Thursday, September 6, 2012

Homeschool Update: Latest Projects

This old desk used to belong to Mama
Project #1 - Desk Renovation

Materials:

  • Old desk
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Painting sponge or brush
  • Painter's tape
  • Damp rag or tack cloth
  • Colorful baskets



New desk for Simon with nonstick surface - plus supply boxes.






Procedure:
  • Renovate old drawing desk into a new preschool desk.
  • Thoroughly clean and lightly sand the dry erase surface of desk
  • Using a damp rag or tack cloth, wipe away all residue
Chalkboard for learning how to draw shapes.






  • Using painter's tape, cover the wood frame
  • Apply chalkboard paint 3x, allowing to dry 24 hours in-between
  • Use small plastic baskets to accommodate school supplies





The upside? The chalkboard paint provides a slip proof surface for writing. Kids can enjoy hours of drawing or practicing their writing skills. The little plastic baskets hold all of their school supplies - 88 cents at Wal-Mart!

Project #2 - Bottle Cap Stamps (Pinterest inspired)


Materials:
  • Soda bottle caps
  • Foam stickers
  • Wooden dowel rod
  • Hot glue gun
  • Washable poster paint
  • Paint brush
  • Paper plate
  • Paper




  • Cut the dowel rod into 3" lengths and set aside.
  • Attach soda bottle caps to one end of each dowel rod piece with hot glue.
  • Place one foam sticker on the top of each soda bottle cap.



Now your littles are ready to play! Squeeze a bit of washable poster paint onto a paper plate. Allow the child to either dip and stamp or to use a paint brush to apply paint to the sticker/stamp. They will be entertained for a good while enjoying their new skill! Have fun!