Preschool Art | Make Colored Rice

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After seeing so much lovely colored rice all over my Pinterest feed for ages, it was high time that we created our own colorful rice. And you, too, can make your own colored rice for an afternoon of sensory play or for filling clear jars with layers of rainbow rice like you see here. Why Colored Rice is Worth Making It's a natural play material Kids love the sensory … [Read more...]

Drawing over Old Photographs

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The following post is from the archives. It originally appeared in August, 2011. Drawing over over old photographs is a fun way to turn old images into new treasures. Not only is the process totally enjoyable, but the product can be turned into postcards that are fun to mail to family and friends. Old photos can be found in thrift stores, antique stores, garage sales, … [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...]

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...]

Making Paper with Kids

how to make paper with kids

Have you ever made your own paper?  It requires some patience and preparation, but it's not tricky and the process is worth exploring with children or anyone who's curious about how to make paper. After my toddler, Baby Rainbow, created a sensory bin full of paper and water, I saw an opportunity to upcycle that mushy paper pulp into some new-to-us paper. We had most of the … [Read more...]