Sunday, June 1, 2008
I have returned. Miss me?
I have survived a horrible week of packing and moving to a temporary location at my sister-in-law's, but that is for another post. I was without my internet connection most of last week, so I wasn't able to post about my Unplugged Metal project, although I did do it. So, this week you get two Unplugged Projects for the price of one!
As May was a very difficult month for us, and we were in the process of moving, I didn't want to do anything too involved, or make something that I might need to figure out how to pack. So for metal we played a coin game that I found online, called Penny Drop.
photo courtesy of Parents Connect
For this game, you fill a bucket half-way with water. You put a quarter in the bottom, and each player drops a penny in and tries to get the penny to land on the quarter. I got some Dixie Cups and gave Paige, Roland, Michelle and myself each ten pennies in a cup. Then we took turns dropping them in the bucket. The website suggests tinting the water with food coloring to make it more of a challenge, but since Paige is young, I decided to forgo that part. We played this game twice - Paige seemed to really enjoy it. I couldn't get any good pictures, so hopefully the one from the website will suffice.
Now for paint - I tried to do something different than the obvious for this, but as usual, Paige taught me that simple is usually best. I saw "Bubble Painting" in my June issue of Family Fun, and thought that would be a simple thing to do. Basically you just mix a little tempra in with bubble solution and then blow bubbles at your paper. As I threw out all of Paige's mostly empty paints while packing, we went out today and bought paint, bubbles, and paper. On a whim, I grabbed a $5 package of all kinds of different brushes, as we no longer have brushes, there were lots of cool ones in the package, and it was cheap. Win, win, and win.
After dinner we went outside to try bubble painting. I'd mixed some red paint in with the bubble solution, and showed Paige how to blow the bubble paint toward the paper. I thought she'd enjoy this since she likes painting and bubbles. While we were going shopping for the stuff, she kept talking about bubble painting. Well, I blowed the bubbles at the paper, and she wasn't impressed in the least, and asked for a brush instead. So, I gave up on being different and just let her paint the "old-fashioned" way.