It’s Snowing! Contact Paper Collage

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This 2-D activity is fantastic for children of all ages, and it doesn't require any drawing at all. You'll see how we did this two different ways, making it suitable for children with various drawing abilities and fine motor skills. {Bonus: Nine more contact paper project ideas at the end of this post!} Materials Contact Paper (links to Discount School … [Read more...]

Straw Air Rockets

Straw Air Rockets

This is a project we had fun testing with Kiwi Crate, a new hands-on kit of monthly projects that launches  soon. Follow their fun blog for more. We've been having the best time shooting air rockets out of milkshake/boba tea straws (found in our supermarket) The baby enjoyed seeing the rockets fly overhead while chasing them around the room, while my three year old … [Read more...]

Mini Paintings

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Do you recognize these materials? I'm big on repurposing found objects into art, so when I found a plastic slide sheet from my pre-digital days I couldn't bear to throw it out before giving it the ol' arts and crafts makeover. If you're not familiar with these, they're essentially sheet protectors for slides. I showed the sheet to N with the suggestion that we fill it with … [Read more...]

Baby Food Candle Jars

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Despite putting my best foot forward toward making my own baby food, I've still succumbed to buying jars of smashed peas and pureed peaches for handy food on-the-go. While all of our jars get recycled, it's hard to ignore the quantity of glass or the art-making potential in these adorable little vessels. I allowed about ten of them to pile up before this project hit me. Not … [Read more...]

Face Collage for Scribblers

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When I was an art teacher, the youngest age group I worked with was Kindergarten so I rarely had the chance to witness a child's transition from scribbling to representational drawing. My three year old daughter is at the precipice of representational drawing and it's an exciting place to be, but she can get frustrated that she can't create what she imagines (which is often!) … [Read more...]

Hanging Fabric Collage

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While my daughter could spend all day at the park, she's not so interested in hanging out in our garden these days. I'm wrapping my head around the dilemma of spending too much time inside, and have a few theories and solutions brewing, one of which is to take our art projects outside! Materials Paper to nail to fence or wall Scraps of fabric Glue Jar + Glue Fat … [Read more...]

Glittery Cotton Ball Collage

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My very active almost 3-year old hopped off her bike just long enough to work on a collage. The weather has been so nice, and I can't really blame her. Materials Cardstock: 8.5 x 11, from a fat ream I picked up at the office supply store White glue in a jar Glitter Scissors Short-handled artist brushes Collage Materials: Cotton balls, tissue paper, pasta, … [Read more...]

Glittery Collage with Acrylic Gloss Medium

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Have you used gloss medium before? It's a clear acrylic paint that is great for sealing two-dimensional projects. I was cleaning out the laundry room and came across an old bottle of acrylic gloss medium and varnish. Have you ever used this stuff? It's awesome! It's essentially glue wrapped up in a paint bottle, and so easy to apply with a paintbrush. And when it dries it … [Read more...]

Sticky Autumn Collage

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California has been hit by a heat wave, so staying inside our hot cave of a house is barely an option. Yesterday was full of swimming, a sprinkler run, a trip to the neighbor's lemonade stand, and hitting a pinata at another neighbor's house. So cute! Despite the heat, there's a lot of fall madness in the air -- you can't miss the mountain of gourds and pumpkins piled up at the … [Read more...]

Drawing on Doilies

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Do you have any doilies in the back of a cabinet that could use a little marker and sticker beautification? Why limit yourself to plain ol' 8.5 x 11 paper when there are so many paper options out there? We've been experimenting with drawing on teeny-tiny paper, gigantic rolls of paper, coffee filters, post-its, tape, and now doilies. I love browsing dollar stores … [Read more...]