Sunday, June 25, 2017

Art Project #98-- Coloring Book Art

While trying to come up with a fun arts or crafts project for our 100 Days of Art Challenge I realized that my boys were already guiding themselves with some creative fun.

The older two boys have been coloring up a storm in some of our coloring books; mainly our Color Counts books.  It seems like someone is coloring every time I turn around.



I have often colored right alongside the boys and find all of the new coloring books on the market quite captivating.  Our favorites are those that are thick enough for us to color with marker (or in the case of these Color Counts books, one sided).

Here are all the pages my boys have worked on in the last two weeks!









All we needed was a package of fine tipped markers (my boys like these Crayola ones), our Color Counts books (garden one here and Travel the World here), and some quiet time to color.  Each space is labeled with a number and you just match the number to the color key.

It's quite simple and so relaxing.


Our other art projects:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 
Project 67: Learning Origami
Project 68: Artist Study
Project 69: Playing an Art Game
Project 74: Qixels 3-D Maker
Project 75: Decorating Cupcakes 
Project 80: Charcoal Landscapes
Project 82: Bleeding Tissue Paper Easter Eggs

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Strawberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies

We went strawberry picking last week and when we were paying for our strawberries the boys convinced me to buy some chocolate chip cookies.  I persuaded them to give to me a taste and popped a strawberry in my mouth at the same time.  I mentioned that it tasted like a chocolate covered strawberry and Evan suggested we try making strawberry cookies with chocolate chips.

Since we had white chocolate but no milk or dark chocolate we decided to make strawberry white chocolate chunk cookies.



They were AMAZING!  We used our Blueberry White Chocolate Chip recipe with just a few minor variations.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup butter or margarine; softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups diced strawberries
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. In stand mixer beat butter and both sugars on medium speed until nice and fluffy.  Add in eggs and vanilla.  Beat until combined. 




3.  In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt.  Then add to wet ingredients using low setting on stand mixer.  
4.  Cup up chocolate into chunks and dice strawberries into bite sized pieces.  




5. Fold in chocolate chunks and strawberries gently, taking care not to mash up the berries. 



6.  Using a cookie scoop or two small spoons scoop dough onto cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes; until edges are golden brown.  Let stand on cookie sheet for a couple of minutes to firm up and then move to cooling rack. 




We found that they only lasted 4 days before the berries made the cookies mushy; so feel free to eat a few at a time! After all, they do have fruit in them.  




Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekly Wrap- Up: The Week We Were Bored EVERY day!

Typically we enjoy a good month of swimming in the lake, playing outside, playing with water balloons, etc before I hear my boys complain that they are bored.  This year, however, my boys only made it one week.  I must have heard "there's nothing to do" a million times this week.

No one wanted to go swimming in the lake, play outside, go on a hike, a field trip, etc... nothing.  I must have suggested a handful of things we could do each day and every single time my suggestions were met with shrugs, eye rolls, or sighs... so I let them be bored and ignored the complaints.

By the end of the week they were all pretty good at finding ways to keep themselves occupied!



Friday we met up with some friends at the movies and saw Cars 3.  Alec started the day making some delicious strawberry/ white chocolate chunk cookies (recipe will be on the blog tomorrow!).  The older two boys spent quite a bit of time working with the color by number coloring books and markers too.  They each brought a book and some markers in the car to keep them occupied while listening to our book on CD.




The boys were pretty much on their own Saturday.  My husband and I spent much of the day in our attic trying to get our duct work set up for our new heating/air conditioning unit (ours died a few months ago and getting a new unit required quite a lot of work!).  The boys spent time playing with their Lego sets, coloring, and crafting.  I was so startled to see Evan sitting at the table using Perler beads.  He had fun making a Minecraft healing potion using the new Minecraft idea book we got.  Ian took off with his grandfather to work for the afternoon; they built another picnic table.




The boys spent a good portion of the day outside on Sunday.  Ian started the day fishing with his grandfather.  The boys went swimming and tubing.  Evan asked us to take him to Gamestop so he could buy a new video game using the money he earned working.  We needed to head to Lowe's and buy some more supplies to get our heating system up and running anyway and we stopped for lunch at Subway.  We got the air conditioning up and running by dinnertime and we had a very nice meal for my husband with all of his favorites for Father's Day.  Complete with fresh strawberry shortcake that Alec made special for him.



Monday and Tuesday were pretty quiet days.  Ian had a friend over on Monday and the boys spent some time outside playing in the yard and up in their rooms.  We did go to karate this week and the boys got to work on break falls and forward rolls.  We played some card games, spent some time out in the sun and just enjoyed a few quiet days at home.  Alec spent lots of time in his room coloring and reading.



The boys helped me clean the whole house on Wednesday; we had a guy coming to inspect it and take pictures since we were switching insurance companies.  They grumbled a bit but realized it had been awhile since we cleaned.  We worked together room by room and got the whole house looking nice within an hour.  The older boys settled down to play Monopoly while Evan and I played Uno and War.  By the time lunch rolled around the older boys were yelling at each other and I had them clean up the game.  They were pretty unhappy with one another for the rest of the day.  We spent another afternoon inside since the caterpillars are out in full force now and even falling from the trees; though the younger boys and I did chance a quick walk up to our mailbox to get some fresh air and exercise.  We also had fun watching some hummingbirds at our feeder.  Ian headed off to work with his grandfather after supper and Evan and I settled down to watch the Lego Batman movie (again).  Alec had a sleepover planned that had been canceled at the last minute and while he was so upset he did cheer himself up watching some funny YouTube videos about Minecraft .


Ian headed out to work on Thursday morning.  He was moving the painted picnic tables out of our yard and bringing over some new ones for his brothers to paint.  He also had some mowing to do but the mower was running low on gas so he had to take a break until his father or grandfather got home.  The boys were fighting again and I figured I needed to find something for us to do so I pulled out some crafting supplies and we tried our hand at making metal stamped bookmarks.  Next thing I knew my boys were swimming (no that's not our pool), riding scooters and bikes, having a water balloon fight.  We spent the whole rest of the day outside!







Don't you just feel so bad for them?

What do you do when your kids complain that they're bored?

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Art Project #97-- Glass Bead Sun Catchers

Looking around for another fun art project we decided to make some sun catchers using those glass beads that most people tend to put in floral vases.

This was, by far, one of the easiest projects we've ever done and the boys are so thrilled to be closing in on our 100 Days of Art Challenge.



We took some plastic lids from sour cream containers (or containers like those) and filled them with school glue.



We then added glass beads in a pattern we liked and placed a piece of string near the top for hanging our finished piece near.



Thankfully we did not try this project on the table as a few of them spilled over.

Then we set the containers in the sun for a few days until they dried completely.


Here's what they look like hanging in our windows.  Aren't they pretty?




Ours are a bit milky white in between the beads but clear school glue would make it look like the beads were floating and I bet this would be amazing looking with colored or glitter glue!

Our other art projects:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots
Project 33: Sun Art 
Project 36: Art Museum field trip. 
Project 39: Painting Pikachu 
Project 40: How to Draw Books
Project 42: Splatter Paint Canvas
Project 46: Tissue Paper Leaf Art
Project 50: Drawing Cat Faces 
Project 51: Making Homemade cards
Project 53: 3-D printing 
Project 54: Gingerbread Train
Project 57: Candy trees 
Project 67: Learning Origami
Project 68: Artist Study
Project 69: Playing an Art Game
Project 74: Qixels 3-D Maker
Project 75: Decorating Cupcakes 

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