Saturday, July 30, 2016

Art Project #28- Tin Foil Art

We're really on a roll with our 100 Days of Art Challenge lately.  We're trying to complete at least two art projects a week.

The boys decided to try some tin foil art this week.  We found two different tutorials on-line; one where yarn was glued to cardboard and another where glue guns were used.  We decided go the glue gun route since we knew that would dry much quicker than the yarn/ glue.

We used the front and backs from a few cereal boxes as our cardboard and the boys drew pictures and designs on their boards.  Once they were happy with what they had I helped them trace over the lines using our low temp glue gun.

Once the entire design was traced with the glue gun we wrapped the cardboard in tin foil and taped them to the back of the cardboard.  We then pressed down lightly but firmly on the front side to make the designs show up.

The boys used sharpie markers to color in their designs.

They are all so unique and the tin foil really makes the marker colors shiny.

Alec made an underwater scene from his favorite TV show; Steven Universe

Ian decided on an abstract band of colors 

Evan decided to ignore his glue squiggles altogether and just color where he wanted 
They each decided to tack their pictures up onto their bulletin boards and the sun shines on them each day.

Our other art projects:
Project 1: Painting with Hexbugs
Project 2: Tissue paper flowers
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 4: Watercolor compass circles
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 7: Scratch art jellyfish
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Art Project #27-- Paper Bowl Jellyfish

We made these adorable paper bowl Jellyfish last week.  The boys all have them hanging in their rooms and they are just adorable.

In keeping with our 100 Days of Art Challenge we try to find different mediums and different crafts to try.  My boys saw these on Pinterest and they all wanted to try making them.

We pulled out all the supplies and settled down at our picnic table.

Alec decided to paint his Jellyfish purple with large purple dots while both Ian and Evan wanted to use tissue paper squares & glue to decorate their jellyfish.  We glued on some large googly eyes and set them in the sun to dry.

Once dry I used a pair of scissors to make a hole in the top of the head.  We threaded some string through for a hanger and then each of the boys picked out some ribbon for the tentacles.  We cut long strips of ribbon, curled them with the scissors and then taped them to the underside of our jellyfish.

Alec decided the ribbon was not nearly enough and since Jellyfish often have inner and outer tentacles that are of varying widths he asked if he could make some out of paper.  We cut some long strips of paper and he accordion folded them back and forth; taping them to the edge of his bowl when he was done.

One of the accordion folded legs

They just looked so cute!  I would have loved to keep them hanging in my garden but knew they would never hold up to the elements. 

Our other art projects:
Project 1: Painting with Hexbugs
Project 2: Tissue paper flowers
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 4: Watercolor compass circles
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 7: Scratch art jellyfish
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

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Weekly Wrap- Up: The Week We Stayed Home

We got a lot of schoolwork done this week.  My husband has been gone again for his job and rather than take off on any adventures we actually decided to spend quite a lot of time at home.  It was nice and relaxing and it felt good to feel like we accomplished a lot this week.  We did four full days of school, ran a bunch of errands (even got a jump on my Christmas shopping!), cleaned the house, and prepared a bunch of food.

Math: The boys worked in their math workbooks completing two more pages each day.  Ian and Evan should be finishing up their books in the next few weeks!  They all worked on two more pages in Multiplication games too.  The older two boys completed another set of pages in Are You a Math Genius?  One night Ian and I played three rounds of The Clumsy Thief; I won all three rounds!

Reading/ Language Arts:  We listened to another disk in our Heroes of Olympus story and several more chapters in The Viper's Nest.  The boys did a lot of reading this week.  Ian read Hot Rod Hamster, I. Q. Gets Fit and several more chapters in his A-Z Mysteries book. Evan read a few more chapters in Humphrey's Creepy Crawly Camping Adventure while Alec worked on reading his way though Unwanteds. All three boys worked in their Minecraft activity books working on crossword puzzles, word searches, and other fun games. They also worked on another two pages in all of their spelling workbooks.

Art:  The boys made some tin foil art this week; using hot glue gun, tin foil and markers they made some really neat pictures for their rooms. You can read about how we made them here.

We colored some Harry Potter bookmarks then laminated them and added some colorful tassels too. You can print your own copy of these bookmarks here.  We printed them out on card stock, colored them in with markers, laminated them with clear contact paper and used a hole punch to make a hole for our ribbon tassels.

We made oil pastel bubble pictures too.

Science:  Ian finished putting together his second kit from EMEE and had a great time; he just LOVES these kits and following along on the computer makes it so easy for him.  Evan and I went through his Ranger Rick magazine learning all about animals and their talents.  We also read Diving Dolphins, Polar Bears, and Sea Lions.  Alec read Backyard Birds of Summer.  We were excited to find a new bird on our beach.  We can tell it is some sort of Heron but since we spotted the bird on our beach from an upstairs window we were missing details to identify it.

Geography:  Ian and I played the Scrambled States of America game one night this week.

Life Skills:  Ian made a double batch of pancakes for himself and his brothers one morning and Alec made a double batch of waffles for dinner one night.  Both boys worked with adding and reducing fractions, measuring, and reading and following a recipe.  They did a great job too and now we have lots of pancakes and waffles in the freezer for easy morning breakfasts.  All three boys helped me clean the house; we dusted, vacuumed, changed bedding, and scrubbed the bathrooms.

Socialization & family fun:  The boys went swimming at a nearby lake with their cousins and we spent a fun day visiting with my mother and sister.  They made some new friends and played Marco Polo, held splash wars and got some ice cream from the ice cream truck. The boys and I spent an afternoon at the movies watching the new Ice Age Movie and escaping from the heat and sharing a few laughs together.  Another day, the boys and I swam from our house over to the rope swing and then over the bridge so they could jump off.  Ian decided to kayak over and it was the perfect way to spend a super hot afternoon cooling off.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

52 Lists week #30; The Sports I Watch or Play

This week's list assignment: list the sports you like to watch or play was definitely not made for me.  I am not very coordinated and there aren't a lot of sports that I enjoy watching OR playing.  

That said I do enjoy some activities (I'm not sure how many of them could actually be considered sports though!):

I enjoy watching the Olympics
I enjoy watching any sports that my boys decide to play
I enjoy swimming, kayaking, and easy "sports" like badminton, bowing, and croquet.  
I enjoy roller skating and biking too. 
And that's just about it... 

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week #23; My Pet Peeves
week #25; My Favorite Meals

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Best Chex Mix EVER!

A few weeks ago we made some traditional Chex mix and I had quite a bit of left over rice and corn Chex.

My boys do eat cereal but not often and I was afraid the leftover cereal might get stale.  However I had none of the other ingredients to go with the Chex to make another batch of Chex mix.  I thought I'd look around for another Chex mix recipe to try.  

I found a few that looked pretty good and ended up combining a few recipes with some of my own ideas and twists.  

I was so surprised when we came up with a mix that we all just LOVE!

Doesn't it look yummy?!

It smells divine too.  Sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, butterscotch... what's not to love?!!

Want to know how to make it?

It's easy!


4 cups Corn Chex
5 cups Rice Chex
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup butterscotch chips
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter or margarine
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup granulated sugar
4 tsp cinnamon

1.  In a large, heat safe bowl mix together corn and rice Chex with all the chips.  I did give them a toss/ stir to mix them up nicely.  Then set the bowl aside.  Preheat oven to 350 and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.  Lightly spray with cooking spray and set aside.

2.  In a small saucepan heat brown sugar, butter or margarine, and corn syrup over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for a full minute; you want to make sure the brown sugar and butter form a nice caramel mixture.

3.  In a small bowl combine granulated sugar and cinnamon.

4.  Coat the cereal and chip mixture with the caramel that you made and then pour the cinnamon and sugar mixture on top.  Mix well to combine.

5.  Spread mixture onto prepared pan and put into the oven for 5 minutes.  Then stir and continue baking for another 5 minutes.  Everything should be bubbly, melted, and warm.

6.  Let it cool completely; I did give the mixture a stir a few times to make sure that it wasn't sticking to the tin foil and so that it would not dry in one large clump. Once cool I stored it all in a plastic lidded container.

It only lasted a few days... look at all that sugary goodness!

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