Make your own ice chalk

Today found a recipe for homemade ice cube chalk. Since we were going to be home and the weather is a perfect 75 we decided to give it a try.

This was so simple. Mix one cup of water with one cup of corn starch. Pour into an ice cube tray. Then add a tiny drop of food color to each well. Stir then freeze.


As it melts it is quite messy. Arora really enjoyed mixing the little pools of color.


In to drawing

Arora has been really into drawing lately. She wants to have David or I draw something and she will copy it step by step.

Arora's rainbow phoenix

We checked a book out from the library called  1 2 3 draw mythical creatures . Arora loved it. We generally ask arora what she wants to do with a piece of art when she is done with it. Trash it, or hang it up. Most of the time it is hang it up.

our gallery

The other day Ender was coloring next to us as I was showing Arora how to draw a zebra.

Arora's zebra

After we were finished we hung up the zebra, and then I  hung up Ender’s picture too. He was beaming! Pointing at it and smiling. Now I make a point to hang up Ender’s art work regularly.

Ender's zebra

Jack-o-lantern jars

Here is another simple art project. Take a jar, wash it well. Take tape and make a face on the jar. Then have your preschooler paint the jar. When it is dry remove the tape and your face will be clear. You could place a tea light or battery powered candle in side.





Cat on a recycled can







First you will need a soup can or equivalent that has been washed and dried. Take a tape measure to measure the size of your can. Then cut out construction paper to cover the can. I used hot glue to make sure the paper would stick to the can.
Then we cut out ears and glued them on. We added some googley eye and pipe cleaner as whiskers. Then a mouth with teeth. On the back of the can we hot glued another pipe cleaner for a tail.
Let dry, then put on display.
Arora loved doing the project, Ender loves the finished product.

Last minute holiday activities

Wondering how to fill the next few days coming up to Christmas and getting through Christmas break? Here are some things we have been doing.

Bake Christmas cookies. We did this twice: the first time from scratch, the next time from a box. I recommend the from a box method for cooking with preschoolers. Arora’s favorite part was eating them. It was hard to wait to eat them. So many steps. Make the dough, chill the dough, roll it out, cut out, bake, cool, frost and decorate, then eat. We made sure to take some to our neighbors too.

Make snowmen: We painted this snow man, then when it was dry we added his face, bow and arms.

Make nativity puppets: We printed ours from here, colored and cut them out and used hot glue to stick a craft sick on them. Arora’s favorite part was showing them to daddy and telling them that the wise men walked and walked and walked to find Jesus.

Craft stick ornament:  We made three different designs, a reindeer, Christmas tree and star. Arora is glad to see them actually hanging on the tree.

Christmas painting: We loved this idea that Arora’s cousins did. I liked using our cookie cutters for something new. We changed it a little by mixing our paint with shaving cream. It makes the paint go really far and the texture is really neat. We are taking this one to a friend in a nursing home tonight.

Drive down a Christmas light street:  In Gladstone visit Ridgewood Dr,  off of Webster rd. Nearly every house has a huge display. Every one drives down really slow down the street. Arora really really liked sitting on my lap and seeing all the “puhtend reindeer”. In Portland there is Peacock lane, between 39th and Belmont. We have not been here but I have heard it is amazing.

Zoo Lights: Be ready for crowds! This can be expensive, but with our zoo membership we got in for free.  Arora loved seeing all the bright Christmas lights at the zoo. We rode the train and she was so sad when we had to leave. She is already begging to go back. This run through January 2.

Family at zoolights