Try this at home- Clay Stories

What do you do when your little artist makes the coolest clay sculpture in the whole wide world but you aren't able to save it for eternity? Snap a photo, print it out and use it as a prompt for creating a story. 

Cheetah. Age 6

Cheetah. Age 6

Cheetah after print out + crayons.

Cheetah after print out + crayons.

Children are the best storytellers. Ask them to tell you about their sculptures and drawings...You might just find out where a cheetah lives, how fast he can run and that he dips his mice in milk when he eats them. Just like chocolate chip cookies! 

Bird. Age 6

Bird. Age 6

Mama bird looking for food for her two baby birds.

Mama bird looking for food for her two baby birds.

Standing bird. Age 8

Standing bird. Age 8

Bird flapping it's wings and singing at the park.

Bird flapping it's wings and singing at the park.

Giving children the opportunity to extend their creative work can add more meaning, allow them the freedom come back to something and look at it in a different way.  Try different 
modeling materials too: clay, homemade play dough, plasticine. These clay stories could easily be turned into a small book!

Try this at home: garden sculptures

Psst! There are some artful little creatures hiding in our garden.....

A dragonfly and snail out on a sunny day.

A dragonfly and snail out on a sunny day.

It's time to start planting seedlings and flowers. Why not add some art to the garden too? We made these little guys using a few aluminum sheets, barbecue skewers, scissors and permanent markers. You cut metal squares from disposable aluminum pie/food containers if you can't find sheets at your local craft store. They have lots of options at the dollar store. 

 

 Use a wood skewer or the end of a small paintbrush to draw/etch your design into the metal (put a few pieces of paper under your work for padding). The more details the better. Use permanent markers to outline and color the details. They look almost jeweled when the color is layered on the metal. Cut around the design. Poke small holes at the top and bottom of the finished piece and thread the skewer through. Add some sun and place these around your garden. 

Little Loft Project: Woodland Valentines

Our favorite holiday is coming up!
Paper+ glue+scissors+hearts+GLITTER+woodland animals= A Little Loft Valentine's Day

We read Foxy In Love by Emma Dodd and decided to make fox themed valentine cards. But, there are so many adorable woodland creatures that make our hearts melt. Why not include them too? Racoons, hedgehogs, snowy owls, deer just to name a few. Oh, and a skunk who says, "Valentine, my life would stink without you!"

I offered precut heart shapes and the artists added their own to make woodland animal-tines.

I offered precut heart shapes and the artists added their own to make woodland animal-tines.

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A vast knowledge of all things woodland, a few glue sticks, construction paper and scissors are all you'll need to make a forest full of heart critters. A dash of glitter on their noses wouldn't hurt. We hope you'll join Little Loft for this Valentine making project (and others) at our upcoming DC workshop. Don't make us say what the skunk says!