Salt Painting Techniques

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This year I am taking time to collaborate with more projects that are in tune with my blog’s themes.

This month I am participating in two series. One of them is Painting Challenge: Fun Painting Techniques organized by Messy Little Monster.

I chose to work with Salt Painting Techniques. It is a very fun way of painting and it offers a unique sensory experience.

Supplies needed:

Construction paper
Brushes
Water paints
Liquid glue (we made a homemade glue)
Stick glue
Salt
Colourful chalk

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Preparation:

Since we will need colourful salt one way to dye it is to rub pieces of chalk against it. This way your salt will be dry and keep longer. The salt we used has been kept in an airtight jar for over 2 years!

Technique 1:

It is done with stick glue and salt. You can read more about it in one of my previous posts.

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Technique 2:

Using liquid glue, make splashes on the paper. Generously apply Colored salt. Fold the paper into half, wait few seconds gently pressing on the surface. Now open for the result!

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Technique 3:

Apply liquid glue on the paper. Sprinkle white salt over. Now, take the water paints and drip over the salt. The paint will spread on the salt and glue creating

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Please check all previous posts on painting techniques!

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Aromatherapy Series: When Ants Come To Stay

Having pests in the house is somewhat a norm here: mosquitos, midges,  all sorts of roaches, ants and flies find their way into households despite the height of the buildings.

This morning I got back home to find ants having a party on and around my daughter’s breakfast plate where she smudged some jam. There must have been at least 100 of them!  No kidding. I got so disgusted – threw the plate into the sink and washed all the ants off the counter. I did notice that they found their way from our laundry balcony that is next to kitchen. The first trespassers were in the kitchen yesterday. At that time I used a mix of water and tea tree oil. However, it is a temporary fix. So I needed something more permanent or at least long term.

After talking to some friends and searching the Web, I decided to try the following: sprinkle cinnamon at the entrance of the balcony and draw lines with chalk.

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I also noticed there was a crack in the corner on the floor where the ants seemed to come from as well. So I poured some cinnamon there.

Two hours later,  still no sign of new ants making their way here. But I have to explain to my cleaning lady tomorrow not to wash the cinnamon off  or if she does – to pour some more in there.

I’ll be back to report how effective it is in about a month. My kitchen smells divine,  though!

Chalk Fun Again and Kids Co-Op

It’s the time for the weekly Kids Co-Op and I am back with a “blast from the past”- Chalk Fun!

Both my daughters enjoy playing with chalk, though miss A is more interested in chewing on it!

We don’t really have a place outside for play with chalk but we do that on roof and the best time is after it rained.

Here are some pictures of miss T using her sidewalk chalk to draw the rainbow:

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Creative Tuesday: Pouring small objects

Today’s Creative Tuesday series are inspired by

Pouring Grains Montessori Activity.

Amazingly, this activity was initiated and created by the tots themselves. We started off by having a coloring activity but they suddenly decided they wanted to pour chalk and pieces of crayons. I was amazed and pleased with their creativity! In the past we did the pouring grains activity, but it was almost a year ago and I think subconsciously they made an association and created this variation.

Here’s what you need:

Small objects

2 containers

You can show your child how to put or pour the objects from one container to another or just let him figure it out by himself, like my tots did!

Later I thought of making it a little more complicated. I took paper cups and cut their bottoms off and let the children pour the crayons and chalk through the paper cup to another container.

This activity occupied them for over 30 minutes.

Try it with your tots and let me know what objects you used!

Chalk fun

While being on the subject of drawing and coloring, there are few words I’d like to say about the good old chalk. I remember when I was growing up for June 1st (which in Socialist and ex-Socialist block is the International Children’s Day) we had chalk drawing competition on the ground. It was so much fun! It was messy but easy to clean. The whole square would be covered in different drawings by children of various age.

Yesterday we went to a restaurant for dinner and my daughter discovered a blackboard and white chalk there. What a thrill she had! She was so excited to scribble with it and then use the duster to wipe it off!

Later I came back home and did some reading on chalk in general. And here are some tips I want you to consider before you let your toddler play with it:

– If your child is asthmatic, it is very important to have a careful supervision. Chalk dust is a known irritant!

– It is safe to eat chalk! It contains a lot of calcium and has a neutral taste so many kids and adults like nibbling on plain white chalk

– It CAN be a choking hazard, so just watch out!

– While chalk is easy to shake off clothes, you might still want to consider dressing your child in “work” clothes

– Start with a medium piece of chalk – it easily breaks. One piece at a time.

– You can use a damp cloth to wipe the board as it absorbs the dust better.

I hope you enjoy the chalk fun time with your child! Below are some useful websites you might want to read.

Thank you for reading my blog!

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