April 8, 2020 / Linda / Comments Off on Imaginative Play Idea: Hold an Art Show in Your Home!
Ask your child or children to gather 5-10 of their favorite pieces of artwork and explain that they can take the time to create one more final piece as the highlight of their very own Art Show.
Help them to display their work in a special room of the house. You can tape the items up to the wall, or prop them up on bookcases and furniture. Show them how to write a title for each piece and list materials used on a notecard displayed next to the piece. Ask them if there is a theme to their artwork collection, or are each of the pieces very different from one another.
Plan a time for the show opening, and have them design a flier that invites the family to the show opening listing the time and the place (room in your home) and their theme and some information about the artist. Proudly post the flier on your refrigerator.
When it is time, encourage everyone to put on fun outfits, play some music, and serve special snacks and beverages for the Art Show which is attended by all of the family members living within the home, even pets. Stuffed animals can even attend to add to the crowd!
Encourage the artist to either give a short talk about their overall art show, or they can talk about each piece one at a time. Family members are encouraged to comment on what they like about each piece, ask questions, and explain how the art makes them feel.
Take photographs at the event and remember to congratulate and applaud for your artist or artists!
If they enjoyed this activity, this is something you can repeat in the future.
April 7, 2020 / Linda / Comments Off on First Virtual Installment of Meet a Tree from Bayne Park
Kanzan Cherry – Prunus serrulata ‘Kanzan’
Kanzan is a old Japanese word from classical poetry, meaning bordering the mountain. It evokes memories of the ideal picturesque village with mountain backdrop having an almost sorrowful nostalgic meaning of, “I remember the little village of my youth.”
With attractive deep-pink double flowers, the Kanzan Cherry tree is glorious during its profuse and showy spring bloom. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most ornamental of the flowering cherries. I think from the photograph you can see why! Kanzan Cherry is known for being a late bloomer, in 2019 the tree started to show blossoms during the week of April 15th.
The bark of the Kanzan Cherry tree is thin, smooth, reddish to bronze, and glossy with very prominent horizontal lenticels. Lenticels allow gas exchange between the air and internal tissues. The leaves have a serrated edge and are often reddish-copper as they emerge, turning dark green by summer, and finally yellow, orange, or bronze in the autumn.
In August of 2019 we were delighted to find a finger sized bright green Polyphemus moth caterpillar climbing one of the branches. Cherry trees are considered host trees for that species of caterpillar. It is likely the caterpillar hatched from an egg that a female moth laid on a leaf of the tree and it had been eating leaves to grow and in preparation to spin a silk cocoon so that it could undergo metamorphosis and become a moth!
Now is the perfect time to enjoy cherry tree blossoms in all of their glory, so I recommend visiting the Pittsburgh Sakura Project website to find a map showing where you can see up to ten different types of cherry trees at North Park. The word sakura means flowering cherry tree. Please maintain social distancing while walking and wear appropriate shoes some areas of North Park can be quite muddy. Bring binoculars and a magnifying glass for a more in-depth experience.
Thank you for joining us and virtually meeting a Kanzan Cherry Tree at Bayne Park today. Although Bayne Park is currently closed, we hope this virtual experience helps you to feel connected to the trees! We encourage you to visit the trees in person once Bayne Park reopens.
Encourage early literacy by having your young child create their very own scribble book inspired by their favorite fuzzy red friend Elmo! All you need is paper, pipe cleaners, crayons, and imagination!
Click the link below to check out a Sesame Street video of Elmo reading his own scribble book to Doug E. Doug. After watching together, your child will be excited to create and read their book to you, just like Elmo!
It’s the perfect time to get creative and silly, so grab a pencil and some paper and let your imagination run wild.
You just opened a Bayne Library book and instead of seeing words on the page, you find that the inside of the book is like an open window giving you a view into a whole other world! What do you see, hear, and…wait a minute- what is that smell? What happens next?
It is Autumn and you notice something large and furry climbing up the tallest tree at Bayne Park, what is it and how did it get there? You step on a crunchy leaf and it turns and sees you, what is your next move?
You are writing a message in a bottle to put in the Ohio River that will flow into the Mississippi River and eventually all the way into the Gulf of Mexico. Your message isn’t for a human to read, it is for a Bonnethead Shark named Bonnie. Don’t worry, Bonnie just eats crabs, shrimp, mollusks and small fish! What does your message say? Be sure to include drawings- sharks love drawings!