Unplugged Metal and Paint  

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.

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9 comments: to “ Unplugged Metal and Paint

  • Chrissy
    June 1, 2008 at 11:08 PM  

    The coin dropping game sounds like a fun (and simple) game...perfect! I totally skipped out on the metal project and went on a bloggy holiday instead. :)

    I thought about doing the bubble paints with Little Bit, too. Good to know that it really isn't all that impressive. Maybe she'll be more receptive to it in a year or so? Either way, she still had fun painting and that's all that matters!

    Glad you're back!

  • Pam
    June 2, 2008 at 8:27 AM  

    Those projects look like lots of fun. I love how you turned the metal project into a family game. Neat!
    Glad you survived the packing ordeal.

  • Tina
    June 2, 2008 at 11:30 AM  

    My gals still bubble paint ( they are 14 and 11) They made stationary last year. Very cool activities.

  • amy
    June 2, 2008 at 11:53 AM  

    Glad to see you back! My girls would love the penny drop game. We haven't tried bubble painting yet - another good summertime activity! :)

  • Julie
    June 2, 2008 at 1:35 PM  

    We'll have to try the coin drop game - looks like lots-o fun!

  • Anonymous
    June 2, 2008 at 3:20 PM  

    I wondered where you had gone, but I am glad you are back with us this week. Sorry your week was so bad.

    Both those projects look fun. I have never tried bubble painting either. Too bad she wasn't interested. It's sometimes hard to predict what will captivate our children isn't it? It looks like Paige at least had fun painting the traditional way!

    BTW, I tagged you here, and might have forgotten to let you know. If you don't want to play, that is perfectly OK, but I did want to be sure to let you know about it.

  • reprehriestless warillever
    June 2, 2008 at 5:31 PM  

    Bubble painting sounds like fun.\

    Something else to add to my "should-try" list.

  • Gottfredsen
    June 2, 2008 at 10:25 PM  

    So Much Fun. Great Projects.

  • Anonymous
    June 3, 2008 at 6:58 AM  

    That coin game sounds absolutely fun, fun, fun! We're going to try it right now!


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