Drippy Painting

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My daughter lurves squeezing just about anything (including her sister's "plump little cheeks," as she says it), so when I saw this gorgeous post at Childhood 101 I was inspired to pull our squeeze bottles out for a painty afternoon. I purchased the bottles (Nancy Bottles) from Discount School Supply, but clean shampoo, ketchup, or similar bottles would also work well. In fact, … [Read more...]

Sugar Cube Sculpture

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We made sugar cube sculptures. What a fun and surprising lesson in building, painting, and dissolving! Materials Box of sugar cubes Glue bottle Sturdy base to glue onto Paint in squeezy bottles Boxes of sugar cubers were harder to find than I thought, but I ultimately found them at our big supermarket (and bought 2!). We used scrap wood for the base, basic … [Read more...]

Soap Making Experiments

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We made soap wrapped in hand-painted paper for Mother's Day! I've never made soap before, so this was a fun experiment for us all. First: Hand-painted paper... Materials liquid watercolors assorted paintbrushes pipettes a big sheet of watercolor paper to cover her work area small pieces of heavy, absorbent tissue paper that came with some packaging in the … [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...]

Outdoor Water Painting Experiments

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My friend Diana sent me these amazing photos of her son (almost 2 1/2 at the time), experimenting with water painting. She offered him a couple containers of water and a paintbrush and gave him free reign to paint away. I love how he was able to take these simple materials and experiment with them in multiple ways. He's enjoying the process of painting while learning about the … [Read more...]

Rolled Wooden Eggs

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This is part of a collaboration with my friend Melissa’s blog, The Chocolate Muffin Tree. Scroll to the bottom for a link to her Two for One: Rolled Eggs. Her colors are amazing! We started with some wooden eggs. Aren't they pretty? What we used Wooden Eggs Acrylic Paint. Acrylics will stain clothes, walls, etc. Be sure to cover anything you wouldn't want … [Read more...]

Rolled Easter Egg Painting

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When my daughter was about 2 1/2, her very favorite art activity was rolling paint-coated marbles all over sheets of paper. We made Rolling Rock Paintings with smooth rocks and Spooky Marble Spider Webs for Halloween. With Easter coming up, I was inspired to make something fun with the plastic eggs that consume dollar stores across the country. Not only is this fun to do, but … [Read more...]

Rubber Band Painting

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One of the almost-weekly segments of this site is called Creative Experiments, and last week's experiment was to create something with Rubber Bands. Danielle and her daughter Simone were the first to participate with their Elastic Project, which you can view on Danielle's blog. I love how they hung the piece from the ceiling. I've had rubber bands on the mind all week, and … [Read more...]

Coffee Filter Flowers

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We recently started using a Chemex coffee pot (next to Blue Bottle, it makes the BEST coffee ever -- anyone else with me?) and we had a stack of old filters collecting dust, waiting to be repurposed into watercolor coffee filter flowers! I mixed a little water to liquid watercolors, and added droppers. You could also use food coloring and scavenge droppers from old … [Read more...]

Funnel Painting

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This was inspired by an idea we found in Mary Ann Kohl's Preschool Art. I know I've said this many times before, but Mary Ann's books are brimming with creative and engaging projects, and each of mine are dog-eared in a million places. We used materials that we already had around the house -- low threshold projects are my cup of tea! -- and the set-up is really easy. The other … [Read more...]