GIVEAWAY of the Week: IKEA Paint Box and brushes
Why we love this IKEA paint box:
We loooooove these vibrant water color paints! The colors stay bright and colorful long after the children paint a picture. Another fabulous feature is the over-sized round pans of paint, making it easier for little hands who are still developing their fine motor skills. However, as usual this set comes with a wimpy little paint brush. Have no fear, we’re including a set of brushes from IKEA.
This Paint Box Set will be Perfect for Our Summer Art Projects
We’ll kick-off this summer with a series on art projects to keep the kiddos engaged this summer and fabulous children’s literature GIVEAWAYS to accompany the activities.
Ocean Scene, Miss Enigma, age 5
Ocean Art Scenes by Children
We’re continuing last week’s Going to the Beach Theme Study with ocean scenes inspired by the book Swimmy by Leo Lionni.
- tempera or acrylic paint
- paint brushes
- white card-stock or watercolor paper
- items for stamping- household items, fruits, vegetable, items from nature
Step 1: Read Aloud Swimmy by Leo Lionni
- examine and discuss the extraordinary print illustrations
- brainstorm items to stamp – water, kelp, seaweed, rocks, sea anemone, sea creatures . . .
Step 2: Scavenger Hunt
- search inside and outside for items to use as stamps
Ocean Water, Miss Enigma, age 5
Step 3: Stamp Water
- Miss Enigma used a little fern plant to stamp shades of water and then folded her paper to create a similar look as Leo Lionni.
Step 4: Add Ocean Plants and Rocks
- Miss Enigma used a carrot to stamp white rocks
- a long flower to stamp green seaweed
- and finally a feather to paint wispy, red sea anemones.
- Miss Enigma insisted Leo Lionni had used hand prints to make kelp in his illustrations. Hence, she used her hand print to add green kelp to her ocean scene.
Step 5: Add Sea Creatures
- Miss Enigma used her thumbprint to create “Swimmy” swimming in her ocean.
Advanced Ocean Scene Art
MacGyver has just finished reading Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell for homeschool reading. After reading Swimmy and discussing the illustrations, he was given the assignment to create the ocean surrounding The Island in the Blue Dolphins as described in the book.
- MacGyver painted a large canna leaf with shades of blue . . .
- He stamped the leaf several times to create his watery ocean background.
Ocean Scene, MacGyver, age 8
Add Ocean Plants, Rocks and Sea Creatures
- MacGyver chose to paint three of the sea creatures he read about in Island of the Blue Dolphins.
- white seabass
- black abalones
- black devil fish (octopus)
- To create his painting, MacGyver used his knowledge of the California Coast and his visit to the Tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument.
- Throughout his reading of Island of the Bule Dolphins, he also researched each of the sea creatures highlighted in the story.
Life with Jeannine
We’re GIVING AWAY one IKEA Paint Box Set with Brushes.
To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.
What activities do you have planned to keep your children active and engaged this summer? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
One entry per person, please.
No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, May 31, 2012
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, June 1, 2012. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!
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