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Online Art Game : Jason Pollock

Posted by freeschool on January 22, 2008

Artsy kids will enjoy this online art game, and be exposed to some modern art.

For any enthusiast of Pollock’s particular style of painting there’s a neat flash site by London based artist Miltos Manetas (original design by Stamen) which encourages the frustrated artist in us all to vent and create a drip-style masterpiece!

Tips: Click the space bar or enter button to erase your drawing and the mouse to change the color of your brush.

via Neatorama


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Letterboxing – the lowtech alternative to Geocaching

Posted by freeschool on January 17, 2008

Another hobby for the new year:  Letterboxing, the low-tech alternative to geocaching.

Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art and puzzle solving. Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and distribute clues to finding the box in printed catalogs, on one of several web sites, or by word of mouth. Individual letterboxes usually contain a logbook and a rubber stamp. Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s stamp on their personal logbook, and leave an impression of their personal stamp on the letterbox’s logbook — as proof of having found the box.

Some links to get started:

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Child’s Inventor’s Kit

Posted by freeschool on January 3, 2008

Someone posted a list of things to include in a child’s “Inventor’s Box”, for ages 5 to 10-ish, perfect for unschooling, homeschooling, or a gift:

  • Felt
  • poster board
  • pvc pipes with connector corners
  • hammer
  • nails
  • small saw
  • paint brushes
  • paint
  • rope
  • connector ties large
  • large plastic (heavy gauge)
  • two way sticky tape
  • pop sickle sticks (large size)
  • old pieces of carpet for the “floor/floor board”
  • nuts, bolts, screws, washers
  • tool box: tape measure, screw drivers, plyers,
  • ruler
  • markers
  • pencil
  • drawing paper (maybe graph paper)
  • tool belt
  • 2x2s
  • pieces of plywood but to various sizes
  • clothes pins, pipe cleaners, clips, clamps), springs, hinges
  • wire, wire snips, plastic tubing, pulleys
  • casters
  • propellers
  • pipe cleaners
  • some little motors from the craft store
  • styrofoam for boats
  • clamps and glue
  • Tweezers, safety glasses, magnifying glass, tape measure, hole punch
  • Consumables: plastic or paper cups, empty and washed drink
  • bottles/cartons, foil, wax paper
  • zipties
  • erector set odds and ends
  • little springs (From the hardware store)
  • notebook for idea drawings
  • knobs and dials
  • cardboard? Empty toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, boxes, etc.
  • Rubber bands? Scissors? String/wires?
  • pieces of craft wood
  • cotton balls
  • duct tape / scotch tape / glue
  • bottle caps
  • wine corks

via Unschooling Resources Yahoo! Group

If you can think of anything else to add, please let me know in the comments.

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