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Crafting with kids – Glass and Porcelain Painting

29 Aug

Over the last week I’ve been doing some really fun craft projects with the children.

And guess what? Even the Little man has been getting involved!

I wanted to do something that each child would find both interesting and fun, something we could do together as a family regardless of everyone’s differing interest. I needed the activity to apply to each child’s interest, something they really love therefore needing little if not any encouragement from mum! Basically participating because they want to.

Little man is by far the hardest of my children to engage in any type of activity, especially that of arts and crafts.This basically means that when thinking up an activity I always need to think outside the box! More than not my ideas are inspired by little mans overly intense interest (aka, special interest). This used to be just transport, however, WWE (wrestling) and Lego have now been added to the list.

The idea I had was one that meant little man could incorporate anyone of his interest (all three if desired). It was important for me to have him involved. Throughout this years summer holiday little man hasn’t shown much motivation towards anything we’ve done.

Alice-Sara would also love this free style idea as she’s naturally very creative and engages herself well when drawing or crafting.

So… Just what was my idea for a fun and engaging art project?

Plate Decorating: Yep, that’s right! Having done something similar as a child as part of a school project (using a much more complicated process mind you) Plate decorating is actually a lot fun!

I’m not taking about drawing a picture onto a paper plate… Oh no!
I wanted the children to have something of a keepsake. I wanted them to have something they could keep for a long period of time, looking back on their creative flair with pride. As mentioned I did something similar at school (well, it was at nursery actually). We were given a special type of paper to take home. We were instructed to draw our design on it and then bring it back once complete. They then sent our designs of to have some company transfer them onto these plastic plates. I was 4-years-old and remember that activity like I did it just yesterday. My Grandmother had my plate displayed on her living room wall up In-till the day she died.. I think my father has it now!

The above was the inspiration for my idea, though I wanted to do things a little differently from back in the eighties so went shopping for some plain white dinner plates which I found easily enough in a local pound shop meaning I got a total of 4 for the bargain basement price of £4.

Later that evening myself and the two eldest children sat down ready for work. Little man was reluctant to begin with but once I’d explained there were no specific designs, he could design as he liked he was more willing to try. He doesn’t like colouring because his a perfectionist and finds it hard to stay within the lines of his drawing. This is due to his poor fine motor skills and often causes him problems.

As we were drawing our designs directly onto porcelain plates we need to use some special types of pen (normal felts would just rub away). For this we used Brilliant Porcelain Paint Pens, Acrylic Deco Pens and I also used on mine PicTixx 3D Glitter Pens all from the fabulous Baker Ross.

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The children had fun and even sat by one another for a full 10 minutes before bickering (believe me thats a long time)!

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Little man’s design was focused around his interest in wresting and this mostly consisted of a selection of different words written in different colours. As some of you may know, little man stopped writing for a good year and a half of his life, only doing so on a computer. To see him now writing and of his own free will, is most pleasing.

Little man didn’t spend a great deal of time adding his design to his plate. He did lose interest pretty quickly! As I’ve previously stated, his very hard to engage. Nonetheless, I’m dead proud of his contribution to the project and love his wrestling plate.

Alice-Sara designed a Monster High plate. This consisted of the monsters high logo with a couple of funky eyes placed on either side. She then added some funky lips and fangs before finally adding lots of different coloured speckles to finish off.

I absolutely loved it.

The pens are really easy to use as opposed to using paints and brushes. By using the pens the children have a greater control over their design. Alice and Little man mainly used the Brilliant Porcelain Paint Pens on their plates. The only thing you must ensure is that they don’t press down to hard as then too much paint gets released and the design will run. Once the children had both finished their plate I sealed their designs in the oven at 160’c.

I also got in on the action and having no idea what I wanted to do, I just messed around a little. I ended up with this funky enchanted forest design that I doodled around my twitter handle.

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I also used PicTixx 3D Glitter Pens that can be applied to almost any surface and even washed at 30 degrees (I’m also currently using these on a pair of jeans I’m customising for my daughter) in this case I used the PicTixx to add a little sparkle to my plates finished design.

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We also decorated some glass with Deco and Porcelain pens and though we haven’t quite finished yet here’s a little taster of how it’s going.

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This made a lovely evening of crafting and the project is easy to do with really effective results.

You don’t have to buy new plates to personalise, you could always up cycle old ones you already have. I’m currently doing the same with some old jam jars and a vase thats seen better days (I’ll be sure to share with all once I’ve finished).

Recap; What we used for both our plates and glass painting.

Large white plates from pound store (£1 each) (brought 4 so total £4)
Old jars and glasses we already had in the cupboards
PicTixx 3D Glitter Pens from Baker Ross (5 pack) £9.99
Brilliant Porcelain Paint Pens from Baker Ross (6 pack) £10.99
Acrylic Deco Pens from Baker Ross (6 pack) £10.99

Baker Ross online store can be found on line. Just click Here

Easter Crafting for a £1

22 Mar

This year myself and the children have done lots of different craft projects, its all that bit more exciting now Harley is that bit older and therefore able to contribute that bit more. Harley is 2 and seems to be a keen crafter making it one of our favourite afternoon pass times.

In the run up to Easter, I’ve shared one or two reviews on some brilliant creative activities that are fun for all ages and abilities. This week we’ve been doing all sorts of Easter crafting, what with competitions such as designing and making Easter bonnets and cards, its been rather busy in our house.

We were pleased to be sent a cute Easter gift bag containing some found Easter crafts from Poundworld. Within this gift bag were a few things perfect for the activities we had planed. I’ve always loved a good pound shop, these stores are not new to me, though Poundworld is somewhere I’m yet to discover. Here’s what was sent and how we used it, and remember everything is priced at the bargain price of a £1 with one or two deals thrown in for good measure.

A Dozen Decorative Chicks £1

Cute little yellow chicks perfect for any Easter crafting project. These also look great as non edible Easter cake toppers. Myself and the children have been busy making paper mache decorative eggs which we housed in a pretty basket we had decorated with lovely yellow ribbon adding a few of this chicks amongst the eggs made an excellent touch. You can find out how to make your own over on my sister blog “Mummy of many talents” tomorrow.

Make your own Easter Cards Activity pack £1

This was perfect for the children’s entries into the Easter card making competition. Within the pack you get 6 cards and 6 envelopes plus a cute selection of toppers and pretty embellishments for decorating your cards. Alice-Sara had her friend stay over for a sleepover and both had tons of fun making Easter cards. They did empty the crafts box adding additional touches such as glitter and other girlie bits and pieces. These are fantastic value for just a quid.

Easter Bonnet Decorating kit £1

A really good size pack of dressings for your Easter bonnets. Included are some sheets of luxury tissue paper, 6 brightly coloured large pipe cleaners (perfect for creating bunny ears) some ribbon and a good selection of pretty Easter embellishments. Alice used these to decorate her bonnet she had made with card and with what’s left we’ll decorate the straw bonnet supplied by Poundworld (see below) as a competition entry.

Straw Easter Bonnet £1

A really pretty straw Easter Bonnet decorated in pale lemon ribbon. The hats the perfect size for little heads and can be customised if desired. As mentioned we’ll be customising ours for a competition we’re entering.

Easter Poster Art Kit £1

I knew as soon as I saw this that my toddler would claim it and claim it he did. He loves painting and this set came with 4 posters to paint. Each poster consisted of a cute chick design and the quality of the paper was impressive. Sadly the brush fell apart within minutes and the basic water colour pallet was not really visible on the paper, I had to get the toddler to put lots of paper on his brush to get any sort of colour on the paper. Luckily we have poster paints which I took out for the remaining posters.

Easter Egg Hunt Game £1

This set consists of flat-packed Easter Baskets and Easter eggs. These are easily assembled into 3d visions and children can hunt for the eggs around the house and if whether permits, the garden, adding them to their baskets as they go.

As we already have the appropriate supplies for an Easter Hunt game we used these to make a fabulous beaded Easter picture by decorating both the eggs and baskets with the use of thick double sided tape and an assortment of beads, then we mounted the cards to some black paper. (you can find the step by step on my sister blog Mummy of many talents tomorrow) see picture below for finished results.

So… that’s all the crafting done, there was however, a few other surprises in our bag.

Pink Easter Bunny Ears

These cute pink bunny ears are fabulous addition to any Easter costume, costing just £1. Below Alice-Sara kindly models them for you.

Character Chocolate Easter Eggs £1

A couple of chocolate character Easter eggs, costing £1 and currently on offer for 4 for the price of 3. Great value and better priced then many other retailers. The kids reported these were yummy.

Chocolate Easter Bunny

Lastly we have this super chocolately big bunny costing £1. The kids however cannot comment on its yumminess as mother took him to bed and mother never speaks of the secrets of the bedroom, OK! 🙂

All in all, excellent value for money at Poundworld who also sell everything from cleaning products, to books and homeware. Plus you’ll find lots and lots of brands for just a pound… you can’t really grumble at that can you!

A talented teenager with Aspergers Syndrome wins art competition

11 Mar

Last week I received a lovely email sharing some very talented art work.

The email was sent from Jill Wyse, the very proud mother of a 13 year old boy named Morgan who has a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome.

Morgan is gearing up for his year 10 transfer to another site within the secondary school he attends (even the smallest of transfers can be stressful for the child with autism) So, as to cheer him up and show her son just how proud of him she is, she sent me Morgan’s prize winning piece of Art that celebrates the coming of the Olympic Games 2012.

Morgan was the winner of an Art competition ran by his secondary school, and here at a “Boy with Aspergers” we are proud to have it feature on our Autism & Art page. Well done Morgan… Me and my little man think you have some serious talent

Fun with Scribble Down

28 Feb

As a child I loved nothing more than embarking on a creative task, and to be honest, I still love to get creative whenever time permits. 

Out of all three of my children, it would seem that my daughter is the most creative, like me she loves art. However, I try to get Little man involved in creative task as often as possible, I feel it works as a great therapy like tool for his Aspergers syndrome, as it provides a calming effect. Creative and arty projects are also a great way to improve his OT skills, including that of his fine motor skills

Last week we were sent some very creative little projects to try from Craft and Play. These crafty little packs are called Scribble Down and have been created around the famous illustrations of ‘Clinton Banbury’ an artist who’s illustrations have been around some 30 years and have featured in some classic children’s stories and workbooks, as well as a weekly series of cartoons for the Times

Scribble Down, are sets of fantastic transfer activity packs, that allow children to create magical scenes with the use of a supplied background card and dozens of Clinton Banbury’s transferable images. What’s even better, these activity packs are a steal at pocket-money prices. 

There are lots of activity packs to choose from, there’s quirky animals, fantastic fairies, excitable pirates and many more! We received Clinton Banbury’s Fairy Cake Factory, consisting of  funky fairies, cupcakes and bakers. Others we received, were, Dinosaur encounter and Wild Adventures, which were equally as great with a host of transferable dinosaurs and wild wacky animals.

Each pack also come with its own mini tip, which consists of 6 easy steps teaching your child how to draw one of the characters from the activity pack so kids can create their own Clinton Banbury comic strips.

The children couldn’t wait to get started, these came complete with simple instructions that consists of both words and pictures (The visual aspect was ideal for Little man as his mostly a visual learner). 

To create the scene, all you have to do is remove the backing paper from the transfer sheet, select the image you want to place on the background scene placing it so the image is face down, then using a pen scribble over the chosen image. Remove the transfer sheet slowly, simply revealing the chosen image now on your scene. To give it a protective covering so it doesn’t peel off, use the backing paper and rub again.  

Alice didn’t use a pen, she opted to use a coin as she didn’t want to scribble on the paper, which is fine, however, the idea behind using a pen, ensures the whole image has been scratched and no bits get left behind when you remove the sheet.

Little man has quite poor fine motor skills and not a lot of patience, so did make a few mistakes. However, with some encouragement and practice he did fine, though he came back and finished later as his attention span is much shorter than your average child. 

Both Alice and Little man had fun creating their scenes (toddler is a tad to young at two to get involved). Alice did two of the cards straight of, and as mentioned, Little man did one over the course of a few days, but enjoyed it all the same. 

These are great value for money at £2.89 each. These are also great for the development and enhancement of a child’s imagination, as well as being a good way to improve a child’s fine motor skills 

They are brilliant and most defiantly worth buying for your creative little one’s, though watch out, you may find yourself have a sneaky go!

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Creative minds, pupils with autism use ICT to create Art.

9 Sep

There are so many things I love about blogging, hearing good news alongside inspiring stories of success from my readers, has to be the ultimate highlight to blogging.

Last week, I got my kicks of happiness, when I received an email from reader and teacher, ‘Joanne’

Joanne contacted me and asked if I was happy to upload some art work to the, ‘Autism & Art’ Page, here on the blog.  The art was created by pupils with Autism and Severe Learning Difficulties who attend a unit for children with autism and SEN (special educational needs) that forms part of the mainstream school, “Evergreen”  Most of the children at the unit are non-verbal but are very expressive when it comes to art. The  children’s artwork has been created on computer with the use of free art software packages, which Joanne has been kind enough to share (this can be found later on in this post).

Of course, I informed Joanne that it would be an honour to feature the children’s fabulous artwork on the blogs Art page, however, while chatting with Joanne, I felt inspired to write a post to show the world how talented these budding little artist are!

Yes, they really are some talented lot, and it’s not just me, Joanne or the rest of the staff at Evergreen Primary school, who think so!

The pupils were nominated for the Northern grid awards (ICT In Education Awards) where their work has been widely showcased and celebrated as a result.

The Northern Grid Awards recognise and celebrate the excellent practice happening in North East Schools. The pupils at Evergreen, were actually Highly Commended in the “Surprise me” category. This was for an activity that was actually formed to support literacy for the KS1 class. The presentation began as a teacher made resources to present the story, ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ to pupils. The pupils were then involved with developing the presentation into their own, ‘Bear Hunt’ story through their interaction with the story props and resources. Seriously guys, check it out on the site hosting the awards, the teachers and parents of these pupils must be beaming with pride!

Joanne is a lady who is very passionate about her work and she has a great fondness for those she teaches. She told me that, “Most of the children are non-verbal but can actually teach me a thing or two!” It’s refreshing to see teachers and teaching assistants, so passionate about what they do, I really love that, it’s something so simple but for a mother of a child on the spectrum, it’s something you are truly grateful to find.

Joanne’s role with the children is to create creative & sensory friendly learning experiences and her success shines through within the children’s beautiful, yet talented work. She talked about the way the children use computers to create and learn and like myself and many other parents, she really understood the importance of using ICT as a resource for children with autism, both in education and within their everyday lives.

It’s my belief  that children and adults on the spectrum, have an amazing way about them when given a computer. A child that is branded a menace due to their refusal to participate in written work can then excel if put in-front of a computer. When I went to view Little man’s work at a past parents evening, at his old mainstream school, they didn’t have a single exercise book to show me! The only work they had to display was all done with the use of a PC. Little man has fine motor skills difficulties and like many children on the spectrum his handwriting took the force of this. Little man is extremely aware off these difficulties and the fact he is often considered less able within certain areas of his learning (despite his intelligence). He is overly proud and he would rather not engage at all if it meant that by doing so, It would only portray him as some kind of “failure”. Its my opinion that every child with autism as-well as those children with other communication difficulties, should be able to express themselves with the use of ICT, by way of having regular access to a computer. Now, I’m not stating we should give up, stop encouraging them to engage with written work, not at all! I’m just stating that expression is important especially for non-verbal children like those whom Joanne teaches.

 Here’s the wonderful creations of art, that will feature on the Autism and Art page.

Spiderman, By: Thomas Age: 9 

Mr Men, By: Liam Age: 6 

Thomas the tank engine By: Ethan Age: 5

Worms By: Jacob Age: 4 

Wow, I think they are simply wonderful!

 Joanne was kind enough to share the resources that herself and the teaching team regularly use with the children in the unit. All resources are ICT packages that are used to create  different types of art. What is so awesome about these resources, are… amazingly all are “FREE!” meaning you can use these with your child at home.

Tux paint: A great piece of free computer software for kids.

Sumo paint: A free piece of software introduced to Joanne by one of her pupils. Sumo paint has a complicated yet detailed set of features. Greater colour and texture options, fine detailing, filters, layers, and effects. Here you will be presented with endless possibilities.

Nga Kids: Interactive art you can make online. The National Gallery Of Art’s great range of resources enables you to create your own classic masterpieces.

Art pad: An online canvas with basic tools, its appeal to it’s users is that you can re-play you’re painting to watch your creation take shape; you can also email a finished painting.

Cbeebies: Cbeebies have a fantastic selection of activities with characters that appeal to Joanne’s pupils’ interests. Programmes such as Mr maker and Get Squiggling, have magic paint-box activities.

Help kidz learn: Free online games from the guys at inclusive technology with its own creative section.

Create Comics: Create your own comic strip Joanna’s pupils like Garfield, DR Who and Marvel comics.

Audactiy: a piece of kit that can be used to record voices, sound effects, music etc… and can also be used in developing resources. (Free downloads)

Having obtained these from Joanne, I discovered there was only one or two I have used before (Cbeebies, Help Kidz Learn). So, I tried the rest with both Little man and Alice.

Little man enjoys art on a much greater scale when It’s created with the use of a computer. He loved Sumo Paint and has used it for the last three days.

Alice is very creative and like me she has a passion for Art. Though she loves the more practical aspects of art, she also had great fun with this.

I love the comic strips and find the software an invaluable tool for children with autism. These comics can be used to build social stories together which your child. The Comic strips you make, can also be used to help a child with autism to communicate perspectives, feelings and more. All this while remaining fun and creative.

 A massive thank you to Joanne and her wonderful pupils at Evergreen Primary school’s unit for children with autism. Check out the Class website by Clicking HERE  (please note… there is also a special members only section for parents of the pupils whom attend the unit).

Disclaimer: Please note that the above images are the property of Evergreen Primary school and should not be copied without the permission of its owner. The images are subject to copyrite and all terms apply. 

If you are interested in the story or want to find out more, then please leave your details, and I’ll be sure that Joanne gets them.

Thanks Claire-Louise

TIME TO GET ARTY!

1 Feb

  The time has come to get arty. That’s right guys get out them pencils and create some art for the new autism and art page. Been emailed some wonderful pictures that are due to be uploaded. It’s gonna be hot’ be a part of it and get your art on display today.

Bring on the Art!!

29 Jan

Just a few more days to the kids art (autism and art) page is added. Got some wonderful pictures that are going to be displaced for the world but we need more.

If you know any children or teenagers that have Asd and are super cool at art please tell them about this page. Get there pictures on display:) If you have a website your link can be displayed along side your work.

Please sign work as a watermark.

Great new features

25 Jan

Had some super ideas for this blog  floating around in my head. There is so much I’m going to add.some will be added with some help from my blogging friends. The Autism and art page (kids art) is one of the first on the list to be launched. This page is due completion on the 01-02-09. Kids art is a collection of drawings and painting from aspie, autistic children and adolescents.

Giovanni’s page… Giovanni is my 8yr old son that this whole blog is based around. So when he asked if he could have his own page i only fault it would be fair to say yes. Im guessing that Giovanni’s page will be based around his favorite topic Trains and Buses. This page is coming soon.

Sibling Support….. A page that is aimed at sibling of  children with autism and Aspergers. Aiming to provide lots of sources of information and advice. Will be weekly features for siblings to participate in. No date as yet for this page to be added but aimed for completion within the next 8-1o weeks.

New weekly and monthly features for A boy with Aspergers.

Monday finds.. Started last monday’ week two tomorrow. Every Monday i am to bring you my top ASD finds of the week. For more information read post Monday finds.

The big interview.. Will be interviewing someone new every month. Authors, Teachers, Parents, Aspies kids, Aspie adults and more. You be able to join the big build up to the interview day as the name of the person on interview list will be reveled one week before the event. The Big interview will be up and running by the end of next month. Dates will be displayed on blog nearer the time:)

If anybody wants more information on features please leave a comment which i aim to reply to within 24 hrs. However if you are interested in taking part in Kids art or The big interview please email me asap. parkinson.claire@yahoo.com

Looking forward to creating something great with a little help frm my friends:):):)all-my-phone-pics-151

Autism and Art

24 Jan

So many new features coming to the blog A boy with Aspergers.
One of these features needs your help to bring it to life:)

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