The First "Unplugged Project!"

By , October 21, 2007 9:07 pm


Last Monday I proposed that any interested bloggers or readers come together for a weekly group children’s art project: The Inaugural “Unplugged Project. “

The “assignment” was to go outside with your kids and collect natural objects with interesting textures, then dip those objects in paint and use them as stamps to create art.

My kids had a great time with this. We did it when a friend was over to play, so all in all we had kids ages 7, 6, 5, and 21 months, plus two Moms (we couldn’t resist giving it a try ourselves).

The kids went out with baskets on a beautiful, sunny fall day and came back with pine needles, pine cones, leaves of various sorts, moss, twigs, rocks, and flowers. We poured paint onto plates and then they had at it! I gave them brushes also, in case they wanted to use them to spread paint on the objects instead of dipping, or for adding other “art” to their work.

Here is a photo of our session, plus the results.

Even the baby did one. Much to my horror, some of the paint ended up in her mouth…but it was labeled non-toxic and was manufactured in Canada of all places, so I felt much better! Here is my 21 month-old baby’s masterpiece:


Now we need an Unplugged Project for this coming week. If this idea works out and we continue it regularly, I hope that you all might email some suggestions from time to time – I will surely run out of them soon! Next week, since it is almost Halloween here in the US, I choose this project:

Decorate a Small Pumpkin

– a small pumpkin (or big if you want!)
– paint and brushes

Have your child decorate a small pumpkin with paint. Leave it up to them. Younger children will want to just dab on paint. Older children might have a plan for a face, animal, design…whatever! If you don’t have a pumpkin, how about drawing one on a piece of paper and letting your child decorate that?

I will put a post up with a Mr. Linky next Monday morning – October 29th (or late Sunday night). Email me by Sunday night with photos if you don’t have a blog and want your photos online (unplugyourkids “at” gmail “dot” com).


I hope this was enjoyable for everyone who took part and that you will join us again. Please remember that if you do not have a blog of your own and want to participate, simply send me your photos and I would love to post them here.

Also: If you want to join us but have been too busy to follow the exact plan, that’s totally OK! This is supposed to be fun. Please post whatever you and your little ones come up with this week no matter what it is!

If you took part in this week’s project, please put your name and link in Mr. Linky so we can all visit each other and see what the kids came up with. Enjoy!

7 Responses to “The First "Unplugged Project!"”

  1. missbecky75 says:

    Thanks so much for hosting this! I love this idea and am so happy for the extra shove it gave me to do more fun things with the kids!

    I really enjoy your blog! Thanks

  2. Jenny says:

    It looks like you all had fun with it! CJ got a bit of paint in her mouth by accident, and I don’t think that will happen again as she found it didn’t taste very good! I can’t get my photos to load into Typepad, so I’m having a few technical difficulties at the moment. I’ll add my name to Mr. Linky as soon as I get it figured out. Great idea for next week!

  3. Kate in NJ says:

    Hi, I’ve been trying to post pics all day, but I’ve posted on my blog anyway.

  4. Tamara says:

    Yours are great. Looks like you had a super time. I am looking forward to next week. Hopefully I will be able to find some more paint before then so the pumpkins are not ALL blue and yellow.

  5. CelticMommy says:

    Oh this is totally a wonderful idea! On our vacation we collected acorn tops, leaves, pinecones, rocks and feathers… some did not make it onto the airplane, but others did and I’ll do this as a Fall project in a few weeks.

    We’re pumpkin painting right now… just in the middle of coats of orange. Love it! Hettie

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