nature's paintbox.

07 July 2011
My daughter sat at the kitchen table coloring her trees pink and her grass red and her mermaid (lying on the grass, naturally) a whole rainbow of crayola. As I prepared to settle my youngest child for his nap, the two oldest needed an activity to keep them busy for a bit. I grabbed my daughter's crayons, drew some colored dots on scrap paper and placed the labels into an empty egg carton. Then, I sent my 7-year-old daughter and her five-year-old brother outside, carrying the egg cartons which were to become paintboxes from nature. Multiple versions were made and filled with ripe fruits, tiny blossoms, flecks of dirt... and I got the youngest his nap without interruption. Brilliant. Side note: a five year old doesn't mind adding a live snail to his 'paint box' but will move the silver and brown label side by side so that the color label will be right even if the snail decides to move.




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18 comments:

Dena said...

Cute!

Thomas said...

Was a communist era apartment block included for the grey entry?

b'racha said...

you're right, brilliant ... but not just the concept; the 5 yr. old's forethought in repositioning the colors was so on target!

Sheryl said...

The light looks beautiful! What did she choose for the mustard yellow color?

Annie said...

Shelby, I love your blog! I want to get a cup of tea while you show me pictures of your new city and projects you are making and stories of your kids. And I bet there are cookies baking too! We only saw each other a little in Bkk and its fun that my thoughts of you in person is here on your blog.

Kris said...

I have the kids this weekend. I'll do this with them! Thank you!

Pat said...

Found your link on teach mama's site! I like this project!

Callie said...

Beautiful! What a great idea and what a gorgeous picture.
(stopping by from the weteach Summer Challenge Link Party)

Alison said...

I found you from teach mama. Hi! It is really cool that you are an American mom living overseas! Do you homeschool your kids?

Anonymous said...

Great picture!

Cindy said...

Coming from teachmama too! Fun idea!

Laura said...

This is a very fun idea! We'll be trying it! :) Thanks!

Shelby Reynolds said...

@Annie: I'm so happy you found my blog... what a fun treat. Thank you for the nice compliment. (And, yes, there are always cookies baking!)

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

@Alison: Thanks for visiting a new bohemia and for the question! No, I haven't home schooled formally, but wouldn't be opposed to it if it were the best situation for my child/children. My first child started school at age five in a British International school based in Bangkok and my two other children have yet to start learning in a school setting.

Candace @Naturally Educational said...

Love! (and I especially enjoy your note) I will feature this with the Backyard Science Round-Up next week. Thank you so much for adding this to the Smart Summer Challenge!

Shelby from anewbohemia.com said...

@Candace: Absolutely! Thank you for adding it to the backyard science round up-- such a great summer series happening!

Deceptively Educational said...

What a wonderful activity! This is a super way to increase your child's observation skills and help them see nature in a whole new way!

teachmama said...

simple but so worthwhile!! thanks for sharing in this week's smart summer challenge!

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