Straw-blown Watercolor Painting

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Oh, how I love an art project with unexpected results. We took your usual watercolor painting activity and added some straws to create this loopy, drippy beautiful mess. The fun was in trying to control the flow of paint with the droppers and straws, which was near impossible, but totally worth a try. Note: This post contains affiliate links for your … [Read more...]

Creative Challenge #5: Plastic Bottles

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Make something with Plastic Bottles In honor of Earth Day, I'd like to raise a little awareness toward the enormous amounts of plastic bottles used around the world, coupled with some thoughts on recycling and upcycling those bottles into creative products. My family is hooked on bubbly water, and while the number of bottles we go through each week is staggering, each of … [Read more...]

Creative Experiment #4: Rubber Bands

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Make something with Rubber bands. (Or binders, laggy bands, elastics, elastic band, lackey bands, and laggy bands...what do YOU call them?). Rubber bands are generally used to hold objects together, but what else have you or your children used them for? Have you wrapped them around Easter eggs, cinched them together to make a paintbrush, added them to a catapult, used them … [Read more...]

Creative Experiment #3: Legos

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Make something with Legos. Legos are great for building, but what else do you or your children use them for? Have they surprised you with a clever repurpose, used them for painting, or pretended they were play money? Or maybe they use them to build, and have really pushed the envelope of Lego possibility?! What can you do with Legos, or what HAVE you done with Legos? The … [Read more...]

Creative Experiment #2: Pasta

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Make something with pasta. Pasta! It's a multicultural food that can be found in everything from Pad Thai to Mac 'n Cheese. Kids love to eat it. It's got an amazing shelf life. And most of us already have it stockpiled in our pantries. We eat a lot of it in our home, and it's made an appearance in more than one art activity. For example: Drippy Gravity Painting So … [Read more...]