I have done a lot of fun activities with kids over the years but this might have been my absolute fav. Oh my goodness. This was so much fun! I talked about the first half of our play group here. This was part two, which happened after we snacked a little bit. I had all the kids and parents stand to one side and I slowly poured different color spaghetti in rainbow on a big tarp. This may have been my favorite moment, watching everyones faces, kids and adults, as I poured out the spaghetti. I wish I had it on video. Gigi was practically jumping out of her skin to get in there. Everyone else was just staring totally mesmerized. Priceless moment. I had made ten boxes of spaghetti and dyed a large ziploc bag worth for each color. It was time consuming but pretty easy. Just put spaghetti in a ziploc, add water and food coloring, seal and swoosh around. Then drain the water. *Note* Add oil to the spaghetti so it doesn’t stick. The colors are really vibrant and of course, the more food coloring you use, the brighter it gets.
Little d had a blast. She literally ate spaghetti for 45 minutes. That girl cracks me up. The older kids mooshed it around, walked in it, used the spaghetti as a slip and slide and poured it into buckets. Every child had their own amazing experience with the spaghetti. It was so great to see the ones who were hesitant at first make their way over and get involved. Not to mention it looked absolutely beautiful.
The clean up wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought either. We gathered all the spaghetti in the tarp and poured it into a box. And then these two had a field day in their very own spaghetti boat. So much fun. Any spaghetti that was left on the grass just dried up in the sun and sort of became compost. Either that or our dog Billie ate it.
I can’t recommend this activity enough. You don’t have to go crazy with ten boxes. Maybe try one box and set it out in a bowl or a large tub. Or you can put it in the bath with the drain in. If you’re into no mess at all, you can put it in a plastic ziploc sealed with duct tape and let your child mush it around, like this. Whatever you decide, have fun!
I’ve wanted to get my girls a light table since the moment I saw one at a local nursery school. They are so awesome it’s kind of ridiculous. Unfortunately, however, they are majorly expensive so I’ve been waiting and waiting to take the plunge. I ended up finding this one on ebay for Gigi’s second birthday. It’s definitely not cheap at 150, but it was less than a lot of the other ones and I like how simple the design is. I think it might be someone’s DIY project because it kind of seems like an Ikea Hacker job. Regardless, we love it! It was super easy to put together and the light works great. Very pleased so far. We’re two days in.
First night I set out some magnatiles and a big crystal, which was pretty cool. We LOVE magnatiles in our house.
The next day, I covered the table with white butcher paper, filled a cup with paint and put down some plastic stencils. Gigi had a blast. We talked about the different shapes and she filled them in with paint to see the stencil. Her favorites were the bottle and the teddy bear. She’s only two, so she didn’t cover all the white space to make the stencil, but it didn’t matter at all. She loved lifting the stencil and looking for the design.
This is definitely something we’ll do again. She really enjoyed it.
It looks like the listing for this light table is down on ebay. Maybe they make one at a time. If you want to get crafty and make your own, here is a really thorough tutorial and here is a way more basic tutorial. If you just want to go ahead and buy the real deal, this one and this one come highly recommended. I bet they come up on Craigslist from time to time too. Enjoy!
It’s been over three years since I created Alien Army. Since then, I have created over two hundred unique Alien Army figures for kids of all ages to enjoy. Their mission is simple, to save the universe one planet at a time. This year, my goal is to make Alien Army a household name. In the meantime, however, I made a larger scale Alien Army figure for Gigi to play with. I can’t wait to hear her say “ooooh” when she sees it. It’s about three inches tall, which is pretty big compared to the originals, which are only about an inch.
I chose to make an alien but you can make anything using this technique. It’s great because you can make larger sculptures without using too much sculpey. First, mold the tin foil into the shapes you will need for your figure. You can make one big shape or individual shapes that stick together later, like I did above. Mold the tinfoil just like you would the clay. It doesn’t have to be exact. When you start placing the sculpey you can add whatever details you need. For mine I made two tinfoil balls about an inch each and a disc for the cap part. Then I covered each in a thinnish layer of pink sculpey. I pressed them all together and then pressed the figure down on the table so it would form a flat bottom. I like my aliens to be able to stand.
Then I added all the details with small balls in different sizes. I baked her in the oven at 275 for about 20 minutes. Now she’s hard as a rock and waiting patiently for Gigi to get home. Yay.
This particular alien is a member of the Hatfield family. She has a few brothers and sisters, a mom and a dad. I hope to make the whole collection on this scale over the next few days. Her one inch counterparts will soon be available on my etsy shop, along with this super cool Alien Army poster.
I had pinned this idea months ago on pinterest and now the link isn’t working to the original source. I’m sorry I can’t give the teacher credit. Boo. This project rocked. We read Go Away Big Green Monster and then used it as an inspiration for a getting to know you glyph. Super fun. Now I just have to find a place to store the big green monster.
I don’t know what it is but it looks pretty cool. Any ideas?
Since my obsession has reached gargantuan proportions, in order to leave our home, you have to make Alien Army. Some resist more than others. Most find out they want to make more than one. As was the case here, with my cousin Ted. He busted out with FOUR new Alien Army recruits taking us to 203!!!! Woo hoo! Of course now I want to make 500 but that’s neither here nor there. Well done Ted!
While Ted made his guys, I set the other 199 up perfectly equidistant apart and then put them into groups of ten, followed by choosing our favorites. Can you say OCD?
Ted was concerned some of the guys don’t look as nice from the back as they do the front. He assured me his next group will be equally intricate on the back side as well. Phew.
I just don’t really want to do anything else. It’s too awesome making these guys. So in between being a wife, a friend, a teacher, and blogger, I am ferociously creating Alien Army dudes till midnight almost every night. Is that normal? Does it matter? NO. I must go on. Besides, I want to have 200 by the end of the month. All help welcome. In fact, Ev helped with this little guy. I love him.