The iconic painting of the Mona Lisa is now under threat from a second and younger Mona Lisa that has recently surfaced. It is believed the younger Mona Lisa was painted around the same time as the original. It is thought it may have been painted by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s pupils. Using infrared [...]
Icing biscuits is a very easy and simple cooking experience to do with children. If you purchase a packet of plain biscuits, you don’t even need to do any baking! All you need to do is create some icing out of icing sugar, a dollop of butter, a spoonful or two of milk and some [...]
Who would have dreamed of a painting, in the style of Raphael’s Renaissance fresco, “The School of Athens”, or Rembrant’s “The Night Watch” could be used as a history lesson in a classroom? The 2006 painting, which has recently become an Internet phenomenon, depicts well known personalities from Elvis Presley to Albert Einstein and many [...]
We have now embarked on a new learning adventure which focuses on ‘Minibeasts’. Minibeasts are all the small creepy, crawly creatures we can think of (e.g., insects, spiders, etc.). This is a topic that has been eagerly embraced by the boys … especially our youngest who can’t go for a walk anywhere without stopping numerous [...]
There was a time, in the not so distant past, that if you wanted to make a themed collage (i.e., on insects), you needed a stack of magazines. You’d flick through the pages in the hope of finding a picture relating to the theme you were working on. Often you’d need several magazines in order [...]
Last week, the boys helped put together some green wagons. At the time, I figured they would use them in ways not yet thought of. I was right. In essence, they turned one of the wagons into a huge painting tool. It turns out that the wagon fits perfectly under an outdoor tap. Put the [...]
Did you know that you don’t actually need paint to have a great time painting? Sound confusing? It’s not really but it is a lot of fun. Armed with buckets of water and paint brushes, children can paint a huge variety of objects in the yard that they wouldn’t have been able to paint with [...]
Split peas can be used very effectively for a sensory experience. The peas can be poured, mixed, sorted, sieved through fingers. It’s a very relaxing activity which children love to play with. While the same thing can be done with sand or rice, split peas provide a different texture, sound and colours. Just like sand [...]
This week, we’ve been using play dough to form letters and write short sentences. Writing with play dough is a terrific way to reinforce the shape and formation of letters using a something other than a pen or pencil on paper.
Here’s an idea which we’ve found helps to eliminate the missing-lid-scenario from daily life. It’s simple to make and is a terrific way to keep children’s pens neatly stored and ready for use.