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Little MIss Green getting stuck into her art projectWe’ve had a few rainy days here and Little Miss Green has been resisting all forms of school work recently. So, what to do apart from a little art to soothe the nerves and stroke the feathers?

Inspired by the ever amazing Art projects for kids, we did an bit of paper and glue play.

One of the skills, I think, was to get kids to be able to carefully rip circles from paper to get that lovely fluffy edge. The aim was to create three circles of different sizes and put them inside one another. Like so: Art on a rainy weekday

Of course, Little Miss Green is a visionary (polite word for she never does as she is told) and decided that her shoes and vest she was creating were far more artistic than Mummy’s boring attempts.

Et voila:

notice the ‘vest’ bottom left, second layer and there’s a shoe in there somewhere apparantly

The more time I spend homeschooling her, the more I know why she never fitted into ‘the system.’ In fact I’m glad we took her out before she earned herself a few negative labels. We all know how they have a habit of sticking for life.

When I looked back at the project, the teacher had recommended it for 4th and 5th grade, so now I know why Little Miss Green found it so hard to do – doh!

This project is a great way to use up scraps of paper that you might otherwise throw away and I find the finished effect strangely satisfying. As the lovely kathy Barbro says on her site. “Abstract art projects are great for those who feel that art is always about drawing, and may not always be so keen on their skills.”
C’est moi!

In between the art and rain showers, we’ve been pulling up a few weeds, marvelling at how some of the horsetail is now up to Little Miss Green’s thighs and doing a bit of baking. It’s been a nice few days 🙂

What have you been up to? Have you done anything inspiring or created any fond memories with your kids this week?


  1. Melissa on June 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    Hi Mrs. Green! What a lovely article, and I might try this with my son in the next few days (for Father’s Day). I know it’s going to be a brave thing, but should be fun and the effect is really beautiful.
    Inspiring things with my son this week – We finally got the garden planted today. As I planted he had the freedom to dig up worms and help when he felt like it. He pulled up some weeds for me and whacked down my tulips… 🙂 Thankfully my gardening style is plunk it in where my spirit moves me to, so hopefully it will be as pleasing an effect as it was to plant them all.

    Cheers and thanks for some wonderful ideas! 🙂

  2. Mrs Green on June 8, 2008 at 7:28 am

    Awww, it would make a great father’s day piccie. It’s so simple, especially if you follow the instructions on the art projects for kids site that I linked to.

    Well done on getting the garden planted – we are so behind on that; but it’s our goal next week to get it all done.

    Enjoy the garden – do you grow veg?

    Mrs G x

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