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The Cummington Family Center

Your Kid’s Self Portrait at The Children’s Art Museum May 10, 2007

Filed under: links,places to visit,stuff to do,stuff to make — zannestar @ 5:01 pm

You know your kid’s a Picasso – why not let everyone else know too!

Please pass this info on to your kiddos.

Draw/Paint/Collage a self portait! (that is a picture of you!) and drop
it off at the Children’s Art Museum in Shelburne Falls, matted/framed
by May 30th to be included in our art show. Nothing will be turned
away if it is ready to be hung.

Questions Call CAM: 413 625 6826!

Tony(a) Lemos
The Children’s Art Museum


What did you do while it was snowing? March 19, 2007

Filed under: links,messy play day,recipe,stuff to do,stuff to make — zannestar @ 4:03 pm

I made this really cool modeling clay that air hardens. I found the recipe on via the StudioCAM blog. It’s super easy to make, it feels sooooo wonderful in your hands, and cleans up pretty well too. It does dry the hands out if you play with it for hours, but a little soap and water, and hands are back to normal.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until it forms a big ball. Turn out onto a board and knead once. Let it sit and cool off. Once it’s cool enough to handle have fun! Keep the unused portion in aluminum foil or a sealed container. For this to dry properly, poke holes in it (could be whiskers or eyes or dots….) and let sit. Depending on size and thicknesss, this dries pretty quickly!

I made beads and Izzy made a “shmoo” (remember …) . I’m going to have Izzy paint the beads later and we’ll string them up as necklaces for her grammies.

So – what did you do while you it was snowing? Post a comment here!


Things to do in February January 19, 2007

Filed under: links,places to visit,stuff to make — zannestar @ 3:22 pm

Maybe it will snow and someone can host a sledding party? Anybody have some great hills? (this is the Hilltowns …)
Valentine’s Day is February 14. Make some handmade Valentine’s.


Chinese New Year is February 18.

Learn more:

Around Town:

Share an event or idea, post it here in the comments or email me.


Stuff to Make December 12, 2006

Filed under: links,stuff to make — zannestar @ 8:04 pm


Another amazing site from Down Under. Kiddley, run by one of my all time favorite bloggers, Claire of LoobyLu . This site has tons of ideas for you and your kids. I love the dress up a doll and paper ornament, it comes with cool pictures and best of all – you can download a doll if you don’t feel like you can draw one! This site is definitely worth browsing, especially on inside day.


Messy Play – Painted Sculpture November 8, 2006

Filed under: messy play day,photos,playgroup,stuff to make — zannestar @ 12:57 pm

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Originally uploaded by zannestar.
This week was fun, we had a lot of kids come and help make some sculpture. We mixed some plaster with some water in a ziploc bag. We mushed it around for a bit (this actually took longer than expected and the adults had to finish!). Once our sculptures dried, we took them out of the bags and painted them. Remember to hold on to any artwork made during a CFC event, we are going to have an Art Show in May!

Here’s the sculpture recipe:

  • 2 parts plaster (in this case we used 1 cup of plaster of paris)
  • 1 part water (here we used 1/2 cup water)
  • ziploc bag


  • Place ingredients in a ziploc bag
  • Seal the bag, squeezing out all the air
  • Start mushing the bag around until mixture is hard.
  • Let sit for a few minutes – then rip/cut the bag away from the plaster.
  • Let sit for about 10 more minutes allowing all the moisture evaporate and the sculpture to cool.
  • Paint with paint!

VOILA! Sculpture…


  • Try mixing with warm water and letting it sit for a few minutes before the kids start mushing it about, probably won’t take so long to set.
  • Mix in a few drops of paint so the plaster has a color.
  • HAVE TONS OF FUN!!! and take pictures of your kids making art.

Stuff to Make October 30, 2006

Filed under: stuff to make — zannestar @ 1:53 am


I’m always researching projects.  Trying to find new stuff to make with the kids.  I subscribe to Kids Craft Weekly, it’s a funky and cool arts and crafts weekly newsletter from a mom in Australia.  She has a theme each week and gives her readers a list of activities (arts and crafts) around the theme.  It’s great for those moments of, “What am I going to do now?”

What’s your favorite project?   Where do you find your projects?  Post a comment!