Here is a fun printmaking project inspired by artist Paul Klee and his painting Castle and Sun.
Do your kids watch Little Einsteins? My little girl loves them and was watching them the other day. If you do watch them, you know that they feature an artist and a composer each episode. Paul Klee was the artist in this episode. My daughter wants to know everything and anything that she can about the great artists. Klee was one that we have not covered yet, so she, of course, wanted to know more about him. We read a little about him online and then looked over his collection of works. Castle and Sun caught our eye. The combination of colors and shapes reminded us of building blocks. I thought that it would be fun to try stamping with the building blocks and create our own Paul Klee inspired artwork.
Engineering activities are wonderful for improving your children’s fine motor skills, problem solving abilities and their imaginations.
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My daughter loves to build. She can and will construct out of anything. We build with recyclables.
We build with nature.
In our last post, I told you about my daughter’s new-found love for the Pyramids. She recently saw a documentary on them & now wants to know everything about them. We went to the library & bought some books & over the weekend we made a pyramid craft. I thought it might be fun for us to stack a pyramid, so yesterday we painted some egg carton pieces & used them to build colorful pyramids.
When I heard the weather report for this weekend, I was overjoyed. I could not wait to get outdoors with the family. I asked my daughter what she wanted to do & she wanted to bring her building blocks outside & play. We brought them out & began to build with them in the driveway.
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Our home is no longer an adult’s house. It is a toddler’s house that has a couple of adults living in it. There is not one room in our house that is not filled with Mai’s toys, clothes, artwork or books. I can hardly remember what is was like to have a tidy house.
We read a lot in our home. My daughter loves being read to and now is at the point that she knows most of her books so well that she can recite them to us. Her books are everywhere. We have two baskets of books in our living room, a pile on her floor in her room, a stack on our night stand in our room and a shelf of them in the kitchen. I had read a suggestion regarding rotating your books out as you do with your toys, that your toddlers only need a few books out at a time. The thing is my daughter reads them all. I boxed up a few of the less popular books in her collection and she knew that they were not there. We have book picnics in our living room, where we will lay about 15 books out with snacks and pillows and we will go through them all.
I wanted to organize her books better and at a little cuteness to her space as well. This was a simple project using wooden storage cubes.
ALPHABET BLOCK BOOKCASE
What you will need:
Wooden storage blocks
Lay down newspaper and gather all your supplies. Position your first block for painting.
Place your stencil in the center of your block. Measure around all four sides to make sure that you are centered. Tape the stencil in place.
Using the color of your choice paint within the stencil.
Using a ruler or anything with a hard edge, paint a straight thick line about an inch thick around all four edges.
Let dry and then repeat all steps with how ever many cubes you choose to use. For your bottom cubes, paint so that the openings are opposite of one another so that you may get books easily.
Secure with gorilla glue, nails or screws to secure the blocks in place.