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{Math + Arth = FUN} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

April 9th, 2013

My preschooler loves math. He also loves arts and crafts, but everyone knows his real love is math. Most of the time, I’m able to combine the two together in a “lesson” to teach him something math related, while we’re creating something fun. Did you know that mathematics is sometimes called, the “science of patterns”? […]

 

My preschooler loves math. He also loves arts and crafts, but everyone knows his real love is math. Most of the time, I’m able to combine the two together in a “lesson” to teach him something math related, while we’re creating something fun. Did you know that mathematics is sometimes called, the “science of patterns”? Think about it!  Patterns happen everywhere, whether it’s in repeating numbers, colors, shapes, or expressions. By showing kids to look for a pattern, you’re teaching them the basics of problem solving.

For this craft, I had all these leftover little squares of construction paper. We decided that we would make a spring flower craft out of them, using different shapes. We did circles, triangles, and squares. This was a fun craft because we got to talk about shapes, patterns, AND make a cool art project at the end to show off!

What We Did:

  • for the triangles, we used two colors as petals, and laid them down in a pattern. The placement of which way the triangle went wasn’t important, the pattern of which color went next was the important part.
  • for the circles, I traced out circles from big to small, and had him cut it out. Then he glued them in descending order, biggest to smallest, learning about sizes as well.
  • For the squares, we left them the same size, and just layered them on top of each other, with an additional circle for the middle.

 

My leftover pieces of construction paper. They were perfect for this project.

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I had my preschooler cut out circles. We also cut the squares diagonally to make triangles, and finally left them as they were in order to have our three different shapes.

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He also cut and glued on some grass, and flower stems.

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For the triangle shapes, we used two different colors to make a repeating pattern. It didn’t matter the orientation of the triangle, what mattered was the COLOR PATTERN. 

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For the circles, we went from biggest, to medium, to smallest. Again, learning sizes is another math concept at work here!

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For the squares, we put them together and talked about how they made a pretty shape together, and how flowers in nature can look like that as well, like gerber daisies (which happen to be one of my favorite flowers).

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And our final product! Circles, triangles, and squares all working together to make a beautiful flower art craft. In the meantime, it also taught my preschooler some patterns, shape and sizes recognition, and how nature also uses math. So go forth, have fun, and mix math and art together!

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{Garden Plant Markers} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

March 28th, 2013

Here in the Seattle area, it’s definitely SPRING! And with spring, comes the annual spring planting. My kids love gardening as much as I do, and one of our favorite projects we did last year was making plant markers for the garden. This was a relatively inexpensive project that was easy, FUN, and totally engaging […]

 

Here in the Seattle area, it’s definitely SPRING! And with spring, comes the annual spring planting. My kids love gardening as much as I do, and one of our favorite projects we did last year was making plant markers for the garden. This was a relatively inexpensive project that was easy, FUN, and totally engaging for both my boys. As a bonus, they love their little works of art all around the yard, and proudly show them off to everyone who comes along and asks.

 What You’ll Need:

  • Canning Lids (I used both wide mouth, and regular size)
  • paint (I used acrylic to withstand the weather outside. I do not think tempura would be a good choice)
  • bamboo skewers (to use for the posts)
  • glue (I used my trust E6000, but you can also just use a hot glue gun)
  • Sharpie Paint Pens (I used this to write the names of all the produce)

 

We start off with our “canvas”, aka the canning jar lids.

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I set up my boys outside. First, we painted all the lids white. In hindsight, I would not do this step again as they just painted over the whole thing anyway. But, it made for a nice, clean looking backdrop. Then, I set them up with acrylic paints on paper plates, paintbrushes, pencils (to use as dobbers) and let them go to town. They each got a mix of big and little canning lids to paint.

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Good thing acrylic paint is washable. My youngest was more prone to paint himself.

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This was a Very Serious Project.

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Finished! I loved how creative and free form their paintings were, and I was really looking forward to the little works of art to put in the garden. 

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Some of their favorites they asked to photograph. Red poppy, rainbow, sun, treehouse (red blobby thing in the bottom left corner)

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Overnight, I let the lids dry. then, I glued the bamboo skewers onto the back, and wrote the names of whatever we were planting on the front with the Sharpie paint pen.

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He was very excited to go put them in the garden!

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A close up of what they looked like in the ground.

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And our herb garden. Overall, a very satisfying project! My kids love showing off their works of art, and as a bonus, now my husband knows where to find everything when I send him to snip me some herbs for dinner. 🙂

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{Happy Spring Equinox!} Seattle Lifestyle Photographer

March 28th, 2012

Last week was the Spring Equinox! In the PNW, we had a gorgeous weekend full of sunshine and temperatures reaching almost 60! But then, the real Seattle spring set in, with grey skies, lots of wind, and intermittent showers. So bring up my mood, here are some pictures I took last year at the Skagit […]

 

Last week was the Spring Equinox! In the PNW, we had a gorgeous weekend full of sunshine and temperatures reaching almost 60! But then, the real Seattle spring set in, with grey skies, lots of wind, and intermittent showers. So bring up my mood, here are some pictures I took last year at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. We go every year since it around our oldest’s birthday, and I love getting a picture of him in the tulips. These bright, colorful flowers would cheer up anyone’s mood and put you in the mood for spring. Happy Equinox!

 

 There are so many varieties of tulips, I couldn’t pick one as a favorite!

Fields of tulips

 

It was a wee bit cold and windy when we went up, hence the layered scarf and hat look he’s sporting.

 

It had been raining all spring, so there were lots of mud puddles. I saw a lot of this.

 

Accompanied by a lot more of this.

 

I love this – a perspective of my oldest throughout the years. That first year, he was barely taller than a tulip!

 

My, how times have changed.

 

I think the kids were way more interested in the mud than the tulips.

 

So. Much. Mud!

 

We adults spent time checking out the beautiful fields and fields of flowers.

 

The kids spent time checking out the really big tractor. Flower vs. Tractor? TRACTOR WINS!

 

See? It was a pretty impressive tractor, i do have to say.

 

We were able to get a family shot out in the flowers, however!

 

But by the end of the day, most everyone looked like this.

 

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{Spring is in the air} Seattle Area Lifestyle Photographer

March 11th, 2012

We had a gorgeous day on thursday this week, with the sun shining, and spring in the air. The buds are beginning to come out on the trees, and our plum trees were blooming as well. I saw this cool craft on pinterest painting blossoms with the bottom of 2 litre bottles, and thought it […]

 

We had a gorgeous day on thursday this week, with the sun shining, and spring in the air. The buds are beginning to come out on the trees, and our plum trees were blooming as well. I saw this cool craft on pinterest painting blossoms with the bottom of 2 litre bottles, and thought it would be a fun craft to do with the boys. Of course, this weekend has been grey, mucky, and rainy, but we got to bring a little bit of spring inside our homes yesterday. This craft is also part of the Kids Weekly Coop at Lets Lasso The Moon! Come check out all the other cool crafts and science ideas there!

 

What you need:

  • paint (we used blue, black, and pink)
  • 2 litre bottles
  • brushes
  • straws
  • paper
Our inspiration, our blooming plum trees

 

For our first painting, we started off with a blob of black paint. I think I thinned ours down with water a little bit too much, you want to thin it a little bit so it’s easy to blow, but not too thin

Then, I had the boys blow the black paint around to make a tree

This was the fun part. Then, I let them splatter the pink paint onto the canvas to make blossoms. They totally LOVED doing this. WARNING: this is a messy craft.

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Our finished splattered trees. It looks very abstract, and the boys loved making it. Here was my six year old’s finished painting

 

My three year old’s splatter tree.

 

For the second painting, I had the boys paint the background a sky color. I let them choose how much they wanted to cover the paper.

 

Then, we painted on trees and used the 2 L bottle as a blossom print maker.

 

And our finished print blossom trees. Here is my six year old’s project.

 

Here is my three year old’s painting.

 

Overall, these were two really fun projects to do, and the boys heartily enjoyed themselves. Yes, they got very messy, and I had pink paint splatters everywhere, but the glow of pride in their faces seeing their finished paintings was worth all the mess. We’re going to be hanging these little windows of spring around our house to enjoy to counteract the greyness outside. I hope you guys have fun with your own little ones doing this project!

 

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