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Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 4

Kid Friendly Digital Activities Part 4
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This post was inspired by Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips. It is one part of her post on how to keep kids active during the summer months using Digital activities. Check out her extensive ideas!

Mommy Moose by Norm 2014

“Mommy Moose” by BadBird Photography 2014, used with permission

Online Art Lessons.

Very young kids all seem to love colouring, whether in books or on blank sheets of whatever paper you have lying around, colouring keeps them happy for quite a long time.

Mighty Mommy writes — “Thanks to cutting edge technology, there are now dozens of ways kids can get creative without touching a crayon or marker. The National Gallery of Art hosts an interactive site called NGAkids. Here, your young Picasso can learn all about art history by exploring a variety of on-line art-making tools where they can draw, paint and dabble. There are hours of inspired activities for all age levels (including parents!).” See Also: 4 Reasons You’ll Absolutely Love Adult Coloring Books

Oh, my goodness, and she ain’t kidding! Take a look, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Thanks to cutting edge technology, there are now dozens of ways kids can get creative without touching a crayon or marker.

Some other resources for different art lessons

At Jerry’s Artarama, Watch over 2,000 free video art lessons for all skill levels.

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1841 Train, The Weekly Standard, Raleigh NC, 26 May 1841 page 3. Downloaded from Newspapers.com March 2017

“Our Free Video Art Lessons aren’t just for adults and serious artists, we have creative art video projects for kids, too! Encourage the creativity of your own budding artist and watch their imagination bloom. Enjoy spending quality time with your child or grandchildren in these easy and exciting projects, and make more than merely fun memories by fostering their artistic spirit! Learn painting, drawing, art projects and more”

Looking at just this one page, I find lessons on one- and two-point perspective, Cartoon drawing faces, characters, optical illusions. I found lessons on adding form and shading and shadowing; drawing hands and using the rule of thirds. I found also, lessons on screenprinting, paper mache, using oils, doing landscapes, watercolour resist and a pattern study on a cathedral. Cool stuff for adults, too!

Sparketh.com

Sparketh looks like it is designed for homeschool learners, which also means it works for everybody else. Online learning using video, worksheets, for five dollars. I haven’t signed up so I am not sure if it is for the entire site or if you pay 5$ for each lesson. Still not a bad price!

Give your child the best art education at home. Homeschool Curriculum; After School Learning; Self-Learning. Join for just 5$.

Learning art with Sparketh is fun and effective. Gain unlimited access to a library of 500+ bite-sized video lessons taught by talented mentors. With new courses added to the library weekly, you will never run out of new things to learn. Spark your creativity.

Printouts, worksheets and course files included at no extra cost. Ad free for ages 8-18. Over 500 video lessons in shading techniques, drawing a tree frog, drawing a glass of water, mixing with oil pate and balance in art among many others.

Khan Academy Art History

Sandro Botticelli, Magnificat Madonna, 1480–81, tempera on panel, Uffizi, Florence

I have always enjoyed viewing classic art pieces, trying to figure out how these people lived. Khan Academy is a classic in online education to begin with, especially for the STEM courses — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. But they also include Art History. These may be geared more for the older child, but you can learn to appreciate good art pieces together at any age. Here you can learn how to analyze works of art, learn about contrapposto, foreshortening and chiaroscuro. What’s not to like?

Resources

Botticelli, S. (1480). Magnificat Madonna. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_art#/media/File:Magnificatio.jpg

Butler, C. (2017, June 18). From Audiobooks to Art Lessons—5 Fun, Digital Activities for Kids. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/productivity/learning/from-audiobooks-to-art-lessons-5-fun-digital-activities-for-kids

Jerry’s Artarama. (2018). Watch Over 2000 Free Video Art Lessons. Retrieved from Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/free-art-instruction-videos/skill-level/kids

Khan Academy. (2018). Art history. Retrieved from Khan Academy ARts and Humanities: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history

NGAkids. (2017). NGAkids Art Zone. Retrieved from National Gallery of ARt: https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html

Sparketh. (n.d.). Sparketh. Retrieved from Sparketh.com: https://sparketh.com/

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Break the Monotony: Summertime Activities for the Kids

Melissa Purcell, who wrote in 2014 on her blog My Humorous Mommy Life! about some of the summertime activities to keep kids busy.

Homemade Slime: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/07/24/how-to-make-gak-slime/.  This is free of Borax, and has only two ingredients.  This page also has some other activities to try out, along with other slime recipes.

Yo Yo Balloons: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/06/24/yo-yo-balloons-from-jessica-of-zakka-life/ — instructions are all there, but the youtube video is no longer available.  However, I found one that gives you an easy idea to work with

 

Chalk Paint: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/07/27/chalk-paint/ — if you have a sidewalk, give the kids a chance to make huge art in public!  Starch and water and food colours.  Add foam brushes and kids and your work is done!

Homemade Playdough: http://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/08/26/homemade-playdough/ — another fun creative kinetic easy recipe.

33 Activities under 10$ that will keep your kids busy all summer:  http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/activities-that-will-keep-your-kids-busy-all-sum — Wow, they ain’t kidding!  Here are some of the offerings: Coloured tape to make roads in the bedroom, or an outdoor board game; Chalk and sponge bullseye game; Exploding paint bags; painting on wet glue with food colouring (seems like a great way to learn about the colour wheel, mixing colours and all that); DIY a throwing tarp; A Jenga-style tower out of cut up sponges; A river in the back yard (what kid can resist a river?); Taping a paper towel to the wall keeps toddlers busy; Pipe cleaners and a colander does the same; Use burlap to make a sewing station; Experimentation using water marbles;

Buy a 2-ounce pack for $7.99 here.

A cool science experiment yielding alien bubbles; Extract DNA from Strawberries!; run balloon rockets; Bowl using erasers and marble; string up the hallway for Mission Impossible; Make soap clouds; Popcorn Olympics; Giant Bubbles; Decorate T-shirts with crayons; Marble Racetrack; Outdoor obstacle course

Summer bingo: http://www.enjoyutah.org/2012/04/summer-bingo-with-resources.html

Get creative with science:  http://www.pinterest.com/redtedart/science/http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/05/science-fun-for-kids.html — these pinterest ideas can get your child’s STEM on (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics).

STEM the summer Slide: http://www.middleweb.com/15579/ideas-activities-stem-summer-slide/ — another site with science experiment ideas, including a checklist to watch for as you do these activities.

 

Break the Monotony: Summertime Activities for the Kids.

Purcell, M. (2014, June 2). Break the Monotony: Summertime Activities for the Kids. Retrieved from My Humorous Mommy Life! And, the Many Inbetweens ….: https://myhumorousmommylife.wordpress.com/2014/06/02/break-the-monotony-summertime-activities-for-the-kids/

 

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“Once we know that our deeply-held beliefs may instead be historically malleable, we can start to imagine how to make improvements”

Lara reviews a book called “Are we having fun yet?” a book about the feelings of angst and frustration with child rearing. 
You know those instinctive ideas of parenting?  The book’s premise is that they are not instinctive, but are learned behaviors.  Knowing that makes it easier to plan change.  Maybe a bit late for my own children.  But the information still might be useful.  This book is on my ‘to read’ list.

http://larafreidenfelds.com/2014/05/28/are-we-having-fun-yet-jennifer-seniors-smart-historically-informed-take-on-modern-parenting/

 
 

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