Saturday, February 26, 2011
Refurbishing Old (Recycled) Toys
One thing we've learned, as we've been studying Frank Lloyd Wright, is the amount of upkeep his houses (and all older homes) require. Owners have to deal with crumbling cantilevers, leaking roofs, and pealing paint. Restoration is a continual process.
In keeping with the spirit of restoration, the girls decided to paint our cardboard building shapes.
Remember our geo-building shapes?
The ones we cut from the dismantled remains of our cardboard submarine?
Well, they're still around. Painting them was really more of a refurbishing, than a restoration project, because they were never painted in the first place. But, adding color restored the children's interest them. They ran out of table space, and time, and so only painted the fronts of most of the pieces.
Even so, the Disney Princesses didn't seem to mind.
I'm not super crazy about the rough texture of the Crayola Washable Paint, but the bright colors really attracted the children (and apparently a host of monstrous toys).
It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to breath new life into a house...er...toy.
It's great to be a homeschooler.