Kids Clay Donut Art

For whatever the reason(s) may be (and I had started with a pretty long list in draft i decided not to air LOL), I just cannot seem to organize a darn thing anymore: my thoughts, my words, my blog posts, nothing. I am completely frustrated and all over the place at this point but, I have been itching for weeks to share our latest projects with you all.

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This small project was so simple and quick with colorful results. One those activities that will bring together multi-aged groups of kids, to the table for some creative time!

START WITH:

+ AMACO Sculptamold modelling clay bag
{ We ordered ours via Amazon.ca as in Canada. If you follow links to US bloggers, you’ll find much cheaper better pricing }
+ water
+ mixing bowl {we use our designated clay mixing glass bowl}
+ kids art deco items like sequins glue donut colored acrylic paints for base, gesso *optional, any other colors for icing of your choice. { we Googled for inspiration results here}
+ PLUS, Puffy Paint: the most important * material *

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AND:
+ follow simple directions on bag
+ mix two parts clay, to one part water. Do not over water!
+ silicone donut molds { for my US readers I found these } Whatever shape you do chose,
* Keep your selection simple as its easier for kids to complete. I added a thin PAM Oil Cooking Spray layer to our molds for easy removal.

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It is difficult however not to end up with air bubbles (or tiny missing spaces) within your finished product. I found it added to the authentic look of the donut though.

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When filling, we pushed, stuffed, jammed, and even added moistened fingers ( wet with water) while kinda forcing the mixture, into the molds. The slightly wet-fingered pressing, gives a close to smooth finish to the donuts exterior as well.

Sculptamold starts to dry after 30 minutes kinda like Plaster Paris. To prevent longer drying times from sitting in the silicone overnight, and so children could get to the decorating already: I pulled out the donuts out after 45 minutes of the mixture settling.

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{ * The first time I tried project alone, the donut was still moist along bottom for days, from leaving it to dry IN molds! }

NOW, time to get out the acrylic paints of donutish colors for decorating! { You can also use white gesso as a base }

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NOTE: This clay post of mine, was directly inspired byAna at her creative children’s art and activities blog: Babble Dabble Do. Check out about Ana, and her added nature twist, to her simple Sculptamold Fruit Bowls art project for kids, done with her own children. { be sure to visit the post for more kid fun inspiration! }

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Now, Mom! Let the kids put too much, overflowing glop. It will DRY! YES, even our $1.00 for 3pk of cheap puffy paint from Dollarama dried fully after 24hours!

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Here’s the kids version:

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See, drippy goopy sticky ooey-gooey yummy, sloppy, or perfectly positioned, donut icing. It truly makes the project.

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WHEN YOU LEAVE
VISIT: ROCKIN’ ART FOR KIDS!. You will find, plenty of their own and other bloggers, kids activities surrounding art; plus a multitude of genius Summer fun ideas, for you to share with your kids.

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BEWARE: Your world of ideas for measly “arts ‘n’ crafts” is about to be blown out of the waters! Hang On & Have Fun!

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DIY: Dreamy train

Lately, I have been finding some seriously creative paper crafting blogs. So wonderful in fact, that I have re-blogged them here. Take a look through the links to post, at a different type train set DIY, via Lullaby Diaries.
Jeanine ;)

Homemade Pixie Dust Recipe

LO has been asking and asking and asking since watching Disney’s Tinkerbell and The Pirate Fairy, to make our own Pixie Dust. (She’s got high hopes for her Moms creativity levels, let me tell ya’!)

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I honestly kept saying yes with the hopes she’d soon forget the idea all together! Hey, no need to get mad, its not like I really wasn’t ever going to do it. This was not an activity I was looking forward to doing with my destroyer! I could see it now….  the food-colour-dyed Epsom salts all over our apartment, in the cracks of our newly laid laminate flooring, and her hair, oh her hair…Oh the four day hair washing that already comes from playground sand. & now add salt!? inside? us ? salt!??  oh no no no! … (dyed salts were the only idea I had in mind at the time)??!!! Oh Perish the thought!! I imagined the worst and so I left all ideas alone.

Since Springs arrival (the Season, not the Weather!), I had been brainstorming. I’d been trying to figure out different things to do with sidewalk chalk! … Sidewalk Chalk, sidewalk chalk, every Easter, more & more Sidewalk Chalk!!!! We always have left over that I keep throughout the cold months, and end up throwing out in Spring cleaning!! This year, I was determined to find another use for them–and I finally did!
Our Bright IDEAS Out of that combination, our HomemadePixie DustRecipe was born. I have created a simple & quick, fool-proof recipe for making Homemade Pixie Dust! even the children can make!

{*Please read the PARENTS! section below post before performing this activity*}

TOOLS all you and your little pixie need are:

–  last years bits ‘n’ pieces of Sidewalk Chalk 

–  a handheld Cheese Grater

–  empty {cute} kitchen containers 

–  Dollar Store Glitter in choice colors

PREPARATION:
*During the preparation, watch my fingers Mum!

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Get your LO to grip the handheld (cheese) grater, with one hand. *I use the smaller holed grater for best results. I haven’t tried regular sized because I was more worried about finger cuts with LO’s smaller fingers.

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Second hand holds the chalk to perform the downwards scrapping action on grater, just like when grating cheese, right inside/over your containers. There’s really not much force required to transform the chalk to powder, making it simple for littles.

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This produces the powder or dust like, effect from the chalk. Now, add about a couple handfuls tablespoons of glitter for sparkly results, and watch your eyes! I sent LO for a trial run, at the highest step to better watch the dust float through the air. I suggested with throw into the wind and air, so she didn’t just throw the glittery sparkles to the ground.

20140505-093556.jpg Our first batch of our Homemade Pixie Dust, was made up in our indoor chemistry lab aka, the kitchen. You can take always your tools outside and sit on the grass, as we did to prep our second batch. **You will NOT FLY but, let your imaginations soar!** I am sure your littles will have tons of fun!

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….. and …. the first throw!!!??

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TIP:  Since she was a young toddler, I have watched my daughters hand-use choices (I just couldn’t think of a better way to describe that) in all different activities. Mainly so I can assist her in future pencil holding and writing abilities.

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HOMEMADE PIXIE DUST RECIPE

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Also due to her families history of ambidextrous habits and their artistic genes. So I'm trying to inspire a young Van Goughsue me lol! I actually encourage her to give both hands a turn in exercises like this. Give it a try with your children, and come back to report with your findings. I’d be interested in hearing them!

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{cute}:  Your LO will be use this cute container to pinch ‘n’ toss the final product from. *For cute photo opportunities, we used our children’s (dated) stainless steal kitchen pot with lid (wind protector) from IKEA. As far as the photos are concerned, we don’t own a working digital camera, but I wish I did. However, even our iPhone-class photography results look amazing because, the children have so much fun with this activity in the mix!

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please, remember to have fun! Think like a kid today ;D
ENJOY, 

JayNine xo

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PARENTS:
You might want to consider a few of these warnings before doing this activity. This pixie dust does not make anyone fly. Be aware of the ideas you’re sharing with pretending. One knowledgeable of your childrens age and maturity levels when pretending. :) Watch your childrens fingers during prep, or with any sharp tools. Watch childrens eyes during activity. You might want to warn and remind the children consistently, not to throw the dust at each others faces, or eyes, but into the air instead. Use outdoors only. Chalk colors if get wet might stain clothing or hands. With all my warnings still, accidents do happen! Importantly, I am no chemical scientist, J9sopinion/I am not responsible for any such accidents thank you. I do not endorse nor oppose (and I am NOT paid or compensated in any form, for mention of any), the use, or purchase of, any/all mentioned products and/or ideas expressed. I am also not a real Walt Disney “Dust Fairy”–lol who knew right?! :)  No copyright infringements intended re: Disney.

 I DO Suggest highly, that ANY activity that involves even the slightest sharp of objects (or not) regardless of age or skill level, be done ALWAYS WITH ADULT SUPERVISION. This posted activity is NOT a suggestion to perform, but merely my shared personal experience;

Made By Joel

Today, I am excited to share our personal experience with one of our new favorite websites! (Especially helpful when we were locked up indoors during the dramatic city wide Ice Storm Ontario 2013)

Made by Joel

Joel is a world renowned designer of all things children. Fabric, wood, clothing, DIY, decor, toy making, hand-drawn and beyond. (Links on where to purchase his creativity book for here).  

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On his website you will find a dropdown menu for Free Printable Activities. Here is where we found the many of our Printable Toys and activities that kept our hands warm and head in the game over the last few  weeks  months. This deep freeze has been quite impossible to handle. It has just resurfaced its ugly head this past week, again. More temperatures around the -24 mark, with outlandish windchill values of -44 and colder.

20140124-133816.jpg Navigating around Joel’s on line playground is not only user friendly but, it’s fun! As we printed the fold, cut, & colourable paper town pieces throughout the site, I discovered using cardstock paper can make standing each piece up individually easy. I had more fun than the young I’m sure. I also had to add my glittery touch to my great looking lamposts here, with gold glitter glue placed on light!

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Since our traumatic Ice Storm hit, I have been extra kid creative around the house–& at the house I babysit 2 boys as well. Poor parents there, can barely see their new fridge or out their front looking window LOL ;D 

 

 

There are so many free printables available on line for children. I have found many for adults as well. What I was searching for this time was a site we could ALL enjoy creating from. That’s when I accidentally happily found MadeByJoel.com.  I took the initiative to save each file I could in our ibooks PDF library for future use. Then, printed each of our choice Paper Cities, People, and Vehicles, on a thicker cardstock paper. Each of the paper playful items we printed stood and were stronger with this choice paper. Made for fun decorating, worked with various coloring utensils, and even added our own special touches like in the pictures below!

 

 

There is much design to enjoyed through the talented father and husband Made by Joel for those of you with children, or children at heart, for the young and old, plain or bold. There is something for everyone. I really hope you will take a look around at his art. You’re certain to be inspired if you do!

What are your favorite adult or children FREE Printables websites you chose for coloring or printable activities with the kids, or alone? Share in the comments below! 

JayNine xo

Fake Snow Recipe

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Hola! From Ballerina Barbie on the puffy white slopes of Canadian Snow .. Fake Snow that is!

We got this fool proof Indoor Homemade Sensory Snow recipe of fun, for many cold winter afternoons, via Mommas Fun World!

Ready for the RECIPE:  get your notebooks! 

– Baking Soda and 

– Conditioner! 

Amazing eh? Take a peek through at her recipe here for measurement numbers, because I altered mine by eye and it worked perfectly for us. 

By the fire

A perfect winter scene with the rooster warming by the Barbie firepit

*TIP  I would chose a white or clear conditioner. A pleasant smelling one as well, or scent-free, sensitive for those with skin allegies. LO has sensitive skin but for the amount she got outside of on her hands, it caused no disruptions to the rest of her body ;D 

Ballerina Barbie

Best shot! Ballerina Barbie, perfectly brozed, in swimsuit, classic wave, in the snow! Love this shot!

Went to the local Loblaws (large grocery chain for you not in Canada) straight to the CLEARANCE section (as I ususally do .. shhh… lol) and search you will find one. The alternative is chekc the regular shelving for SALE items. I found ours there, a name brand for $1.63! BAM! What a steal.

Firstly, we don’t have a huge table space to play with this messy stuff, so we lay down an old sheet; lay the RubberMaid Bin lid on top of the kid size table. Turn the lid upside down and voila–>a protective ledge for no spill overs. I do suggest a space that can get messy and is rather simple to clean. TIP*  I keep our floor vaccuum in livingroom on days of indoor play for quick clean ups.  

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“MLP” treasure chest filled with clear tiny diamond shaped pieces -AKA- “the Snow Queens Treasure crystals” dug out, found buried in the snow ;)

I’m real sorry about the foggy image quality. iPhone 4S is my only digital camera device (for now). Plus, I think the glimmer off the foil didnt help in its inability to focus clearly!  

TIP*  I used aluminum foil to cover the play surface under the fake snow, on the bin lid, to create the illusion of more snow! Adds to the glimmer in the natural light, like real fresh fallen snow. First time we addedsome silver glitter.

This last (3rd) time we played with it (as I only have 1 youngster), we added blue food colouring because we were throwing it away. This mixture sat fine in the fridge for over three weeks. I left the folded foil atop, so LO could use her independent and get it from refrigerator herself :D

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Added the blue food coloring on the foil to create the likes of an Ice Skating Rink! Love how it worked with the ducks we chose! 

 The texture of this indoor snow is actually more like that of a fresh fallen powder snowfall. Now, you will not able to use cookie cutter shapes with but sometimes the fun is just in the mess-making ;)

However, we were able to pat it together like real snow. Then, 

TIP*  We used buttons and other oddities to creat imprints, foot prints on the packed piles. To my surprise, LO added her smallest DollarStore farm animals for fun in the snow as well. 

 

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Husky was closely watching the farm animals.

Here’s Mr.Piggy eating from his ‘trough’ LOL but, I cannot find the photo of him “rolling in the snow”!

The one thing we change up is the original recipe to lower quantities a bit. The more larger mixture seems to go bad before we get alot of use out if it!

sneak peek

 A wee sneak peek into the continued part of this mixture, we carried outdoors next …


Visit Momma’s Fun World for more great winter indoor and outdoor kids activities, this recipe, and more sensory play. Follow her social spaces on Pinterest, FacebookTwitter, and G+Plus!


TIP* Hey guys, yes we’ve been M.I.A. for a long while–too long. We hope you’ll stick around and visit again soon. I have a lot of kids activities, childrens, tecahers, homeschooler, and all age resources to share with all my parental followers. I have some laughable photos to share from our instagram and holiday family visit nights. Reviews to be released Monday, of various iTunes AppStore Photo Apps to add to my collection here; that you will LOVE to add to your own mobile devices. Grab a tea and read about me here, here, and here. There’s years and years of my resource finds through Pinterest and all of my social media connections are up for following or reach out to me through About.Me <–another social service I absolutely reccommend for those with more than 4 social media icons in their emails! 

“Ya’ll Come Back Now, Ya Hear!”

May You Each Be Blessed and Enjoy a Happy Safe Holidays,

Jaynine and Girlz