Recycled book art for first graders

art for kids
This project was really fun and the kids loved it.  It’s a two day project to allow for dry time.

Step 1:  Use bright blue tempera or acrylic paint and water it down a bit.  Have each student paint a sheet of paper.  I used 9×12.

Step 2:  Find an old book and cut out the pages.  I figured I needed about 5 sheets per student so we had about 100 pages from a book

Step 3:  Use a rainbow assortment of colors (acrylic or tempera paint watered down a bit) and have the kids paint the book pages solid colors.  I had one color per table.  Lay these all out to dry

Step 4:  Second day, lay out a range of the colored book pages on each table and give the kids their blue papers.  We started by identifying shapes in the example I made.  Everyone started by cutting out a half oval for the hill for their house.  Next we did the rectangle for the house and the triangle for the roof.  We did those three steps together and glued them down.  Then I set them free to add whatever details with the book pages they wanted.

Step 5:  We used sharpies and outlined all of our shapes.

Keep in mind… 6 year olds love black pens and they like to go a little crazy sometimes.

This project originated from here

recycled book art
first grader art

General Supplies:

9×12 white paper
Old book sized around a 5×7
Acrylic or Tempera paint
glue sticks
black pens
paint brushes (wide)

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Grain Free Graham Crackers

My new “no starch” diet is making me experiment with recipes.  I’ve had a few failures to be honest.  I really crave crunchy things.  And if you really think about what no grains cut out, it’s all things crunchy.  Kind of sucks.  A few weeks ago, I tried a graham cracker recipe with coconut flour.  It seemed promising but in the end, not so good.  So I did a search for a recipe that had an almond flour base and made them last night.  And guess what… they are fab!  So exciting to find a crunchy cracker that I can overdose one:)

The recipe is not mine… although I don’t do well with sugar alcohols and so I used regular sugar (gasp!)  The photo on the left is my dough rolled out.  Her photos make them look much better than mine but you get the idea.

Grain Free Graham Crackers

starch free diet

Cathy Pugh - Friday | October 25th | 2013

Thanks! It’s always great to get new starch free recipes. I know what you mean about craving things that are crunchy!

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Gracie, Mission Beach

This is one of the sessions from the teen mini shoots I do each year.  This particular day was sooo windy.  Luckily the wind worked with us and made for a great photo session and stunning photos at the beach.  Gracie is just about the graduate from 8th grade in these pictures.  Everyone does senior photos but 8th grade is such a significant milestone as well.  And how great would it be to see your 8th grade photos like this with your senior photos.  Four years is a long time in teen years.

We shot these at the Catamaran hotel, in the alley behind it and down at the beach.  My very talented friend, Natalie Bohlin was the hair and make up artist for the day.

high school senior photography
beach senior photos

Kristina - Sunday | March 24th | 2013

Great shots and makeup! Does your MUA travel to OC?!

admin - Wednesday | March 27th | 2013

It’s a good possibility

cblackstone - Wednesday | April 3rd | 2013

Awesome session Alison. You always inspire me. Sheesh.

Jane - Thursday | October 3rd | 2013

Hi Alison,
My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
I was looking for blogs about Mission Beach to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
Hope to hear from you soon!

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