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...]