Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Art

Those of you who have ready mt sporadic posts here have likely seen some of the art work created by  my children. I probably feature my daughters work more because she simply creates more than my son. Today I'm featuring  another one of my daughters' works. This particular scene was inspired by Eric Carle's book Dream Snow. The story features a farmer preparing Christmas presents for his animals, piling them around an outdoor tree.

We didn't have the book this past season as our new library doesn't have it, but I guess it has made an impression on my daughter. (I believe it is also written more for the preschool set.)

Her picture is created with slick sticks from Crayola. These are somewhat chunky sticks that are a cross between crayons and oil pastels. The color goes on smooth and thick, yet they aren't messy on the hands due to their plastic case.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Lego Story

This fall my 9 year old son has enjoyed writing Lego stories using the prompts from Mary at Homegrown Learners. The other day when he was making his own Lego creation he decided he needed to write his own story to do with what he built.

This is what he wrote:

Jack goes to work in a lab at Lego University in Brickville. Jack has altered the flavor of vegetables so kids will eat them but with the same nutrition. Nowadays Jack is trying to make a serum that will kill cancer but not the body. Jack made a serum yesterday, but it was too radioactive. Jack, while he is waiting for that serum to decay is making another one. His new serum, sadly, is not correct. Just when he is about to give up, Jack sees the diagram of a cancer cell. Now he knows how to kill cancer!  "I got it! I got it! The serum to kill cancer!" And sure enough it could kill cancer but nothing else. Jack then won the Nobel Prize and retired to the countryside.