One of the many inspiring artists we discovered in Scandinavia was Swedish ceramicist, Lisa Larson. We loved how Larson, played with flower and leaf shapes to create creatures (pictured above). We wanted to use the same idea of creating a Scandinavian creature out of plant elements. I collected a variety of internet images and actual plant pieces that I scanned into the computer. Then came the fun part, arranging the elements to create an animal. The pieces I had worked nicely to make an owl. I then traced the owl I created with sharpies to make our Blomma Owl Girl’s Graphic Tee.
We thought it’d be a fun idea to collect leaves and flowers with your children and see what kind of creatures you can create. I found these amazing leaf creations (below) by kokokoKids over on My Barn Owl.
Feeling lost without the Olympics? We were feeling a bit lonely as well. Never fear, backyard Olympics are here! On a recent family vacation, we had our own Olympic fun. Since everyone can’t be Michael Phelps or Gabby Douglas, we played games from Minute to Win It. This was a great way to introduce the real spirit of the Olympics to the kids while literally laughing our socks off. The Olympics are not only about winning medals and breaking records, so much more lies behind the five rings than meets the eye. While the spirit of competition is palpable across the world, many forget about the sense of unity and respect amongst the nations that partake in this grand ceremony.
To play, we had the kids pick teammates and countries to represent. As soon as we had the kids pick their country of choice, I could see a light bulb went off in their heads. Things started to make sense. No longer were the Olympics only about winning the gold medal but about representing your country with pride.
We played a total of 4 games: homemade Ring Toss, Face the Cookie, Shake your Tail Feather, and a Hop Off.
Team United Kingdom's best effort at the Olympic Ring Toss.
The ring toss was so simple to make. I used an empty paper towel roll, wrapped it in colored tape and attached it to a piece of cardboard. I cut the rings out of paper plates and painted them in Olympic fashion.
Tyler concentrating on getting the Oreo into his mouth.
Face the Cookie was by far the funniest game. All you need is a few Oreo cookies and a chair. Have your contestant tilt their head back in the chair. Place the Oreo on their forehead and begin. The object is to move the Oreo down your face into your mouth using only your facial muscles all in under a minute.
Shake the ping pong balls out as fast as you can.
Shake your Tail Feather required a little more preparation. Save those empty tissue boxes and attach a belt to it and fill it with ping pong balls. Attach the box-belt concoction to your waist just above your rear end. The object here is to shake out all the box’s contents as quickly as possible.
Which country can outlast the rest ?
Last but not least, our Hop Off displayed each country’s ability to stay hoping on one foot for the longest.
Olympic Medal Ceremony
After four games, Botswana won gold, France won silver, and the United Kingdom came in third with bronze.
Blair Stocker is a mother to Ian and Emma, wife to Peter, and maker of things, living in Seattle, Washington. She believes that the best of days involve making something and enjoying the process whether it be sewing, spray painting, cooking, or creating things with her kids. She blogs about her creative pursuits at wise craft.
diy finger crochet tutorial
I’m so excited to share a project today on Studio Tea! This is an easy project for kids of all ages (and adults too). When my kids were smaller and we were out and about, I would use this to keep their little hands occupied if we were waiting in line and had time to spare. All you need to finger crochet is a ball of yarn. In fact, the hardest part is choosing a yarn color. My daughter and I did this the other night and found the whole process very meditative and enjoyable. Give it a try!
Once you’re done, submit your creation to email@example.com for your chance to win a $100 Tea gift certificate! Every month, Tea staff will pick one artistic little citizen to win! Honorable mentions will also be uploaded into their own featured blog post. Let your creative juices flow and show us your inner artist!
Back by popular demand is guest blogger Naomi who has a United States passport, but considers herself a global citizen and currently lives in New Delhi, India. Along for the great adventure is her husband, one teenage traveler, two little citizens and an Indian street dog. She blogs about their life (including an upcoming relocation to Singapore) at Delhi Bound [http://delhibound.com].
Going off my experience of living in a climate where it’s often “TOO HOT!” outside to play, I will share my favorite things to do with children that encourage creativity, kindness and exploration.
The temperatures are rising all across the United States, and in the warm climate areas of the world, and kids are saying those dreaded three words, “Mama, I’m bored.”
We have some sure-fire crafts, activities and things to do that will help to beat the heat.
First, our favorite. Using ice cube trays, fill them with water that is tinted with either liquid watercolor or food coloring (if your children are older). Freeze until solid, then after removing them from the tray, place them strategically on a piece of white fabric that is laying directly in the sun. Move them around every so often to distribute the melting colors, and end up with a beautiful piece of art, with all of the hard work being done by the sun.
Even if you do not own an ice cream maker, using a resealable bag can be just as much fun (and it doesn’t take nearly as long). Place 1/2 cup of both milk and heavy whipping cream, along with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 tsp vanilla into a quart size resealable bag. Put two cups of ice into a gallon size resealable bag. At 1/2 – 3/4 cup of salt to the ice. Place the sealed liquid bag into gallon bag and seal tightly. Massage, rock and shimmy-shake the large bag for 10-15 minutes. Keep shaking and massaging the bags until the mixture feels like ice cream.
Get a bucket, some liquid detergent from the kitchen, some sponges and wash the car. Of course, parents may want to have the last rinse, to ensure that no suds are baked onto your vehicle.
Combine an indoor picnic with a mid-afternoon dance party. Nothing beats the heat like some indoor munching and boogeying.
Last but not least, create an indoor snowball game. Roll up white socks into themselves, making balls. Using the couch in your living room or a dining room chair, create protective “base” walls and go to town throwing snowballs at your family members (being sure to remove any breakables before Operation Snowball begins.
Above is Nico, one of the Tea kids, who is coloring the snow monster graphics from our Nordic Design Activity Book.
Have you entered our Activity Book Contest for the month of July? Take a picture of your child’s completed activity book picture and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Activity Book Entry” in the subject line. We pick one winner each month to receive a $100 Tea gift certificate. We’ll also post all honorable mentions on our blog page and all submissions will be posted on our Flickr page.
Two pages from our New Nordic Design Activity Book artistically colored by Nico.