The horse project

It was March last year when we worked on the horse project together with a few other kids at our 4H club meeting. The whole experience was so interesting that I wanted to post about it, even though time has gone by so fast, and so many things happened since then. I got the horses template  and instructions from the website of artist Ann Wood. The horses are made out of thin cardboard, like the one in a cereal box. I painted the cardboard horses in solid base colors, and the kids added other colors and design elements to them. I provided the kids with paint, decorative paper, gems, trims, feathers, buttons, stamps, stencils, and a few other collage materials. The kids got really creative…

Here some of my favorite horses:

At home, before the meeting, Dan painted her dotted horses. Like some of the other kids, she painted quite a handful of horses.

Below, the horses on the wall, decorating our 4H booth.

We are very grateful to Ann Wood for sharing her project and template.


Brazil’s Independence Day

September 7th was Brazil’s independence day and we celebrated by coloring the Brazilian flag and watching videos of the independence day celebrations in Brazil. We also watched a music clip with the “Esquadrilha da Fumaça,” a famous brazilian aerial squad, on You Tube.

Below is the colored rice in the colors of the Brazilian flag…

And the kids coloring the flag with the rice.


Nick loves Brazilian music, and so we watched this music clip many times.

That was it for a little taste of Brazil on Independence day.

Art Class

Nico and Dani are taking some art classes with their cousins at our home. It is basically a homeschooling art program on DVD, so they watch the video and I provide all the materials they need, helping them when necessary. We’ve had only two classes so far but the kids seem to enjoy it. Here some pictures from our last meeting.