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Erupting Ice Chalk! July 16, 2014

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Summer sure doesn’t let up in Georgia, does it? This is definitely the hottest place I have ever lived.  The heat has me scouring the web for new ideas to keep cool and have fun.  Lately I’ve been stumbling upon creative ideas for chalk and outdoor play. I have three words for you… Erupting Ice Chalk! I bet I have your attention now!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Equal parts water, cornstarch, and baking soda. (You can start out with a 1/3 c. of each)
  • Food coloring
  • Vinegar
  • Ice cube trays
  • Squeeze bottle

Mix together the water, cornstarch, and baking soda. You’ll end up with a nice white base that will make vibrant colors.  Split up the mixture into different bowls (based on the number of different colors you want to make.) Add food coloring to each of the bowls and mix.  Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid.

Here’s where the fun part begins! Take your kids outside and let them go to town stacking, sliding, and painting with the melting ice cubes. You can hose off the driveway or sidewalk beforehand to make the paint spread more quickly and easily if you want. Once the cubes are sufficiently melty, squeeze some vinegar onto the colorful mess and watch it erupt!  The best part is you can hose down the cement, and voila! No mess!

Erupting Ice Chalk is a science experiment, an art project, and a way to beat the heat all rolled up into one super cool activity.



Junk Sculptures June 4, 2014

Filed under: General,Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 7:43 pm
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You know that drawer that you have in your house that has somehow accumulated years of paperclips, pen caps, broken rubber bands, and discarded bottle caps? You know the one.  Instead of being ashamed, put it to good use!  These seemingly worthless objects are the perfect materials for craft time with your munchkins. Spend an afternoon making “junk sculptures!” Use a piece of cardboard for the base, bust out the tacky glue, and watch your little ones build imaginative pieces of 3-D art!

Some of our favorite pieces of art here at the High are made from found objects (things that others may have thrown away).  We have artworks made from chewing gum, bottle caps, broken mirrors, and cardboard.  Bring your family to get inspired in our Folk Art collection where you will meet artists that were just average people using everyday objects to make extraordinary things.



This weekend August 19, 2011

Filed under: Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 8:21 pm

This weekend is your final chance to see Abby, the High’s robot friend who is part of Modern by Design. The exhibition is closing Sunday, so swing by the High to say good-bye and get some inspiration for this project to build at home:


Construction paper

Brads or brass fasteners that look like this:



Step 1: Think about what you want your robot to do. Joris Laarman wanted Abby to make furniture. When he built her, he had to make sure all the parts and pieces helped Abby with that task.

Step 2: Draw each body shape on a piece of paper (head, arms, legs, hands, feet, etc.). They could look like this:




Hands and/or feet:

Step 3: Cut out each body part and attach them together with the brass fasteners

Step 4: Now your robot is assembled and can move. You can add details (maybe clothes, jewelry, etc.) with the marker

Step 5: Name your robot and proudly display him/her anywhere you’d like!


Happy Robot Designing!



Happy Turkey Day November 24, 2010

Filed under: Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 10:24 am

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the only Thursday of the year that we don’t have Toddler Thursday at the High? Well, we can’t have a Thursday without art. That’s why I’m posting a fun art studio project here for you to enjoy on your own at home. These finger puppets are great—you could even make a turkey in honor of Turkey Day! Thanks to Khali who writes the blog little. lovely. for this idea.

Two thumbs up for finger puppets!



I’m Bored . . . October 21, 2010

Filed under: I'm bored,Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 10:59 am

In each installment of “I’m Bored” I try to give you a creative project to spice up your weekend. Now that school has begun, you’re probably dealing with homework, sports, and more fun fall happenings. This project is something that I found on the blog, Crafts by Amanda. The supplies are simple and the outcome is a fun owl that can hang around your house for fall. Make your own Paper Plate Owl by following the link.

Thanks, Amanda!

Happy Crafting,



It doesn’t feel like fall… September 23, 2010

Filed under: Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 3:00 pm

If you’re anything like me, you are over-the-top excited about fall being right around the corner!  I’m on the edge of my seat waiting for sweater weather to arrive. I’ve had enough of the summer heat—90-degrees every day is getting old. But even though the weather is still warm, it’s time for us to start keeping our eyes peeled for signs of the changing season.

Below is a list of clues that fall is almost here. See if you notice any of these things in the upcoming weeks: 

Leaves changing colors 

Football games 

Days getting shorter 

Apple picking 

Leaves in your yard 

Cooler temperatures 


These are only a few signs that fall is upon us. What else makes you think of fall? 

It’s almost autumn,


I’m Bored! May 1, 2010

Filed under: Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 2:10 pm

It’s time for another useful installment of “I’m bored!” Have you ever heard this statement come out of a child’s mouth? If your answer is yes, this is the entry for you. We’re here to provide you with a DIY craft project that you can do over the weekend. Read on to arm yourself with a solution to childhood boredom.

Since spring is upon us, we thought it appropriate to share with you an outdoor project that you can put in your yard, garden, or on your front stoop. Enjoy!

Garden Stepping Stone


Disposable pie tin or tinfoil baking tray

Quick-set cement (this can be found at your local hardware store)

Petroleum jelly

Stones, marbles, buttons, sticks, etc. to decorate the final product


  1. Adults, mix the quick-set cement according to the directions on the package.
  2. Get children prepared to work as soon as the cement is poured by rolling up their sleeves and putting petroleum jelly on their hands for protection from the cement.
  3. Place the pie tin or baking tray on a flat surface that is covered by plastic. This will protect the surface from any spillage.
  4. Pour the cement into the tin and tap it until it settles nice and flat.
  5. Let children place their hands in the cement or write messages with sticks
  6. Have them decorate their creation with marbles, stones, buttons, etc.
  7. Allow the cement to set before you tap it out of the mold.

The finished product can be a great gift or an addition to your garden. We hope you have fun with this project. If you have any photos of the finished product, please send them to erin.dougherty@woodruffcenter.org. Your artwork could end up featured on the blog!

Have a great weekend and stay away from boredom!