For a while we’ve been trying to do either an art, chemistry, or crafty type project on Fridays. I like to keep Fridays open for field trips and use them for fun days like this rather than a heavy day of school. So far it has worked out great. Our chemistry set had lots of fun experiments to do.
I find some fun things on Pinterest and some in books. We found this paper plate fairy house in a book and I pulled it out at the last minute because it was something we easily had the supplies for. I had paper plates, and we went on a walk around the yard to gather twigs, moss, leaves, berries, acorns and other woodsy items to make our houses.
They started with a layer of dirt in their plate and then added whatever items they wanted to complete their look. I loved how simple this was and how everyone (all ages 3-15) seemed to enjoy it and could easily do it themselves.
This is a great project for letting their imaginations take over. I didn’t prompt them to do anything and yet they came up with some cute ideas.
Just a simple, fun project for a Friday afternoon. You could even do it outside to cut down on the mess, but it was steamy hot here and so I just swept up the mess afterwards.
Paper plates were an easy base, but if you had time and thought ahead, some shallow clay pot holders would look better and maybe last longer. You could even grow some real things in your garden.