Shark Silhouette Sun Catcher Craft

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I found these amazing magnifying sheets at Dollar Tree a couple years ago, and I just can’t get enough of them.  I snatch all of them up when ever I find them at Dollar Tree.  My favorite thing to do with the sheets is make sun catchers with the kids.  I started out painting the magnifying sheets with liquid watercolor and sprinkling them with glitter.  This worked well, but I have found using glitter tempera paint works best.  It is translucent and the glitter really stays put.

What you will need:

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Warning:  When you pass out the magnifying sheets, you will get a lot of this.  I’t is hilarious.  Take lots of photos and allow the kids to look at themselves in a mirror.  Priceless.

What to do:

  1. Pre-punch holes for hanging
  2. Marval in the hilariousness of magnified faces.
  3. Paint
  4. Allow to dry
  5. cut out shark silhouettes  (I drew ours and cut out, but depending on age, the child could do it.)
  6. Have the kids tape or glue them on.
  7. Hang in a window.

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Yes folks, it is that easy.  This activity creates a great opportunity to discuss magnification, light,  and the sun and it’s marvelous rays.

 

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DIY Kid Built – Faux Stained Glass Art Gallery

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Last week at Figment Creative summer camp we were big into building.  The kids got into building large forts… I’ll just show you.

fort, kid build, outdoor play, pretend play, Figment Creative Labs, Austin TexasThey really worked as a team (with definite team captains) using large wooden blocks, cardboard boxes, sheets, and anything else they could find.  They had a roof, entrance, a plan to scan anyone’s face that entered- to make sure they were responsible and would not wreck the fort…  Since fort building became such an apparent theme, Danielle and I planned our Friday Water Day around building.  We built a structure that had walls that could be painted, that later became the dining area of the pretend restaurant .

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We also built a structure that became a faux stained glass art gallery for the kid’s art work.

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We used Straws and Connectors and Discovery Kids Fort Kit to piece together a structure with three small rooms.  It was fun to have a structure that you could view from the inside and the outside.  It made it more of and experience for the kids.

I had the campers draw pictures using Sharpie Permanent Markers on transparent clear divider sheets that I found at my local grocery store.  I am sure you could get them at an office supply store as well.  (no pockets)  We hung them in our art gallery (using clear tape) along with colored transparent dividers, to add balance as well as a stained glass light study.  When the light hit the gallery, shadows and colored reflections were cast.

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Stay tuned to see what we create next week at #Figmentsummer camp.  -Ms. Amber

All Animals Are Magical At Figment Creative Labs -Unicorn / Plastic Animal Craft

I know, I know!  Another unicorn post?  Your last How To was a unicorn craft, Amber.  But, that post led me to this idea.  We know that unicorns are magical, mystical creatures; but aren’t all animals?  Shouldn’t all animals be put on a paint poured pedestal?  Shouldn’t all animals have a magical golden horn that possesses mystical powers?  Well, we think so at Figment Creative Labs.  So, we created some amazing art pieces of fantasy animals adorn with alicorns (to the layman, unicorn tusks).  And guess what the secret ingredient is!

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You can find these “horn shells” in assortment packs at Dollar Tree, Michael’s, or Hobby Lobby or in bulk on Amazon.  All you need to do is spray paint them with gold spray paint.

For the first group of campers, we tried this with, we created magical pour painting bases.  (This is a two day process, to allow for dry time.)

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Pour Painting Bases

Here is how we did it:

What you will need:

What we did:

  1. I spray primed the wooden plaques before hand.  I thought this would prevent the paint from getting too soaked up in the wood.
  2. Prep the paint/water mixture before hand.  Mix well
  3. Protect the ground with something strong that you can trash.  I put a layer of parchment paper under plaques, but that step wan’t really necessary.
  4. Let the kids pour the paint, switching out colors, and watching one color move into the next.  This is a good lesson on gravity, liquids, movement…
  5. Once the they used the slightly watered down paint, I gave them the High Flow paint to add to their pour paintings.
  6. Leave to dry for a bit, then transfer to another drying surface.  I used a spatula to move.
  7. Dry overnight

This pour paint method resulted in the most beautiful bases for our mystical animals!

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How did we go about creating our animals?

  1. I had each child choose a plastic animal that I purchased from Dollar Tree.
  2. We went outside and they choose what color and where they wanted me to spray their animal.  The spray paint only takes 5 minutes to dry.  If you are looking for a kid friendly spray paint, I recommend Sugar Spray Paint.  It is less toxic than others.
  3. Then the kids decorated their animals with jeweled stickers, feathers, glitter…
  4. They choose what golden horn they felt fit their animal best and we helped hot glue them on.  We also hot glued the animals to their bases.

And for the second group:

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Well, we did the same thing essentially, without the pour paint bases.  This group go girls were older and went to town with the spray paint and glitter!

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More photos, because why not?

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What magical animals will you create?

Process Art Unicorn Statues At Figment Creative Labs

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As you may already know, I LOVE spray priming just about anything, for the kids to paint.  So, when I fount these plastic unicorn figurines, well why not?  How is this for a super easy process art project?

What you need:

What to do:

  1. Have a grown up spray prime the unicorn outside.
  2. Have a grown up hot glue the unicorn to the wooden base.
  3. Paint as desired.
  4. Sprinkle glitter.  It will stick to the wet paint.
  5. Marval in delight at your masterpiece.

I had one boy that did not want to paint a unicorn.  So I sadly snipped off the horn and made it a stallion.  He was very happy!

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