Studying Native American Art and Crafts?
Get crafty with Alex Toys and celebrate the Wampanoag Indians. Without them, we'd have nothing to celebrate. Here are companion activities for your lessons on Native American History.
Mayhem wanted to go outside and collect stones and leaves in her pouch like a real hunter-gather. "Indian Dress" paper grocery bag tutorial.
Wampanoags today See the real Mayflower here. See our version here. Daddy is not Native American, but Mommy is related to Pocahontas about five different ways- her Indians are known as the Powhatan or Virginia Algonquian. One day, we'll write a post about this relationship.
Tie Dye Fashion Groovy Tote Kit from Alex Toys ~ Fun way to learn about dyeing clothing.
I wanted to teach dyeing with the Tie Dye Fashion Groovy Kit and teach weaving with their Native American Loom, but the projects seemed a bit daunting for a six year old, eight year old, and an OCD Mom. So, I kept putting it off.
We'll do that post next week. We can do it tomorrow. It just has to be done by Thanksgiving...
|The Tie Dye kit by Alex Toys is awesome, super easy, and nearly mess free ~ we did most of it in a tub in the kitchen sink.|
|Soaking items to dye before tying off with rubber bands and twist ties.|
|Knotting off patterns with bands included in the kit and recycled bread bag twist ties.|
|Projects ready to dye. The included, Groovy Tote and some of our old, stained t-shirts.|
|Leave lots of white space for better contrast and to keep colors from bleeding together.|
|This is our only mess! How great is that?|
|Squirting dye on paper and blending with plastic spoon.|
|Secure your items in plastic bags for 24 hours.|
|The bag was included in the kit and we did three shirts and several paintings. |
All bottles are still half full! This would be great for a birthday party or classroom.
|Tie Dye Paper Art ~ Less Squeeze is Best|
|Tie Dye Paper Art ~ Learning Phase|
The loom? Oh my the loom, it was far too daunting for this post. See our weaving experiences in Jake's Journey in Art ~ Home-school Weaving.
Weaving is tedious work that takes time. Imagine if you were a Native American making clothing to keep warm.
Next month, celebrate the spirit of giving with Santa's Elves of Indy as we collect, wrap, and donate gifts for those needing a little extra help this Christmas season.
AlexToys.com donated these toys for our unbiased review.