WeLove Sunday at the Smithsonian

Words can’t express the delight in watching your child blossom. Watching your child choose activities that suit them and the joy they have while learning and engaging in their interest areas. Any opportunity for my child to manifest her greatness we are there. Liv has been attending Artful Afternoons at the Smithsonian and she loves it!


Each session highlights the work of a preselected artist. The children create at multiple stations throughout the school, using a variety of materials that are relevant to the work of the artist while inspiring the young artist to manifest on their own. To replenish their strength the  children conclude with a group snack time. So cute! So fun!

WeLove Peru

We explored the opening day of the Folklife Festival yesterday on the National Mall and it was a great time! Pack snacks, a blanket and make a day of it.   

                  

               

Learning how girls as young age six start building bridges for their tribe using natural fibers was stellar!

WeLove To Stay Warm: Indoor Activities

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We are troopers ….but the current temperatures are just brutal! I thought we would making a few events around the city this weekend ,but I just can’t risk our lives like that …hee hee SERIOUSLY!
To keep my little one busy during our Ultimate Camp In we will obviously be building a fort ( so neccessary), maybe mommy can control the remote a bit and introduce her to some of my fave movies as a kid.
Pinterest is definitely a major inspiration with countless activities to keep your child busy.

2015/02/img_4487.png *Using just painters tape & recycled paper you can create a indoor web allowing your child to “trap” things (recycled paper balls). This is a wonderful opportunity to read a book or introduce other learning tools about Spiders.
*Snow painting indoors: Get a large shallow container, fill it with snow , allow your little artist to express themselves with their favorite colors and tools
*Make your own bean bag toss with a cardboard box

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*Mani/Pedi ….. You and your mini can even enjoy a simple at home face mask. Most recipes include just a few ingredients from your kitchen.

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WeLove Liv: Valentine’s 2015

The most loving girl deserves to know just how special she is so of course crafting her Valentines Day excitement had me squealing along the way! Here are a few highlights….
I’m gonna say enjoying a game at Georgetown University cheering on the girls basketball team is very much “our thing” at this point! Uber cold out but our princess was adamant about attending

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For the first time we enjoyed a Build & Grow Workshop at Lowes and it was a good time! My handy little princess was given a work kit to create a heart photo holder, an apron with personalized name card, pair of goggles. Upon completion she received a certificate and a patch for her handy work. Needless to say…. We shall return for upcoming workshops

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One of Liv’s Valentine’s treats was this special little book

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Momma is all about a curly headed brown princess!

Young Money… Mommy to a Mogul!

So I am over the moon thrilled for Liv to be participating Lemonade Day DC! We are big on independence and equipping her with the tools necessary to flourish into her greatness. This opportunity for children to get the tools needed to own and operate a business of their own is just perfect and I’m excited to see the growth in my daughter as she goes through this program!

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Please check out the video to learn more.

Get Crafty

*Egg Carton Bingo
This wonderful craft from Noodle & Doodle is perfect for a holiday road trip
What You Will Need:
1 cardboard 12-egg carton
Old magazines
Pictures printed of various things you might see on your road trip
Small tasty treats
Glue stick

How To:
Tear up lots of colored pieces from magazines.
Using a glue stick, decorate the front of your egg box with the colored pieces. You can make a picture, or just make it colorful.
Cut out different small pictures of items you might see from your seat in the car while on a road trip. You should have 12 pictures, one for each section of the egg carton.
Using a glue stick, adhere each picture onto one of the sections in your egg carton.
With the egg carton open, place your treats into the top portion of the carton.
You are now ready to play Egg Box Bingo. All you need now is to go on a road trip!
To play Egg Box Bingo: When you spot something outside the car window that is on one of the pictures, put a tasty treat in the corresponding egg holder. When you have spotted everything in one row – either a short line up or a long line across -shout “Bingo!” Then you get to eat the tasty treats in those rows. Or you can play full house bingo: Only when you have spotted every picture in your egg box can you shout “Bingo!” and then you get to eat all the tasty treats.

*Paper Plate Dream Catcher
What You Will Need:
2 sturdy paper plates, with identical large circles cut out of the middle of each plate
1 piece of orange net, cut large enough to cover the hole in the plate
Items for weaving (string, yarn, straws, ribbon, etc.)
Feathers
Stapler
Tape

How To:
Place the orange net over the large hole in one paper plate. Staple the net in place. (You can use tape instead, but it may not be as strong a hold.)
Weave the string, yarn, straws, ribbon and orange through the orange net. Adhere the ends of each item to the rim of the plate with tape. Repeat with as much stuff as you wish to weave.
Using tape, secure 3 feathers to hang down from the bottom of the plate.
Place the other paper plate over the first one and secure with tape. (This gives the catcher a nice finish.)
Hang above your bed to catch your dreams!

*Strumming on a Banjo
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*Cotton Kitty

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Your little ones are sure to “Gobble” these juice boxes right up!

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Get Crafty!

*Thanksgiving Bingo
Click Here for Printable

*Fall Wreath
You will need…
Fall Colored Tissue Paper: Orange, Red, Yellow
Paper Plate
Glue
How To…
Cut out the interior of your paper plate. Be sure to leave a thick enough
border for the tissue paper to attach too.
Cut the three colors of tissue paper into strips
Cover the brim of your plate in glue
Allow your child to crumple up each strip into their hand and hold them in the glue until the entire plate is covered
Voila! Attach ribbon if you like or use tape on the back and there you have a inexpensive wreathe made with love

*T is for Turkey
This is a wonderful opportunity for little ones who are mastering their letters and sounds to really connect with the letter T
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You will need…
Construction Paper: Brown, Yellow, Orange, Red, White
Scissors
Glue
Black Marker
How To…
Cut the brown paper in the shape of the letter T
Use the colored paper to make an assortment of feathers
Orange paper can be used to make feet and a beak
White paper will be used to make two eyes. Use the marker to darken the eyes
Glue on all of your pieces and have fun reviewing the sounds of the letter T and asking your child what other words begin with the same sound

* Letter Tree
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This project requires a little creativity from the parents and brain power from your little!
I plan to up cycle a paper bag to create my tree and free hand the leaves on various colored construction paper. Laminating the tree and leaves would be wonderful for extended use.

* Pinecone Painting

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You will need…
As many pinecones as you like
White, Brown, Red & Orange paper
Glue
Siccors
A Box
How to…
Place white paper and paint in your box
Add pinecones and shake around
Let your art dry
Then cut out a turkey body, waddle and beak
Use your white sheet to make eyes
Assemble your turkey on the painted sheet and glue it together

Get Crafty!

The temperature is dropping ,and the holidays are upon us! Looking for ways to occupy your little one indoors? Or ways to provide your child some independent playtime? Each week I will post simple fun crafts for the week that are sure to keep little hands busy!

*Gluten Free Play Dough
Here is an easy, no-cook recipe for play dough that is safe for kids with wheat allergies (or gluten issues).
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You’ll need…
– 1 cup baby rice cereal
– 1 cup cornstarch
– 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
– 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
– food coloring (any color)
To Make…
Combine rice cereal and cornstarch in large bowl. Mix well.
Add remaining ingredients. Mix well.
Knead until smooth. If play dough is sticky, add more rice cereal. The dough will keep for several days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

*Paintsicles
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You’ll need…
-ice cube tray
-craft paint
-water
-popsicle sticks
To Make…
Put a drop of paint in the bottom of each section of the ice cube tray.
Pour water over the paint until it fills each section of the tray.
Stir each section with a popsicle stick to mix the paint in with the water.
Place the ice cube tray in the freezer.
Let the water harden in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Pull the tray out of the freezer and put one popsicle stick in each section to make a handle.
Put the tray back in the freezer to harden completely.
Remove the frozen paint from the ice cube trays.
Hold the paint by the popsicle stick handle and paint on a piece of paper as the ice cube melts.

*Bottle Cap Pumpkin

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You”ll Need…
-orange, brown, green paint
-water bottle
-paint brush
-black paper
To Make…
Allow your child to dip the cap of their water bottle into orange paint, making three circles in a row
Use your paintbrush to make your leaf & stem
Voila!

*Paper Rocket

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You”ll Need…
– 2 pieces of craft paper
-sicissors
-tape
-white glue
-tissue paper
-yarn
-hole punch
To Make…
Roll one sheet of paper into a tube. Secure tube with tape.
Punch two holes opposite each other through the top edge of the rocket tube.
Tie string through each hole forming a loop.
Make the topper for the rocket by cutting out a circle from your second sheet of paper.
The topper should be cone shaped with the bottom opening larger than the tube opening so that it can properly sit on top.
Cut a slit at the top of your cone enough to allow the yarn to pass through
Glue the edges of the tube to the rocket topper now that the string has passed through.
The tissue paper can now be cut into strips and glued to the bottom inside of your rocket!
Blast off!

*Thanksgiving Tree
You”ll Need….
-white paper
-brown paint
-green, yellow, orange paper
-sissors
-glue
To Make….
Allow your child to cover their hands in brown paint
Stamp that hand on your white paper ( this will serve as your tree)
While the paint dries, talk with your child about makes them happy and what they are thankful for
Cut leave shapes out of your colored paper
Write your items of thanksgiving on each leaf
Glue each leaf onto your tree

Happy Crafting!

Here Comes Rudolph!

We are still feasting on Liv’s Halloween Candy….skipping right over Thanksgiving I present to you our first Christmas event of the season LOL
I’m so ready to deck the halls….who is selling live trees already!?

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Event Highlights: Rudolph Ringtoss, Christmas Carols & Custom Card Making

It’s Happening On The Hill

We Love Chaw! Since the open house about a year ago now we have been in love with the kind spirits and love for art that radiates from this place

“Skip the sugar and get an ART rush this year at
HILLoween @ CHAW!

You may think you’ve done HILLoween before–you’ve seen the crowds, collected the candy, participated in the costume contest. But have you gone trick-or-treating for art?

This year, we invite you, our CHAWsome friends, neighbors, students, and families of all ages, to join us for a ghoulish night of spooky art, taking place at CHAW from 5:30pm to 8:45pm on Halloween! There will be no shortage of FREE activities: we’ll be molding clay monsters in the gallery, making masks in the art studio, hosting a spooky classical piano recital in the dance studio, and providing plenty of fall treats in the form of donuts from our neighbors District Doughnut and local cider.

And the rest of 7th St. SE is in on the party! Grab a map from CHAW or our table at Eastern Market and go trick-or-treating for art. Get a stamp from our Alphabet Animal Artist table at Eastern Market, stop by and get a balloon hat at the Spider, take part in Spooky Science & Stories at the Public Library – SE Branch, learn the Thriller dance at the Grasshopper, and land at CHAW! Be creative with the order; just make sure you get all 5 stamps–and you’ll be entered to win a CHAWsome prize!

It might be crowded, but don’t miss out on Eastern Market, either. We’ll have a 3D printer demo at our table, not to mention a Suzuki violin performance at 6:15pm and the announcement of the name of our Grasshopper sculpture outside CHAW at 6:30pm.

After things wrap up at Eastern Market, make sure to swing back by CHAW for teaching artist Steven Schwarz’s Spooky Classical Piano Recital at 7:45pm. It’s classical music with a Halloween twist–fun for the whole family.

If you thought you’d seen it all in Eastern Market for Halloween, this is your year to break the mold–and break across Pennsylvania Ave. You make CHAW the creative community it is, so we wanted to take a moment to say THANKS…in true CHAW spirit, with lots of fun opportunities to make art and a few sweet treats. No tricks here–but costumes encouraged! Don’t forget to tweet your photos of the festivities to @CHAWinDC using #HILLoweenDC.

Hope to see you on Friday, 10/31, 5:30pm-8:45pm at CHAW for the best HILLoween yet!”

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop | 545 7th Street, SE | Washington | DC | 20003