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Se7en + 1 Celebrate Claude Monet’s Birthday…

November 16th, 2013 · 11 Comments

It was Claude Monet’s Birthday on the 14 November.


We were looking for something to celebrate, so we made some lillies, floated them on a lake of blue and settled down with a pile of books…


Meringue lilies of course!!! If you need to make meringues, they are the easiest thing in the world… We use six egg whites but you can use more or less, beat them until they are really stiff. Then measure 50g of castor sugar for each egg yolk, so we use 300g and keep beating your eggs and add the castor sugar slowly. Then spoon them onto a tray and bake in a low oven for about an hour. And these are the books…

Once we had read some books, we settled in for a project… because Monet loved reflections we created some…


Fold a piece of construction paper in half, and draw with soft chalks on the upper half.

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Then fold your paper closed and rub it really hard…


Use a spoon if you have too…


And here’s our gallery:









And then because Monet loved to paint outdoors we headed outdoors, between rain showers!!! Armed with clipboards and paints…


And over the wall into the neighbour’s beautiful garden, she wasn’t home and very kindly said we could all clamber over… her garden is beautiful and she clearly doesn’t have a heap of children marauding through it on a daily basis.


The loveliest garden and well worth a painting visit,





And the clipboard gallery…









Here are a couple of useful links… Monet for kids on the internet…

And that’s us… hope you have had a fabulous week…

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Tags: Art · Crafts for Kids · Homeschooling

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 aunty muffin // Nov 16, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Lovely paintings!

  • 2 Irene // Nov 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    that first project is ingenious!!! LOVE it
    Oh, and Monet is my favourite artist 🙂

  • 3 se7en // Nov 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Hay Irene, So glad you enjoyed the post… Monet is a fab artist to have as a favourite!!! Hope you have a fabulous week!!!

  • 4 creativejewishmom/sara // Nov 21, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Wow, two amazing projects! thanks so much for the inspiration, my jaw dropped when I saw what I thought was your garden and couldn’t imagine how you’d have time to achieve that, and was relieved when I read that it’s your neighbor’s garden! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

  • 5 se7en // Nov 21, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Oh Sara, That is definitely the neighbours garden. Kept pristinely neat, belongs to a lovely old lady and absolutely no children insight!!! Glad you enjoyed the project, hope you have a fantastic week!!!

  • 6 Jacqui // Nov 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I love Monet! We will definitely have a go at those reflections pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  • 7 se7en // Nov 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    So glad you enjoyed it, Monet’s painting are just lovely!!! Hope you enjoy your project… have a fabulous weekend!!!

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