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Wonderful Wednesday Drawing of the Week: Dear Santa

With the holidays just around the corner now is probably a good time to drop Santa, or the gift givers in the family, a small hint. Why write a list when you can show Santa exactly what you have been wishing for all year! Here’s to hoping you’ve been nice!

Wonderful Wednesday Drawing:

Wish List

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The staff at Averyboo would love to see what everyone has on their wish list! When the art is complete, grown ups can post the image to the Averyboo Arts Facebook page to share your artwork with the studio!

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December 10, 2014 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Wonderful Wednesday Drawing of the Week

Wonderful Wednesday Drawing of the Week will be a weekly post to inspire all the Averyboo Arts community, both young ones and their grown ups to explore drawing! Grab your favorite drawing supplies, try your hand at the drawing prompt, be creative and make it your own! YOU are the artist!

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When the art is complete, grown ups can post the image to the Averyboo Arts Facebook page to share your artwork with the studio!

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November 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

Keeping Kids Busy – Shaving Cream

If you have a sliding glass door or a low window your child can reach from outside, then this activity may give you a few peaceful moments to yourself…

You will need:
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– A can of  99-cent-store shaving cream
NOTE: If your child is still putting everything in his or her mouth, you can substitute for canned whipped cream.
– A silicone spatula, a paint brush & any other tools that won’t scratch the glass
– Your kid outside in messy clothes

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If your child is strong enough, let them go ahead and spray cream onto the window. Remember, the point is to keep your child busy for a little bit, so don’t jump in to rescue them & spray out all the cream – that could cost you 10-15 minutes of free time…

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Let your child fiddle with the can for a while on their own. If your child is frustrated then of course, give them some help & spray a few globs around the window.

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Next, let your child have at it.
Don’t be afraid of the shaving cream… it will all wash off.
They can spread the cream with their hands or tools. They can pretend to paint, draw, cook, slay dragons, whatever they like. If you’re lucky, you’ll get at least 20 minutes out of this activity.

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When your child is all finished, give them a hose and tell them you need a fireman to help clean the window and, BAM, you’ve just squeezed another 10 minutes out of this activity.

Simple but fun. Enjoy.

 

June 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

End of Summer Bucket List

Summer FunWhile some kids have already gone back to school, LBUSD still has a few short weeks before school starts. Here are 10 bucket list ideas we’re going to try to squeeze in before Summer ends!
♥ Ms. Natalie

(1) Camp in the back yard (ask a friend to sleep over too)

(2) Make a fort in the living room and have a movie night

(3) Bring a pizza to the park for picnic dinner & playtime

(4) Buy an all purpose tarp to create a giant slip-n-slide on the lawn.

(5) Make ice cream in a ziplock bag.

(6) Read a bedtime story under the stars.

(7) Go on a hike. We have found many easy family hikes on localhikes.com

(8) Travel to someplace new
This can be as inexpensive as going to a new park to spending the weekend in a new town. Exploring someplace new is always memorable!

(9) Ride our bikes to breakfast.
Ride to a local coffee joint and enjoy bagel & juice together (my son likes picking out his own from the case).

(10) Wish on a star…
Happy Summer!!!

August 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Food, A creative Outlet – Dough Boys

If you’ve never made Dough Boys, you have to try it! It’s really fun for the kids from start to finish. Warning: This will involve knives & fire so of course, please supervise and do what’s right for your comfort level as a parent.

First, you will need a branch around 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter and shave the bark off of one end. After a little instruction, I let my son whittle his own branch when he was 6 1/2 and he did really well. It was awesome how accomplished he felt!

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Next you need to gather your ingredients and get started…
Averyboo Arts(1) We made these while camping so I pre-packaged some cheese & sauce to make pizza dough boys for dinner…
(2) Then made marshmallow, chocolate dough boys for dessert. You can fill them with anything you like – be creative! You will need refrigerated biscuit dough to create the pocket.
(3) Take a single biscuit & stretch it out.
(4) Then wrap it around your stick, making sure it’s sealed all around. We find that it cooks more evenly throughout if the dough is stretched a bit thin.

Averyboo Arts(5) Oh yeah, and you will need a fire 🙂 This is great camp food! We’ve also made these over our BBQ in the backyard.
(6) Hold the dough boys over the flames, turning constantly. You want the biscuit to start puffing up first so that you know the inside is cooking. Then you can hold it closer to the flame to make it nice and golden.
(7) Let it cool down for a minute before removing from the stick, then fill it with your favorite ingredients. Hold the opening together to help keep the heat inside & melt your goodies.
(8) ENJOY!

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Oooey Gooey chocolate with vegan marshmallows. Yum!

July 15, 2013 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

New & Improved Open Studio!

Here is a nice little article about The Importance of Art in Children’s Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development. Now let me tell you a little about Open Studio at Averyboo Arts…

Summer is the perfect time to come in for Open Studio. These are limited hours where you pay only $10 p/hr to use almost anything in the studio. From open art supplies & easels to blocks & creative play, kids 2-8 will have plenty of ways to exercise their imaginations and express themselves. Our studio is air conditioned and a great place to meet up with friends for an indoor playdate or have some unplugged time alone.

Open Studio now comes with an optional craft each week as well as face painting (cheek only). And, grownups, you can enjoy free WiFi and a complementary glass of ice tea.

We also have an online booking system so you don’t have to call for an appointment! Hope to see you soon ❤

Open Studio @ Averyboo Arts

 

July 11, 2013 at 11:19 pm Leave a comment

Teacher’s Gift – Terrarium

 

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Garden terrariums are a simple, attractive and heart-felt “thank you” gift your child can make for his or her teacher. My son & I made these for Christmas gifts last year and never had a chance to post about them, so here we go…

(1) First of all, you will need a clean glass container of some sort… Pasta sauce jar, empty spice jar, canning jar – anything you have with a lid will do. Plastic is ok too; I’m saving a bear-shaped honey bottle for this purpose. I also spray painted the jar lid light green ala Martha Stewart so it would look ever prettier (optional).

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(2) Start with a gravel layer. This will help keep the terrarium from getting moldy & looks really nice. This can be anything from marbles, aquarium gravel or small decorative stones from your local garden center.

(3) Next we added a layer of adobe clay dirt from our yard, then a layer of garden soil – do not mix together and don’t compact. Your own yard dirt will differ from packaged garden soil and will add interest to the overall piece. Keep in mind that you can make “hills” in your garden as well.

(4)  Then you’ll want to grab a spoon & a paper plate and go for a stroll around your neighborhood to gather moss. You want nice flat pieces. We grabbed some with tiny bits of clover and other interesting little weeds. Lay down the moss on top of your last soil layer & gently pat into place.

(5) At this point you can add a few stones &/or plastic animal toys, or shells, or any other interesting bobble you like. We added some plastic bunnies and it turned out oh so cute!

(6) Lastly, you’ll want to give the terrarium a good spray of water. Place the lid, keep in a sunny spot and enjoy! If there is a build up of condensation, you can open the jar for a bit… if it looks dry, spray some more water.

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This was the jar my son made for his teacher BUT it never left our house. He loved it so much he couldn’t part with it. Six months later it’s still thriving on his bedroom dresser ♥

June 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm 4 comments

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