Friday, June 17, 2011

'Colorful Palette Cupcakes'

I am just now blogging this morning from yesterday's activities because we were that busy.  We started the morning out at the movies, then ran errands, picked up some lunch out, and came home to host a playdate for our friends, Leah, Lucy, and Vivian.  (We missed you, Jayden!)  I multi-tasked and included them in one of our art projects for the week (painting with all things except a paintbrush) and our themed snack ... a 'paint palette' I made out of cardboard, with multi-colored cupcakes on top, representing the palette's paints.  After everyone left, we got another visit from Aunt Lainey!  It was a very social day.  Here are some photos:

Waiting for our buddies, I put all the materials for our painting in the center for easy reaching ...
 Leaves, Q-tips, cotton balls ...
 Sticks, more leaves, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, feathers ...
 Let the creating begin!  (Maggie with Leah and Ms. Anna)
 Lucy, Leah, and Mags!
 Still, it is always better to go back to God's given paintbrush ... those hands!
Making masterpieces!
 Great job, Lucy!
 Vivian joined in the fun soon after we started.
 Enjoying the paint!
 Our snack ... 'Colorful Palette Cupcakes!'  (I made the paintbrush using a breadstick, shreds of chocolate licorice, and a fruit roll-up.)
 Snacktime!  (Vivian, Ms. Hillary, Lucy, Ms. Anna, Leah, and Mags)
 So good, it's worth closing those eyes!  :)
 Sweet Leah.  :)
It was a fun time!  (Thanks, Anna and Hillary, for the great company!)

Today, we:
1. We went to the movies this morning for our theater's Summer Kid Series movie.
2. We hosted a playdate for our friends, Leah, Lucy, and Vivian!
3. We had Aunt Lainey over for dinner.
1. We read Stay Away From Strangers by Diane H. Pappas & Richard D. Covey.
2. We read The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
3. We read Not Everyone Is Nice by Frederick Alimonti and Ann Tedesco, Ph.D.
4. We read Martha and Hilary and the Stranger by Danielle Steel (yes, the Danielle Steel!).
5. We read Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean E. Pendziwol.
1. We read If You Take a Paintbrush: A Book of Colors by Fulvio Testa.
2. We read Colors by Philip Yenawine (with illustrations of art found at The Museum of Modern Art in New York).
3. We read I Spy Colors in Art by Lucy Micklethwait. Together, we found the objects in the paintings that were being described.
4. We read the 'Color Mix-Up' rhyme and answered the corresponding questions in our High Five magazine, November 2010, pages 16-17, then discussed again how colors mix to make new colors.
5. We read Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert.  While reading, we noted the colors and shapes in the different pictures.
6. We read the 'Ladybug, Muddle, & Thud' article in our Ladybug magazine, April 2011, page 2, about color mixing.
7.  We used other things to paint with than a paintbrush -- feathers, leaves, twigs, cotton balls, Q-tips, pipe cleaners, etc.
8.  For a snack, we made the 'Artist's Colorful Palette' cupcakes as seen in All You magazine, April 23, 2010, page 119.

Now, we're headed out to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts in Auburn for another field trip with our Preschool Outings class.  We'll see you soon!

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