BREAK OUT THE CRAYONS AND MARKERS! I’ve just made a new Christmas coloring page that you can easily download and print off as many sheets as you want for your budding artists to enjoy. Look for the folder name: “Christmas coloring page”. There are other downloads available for you there as well. ENJOY! And enjoy this wonderful season of remembering that Christmas is our special holiday to celebrate that Jesus Christ, God’s son, came to earth to save us from our sins! It’s the best news there is!
You might also, see if your little artists can look at the penguins on the coloring sheet and try to draw them on another sheet of paper…great eye-hand activity.
A 5th and 6th grade sunday school group, called Club 56, are having a board game tournament with a great detective game called, Scotland Yard. The kids love it and I decided to make a short video to the music by Henry Mancini (purchased at i tunes store) from the Pink Panther movie. I wanted to do something a little different than just putting a post for parents to see. The point of the game is for the team of agents to find Mr. X in the very large city of London, England. It’s not an easy task…but you never know, some of these detectives are pretty smart!
Do you know a physical therapist or occupational therapist? Do you know of a clinic in your area? Why not let them know about Pick and Draw as an effective tool they can use with the kids they are working to help. You could simply point them to this recent review of the game by Physical Therapist, Margaret Rice…it’s very simple and full of insight and ideas. Anytime physical help can come in a creative way and make it fun for the person in need, that is a very good thing! Pick and Draw does this well but not many PT and OT know about it.
Also, Pick and Draw was just given the coveted award, “The Seal of Approval” by The National Parenting Center after testing it with educators, Parents and Panelist for 8 weeks. We want parents to know about it and use it in the home after dinner or when the kids need a fun creative activity they can do by theirself or with others. God has given a creativity drive to every person to enrich their life. Here’s a simple way to enjoy that together!
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I had an amazingly fun time putting together each different character in the nativity I made from the carom board game pieces that I showed in the previous post.
Here is what I cam up with….
And, because this was so refreshing and fun, I went out looking for more vintage wooden pieces to repurpose and make something fun. Look at these treasures I found….
Repurposing is a buzz word that has lited on many a computer…many a magazine….and many conversations. It is a very good thing especially in light of King Solomon’s wise observation about life in the Bible, “there is nothing new under the sun”. Real creativity flows when you take something that seems used up and ready to be thrown away…and make it into something else that is unique.
Recently, while visiting family in another state, we went to an antique store. A glass jar full of colored wooden pieces caught my eye. It had different shaped pieces that looked to be part of some kind of old board game. The artistic side of me issued an internal challenge for myself…”pay the $10 for the jar and make something unique with it”. Without knowing what I would do, I was intrigued and considered it as I continued to look around… but finally walked away and left the store. However, the thought would not go away and as we were walking toward the car to leave, impulsively I excused myself from the group and made myself go back in the store and buy the jar. I even told the shop owner my idea as I was paying for them and she handed me her business card asking me to email me a picture of what I came up with. Here is the jar….
A couple of days later, as I continued to pass by the jar wondering what I could do with the pieces, I took the pieces out of the jar. I was surprised to discover that touching them and turning them around to study them opened up doors in the idea factory of my mind. Then in a moment of discovery, ”the” idea came strong and I knew that these pieces could be repurposed into a unique, one-of-a-kind nativity set. There would be no directions to unfold and read in order to construct it….just spontaneous play and experiment. I would have to “follow my intuition”. So, I have begun….I’m in the midst of making it happen now. I will show you my finished pieces when I’m finished, but for now, here is my start with the three kings….
Maybe there is something you have overlooked that needs some of your creative juices to give it a new life….to repurpose or not to repurpose? That is a very good question…. you’ll have to answer.
In a recent project, I was sent by mail a mystery box full of art materials (wood blocks, glue, wire, clay, material, canvas board, etc). The instructions were to choose a famous painting and re-invent it in 3 dimension. The rules were that I could only use what was in the box (except for paints). It was a long fun process and I was challenged continually to solve problems to meet my goal by only using what was in the box. Here is what I came up with…step by step. It might be fun to put together a mystery art box for your kids and give them the assignment to make something from it as well…you never know what it might inspire!
One of the greatest joys in my life is to actually get to draw with kids. To help them build confidence in the God-given creativity that He has put in them. And it is amazing to watch them unfold like flowers in the spring….amazing!
Grab your pencil and paper and draw along…pause it if I get going to fast for you. Add some doodling around the words if you like…or have Spiffy saying a quote you want him to say. HAVE FUN!