Pounded Flower Bookmarks

pounded flower bookmarks

Last week I wrote a guest post on The Crafty Crow where I shared instructions for making Pounded Flower Bookmarks. This high-energy (and very loud) art activity tied in with one of our favorite kids+art books, A Day With No Crayons. The set-up only requires a handful of colorful flowers, a pounding tool (like a rock or hammer), watercolor or other heavy paper, wax paper, a … [Read more...]

Land Art with Children

Dandelion Floating in Water

We were invited by Rashmie of Mommy Labs to join Forest Fiesta, an online celebration of World Environment Day (June 5) with her and about twenty other arts and education bloggers. This year's host country was India, and Rashmie came up with the inspired idea to act as our Indian blogging host. Thanks, Rashmie! When you reach the end of this post, you can click around and see … [Read more...]

Mud Pie Kitchen: Beta Version

mixing at mud pie kitchen

This may not look like much, but we've been testing our mud pie kitchen and getting a fresh perspective on what works. It used to reside in another part of our yard, and I thought that moving it might make it more accesible. And it did!! I fashioned the stove/sink from two wooden crates I found at a craft store last summer. Next, mud pie tools were gathered from our sand box: … [Read more...]

Corncob Popcorn Experiment

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We visited a local farm a few weeks ago and after actually milling dried corn into animal feed, we were sent home with a cob of dried organic corn to make into popcorn. Did you know that it's perfect for popping? I didn't, so for us this was a true, yummy experiment. We put the cob in a paper lunch bag... Folded it up... And got soooo excited when it started popping in the … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Take Art Outdoors

Image: Saltwater Kids

The weather is heating up over here in Northern California, and we're spending most of our time outdoors. If you've been following my dilemma about coaxing my daughter into our garden, I'm thrilled to share that we spent about an hour puttering and potting out there this afternoon, and this was after we spent three hours on a hike through the forest!! In this spirit, I'd like … [Read more...]