Homemade trees make an appearance around my house fairly often: crocheted, knitted, stitched, felted, wooden, paper, cardboard, and simple branches in vases filled with sand. So when excited kids, air dry modeling clay and small bits of trees get together, yet another homemade forest is born:
You can let the clay dry with the mini-trees stuck in the stand, but the branches dry out in a few days and the needles make a pretty mess. I recommend making the clay base taller with a larger, deeper hole, leaving out the branch until the clay is dry. This creates a reusable pine stand that can make appearances in any season, for colorful ponies and woodland animals alike.
The pup and I like to walk the trail at Haverford College in southeastern PA and admire the art. Yes, he likes art, too. Mainly eating it. But I don’t judge.
Haverford College has natural beauty, spontaneous art made from nature, and—just art. Not natural, unless somehow spray paint is made from carmine beetles and blueberries. Thought I’d share some of my favorite spots with you:
My plan to have a relaxed, non-competitive, creative, homeschool Lego builder’s gallery show went off without a hitch! I love when that happens. This was held in our local library’s community room, for a small donation fee of our choosing. (Click to enlarge:)
The ages of builders ranged from toddlers to teenagers. We had some by-the-book builds, some invented from imagination, battle scenes, frozen mermaids, country houses, collaborations between siblings, and several great written descriptions of the projects. It was awesome to see so much variety in projects and how personalities shone through.
There was an open invitation to friends, family, our local homesechool community, and anyone who was interested in dropping by. It was a great crowd, and our builders were identified by their badges.
There was a lot of admiring of fellow builders’ projects, and a distinct absence of competitive distractions. There were some non-homeschool friends who came to see the show. It was nice for the homeschool kids to get to invite their school friends to an event for a change.
The kids are already planning when to do this again. 🙂
I’m getting ready for this weekend’s (blessedly) non-competitive, art gallery-style show of homeschool kids’ Lego projects. I’ve organized this event to be relaxed (nobody has to talk about their project unless they want to), easy on the rules (if you’re a homeschooler, you’re in; and if not, you can come to enjoy the sights), and arranged to use our local library’s community room. I’m super excited about this! And I’ve just finished the button pins for the talented, skilled, creative builders, to make it Official 🙂