Over the past few days we have been working on a couple of Spanish projects. The first was a Picasso-inspired portrait done using oil pastels and tempura paints. We had lots of fun drawing head, neck and body shapes with a black oil pastel, making sure to divide the face into two sections, then filled in the areas with different colored tempura paints.
After the paint had dried, we cut out shapes of eyes and lips and used oil pastels to color them, then glued them on our portraits. This is one thing I LOVED about this project, it was actually better if the art was slightly “messed-up” so perfect for a 4 and 6-year-old (and somewhat for a 2-year-old 🙂 ).
Next we moved on to pomanders, an orange covered in cloves and dried with spices and a natural preservative to ward away moths and make a room smell quite delicious. This activity was actually found in one of the books (Look What Came From Spain) read in this week’s reading list and was very age appropriate. Cardiff required a bit of help, but the other two could do this entirely on their own. Now, we just have to shake the bags each day with the spices for the next month. Hopefully we’ll remember that!
First you divide the orange into 4 sections with tape and then poke holes in each section with a toothpick before inserting the cloves.
Then, we combined cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and sandalwood oil (a preservative) into 4 brown lunch bags, placed an orange in each bag, then shook then gently to cover the pomanders with the spices. Once they are dry, we will remove the tape and hang them with ribbon in our home, just in time for Christmas!
Tomorrow we will have our finale dinner and I’m pretty excited as we have a special friend joining us who speaks Spanish and the kids have done a pretty good job memorizing their Bible verse in Spanish. I think our friend will be surprised for sure!