IH – October 13: Yarn + Stick Art, Stone Soup

Mobiles. Gods eyes. Weaving. These are all crafts we can make with the same ingredients. Let’s bring crafting yarn, twine, string, and a few good sticks, and see what we’re inspired to make. Stone SoupLet’s make stone soup together by bringing ingredients and letting the kids chop and direct our lunch. I will bring a …

AR – October 11: Stop-Motion + Squishees

To the movies! This week, we’re going to collaborate to make stop-motion videos. This task will include design + props, story, narration, and whatever else the kids want to add, as well as a “show” at the end with concessions. Your child is welcome to devise a vision that includes other kids or to work …

IH – October 6: Fairy Houses

Fairy magic is real. Let’s help support the fairy population by making them warm winter houses. We’ll use all the bits of nature we can find to craft a house, plus a collaborative project – a fairy garden somewhere on the property in Indian Hills. Bring nature elements that your kids have found. Sticks, rocks, …

AR – October 4: Sensory Play

This week, we’re playing with all things squishy, slimy, and dough-y. If you have a 6-inch deep clean plastic bin for play, please bring it to house your sensory activity of choice, plus the tools + toys your kids like to use with it. Ideas, anyone? I know it sometimes seems like baby stuff, but …

AR – September 27: LARPing

LARP stands for live action role play. We are going to pick and choose from this wide world. We’ll build a story, weaponry, and then define terms for battle play. If your kids are super into it, there can be roles assigned and costumes – whatever, as far as they want to go. Here’s a …

IH – September 22: Papier-Mache

An accessible goal? Haha – reference It’s mess week! We’re doing papier-mache, using the basic paper-glue concoction to craft masks. Annie is buying a stack of masks for us to use, so bring cash to reimburse her. (Maybe $3-5/kid? Price tbd…). We need newspaper for this project! We’ll also need cardboard for building out the …

AR – September 20: Tie-Dye Week + Animal Children

Yep, we’re dyeing a bunch of stuff. I bought these dyes, see photo, for $50. That’s about $3/kid, and the labels say we can dye over 100 items – or 5-6 things per kid. I also have a tub of rubber bands and some popsicle sticks. Here’s a tutorial with 17 tie-dye patterns. Read up …

IH – September 15: Motors + Loose Parts

We’re all about Rube Goldberg basics. This week we’ll explore simple machines or setting up reactions with whatever loose parts we can assemble. We’re looking, in particular, for rope, marbles, pulleys, wheels, battery-run motors + misc pieces for building/exploring motion physics (see link, link). Side note: this OK GO! video is awesome and showcases a TON …

AR – September 13: Water, Water, Everywhere

Yep, we’re doing water again before the weather turns to legit fall. Bring water balloons, water guns, tubs for water, water chalk AND (plot twist) water colors – those are just for painting. All of the water things in one day. And maybe a change of clothes? Also, here’s our semester schedule for the Monday …

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