Sunday, 22 February 2015

Oil and watercolors on the light table.

Playing with watercolors and oil on the light table was a hit in our house! It is both science and art activity. Child explores and experiments with two liquids to find out if they mix together and creates amazing artwork at the same time! 

Kids science oil and water

All you need is:
- a light table
- shallow glass tray/bowl/container
- watercolors/ water colored with food colorings
- oil 
- eye droppers/ pipettes
- sticks/ straws (optional)

Fill in the tray with oil (about 2-3 cm high). Let your child put drops of watercolors in the oil using a pipette. This is great to practice fine motor skills.

Oil and water science

It's time for some science! As the child observe watercolors not mixing with oil you can explain why it happens. Our 5 year old Mr Frog was happy with explanation that water drops (molecules) are attracted to each other and not to oil (molecules) that they just don't mix together. The oil floats above the water because it has a lower density (of course there were more explanations and never ending questions about molecules and atoms). 

Kids activities oil and water

 Then check what happens when you put two different colors drops very close to each other. As the water molecules are strongly attracted to each other child can experiment and observe colors mixing. Just put two different colors drops close to each other and see them move, merge and mix colors. It was great fun!

Kids science activities

At the end Mr Frog used the sticks and straws to mix everything together. And even when the mixture became all black it still looked amazing! If your child uses a camera let them practice ICT skills and take a photo of their amazing oil and watercolor art.

Science for kids

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Thursday, 5 February 2015

Painting and Printing on the Light Table

We've been playing with our light table a lot recently. Days are still very short, evenings are long and dark and light table is perfect for evening activities!

Painting and printing on the light table is messy but so much fun!

Let your child explore the colors, mix them and create own design

Then just put some paper over the picture and pat it gently to print on the paper. Let it dry and you have your own design printed on the paper. Easy!
You need to remember to make your letters mirror image to make sure you can read the message after printing :)

Create a special card for someone, portrait or just abstract art - it is lots of fun!

You may also like other light table activities:

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Monday, 2 February 2015

Fairy castles on the light table {Light & Reflections Series}

I am very excited to join a group of very talented bloggers from And Next Comes L, Still Playing School, Where Imagination Grows and Happily Ever Mom for Light&Reflection Series. This month's theme is Fairy Tales

As Mr Frog is not a huge fan of fairy tales I put together simple light table activity that might interested him - making a castle on the light table. 

Fairy tales are full of castles. The Sleeping Beauty's castle covered with wild vines, Rapunzel hidden in the tower with no stairs, underwater colorful coral reef castle of Little Mermaid.
With Mr Frog we talked about how the castle looks like - all about the walls, towers and moats and looked at the pictures in some fairy tales.

To create a castle you need:
- light table
- tissue paper shapes (I laminated them, but don't worry if you don't have a laminating machine). Some of them looked like castle walls, some of them were just random shapes. The more abstract the better - then gives great field for imagination!  

Mr frog spent evening creating different castles....

We had Sleeping Beauty castle hidden in the wild vine that grew when she slept for 100years...

...the underwater castle of Little Mermaid and her sisters...

.... and the winter castle of Snow Queen from Andersen's fairy tale...

This simple activity let children play with shapes and arrange them in the space, experiment with color. The light table scene is great for evening storytelling if you add some silhouettes shapes

Don't forget to check out the other Fairy Tales ideas:

Jack and the bean stalk window activity from Still Playing School
Crown Jewels Math Game from Where Imagination Grows
Fairy Tale Sentence Building on the Light Table from And Next Comes L 

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Visit us next month for more great Light & Reflections ideas!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Tissue Paper Mandala - quiet light table activity

If you are looking for a quiet evening activity and you like light table play -  making Tissue Paper Mandala on the light table is perfect!
Creating symmetrical geometric patterns on the light table engaged Mr Frog for very long time.

All you need is:
- light table
- mirrors (we used two square Ikea mirrors)
- tissue paper geometric shapes 

Put the mirrors on the light table upright at a right angle. It is easier if you secure it with a blue tag and put some box/books behind them. Let your child to cut out the tissue paper shapes or cut out the shapes earlier. Then create your pattern.

Child can explore symmetry, geometric patterns and color. Creating patterns using delicate tissue paper is a relaxing activity and it is perfect as a quiet evening play before bed time.

You may like our other light table and symmetry activities:

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Year of Blogging - favorite posts of 2014

It's been a year since I started Frog in a pocket blog. I still remember writing my very first post Glow in the dark play dough.... and I still can't believe the time flies by so quickly! :) 

It's been the great year. Year full of activities, learning and adventures for me and Mr Frog. 
We were busy learning Maths and Literacy, crafting, playing with light table and exploring great sensory activities. 
Our most popular posts of 2014:

Mr Frog's Favorite Activities:

I've met so many inspiring bloggers and found so many great blogs to read and follow.
Thank you to all of you who follow us on Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest. It is great to see so many people stopping by to read about our play and learn adventure. It is heartwarming to watch our blog growing thanks to all of our visitors.
 Thank you! 

Monday, 29 December 2014

Glitter Fireworks

Few days ago we made fireworks pictures and explored pastels. This time we decided to use all our Christmas glitter leftovers to create more shiny, sparkly and glittery firework pictures!

If you are looking for simple and easy activity for New Year - this is the one :)
Some days I just have no time to arrange any complicated crafts. Glitter and glue is something I can always find in my craft box. It's fun and messy!

All you need is:
- black card
- PVA glue in a bottle
- glitter 
- tray or box (use it to sprinkle glitter on your picture - mess under control) 

 You may also like our other crafts:

For more New Year's activities ideas check my Pinterest board:

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Exploring Pastel Crayons - Fireworks Pictures.

New Year's time is all about fireworks for us! Colorful, shiny, glittery fireworks! 

We created our fireworks art and explored new and exciting pastel crayons that have been in my craft drawer for a while.
Two boxes of new and shiny crayons - is there anything better that this? ;)

Pastels' colors are bold, bright and vivid. They are perfect for creating fireworks art. Don't afraid to give your child a real art materials to explore even if they are completely new for you! Pastels are something new for me as well (as I'm not an artist....) so it was great to explore it together with Mr Frog. 

To create fireworks pictures you need: 
- white and black card
- pastels (we used oil and soft pastels)
- black paint and brush

First we used soft pastels which are easy to smudge and  blend. Simply create your firework on the black card and use your fingers of piece of paper towel to smudge and blend colors. 
I love the bright colors! And blending is great (and messy) fun :) 

Oil pastels are more like the wax crayons. Drawing with them gave us completely different experience - different texture, different pressure on the paper, not easy to smudge. First we designed the fireworks on the white card and then covered it with black paint (use watercolors or watered ready mix paint). 

Check our other craft projects: 

Come and check our favorite art and painting ideas on Pinterest:
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