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Rock painting – ‘painting, hiding and finding’.

IMG_0057.JPGIMG_0053.JPGWell last weekend much to our delight we found a painted rock, when out and about. For those who are unaware – This is a very present trend, you paint a rock or two, hide it in a public place for someone to find – they then either keep it or re-hide somewhere – entirely up to them. This is such a lovely fun idea. Not only can you be creative painting the rocks, your children will get to play ‘hide and seek’ with the rocks. It also gives you an excuse to get them outdoors during the winter months. The idea also teaches them that a random act of kindness can bring a smile.

    The boys chose to keep the rock we found, ‘we love it so much mummy!’. Thank you to whoever painted it and hid it. It was a perfect find for them as they love anything to do with the sea! So we decided we would pay it forward and paint our own to hide local. Hopefully we will get some feedback when found (I’ll keep you updated if I hear anything) Lets hope it will bring some joy to someone, like it did for my boys.

  The plan was to paint them this weekend, However after a week of the boys reminding me ‘mummy when are we going to paint our rocks to hide.’ We had to paint them tonight so we can hide them tomorrow.

   If you fancy a go at this simple and affordable project and don’t know where to start, just take a look at my post in the ‘project section’, to see ‘how to’. Enjoy just painting the rocks for fun or you could also try taking part in your local ‘rock painting group’ (find out if you have one on your local facebook page?) if there is one. If not you could set one up for some fun with your little/big ones and build a ‘community of people painting, hiding and finding.. Don’t forget to mark your rock with the name of the group, that way you maybe able to keep track of a few!

Enjoy!

emmas xxx

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Quick hi

Just a very quick blog, to say hi and keep you in the loop! This week I have been busy creating and extending my social media platform – I’m now on twitter and pinterest – take a look! Now its time to get back to working on the next blog and project – (rock painting) coming soon!

Ideas for displaying children’s art and craft work.

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– Ideas for displaying children’s art and craft work.

   We are all guilty of Now what am I going to do with this…. I don’t need it cluttering my house up. My particular personal hate is endless junk modelling or projects which involved a lot of glitter, sequins and pom- poms despite encouraging and allowing my children to make things out of them and loving watching what they make with it. A day after they have made it, I want it gone and they soon can easily find their way to the recycle bin with only the best being held on to. As a general rule in our house we do try to make projects I don’t mind having on display (though they do make plenty of the random kind). In their eyes it all looks good – even that randomly painted cereal box, that unbeknown to you is a super flying aeroplane. However as a mother let’s be honest here I only want the ones that makes my house look good, not clutter and a mess.

As I have mention in earlier blogs our house often resembles a children Art gallery and I do really love having my children’s Arts and crafts on display. Apart from genuine enjoying what my children create I believe it is important to remember children do feel proud and special if you enjoy their art work and show it off. In our house on a very regular basis the boys do make lots I don’t want to part with and I can never see myself at this moment in time ever getting rid of. I guess I hope when I put their work on display I am telling them so much unknowingly without words “mummy loves my art – I’m good at this”. Hopefully in turn they will become proud of their own accomplishments leading them to gain confidence in their abilities and good strong self-esteem. As a result they enjoy doing it and will want to do more to please.

Though we have arts/craft dotted all around our house at any given time that we have created and I personally love it, at times it gets too much, so we have created particular areas for different things.

So here are a few ideas I have done, to display/ store their masterpieces for their sake and mine:

Home art gallery – A kitchen wall/pin board for your child’s 2D artwork, drawings, collages and paintings. (The Kitchen door/cupboards in our house our for more personal extra special work created for mum by the boys).

Individual personal Art wall/ Gallery We also alongside the kitchen door use the boys bedroom doors as Individual personal Art wall for their favourite pictures or the most up to date.

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Frame your favourite drawing and put on display as a forever treasured keepsake I have Framed two (one for each boy) of my favourite extra special picture they did for me, each of these pictures were/are extra special and tell an individual personal story of a time, place, memory to me and the individual child. A treasured forever Keepsake.DSC_0485.JPG

Individual yearly Scrap book for all the endless drawings/paintings – The pictures that ‘I can’t bear to throw out and at the moment I want to hold on to!‘ or need to be moved from the doors to create new space. For each entry I stick it in the book – making sure it has a small description, date and name. As my memory might not always been there in years to come – I have already lost track how many scrapbooks we have in the boys individual keepsake box in the loft.

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A craft shelf– We have one ever changing shelf on our stairway for the best 3D craft models (the others live in the boy bedrooms).

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Re- gift – Re use pictures as wrapping paper (see projects for ideas), turn into birthday cards, pictures in frames or turn into gifts for family and friends.

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It sounds like it could be a lot of work, It doesn’t have to be time-consuming if you set your mind to it and find a little time to organise yourself. I actively involve the boys in this activity, Once set up it is easy to just add to and create your own child’s Art Gallery.

emmas xxx

 

How learning to paint can benefit our children.

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How learning to paint can benefit our children.

      We spent most of the weekend painting and playing at the boys request. In all honesty I forgot Just how much my boys love painting The reality is in my experience all Kids love to paint however It is an activity most parents avoid because let’s be truthful its messy and more than a simple activity! It can be fun and fulfilling plus you only need paint and paper. One of my boys likes to do it all neat and control whilst the other decorates the house and himself during the process. This weekend we painted to the extreme – why not if we have it out and we are getting messy we might as well go the whole hog.

We created a play mat for the boys playmobil, painted some wood space rockets we got for Christmas and finished off with making some wrapping paper for nanny’s birthday (take a look at the projects section to see how to). It was great fun and they really enjoyed themselves.IMG_20180113_151820

So why is allowing children to explore and learn with paints beneficial?

  • Painting is more than a simple activity it allows children to express their creativity, emotions and have tons of fun.
  • Painting is a way for children to convey ideas without speech. Children who learn to paint learn to think with an open mind, express themselves, learn to make decisions about what works and what doesn’t on their own leading them to develop their brain as a result they improve their critical thinking skills.
  • Painting can offer them relief from everyday stresses. They can lose themselves from their mind and thoughts for a few moments. The feeling of accomplishment from completing a project can help them replace negative feelings about other things helping their aesthetic development.
  • When we allow our children to paint and draw in their own way, being free with colour, shapes and without technique. They learn to trust themselves and their instincts. Whilst developing their fine motor skills.
  • They can explore colours by mixing whilst exploring process and outcome.
  • Children can gain a skill they can be proud of and learn how to accomplish a goal. If painting with others the interaction can boost their social skills and confidence. The response they receive from others towards their art work can boost their self-confidence and esteem.

Well hopefully after reading this I may have inspired you to get painting with your children. You can use non-toxic poster paints (mix in some washing up liquid to the paint if your concerned about it coming out of clothes it helps!) water colours, magic paints/books, fingers, sponges, brushes, For young children you could use ear buds to create dotty pictures or toy cars work well with boys roll the car wheels in paint then on to paper to create marks etc. Don’t forget to take a look at the project section on my website for ideas to inspire you.

Relax, Enjoy and have fun exploring paint. xxx

‘Sit back and Watch a child painting and you will see a fully engaged child!’

Happy new year!

Firstly wishing you all a Happy new year! I hope 2018 is full of happiness, good memories and  good health for all of us. Having had a break from it all and just enjoying being with my family. I am now back willing and eager to write new blogs, add new project ideas and adding to my website – Please check out my new page rainy day ideas! Keep visiting, commenting and following – Thank you.

Love emmas xxx

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