Easter Activities

Mud Season………the favorite time of year for many of our little people. Here are some links to projects with an Easter theme

Chalkboard Easter Eggs

Egg Shaped Sidewalk Chalk

Colorful Easter Basket and more-Martha Stewart

Serge a Sweet Easter Bunny

Bunny Doll Pattern

Bunny Pattern (OUTLINE)

Needle Felted Bunny

Happy Crafting!

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 2:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Art Exchange with Mutuanyu China

Here are some ideas of projects that can be submitted for the Art Exchange….

– Make a map of your hometown (markers, pencils, collage)
– Draw a picture of your town
– Draw a picture of your favorite tree in each of the 4 seasons
– Draw/paint a self portrait
– Draw/Paint a picture of your family
– Draw/Paint / collage a picture of your home
– Make a picture of your favorite thing to do in each season
– Make a picture of how you get around your town
– Make a collage of the bridge of flowers
– Make a collage of your favorite meal
– Draw a picture of what the sky is like at night
– Draw the Deerfield river
– Draw a picture of your favorite toy.

Make all of the above and bind them into a book about your life. You can make a copy of it for you before we pack it up and send it to China

The museum will be open Saturday morning March 24th from 10-12pm to help you with these projects or to work on paper dolls.

Published in: on March 21, 2007 at 5:24 pm  Leave a Comment  

What do we do on snow days?

Great paper templates here!

PS. Her book “The Toymaker” is great!

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 12:45 am  Leave a Comment  

African Drum and Dance

African Drum and Dance for kids with Backa & Abdou!
Sunday March 25, 3pm

BACKA NIANG from Dakar, capital of Senegal, W.Africa came at age 17 with Gokh-bi System to do music in the U.S. The group grew up together. Tony Vacca, a local musician who was traveling in Africa befriended the group and eventually brought them back to his home in Northampton,to perform together. Backa is a professional drummer and a “Griot”. Griot is a term in W.Africa for a Storyteller. Backa comes from a family tradition of Griots. This is how their Oral History is passed on.

As always doors open at 2pm show starts at 3pm
$10 per family

Bakes Sale Items needed! If you are planning on coming please think about bringing something for the bake sale. Snacks and soft drinks are needed.

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 12:39 am  Leave a Comment  

Craft Project:Making a Rain Stick Tutorial

Making a Rain Stick Tutorial

Published in: on March 16, 2007 at 12:55 am  Leave a Comment  

A world of LEGO

Later this Spring are beginning a LARGE Lego installation project……..that should take us into the summer. BUT first we need you help. We need Lego. Lego bricks….any colour, any shapes…..but they must be standard Lego (not duplo or quatro etc)

Do you know anyone that has a bucket that they are not using? Have you still got a set from childhood? Did you see a large basketful at the Salvation Army for a dollar or two? or at the local free shop? please think about a donation to CAM. If you are members of any lists that could help us collect a huge stack please post this request……

All lego can be dropped off at CAM or arrangements can be made with me attlemos@noho.com

Published in: on March 13, 2007 at 2:16 am  Leave a Comment  

Children’s Art Exchange w/Mutianyu China

Did you know that the town of Shelburne Falls has a sister village in China, Mutianyu? At the Childrens Art Museum in March the monthly theme is “Our Friends Around the World. We will be coordinating an art exchange with the children of Mutianyu where the artwork will be on permanent display at the schoolhouse there. Mutianyu welcomes approximately 1.6 million visitors a year as tourists pass through the village to visit the Great Wall.

Please submit your artwork by March 21st. We especially welcome artwork that shows aspects of life in the Hilltowns. It will be on display at the Children’s Art Museum until it makes its way across to China.

If you would like to read a little more about China here is a starting point…

Colors of China (Colors of the World) (Paperback)
by Shannon Zemlicka (Author), Janice Lee Porter

China ABCs: A Book About the People and Places of China
by Holly Schroeder (Author), Jeff Yesh (Illustrator)

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales, Activities & Recipes by Nina Simonds (Author), Leslie Swartz (Author), Boston The Children’s Museum (Author), Meilo So (Illustrator)

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