Monster Blow Painting

September 23, 2014

We first had a go at blow painting a long time ago, when my girls were still small, my big boy just a baby, and the baby not even born yet!

When my kids were little, art was all about the process and not so much about the product, and blow painting was all about learning to blow not suck, and moving the paint around on the paper.

Now that they are getting older, they all love using art to represent ideas and create things. So adding one extra item to this blow painting activity, and suggesting that the blown paint looked like crazy hair, was all the prompt my kids needed to make crazy blow painting monsters!

Monster Blow Painting - an easy art idea

If you’d like to make some crazy monster blow painting you’ll need the following:

  • Watered down paint, food colouring or liquid water colours
  • A container for each colour of paint
  • A spoon for each colour of paint
  • Large sheets of paper
  • Straws – one for each child
  • Permanent markers

Monster Blow Painting - an easy art idea

If you are using regular washable paint you’ll need to water it down quite a bit. It needs to be able to run and flow across the page when you blow it, so don’t worry about adding too much water. You might want to add a few drops of food colouring to your watered down paint to make the colours really vibrant.

Monster Blow Painting - an easy art idea

Start by drawing a few monster features (or other creature, or even people) in the middle of the page with the permanent markers. You need to use permanent markers as water based markers will run when the paint is added, so explain to the kids how to use them carefully and cover your work surface. Make sure you leave enough room around your drawing for the paint.

Monster Blow Painting - an easy art idea

Then spoon a few drops of paint wherever you want the monster’s hair to be, and start blowing!

Monster Blow Painting - an easy art idea

As you blow the paint swirls and mixes and runs off in all directions making fabulous crazy hair looking patterns!

Keep blowing, and adding more paint, and blowing, and blowing some more, and eventually you’ll end up with some crazy looking blow paint monsters!

Monster Blow Painting - an easy art idea

You’ll need lots of space to dry all your monsters, if your kids are like mine, they will make lots of them!

Are your kids all about the process of making art, or are they getting older and more interested in creating something?

 

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We’ve got a lot of ‘green stuff’ growing in our garden at the moment.

‘Green stuff’ is the generic term used by my children to describe any green leafy vegetable. It could be spinach, kale, silverbeet (chard), pak choy – if it’s has lots of green leaves and it’s edible, it is ‘green stuff’.

Despite giving it a fairly disparaging name, all my kids eat ‘green stuff’, which is a good thing as at this time of the year. At the end of summer we put zucchini in everything, but at the end of winter it is spinach!

We’re making chilli? Add some green stuff.
We’re making healthy veggies nuggets? Of course they need some green stuff.
We’re having burgers for dinner? They also have green stuff in them.

And yesterday was no different, we made a crust-less quiche (because we also happen to have a lot of eggs from our chickens at this time of the year!) and filled it full of green stuff… er.. I mean spinach.

We made spinach version of our zucchini and potato slice – spinach and potato slice!

Spinach and Potatoe slice - an easy crustl-ess quiche recipe

This is a super simple recipe and you can use whatever green stuff you happen to have. Rainbow silverbeet (chard) works great in this recipe, as does kale, and of course spinach is perfect.

This spinach and potato slice is great server hot as a side dish, and it’s good cold in lunches too. We love to eat left overs cut into fingers and dipped in some simple garlic and herb yoghurt dip.

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Spinach and Potato Slice
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Ingredients
  • 6-8 medium potatoes, grated.
  • 3-4 spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 large bunch of spinach/kale/silverbeet chopped
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of self raising flour (or 1 cup of plain flour and 1 tsp baking soda)
  • 50 mls olive oil
  • 1 cup grated cheese – tasty or mozzarella
  • a little dill and oregano, fresh or dried.
  • salt and pepper to taste.

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 160 C an grease a large baking dish – I use a lasagne dish.
  2. In a large bowl beat the eggs and oil until well combined.
  3. Add the grated potato, chopped spinach, onion and herbs and mix together.
  4. Add the flour, grated cheese and salt and pepper to taste – mix well.
  5. Pour the mixture into your well greased oven dish and bake at a moderate-low heat for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until the slice becomes golden brown on the top and the potato is cooked through.

 
growing spinach and silverbeet

Grow Your Own Green Stuff

We grow Bloomsdale Spinach as it grows easily, manages to survive our frosty winters and hot summers (if given water and some shade), and even lived through some stray sheep munching on it. We pick it continuously and it just keeps on sprouting new leaves.

We also grow lots of different types of silverbeet (chard) in lots of colours, which is also easy to grow, and if you let it go to seed it will self-sow and pop up all over the garden as bonus plants!

Protect them from snails and water them if it is very dry, and they will pretty much grow by themselves.

Spinach, kale and silverbeet will all grow happily in large pots and are great plants for kids to grow, cook and eat!

What is your favourite ‘green stuff’ to grow and eat?

 

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