Monday, April 16, 2012

Tape resist art.

I have been meaning to try this tape resist art project with my boys for a while and when I saw these mini canvas boards at the Educational Art Supplies shop last week I knew what I would use them for straight away.
I taped the first letter of the boys names onto each board using some masking tape and then let them paint whatever they wanted.
At first they painted over the masking tape but with a little encouragement they soon took to the whole board with enthusiasm.
I particularly liked Rascals approach where he painted over the board with a brush and then started drawing patterns in the paint with his fingers.
The paint bled a little under some of the tape so I might outline the letters with a felt marker (Sharpie) but I think the results are very pretty and will make a nice addition to the boys bedrooms. Puggle was asleep when the boys painted these so I have painted over his board with a pale green and I will let him loose with some marker pens which will be a little easier for his little hands to tackle (and I hope a little bit less messy)! 

Easter roundup

 We had a lovely Easter break and enjoyed some great family time.
It started with a spot of baking (Ginger bread bunnies) for the end of term canteen and then we headed to the south coast for a family holiday.
 The boys enjoyed some motor bike riding and playing (on their uncles bike) ...
 and of course there was lots of egg hunting on Easter Sunday.
On Monday we took all three boys on their first longer bush walk to Castle Rock in the Porongurup Ranges. 
Junior walked all the way, Rascal road on Aussie Dad's shoulders for some of it and then managed the climb to the top for the spectacular but rather dizzying lookout, while I carried Puggle who really wanted to get down and run the whole way!
A lovely week away and some great family time.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Perth Zoo

Last week I took my two littlest boys to the Perth Zoo. We have been members on and off for a number of years and very time we go it remands me that we should visit more often.
At three, Rascal is the prefect age for a visit to the zoo and we had a great time exploring the African Savannah, watching the Orang-outangs hanging about and visiting the tigers and the elephants.
After a break for morning tea the boys had a great time paddling about in the play ground before we headed home.
Unfortunately we missed Rascals favorites - the Penguins so we will have to go back again soon!