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Yummy and I spent this snowy morning doing some finger painting.  Though Dooter is outgrowing his morning nap, he is especially tired lately from fighting off a cold as well as enjoying a busy weekend of visiting.  I cherished this quiet art making time with Yummy, knowing that these calm and easy mornings are soon coming to a close.  Artmaking with Dooter is anything but calm and easy -mostly stressful and incredibly messy, with fun moments here and there.  

 
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This is the final post in my Night Sky series of three.  If you missed the first two, you can read Part 1 and Part 2.  This last post in the series explores some Full Moon Artwork (What Does the Moon see?), I share a free printable for Counting Stars, and we try out Galaxy Play-Dough!  

 
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This is my second post in my three-part series on The Night Sky.  If you missed the first one, you can check it out here, and now you can also readPart 3!  This post deals with some art appreciation, and since I had a print of Van Gogh's Starlight Over Rhone, it seemed like a perfect connection to our little unit!  If you aren't quite so lucky as to own this print, you can view it online at EssentialArt.com.  After our activity, I pinned it up in our play corner so the kids could continue to look at it every now and then.

 
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Now that the days are shorter, my early-to-bed kids are able to see the night sky more often. The moon and the stars have always been a source of beauty and excitement for Yummy.  She never gets tired of racing to the window to wish on stars or to see the moon, whether it is night or day.  With this month's full moon happening this Sunday, I decided that now would be a great time to start a themed unit for the kids to explore the wonder of the night sky.  You can check out your local moon phases at almanac.com

This is the first post in my series of three: here are Part Two (Art Appreciation & Painting with Van Gogh) and Part Three (Full Moon Artwork, FREE Counting Stars printable, & Galaxy PlayDough)


 
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Yummy and I explored baking soda clay as a medium the other day.  It didn't stand up as well as the photos where I got the recipe: the Etsy New York Team, but it was a wonderful sensory experience -so soft and silky to work with!  We were able to make it into small shapes (I forgot to take pictures of our clay-working!!).  We shaped the clay into balls and stuck straws through to make a hole.  Yummy also used a couple cookie cutters to make some fish and a heart.  After baking it for about half an hour, we had some homemade beads to decorate for one-of-a-kind neckwear.  

 
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One of Yummy's recurring play themes is GeeBee's Party.  GeeBee is her special stuffed giraffe that has been with her since birth; she follows Yummy almost everywhere and helps her feel safe.  GeeBee has birthdays at least two or three times a month, and the idea is always the same: cupcakes and presents.  


 
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A couple weeks ago Yummy and I collected autumn leaves in the yard to preserve for future artmaking. We coated some in glycerin, which we used for our Frosty Leaves project, and layered others in a heavy book between sheets of wax paper, to use for today's art exploration.


 
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This is a two-part art project; a festive garland to hang in a doorway, across a wall, in front of a window, wherever you need a bit of cheer!  Yummy's garland is intended as a gift, but it would be a wonderful homemade birthday or party decoration as well.

 
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The grass and trees were silvery white with frost this morning, sparkling in the morning sun.  Yummy  and I ran outside in the "snow grass", as she called it, while Mr. Man gave Dooter his morning bottle.  

 
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A little while ago I posted about my daughter's Quiet Bins, the themed bins I make for Yummy to enjoy in her own room during Dooter's nap time, so I can have a little time to myself every afternoon. As predicted, the last few were getting a bit too familiar, so I added a new one into the mix: The Farm Bin.