We repurposed a vintage wooden puzzle with some missing pieces into a rearrangeable magnetic diorama for the fridge — gluing some magnets on the backs of the pieces. It took a few minutes and turned out to be a lot of fun to play with. Details at Windy.
We've been doing mostly unstructured making and drawing lately, but we got ambitious yesterday and made a stuffy out of one of auggie's drawings (a truck). I put up a quick & dirty tutorial on Windy.
^ We took a picture to text to his dad and he said, "Like this, I'm showing my hand." It works out well in a way, because I'm on the fence about putting pictures of him on here now that he's older. I've been taking less pictures, too, because I want us to be in the moments and he's moving faster now — it's hard to keep up and take pictures at the same time.
The last few months I've been working more at my home studio designing children's books (and also illustrating a new series of books and developing an app for another). So it's a big focus in the house. Last month my son sat down and illustrated his own first book, "Trucks". He made a front cover and a back cover and then asked me to "hold it together" by which he meant binding it. I hope that's what he meant, heh. I had two special round paperclips that we used to hold the book together at the spine. A few weeks later, when I found some time, I scanned in the book and laid it out. He sat next to me to tell me the words. He also had many directions about the design and I gave him some typefaces to choose from. After we were done with that I interviewed him about the book and transcribed it in smaller type on the pages. His drawing style and interests have already changed so much since we did this. It's a little time capsule
I decided to publish it on my issuu account. So here it is, his first book!
This is a post-planetarium craft we did, that I wrote up for Windy this week, taken from DKTL kids. This is the earth, drawn on coffee filter paper with felt pens, then sprinkled with water to become a satellite picture. The pink is an island. The dark green is Africa. The yellow is a beach and the brown is a train station. The light green patches are the ocean. This felt-watercolour technique works pretty well on watercolour paper, too.
Auggie temporarily named himself Crazy Red last week, after deciding that red would be his favourite colour for his 'whole life'. But now he likes blue and green and he's changed his name back. At the paint store we were talking about the names for paint (doesn't everyone at one point wish their job was naming paint colours? Sweatshirt grey was my favourite name this trip). Anyway, he pulled out a deep red called Cherry Burst and was very excited about it. I said, 'what would you name that colour?' and he said: A Loving Pink.
We covered most of the house with Valentines yesterday. We did little heart envelope valentines for Auggie's classmates. We put out all our stamps on the kitchen table to decorate (as well as a rainbow crayon). I tried making a couple of vegetable stamps, but the big hit were the number stamps. Honestly, they turned out looking a bit like ransom notes.
Probably my favourite thing in general was the turnip, so I was quite distracted by the turnip and how great it was, while Auggie was similarly distracted by the number stamps. We are not an efficient production unit :) I finished the Valentines up at bedtime.
I took Auggie birthday party shopping a couple of days ago at collage collage. He picked out this wooden snake as a present and asked to paint it for his friend. We used the leftover paint from the banquet snake. Then he made up meanings for all the colours for his friend. These are the meanings: yellow means the sun will be out; blue means there will be a blue sky, green means it is summer because there is green grass in the park and brown means there are cars and trucks outside. (I don't remember what red and gold mean because I didn't write them down right away.)
I discovered a few things while we (really, entirely my husband, master of duct tape, card board and sharpies) made the yellow tractor trailer costume requested by our wee Augs:
1. Use acrylic paint when painting a carboard box. This will let it withstand at least 10–15 minutes of rain . Acrylic is water soluble and non-toxic. Once dry, it becomes very unwashable, though.
2. If painting a kraft/brown cardboard box, paint a thin layer of white paint first. Gouache or acrylic work fine.
3. You can find loads of great truck costume supplies in the bicycle section of a dollar store, especially reflectors and flashing safety lights. We did a bicycle light for the tail-lights and two pen flashlights for the headlights (duct taped behind holes).
4. Even though it doesn't look quite as nice, glue the bottom of the wheels flush with the bottom of the box: that way it is easy to take off and set down.
5. We criss crossed the straps over the back and hand-sewed them down, this was helpful. Beg or bribe or heavily distract your child to stand very still while you get the strap length really well-figured out, it's worth it.