Current Giveaway: The Colored Pencil Factory by Astrograss. Giveaway open to adults in Canada and the US. Please visit this post for a full review of the album. You can enter the giveaway there or at the bottom of this post. Good luck!
Music is becoming an increasingly important part of our play. Music is great for dance parties and altering sour moods. But it’s great for so much more, too. Music is good for learning, bonding, communicating, and creating! As we have gotten to know various albums, specific songs have sparked art projects, gifts, and parties. With so many opportunities to review and share new music here on the blog, I’ve felt inspired to explore and elaborate on the connections we’re making between music and other “related arts” (as they are called at the girls’ school.)
Welcome to Week One of Mixed Media!
In each Mixed Media post I’ll share a song and a creative project that was inspired by the song. My hope is that you will be inspired to share music with your little one in a way that gets you two (or three or four!) connected to each other and to your creative sides. First up, The Colored Pencil Factory by Astrograss. This is the title song of their album set to be released October 16. Take a listen!
Elli received a box of colored pencils for her birthday a few weeks ago. Brand new colored pencils make me want to color something! Combined with the song, I knew we had an art project waiting to happen. As I mulled it over, I remembered Amy of Let’s Explore had an art project on Make and Takes that was the perfect combination of The Colored Pencil Factory and our brand new colored pencils.
She took some of her favorite photos from the summer, turned them black and white, and printed them. Then she and her girls colored them using different art supplies: markers, watercolors, colored pencils. I printed off recent pictures of the kids and one of me in black and white.
We listened to the song while we worked on our pictures. The girls were so excited about coloring that they hardly paid any attention at all to the song or to me. So we listened to the song again. This time through I asked them what colors they were hearing. When we heard a color named we scrambled to find a pencil that color and hold it up. This was a huge hit. Then I had them listen for where all the colors were (in the colored pencil factory.) Of course they both asked what a factory is and we talked about that.
Sammi then drew a picture that started out as a garden. Morphed into a city and finally contained a factory. I love the creative process!