's Nothing Left......

......in the brain that is! (or the resources) Sometimes on a day like today when we are stuck inside because of wet weather, it's just nice to be able to fall back on some old favourite regular art activities. If you're a reader of BBM you would know that the girls and I enjoy doing art activities of all kinds but today I really couldn't think of a single activity to do so we enjoyed some collage together. The great thing about collage is that it can be so different every time you do it. There are so many interesting textures and shapes of things that can be included. Check out www.artfulparent@typepad.com for some great collage ideas.




Some art activities I like to have available for the girls are...

  • drawing - chalk, crayons, thick + thin felt pens, pencils, paper, envelopes, coloured paper, paper plates
  • cutting
  • glueing
  • play dough - great to have some in the fridge
  • threading

My ultimate goal however is to have a collage trolley so the girls can access the art items easily but that can wait a little until Miss H is older. For now though, the next thing I'd like to achieve is a "useful box' so I can add box construction to the list. Watch out for that blog!

What are the ready to go, always available, creative activities you have for your kids to do? It would be great to share some ideas here on BusyBrissyMum.

4 comments:

Elise said...

It must be the constant rain robbing our brains of their thinking power. I was a bit the same today. I ended up covering some tissue boxes with alfoil and collecting all sorts of bits and pieces for us to attach to the boxes and decorate. Savvy loves using her felt pens on the alfoil.

Play doh and now blocks with additional materials (felt pieces, shells, straws, buttons, pipe cleaners etc) have been getting a good workout here.

Tomorrow, we are going to use the rain to our advantage and put a few drops of food colouring on some paper plates and put them in some light rain and see what happens.

The forecast is for a lot more rain, so I'll have to get my thinking cap on for some fun, creative activities for us to do to keep that cabin fever at bay.

Hopefully tomorrow the ideas will just flow for both of us.

Julie said...

Wow, I love the idea of the collage trolley! Sadly, I don't think we have the room for that. Just wondering how old your youngest is? My oldest is 22 months and it still feels like I made such an effort with craft, to get everything organised, then she is only interested for a couple of minutes!

Busy Brissy Mum said...

Good luck with the light rain Elise!!! Wow this rain is crazy at the moment. It just hasn't stopped. I like your idea to do with the play dough, blocks and other materials. They would provide endless play.

Can't wait to see a blog post on your rain plates. We do the same thing with powder paint and paper. It works beautifully. I wrote a blog about it some time ago.

We're off to a play centre today so the fun will be made for us. Give my brain a rest. He he he!! Have fun Elise.

Julie, my youngest girl is 15 months. We're still not completely there with her concentration skills while doing art activities either but she REALLY likes to be involved too and give them a go.

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

What about indoor cubbies or indoor obstacle course? I blogged a list of ideas to fall back on last winter,
http://childhood101.blogspot.com/2009/06/what-to-do-on-rainy-day.html

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