Wednesday, May 14, 2008
P3 and P4 were driving us up a wall last night. They wanted to go outside and play, but it was one-hundred degrees Fahrenheit and muggy. So,... I decided it was time to add more painted rocks to our rock garden. If you don't already do it, then I highly recommend it. If you use a clear shellac, the painted rocks will last for YEARS. We have some in our garden that P1 painted at age two. It's cool to look at the progress through the years. It's also a very inexpensive project. If you have a garden center near you, then you can buy a few pounds of river rock for next to nothing (or find your own rocks in your yard or property). The paints can be bought at a craft store. Occasionally, you can get them four for a dollar. We've got an entire shelf full of art supplies for little projects like this and I can't stress how many times it's a been a saving grace to have that stuff at our disposal.
I was telling a reader and friend, over the phone, about my "arts and crafts stash" and she wanted a list of what we keep on hand as well as these pics....so, blame her for taking up your blog reading time. :)
List of stuff I keep on hand for projects...
1. paints - about fifty bottles or so
2. papers of all sorts, including printed and card stock and used wrapping paper and envelopes (the stamps, postmarks, and return address labels are apparently entertaining to little ones).
3. glue, glue sticks, paste, and tape
4. scissors of all sorts (If you're in the US, look at the dollar section of Michael's or Target. You can pick up decorative scissors for a dollar.)
5. Stickers, stickers, and more stickers.
6. Paint brushes, sponges, stencils
7. Crayons, colored pencils, markers, puff pens...etc.,. (Keep broken crayons to do rubbings of leaves, headstones (yea, morbid...I know) or other textures).
8. pipe cleaners and those little fluffy pompoms
9. googly eyes (a must!)
10. pony beads and old buttons
12. Cardboard cylinders from paper towels and toilet paper rolls
That's a start. Have fun! Get messy!
Posted by Atheist in a mini van. at 11:59 PM