Monday, December 10, 2012

Hearts and Trees Winter Fun Kit

I am pleased to introduce my:

This kit has an overall theme of "Winter Fun" and is filled with fun art, handicraft and nature study projects for you to include in your homeschool. Our aim is to encourage you to take the projects in this kit and make them your take the skills your child develops by completing these projects and expand on them in other creative ways.  

There are so many fun projects included in this kit!
The highlight of this kit, is an old favorite. Back in 2007 my Winter Kit included the materials and instructions for a easy fleece hat. I have had requests to repeat this project, and I have listened! Any child who can sew a straight line can complete this project! Your child will absolutely love this project. You might just find yourself going out to buy more fleece to make hats for everyone in your family! (When you make your payment through PayPal, leave me a comment letting me know what color fleece you would like: gray, purple or blue.)

Your child will also experiment with paint and texture to create a set of six different notecards. Your child will paint using a cork, cardboard, Q-tips, yarn, a sponge and bubble wrap. All the materials (except the paint) are included for this fun (and functional) project. 

Winter is a perfect time to plant an indoor tabletop garden. Using the tops of root vegetables your child will observe as they sprout and grow leaves and even flowers! The instructions are included as well as a notebooking page where your child can record his observations. 

The featured artist in this kit is Renoir. There is an art print of Renoir's The Umbrellas. A notebooking page focusing on Renoir is found in this kit. The art element is shades of color. Your child will learn about shades of color and complete another notebooking page to color their own version of The Umbrellas

There is a very colorful origami project as well. Eight colors of tissue paper and the instructions are included so your child can make up to FOUR tissue paper stars. Your child will love making these colorful stars!

A pair of google eyes are also in this kit, as well as the instructions so your child can complete an easy and yet fun drawing project.

The nature study portion of this kit is a laminated 3"x5" card which you and your child can take out with you when you go on your winter nature walk. There are nine different things your child can cross off the card (using a whiteboard marker) when he finds them on your nature walk. Think of it as a sort of scavenger hunt. The items on the card are winter focused...things everyone should be able to find on a walk in the winter.
In all, this kit includes:
  • Easy fleece hat project (fleece-color will vary, 3 straight pins, instructions)
  • Six painting projects notecard project (6 notecards, bubble wrap, cork, 5 Q-Tips, rubberband, 2 pieces of sponge, length of yarn, cardboard and instructions)
  • Renoir print of The Umbrellas
  • Renoir/Shades of Color notebooking pages (2)
  • 3"x5" laminated nature walk scavenger hunt card
  • Tabletop garden nature study notebooking page with 9 toothpicks to complete the project
  • Google eye project (2 google eyes and instructions)
  • Tissue paper star project (8 rectangles of tissue paper and instructions)
That's 2 handicraft projects (1 origami and 1 sewing), 2 art/artist notebooking pages, 1 nature study project with notebooking page, 1 laminated nature study card, 1 painting project (which is really like 6 painting projects!) and  1 drawing project!!

These kits were gathered with children ages 6-12 in mind. Parents may need to help their students, especially younger children, with some aspects of this kit. (Please note you will need to supply some common art supplies to complete these projects such as scissors, paintbrush, sewing needle and thread and markers. A list of common supplies you will need is included with the kit.)

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