Dec 2013: DECEMBER | 2013
Dec 2013: Baked Cotton Balls Combine 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water and separate into different bowls (to create different colored cotton balls) and add food coloring. Dip cotton balls into the mixture and fully coat them. Place them on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 45 min-1hr at 300 degrees. After they have cooled, break them open to explore their soft, cottony inside, using your hands or a soft head hammer.
Nov 2013: NOVEMBER | 2013
Nov 2013: Snow Paint Mix water and food coloring in various squeeze bottles and paint away in the snow!
Oct 2013: OCTOBER | 2013
Oct 2013: Footprint Ghost Pictures Paint Franklin’s arm with brown paint and imprint on a piece of dark blue or black paper to create a tree. Paint his feet with white paint and have him step on a separate piece of blue or green colored paper. Cut out the shapes and use black thumb and finger prints to create eyes and a mouth on the heel of the footprint. Affix on top of the tree! Add a moon or bats to add to the spooky ambiance!
Sep 2013: SEPTEMBER | 2013
Sep 2013: Wax Paper Collage Gather leaves, flowers, and stems in the yard. Place your findings between two pieces of wax paper and iron. Display in the window! Use crayon shavings to add a bit of color.
Aug 2013: AUGUST | 2013
Aug 2013: Bubble Snakes Take one used plastic water bottle and cut the bottom off. Slide a sock on the bottom of the bottle and secure it with a rubber band or duct tape. Pour some dish soap into a shallow container with a little bit of water and gently mix. Dip the sock portion of the bubble blower into the solution and gently blow into the mouth piece to make your snake. Add a drop, or drops, of food coloring on the sock before dipping to create a rainbow snake!
Jul 2013: JULY | 2013
Jul 2013: Colored Ice Cubes Use an ice cube tray, water, and food coloring to create brightly colored ice cubes. Supply to Franklin with a few bowls of water, or in a kiddie pool, and let him cool off in a colorful way! Use KoolAid as an alternative to food coloring.
Jun 2013: JUNE | 2013
Jun 2013: Sidewalk Splatter Painting Make your own sidewalk paint by combining 1/4 cup of corn starch and 1/2 cup water, stirring until you have worked out all the lumps and the consistency is smooth. Add food coloring and mix well. Create different colors by repeating the steps above and put each in a container large enough to fit a fly swatter. Dip the fly swatter, or other tool, in the paint and swat the ground (bring a sheet or two of paper to save your work!). Sidewalk paint will wash off with water.
May 2013: MAY | 2013
May 2013: Birdseed Sensory Bin Fill a large container (rubbermaid bin, large bucket) with birdseed. Accompany with various utensils to scoop (slotted spoon, cup, funnel, plastic easter eggs, etc.) and let Franklin dig in! You can also add various themed toys to the bin for a new level of fun. Make bird feeders using a toilet paper roll, peanut butter, and rolling in a plate of leftover birdseed when you’re done!
Apr 2013: APRIL | 2013
Apr 2013: Toy Truck Painting Use various toy trucks as painting vehicles and dip into different colors, rolling on large paper to create a truck masterpiece!
Mar 2013: MARCH | 2013
Mar 2013: Monoprinting Using washable, nontoxic paint (or finger paint), squeeze blobs of paint onto a cookie sheet. Let Franklin use his fingers, or a utensil like a cotton ball, to paint on the cookie sheet. Once he is finished, and with clean hands, lay a large piece of paper on top of the paint and help Franklin smooth the paper down. Lift the paper off and lay flat to dry.
Feb 2013: FEBRUARY | 2013
Feb 2013: Paint Bag Writing Tablet Fill one sturdy freezer ziploc bag with some finger paint or tempera paint. Seal it well, squeezing as much of the air out of the bag as possible, and smoosh the paint around the bag. Use tape to affix to a table so that it doesn’t move around. Using your finger, a q-tip, or other “writing utensil”, draw on the bag! When your doodle is finished, smear the paint around and start over.
Jan 2013: JANUARY | 2013
Jan 2013: Indoor Bubble Blowing In a large bowl, mix washable paint with warm water until it is reaches the vibrancy you desire. Add 2 tablespoons of dish detergent to the water and gently mix. Pour into a shallow glass pan and supply straws to create bubbles and utensils for play!
BC: Merry Christmas Franklin! I love you very much! Love, Auntie M
FC: A Year of Activity: Franklin Cal takes on 2013