art is in us all
Ive been playing with the idea of a blog.
Not sure how good I'll be at this, but why not give it ago?
Well, Ms. Bretts House has been open for a few months now, and I've had a hard time coming to terms with what it is exactly.
20 plus years in childcare, it's hard to shake off that title.
Ive given myself permission to be that person I think would be awesome to be.
Ms Bretts House is an art studio!
Oh it feels so wonderful to say "I own an art studio". Little ol me!
I have classes for my little ones, and their loved one. We still read, sing and dance, but our art will be a larger focus than before.
More messy play.
For the older ones, we have after school classes, and holiday classes.
The best part, the art parties!! They are awesome!! Food, music, paint, and games, what more could one ask for?!
Stay tuned as things are just about to take off.
My latest favorite thing ever!! It started with rocky waters. I never could make that magical goo that day care educators have been making for years! Solid then liquid, then solid again. Children love this sensory heaven, but I could never get it right!
So fast forward, I find a receipt for edible paint using corn flour! Turned out great. Even turned into a fun slime. Then I run across this goo stuff again, and I think to myself, "I'm going to master this!"
So on Tuesday I add one bag of cornflour with some water, it's too runny. I add more corn flour, better but not that magical mixture I want.
Wednesday, I add yet another bag of corn flour. Yeah, pretty thick, slimy fun! My little mate helps me add green colour and gold glitter to give it the st Patrick's day fun.
We left it over night. It's now Thursday and finally I got my magical substance that I've been wanting. I could rub it into a ball, then watch it "melt" through my fingers.
And with that I fell in love!
So today I'm going to research and share as many receipts I can.
For the receipt to edible paint, using corn flour please look at our "when life gives you lemons" post.
ok this is the one I finally got!
spoon or fork to stir
food colouring (optional)
what you do:
Add three or four drops of food colouring and glitter into a cup of water, mix it.
Pour your cornflour (or cornstarch) into a large bowl. To make it easy start with 2 cups.
Then slowly add your 1 cup of water.
This is where the fun starts.
Get the kids to mix with fingers until the slime is gooey. Let sit for a minute and see if the flour goes hard at the bottom. When this happens is when you can grab some and roll it into a ball and then stop to watch it "melt" through your fingers.
Next week I'm going to explore foam dough. Corn flour and shaving cream! Stay tuned!
ok, so for our next corn flour project we used shaving cream.
This project couldn't have been any easier.
What you need:
Just spread your ingredients on the tray, roll up your sleeves and mix with your hands!
Once mixed the texture is soft and fluffy. I tried to make balls out of it to create a snowman, but crushing the balls was too tempting for my little friends. It was awesome fun!
Clean up was a breeze as well, just dust it all into a bag. Done!
Hands are super easy to wash clean as well.
Silk! This week in our discovering cornflower we added strawberry conditioner and cornflower.
First of all, my little friend, loved the chance to spread the cornflower and squeeze the conditioner all by herself.
Then we got to work mixing and squashing it all together.
The smell of it brought me back to my childhood. Having red streaks in the hair, in the 80's, strawberry shortcake was a must!
Anyway, once our goo was fully mixed it was a lovely, silky consistency. My friend and I wrote her name and my name. Then we thought it needed plastic Easter eggs added. Sure, why not?
Another successful cornflower experience!
Check it out!!!
Im a little excited!!!!
Must go and dance now!!!!
We had such an amazing day!
Frozen ice flowers, as easy as it sounds! Cooked rainbow pasta. Cook pasta, divide in four lots, add food colouring, and mix!
Edible slime, look into my post on edible paint/slime.
Sesnory bottles, party necklaces, mirror, some left over material.
Mud kitchen, water colour painting, playdough, nature treasures, and lots of smiles!!!
Thank you so much to all my friends for playing today!
March 21, 2017
this week we used rice!
First I divided 2 bags of rice into 4 bowls. Added a few drop of food colouring into each bowl, yellow, blue, red and green.
For the older children they helped me mix this and played with the dry rice.
That night I took the bowls home and cooked the rice, in separate pots.
On Thursday I placed the four bowls in the shell for the little ones to touch, spill, through and yes, EAT.
Our edible paint turned into slime!
When life gives you 🍋 lemons! The paint/slime was super easy to make.
Stir 4 table spoons of Corn flower and a little water to get her to Make a paste. Then add a cup of water and stir over a light heat until you see clear steaks.
Poor into 4 containers, mix in food colouring. About 4 drops each.
This makes a nice paint. Once in the fridge over night it makes slime!
The second picture is use of random materials around the house and tired rose petals!
Materials such as bubble wrap, foil, whatever you can find. Then held by a peg!
More photos on instagram and facebook!
Have I ever said I love my job, well I'm saying it now, again, I love my job!
Here in Perth we had an amazing thunderstorm on Wednesday night. So on Thursday I thought we could try the cloud in a jar trick.
It worked so well! The parents loved the "raining" part. The kids wanted to touch the cloud part.
So, I grabbed some paper, quick smart and let them do some finger, shaving cream, and cloud painting!
I love kids ideas!