May 25, 2020
This week, we are inspired by our 'Superheros and Supervillains' theme to have some fun playing dressup, making masks and trying some facepainting.
It's time to raid the Halloween costumes, get some cardboard and make a mask or maybe try your hand at creating a shadow tube, for projecting some images onto your walls.
Sarah sent us her very handy YouTube tutorial 'How to make a Ninja Mask out of a T-Shirt' which she's used to great effect many times!
She's pretty good at chopping up old green T-shirts too, for this Robin Hood theme.
Sarah's many talents also include facepainting, another brilliant form of disguise!
Another fun idea is to make your own mask. You can wear a princess dress as well if you like!
This Hippo Mask was a last minute life saver one day before school 'Mam, we've to wear a mask tomorrow'! ...
There's also much fun to be had just using all your hats, scarfs, wellies and shoes to dress up. These 2 monkies also found some bubblewrap to complete their outfits. Anything goes with dressing up ... there are no rules, just fun!
And hats off to the creator of this wonderful homemade 'put your face in the hole' thingy ... quite the challenge!
And, we found yet MORE ideas for toilet roll tubes, to create your own 'Shadow Tubes' or 'Homemade Projectors'. Just add clingfilm and a torch and off you go! A super way to make use of all those stickers you have at home, especially if they are Superheros or Supervillains!
May 13, 2020
This week, for our Family theme, we took inspiration from pinterest to create a Family Tree and we got all the family involved. Not everyone likes paint on their hands so it seems, so a few jelly treats along the way and we all got on grand. We even had our beloved pet cat having a look to see what was going on, but we thought best not to put his paw print on, just in case the paint would irritate him!
We had so much fun with our Family Tree, that we continued on and made another painting with each of our handprints in different colours, to mark our time together in lockdown. Albie finished it off by stamping our family name.
Paula & Albie
First, draw a beautiful tree, big enough to fit your family.
Next, choose your paint colour. We chose Green, but yours could be any colour or a mix of colours! You can pour some paint onto a plate, or sponge it onto your hands, or paint it onto your hands.
Finally, Mammy & Daddy's hands!
And here is our other design, one hand on top of the other, using lots of colours. We started at the top with the biggest hand and worked our way down to the littlest.
And Albie created our family name in stamps.
April 30, 2020
This week for our Buildings theme, we decided to give the paint brushes and paints a break, and we took out our boxes of lego, to construct our Lego Cat World.
Albie decided he would give his toy pet cats their own world ... and so we introduce you to ... 'The United World of Cats'.
On Cat Avenue there is a Cat Disco, where the cats love to rock out to songs such as the famous 'Meow, Meow, Meow' (I can hear Abba's 'Money Money Money' in the back of my mind!). There's a drive-by Cat Restaurant, where they can get a catfood kebab on their way home. And a communal Cat House, where they love nothing more than curling up together after a hard night of dancing. We really enjoyed building with lego and it reminded me just how versatile this type of art and construction play is. We were storytelling and singing and generally having a great time with this project, as our imaginations took over! We even created a digital story, using a filter. Oh, and the cats had great fun too!
Paula & Albie
April 27, 2020
Most children love painting .. most parents don't love cleaning up after painting!
With the welcome change in weather, the clean up can get a little easier by moving outside. You don't even have to use a paint brush ... use a few sticks and experiment with mark making on whatever materials you have, paper, cardboard. Gather up sticks, stones, leaves, whatever is around, toothbrushes, cotton buds, anything handy. If you have paper - fine. You can use the inside of a Weetabix box or cardboard from your recycling bin. Go out into your garden or balcony and explore the shapes and marks your sticks and stones make. Some leaves will print, some will just fall apart. Try not to give too much direction, allowing your child to figure things out for themselves.
The main focus of this kind of painting is the experience itself ... what happens if you use a stick ... how does it feel to paint a stone ... is cardboard different to paper ... experimenting freely.
It's fun and doesn't concentrate on the outcome and you don't have to clean a paint brush afterwards.
Sarah Beirne, Children & Youth Arts Officer