Friday, February 11, 2011
... this weeks Illustration Friday theme is 'sweater'.
Not a most exciting topic.. but I'm pretty happy with how my illustration turned out!


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Volcano Eruption
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I have a pretty cool craft to share with you! A volcano.. that erupts!

I enjoyed this one as much as the kids did. And they REALLY loved it...from the crafting right to it erupting.

Before the craft we learned a little about volcanoes (and the one in Japan had just been on news), we also did this word search, and learned the spelling of the words.

Word Search

And now the fun begins.

You'll need an empty water bottle (500 ml) and a jumbo cereal box (or any cardboard).
Cut the box in half. Using one half as the base, tape the bottle in the center.
Cut the other half of the box in four equal parts. Tape them around the bottle as shown in the picture.
This doesn't need to be neat, nor does it need all the gaps covered - it's just the skeleton of the mountain.

Mix some water and flour - to make a gravy-like paste. Don't make it to thick.
Cut strips of news paper. Dip each strip in the paste and cover the entire mountain (not the bottle top) with ONE layer or paper.
Scrunch balls of news paper, dip in flour-water mix and stick them on. Make it random, in size and position.
Cut strips of news paper and cover entire mountain with one layer or paper - to hold all those 'rocks' in place.

After the mountain dries, (ours took 2 days) paint it. We mixed different colors together.. and got a green-brown color. If you have sand or anything that resembles sand.. sprinkle that over the wet paint. We used crumbs.. because that's just what you do when it's winter here!

Once completely dry, cut the top off. Please make sure it's an adult does this. I just used a knife. The bigger hole will make it easier for kids to pour the liquid in (to make it erupt), and it looks better.

You'll need two measuring jugs (something with a spout to make pouring easy).
In one add:
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tsp baking soda
- few drops of dish washing liquid
- 1/2 tsp glitter (lava actually looks shiny - hence the glitter)
Mix thoroughly - or the baking soda stays at the bottom.

In the next jug add:
- 1 cup vinegar
- few drops red food coloring

This gets messy. So place a tray under your volcano to help with clean up.
First pour in the baking soda mix (mix it well before pouring in, so you get everything).
Pour in the vinegar mix. As soon as the vinegar hits the baking soda, it'll erupt.

Happy Crafting!!

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posted by Sketched Soul at 9:40 AM | Permalink 6 comments
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
.... just adding my Illustration Friday picture! The topic this week is 'Surrender'

It's such a cool topic and I could have come up with a million ideas, but this was inspired by my very wonderful friend. She hates spiders, and nearly got run over by a zebra.. but she insists spiders are much more 'evil'..haha

As for the 8 eyes.. most spiders have 6 to 8 eyes.. just learned that! :)


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