Messy Art: Splat Paint Olympics

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Today I'm over on the Melissa and Doug blog, writing about our experience making Splat Paint Olympic Rings with household sponges. Painting with non-traditional materials does wonders for helping children look at the world with fresh eyes. And throwing paint-soaked sponges? Well, that's just silly fun.   While we did this with the end-game of the Olympics in … [Read more...]

Invisible Ink: A Citrus Painting Experiment

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It's summer and we've been doing a lot of citrus juicing in our home. Between my 4-year old expert juice squeezer and my almost 2-year old juice taster,  our simple and inexpensive juicer has been hard at work. While little Rainbow napped, Nutmeg and I gathered materials and set up the project. We talked about how we'd have to reveal the ink (lime juice) with the high heat … [Read more...]

Explore Modern Artists: Painting with Edward Hopper

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Welcome to the first project in our newest series: Explore Modern Artists. Today we'll take a look at one of my favorite American Artists, Edward Hopper, with a preschool-friendly painting technique. The Q-tip painting technique that we used could be applied to the work of just about any 2-D artist, so definitely take this as inspiration and run with it in another … [Read more...]

Watercolors in the Bath

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How does bath time go in your home? My 4 year old prefers the morning shower to a bath and my 22-month old, who's mostly loved her baths, recently started giving us a hard time about bathing. Over the last few years my husband and I have come up with all sorts of creative solutions to encouraging our kids to bathe. I wonder if you've tried any of these … [Read more...]

10+ Messy Art Projects That Will Leave Your House Clean

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I can't tell you how many emails, comments, and messages I receive with questions about how to set up no-mess art projects. A really good friend of mine recently told me that she loves my blog, but that my projects are so....MESSY. Eeek. I'm not sure if you'll believe this but the funny thing is that I'm afraid of messes too. Messes themselves don't really bother me, but … [Read more...]

How to Make Paint: Sweetened Condensed Milk

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This recipe is a keeper because it comes together quickly, uses ingredients you probably have on hand, and it expands the way children think about art supplies. When children have the opportunity to invent things and imagine new possibilities (in this case, making their own paint, inventing colors, and imagining what they can create with the paint), opportunities for creative … [Read more...]

Easy Peasy Rock Painting

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This is such an easy project and my kids (almost 4 and 20 months) have gone crazy for it. And I have to confess that I really enjoyed it too. Very addictive. I chalk their enthusiasm (and mine) up to a couple things: Painting or drawing on a 3-dimensional surface is a fun challenge The colors of the paint markers are vivid and opaque (i.e. pretty), and very easy to … [Read more...]

Explore Modern Artists: Paint like Jasper Johns

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Today on Explore Modern Artists, we're taking a close look at the work of American Artist Jasper Johns. For the art historians out there, Jasper Johns is technically a contemporary artist, but the piece that my four-year old and I looked at falls into the time-frame of modern art. I spent years working in modern and contemporary art museums, but love this kind of art … [Read more...]

Outdoor Body Painting

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My kids are generally happiest outside, which I imagine is the same for most kids. The air is heating up and we're looking for more opportunities to step outside, and I always love it when I land on ideas for combining my love for the outdoors and art (the perfect combination if you ask me). The other day my 3 year old wanted to paint a big, smooth river rock that mysteriously … [Read more...]

How to Watercolor Bunnies with Kids

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Watercolor is a medium that can be as demanding and temperamental as those who choose to paint with it. But it is a colorful and exciting medium all the same – well suited to describing the many moods of the subject, as well as those of the artist wielding the brush. --Jean Burman Do your kids like to paint? Have you had success with watercolors? Traditional dry paint … [Read more...]