Summer 2012 Week 6 {Olympic Adventures} : Olympic Rings

Now when I ask Cole, “Do you want to do an art project?”  He is all in.  He was so excited today.

We went simple.  We worked together to make the Olympic Rings.

We began by cutting out circles

And then I got out his stampers and encouraged him to stamp away, to fill in the circles.

And then I squeezed the circles into a frame, and hung it in our entrance way.

A little trivia about those rings:

  • The five rings represent the five regions of the world (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas)
  • The five colors were representative of the colors of the flags of the countries competing in 1912  (though no color represents a specific region)
  • The rings were designed in 1912 and were first used in the 1920 Antwerp, Belgium Games

Let the games begin!

Summer 2012 Week 6 {Olympic Adventures} : Introduction

We watched most of the opening ceremonies of the Olympics as a family (grateful to have had the ability to fast-forward).  Cole was mesmerized.  He danced and laughed and questioned and enjoyed and he is ready for some Olympic Adventures.

He is three so we are focusing a bit on what sports are. He knows about swimming and biking, but he has not really experienced team sports or competition.  So all of it is learning, we will see what we come up with . . . we are hoping to

  • Learn about different sports
  • Have a mini Olympics with a friend
  • Make some Olympic art

So looking forward to experiencing it all with Cole and any of you who will join us.

Summer 2012 Week 5 {Art Week} – Reflection

Summer 2012 Week 5

Things We Did Not Blog About 

  1. I did it . . . this week I took Cole to an Art Gallery by myself, something I have been thinking about doing since I saw the lady at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  I worked at following my own tips that Andrew and I have used together, and the trip was lovely.  I found it relaxing and inspiring.  Cole had many fans as people commented on what a good little boy he was and how wonderful it was to see him appreciating art at such a young age.

2.  We stopped in at a local arts and crafts fair.  And when we do fall in love with something by a local artist, we try and support them.  We bought a glass globe by Aron Leeman.

3.  We did some painting during bath time this week.  It was simple and fun. We put shaving cream in a muffin tin and used food coloring to color it.  Cole loved painting the wall and himself.

During Art Week We . . . 



Summer 2012 Week 5 {Art Adventures} : Real Finger Painting

With each little step during Art Week, I am getting more comfortable with doing art projects with a three year old.  Reminder: I have never taken an art class, and I am not a fan of messiness.  But with Andrew home we jumped all the way in and went for finger painting.

Cole was a bit hesitant at first, but he jumped all the way in, and he enjoyed all of it immensely.

He was  a little messy and pretty proud of himself.

We then appreciated Cole’s art and allowed it to inspire us.  What do you see?

Or what do you see when you look at this?

Here is what we saw . . .

I am a little in love.  We had initially said that they would go in Andrew’s office, but now that I see them, we are talking about matting them and finding a place for them here at home.

Toddler Finger Painting Art.

A special shoutout to Andrew for taking the time to cut out the details.  I love my two artists!

Linking Up to

Summer 2012 Week 5 {Art Week}: Art Grows Here

We love that our community celebrates art, and that for ten days each summer our neighbors display outdoor art in their yards and invite us to come visit.  Cole still remembers last years show, and we all enjoyed this year’s offerings.  We invite you to take a glimpse.

The Picnic: An Untold Story by the Clay Club

Chime In by Jill Herrick-Lee

Word Nest: Gramatica Parda by Belinda Recio

The Memory Tree by Jacqueline K. Coughlin

Menagerie by students at Landmark School

Araneus Returns by Allan Brockenbrough

Other Outdoor Pieces

Take Time to See the Flowers by Elissa Della-Piana,

It was a lovely time of exploring.

Summer 2012 Week 5 {Art Adventures} : Painting

We were introduced to Plaster Fun Time by our foster child, Susan, it was the first of many Saturday adventures together, and I would not have known about it or considered it if it was not for her.  I thought of her a great deal on this adventure.

Plaster Fun Time has dozens of different plaster molds for kids to paint.  Cole spent a good deal of time examining his options.  He changed his mind at least 27 times . . . the sun, a frog, a guitar, a shoe, a fire truck, the frog . . . and on and on.  I finally narrowed it down to two that he had returned to a number of times: a frog or the tow truck, and he chose the tow truck.

He first painted it with primer.

I am such a first time mom.  I dressed him in his tie dye shirt so that he would not get any paint on his clothes and I was super ready to jump in . . . he did not need me.  Not only did he paint like a trooper, there were no spills, no mishaps.

He picked out the colors.  I suggested he paint the entire truck blue first.

And he did. He was patient and focused.  He then painted the tires black, the headlights yellow, and the windows silver.  He was much more careful than I expected.

And then at the end, he “added decoration.”

He loved it.

And so do I.

Am I biased because I think it is a masterpiece?


  1. I have never thought of plaster molds as art.
  2. I have thought of children’s art projects as clutter.
  3. I have not appreciated parents sharing their children’s art.
  4. I cannot believe I am blogging about it.
  5. I am a changed woman.

Being intentional to slow down and focus on Cole’s creativity, to really sit with him and know him in this stage has been really, really good for me.  It has been a reminder to truly embrace these moments and live fully in the present.  I am so grateful.