Simple Abstract Painting with Kids

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We are having a major cold front here in Ohio. This week the temps have stayed in the lower teens and even dropped into the negatives. Last night, we hit -18!

Typically, after school the kids would go straight outside. It is safe to say we have all been stuck IN the house. ALL WEEK. Everyone, including myself, are starting to suffer from cabin fever!

We are reading through TWO read alouds but even that can only go so far. I decided that we all needed something to do! Our first project was abstract painting.

I searched the internet for some ideas and then decided to just kind of wing it. We used a couple of different ideas and pulled it all into one.

We pulled out all of our acrylic paint and paint brushes. We used 11×14 poster board and colored a border around the edge.

 

 

Then we filled the inside with shapes. All different kinds of shapes. Various sizes.

 

 

We filled it in until all of the white was covered. We did have a couple spots that we painted white. It just looked better to actually be painted instead of left the off white-ish color of the poster board.

After the paint was dry we continued to add shapes of different colors and sizes. Lines. Squiggles. Dots. I told the kids to just BE CREATIVE!

At first, I was a little unsure of how they would turn out. But I LOVE the result!

Here is a close up of each one.

Alyssa~

Morgan~

Momma~

Carter~

Taylor~ She decided to ditch the paint brush. I think her fingers worked nicely!

We hung these up in the school room/dining room. The kids want to make more to hang up in their rooms. I’m going to buy more paint to give us more color options and smaller brushes so we can make some of the details smaller.

I’m excited that this was such a hit with the kids! I have a few other projects up my sleeve. Hopefully they are as much fun  because I don’t see this weather changing anytime soon!

Miranda
is a homeschooling momma for the last 9 years. Her and her husband, Brian, have been blessed with 4 little ones. Taylor is 15, Alyssa is 14 and Morgan and Carter are 11. (Yes, twins!) She has a love of photography, anything involved with homesteading, serving her family and gets weak in the knees for a cute pair of boots. You can find out more about her and the adventures that the family enjoy by visiting her blog, The Pebble Pond. She blogs about homeschooling, raising a daughter with a physical disability, going from being a city girl to a country girl, recipes, simple living and then takes pictures of it all.

The Elevator Family

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After kids learn to read most picture books but before they’re ready for bigger chapter books, there’s the awkward in between time when finding appropriate reading material is a challenge.  The Elevator Family by Douglas Evans is the perfect books for kids in that gap!

The Wilson family–Mr. and Mrs. Wilson and their ten year old twins, Winslow and Whitney–plans to vacation at the San Francisco Hotel, but upon their arrival they find that there aren’t any rooms available.  Not willing to have their time in town spoiled by such a minor detail, they decide to stay in one of the hotel’s elevators, which they dub the Otis Room.

During their stay in the Otis Room, the Winslows meet many guests and workers as they travel up and down.  There’s a lonely traveling salesman, grateful for the family’s company, the lovesick bellboy, seeking advice, and the busy widow, rushing from one social engagement to the next.  During their time in the elevator, each person learns to slow down a little and to look at what is most important to them.  Just in case you think this sounds a little contemplative for a book for early readers, there’s a mystery thrown in, too.  As they ride the elevator, the Winslows notice some details that lead them to solve a major crime!

The Elevator Family is ideal for kids wanting more than a picture book.  It’s just under 100 pages, so the length isn’t too intimidating or overwhelming.  They story is simple and easy to follow and there are many situations kids will find funny.

I think if you give it a try you’re going to love The Elevator Family.  If you do enjoy the antics of the Winslow family, there are also three recent sequels: The Elevator Family Hits the Road, The Elevator Family Takes a Hike, and The Elevator Family Goes Abroad!

Note: There is one dinner scene in which the adults drink champagne, so please be aware if that is a sensitive topic for your family. 

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss with Homeschool Share!

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” Dr. Seuss

I happen to think that this quote pertains to our home schools as well as just life in general. Sometimes we need a break from the routine, sometimes we need a little fantasy, nonsense, and FUN added to our day!!

That’s why I’m sharing these FUN Dr. Seuss ideas with you! March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and schools all across country have started celebrating Read Across America Day on this day to celebrate reading and these amazing stories.

Before I share some of the fabulous ideas I’ve found online, make sure you check out this awesome unit study based on several of Dr. Seuss’s books!! There are TONS of learning ideas here! FREE of course.

Here are some ideas to get your nonsense going. 🙂

Scrumptious Seuss Snacks

Fabulous Fun to be Found

Dear Homeschool Share Moms, pretty please think of this list as a list of options, not requirements! You could easily choose ONE of these ideas, read some Dr. Seuss books from your shelf, have a green snack and your kids will love it! More isn’t always better. I just share all these ideas to give you ideas and a starting point!! 🙂 HAVE FUN!! No pressure to make it perfect, OK!? 

And here is our Seuss Pinterest Board with tons more FUN ideas for bringing some nonsense and fantasy to your homeschool day!

Cook with Books: Harry the Dirty Dog

Cook with Books: Harry the Dirty Dog from the Homeschool Share Blog

I’m so excited to introduce a new feature on the Homeschool Share Blog!  Cook with Books will feature a book and a recipe to go along with the story.  Sometimes there will be picture books and sometimes we’ll share chapter books–we want to spread the fun to all ages!

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This month’s Cook with Books story is Harry the Dirty Dog.  There is a great {free!} unit with printables for Harry the Dirty Dog at Homeschool Share that I recently used with my four year old daughter.  Harry is a dog who doesn’t like baths, and one day he escapes from the bath and goes on an adventure around town.  When he comes back home he is so dirty that his owners don’t even recognize him at first!  This is such a cute story and my daughter loved the book and the fun activities we did.

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One of her favorite things we did was making dog bone pretzels!  We mixed the wet and dry ingredients.  It takes a lot of flour!

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You’ve got to stir, stir, stir!

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When you’ve got all of your flour mixed in, it’s time to knead the dough on a floured surface.

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Then take a section of the dough and shape it like a dog bone.  When you have the shape you like, brush a little egg on top before baking.

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Voila!  Dog bone pretzels!

Here’s the full recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups lukewarm water
  • 1 packet of active instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 3.75-4.0 cups of all-purpose flour–If you want to mix in whole wheat flour, that will work, too.
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • coarse salt or cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Stir the yeast into the lukewarm water until it’s fairly well mixed.  A few clumps are okay.  Add in your salt and sugar and stir until they are mixed in.
  3. Add in your flour, a cup or so at a time.  It’s going to get really thick!  You don’t want the dough to be sticky when you’re done mixing.
  4. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about three minutes.
  5. Pull off a section of dough–the size isn’t important.  Roll the dough out like you’re making a rope and then push the ends in to make the ends of the bone.  I found that when I pinched the sides of the ends out they looked more like bones when they were done baking.  Place your finished bones on the parchment paper.
  6. Beat the egg in a bowl or cup and then brush it over the bones.
  7. Bake the bones for about 10 minutes at 425 F.
  8. Melt a little butter on the bones and sprinkle them with coarse salt or with cinnamon sugar–or they’re yummy just plain!

Enjoy!

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