Marbled Paper Suminagashi

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Are you looking for a last-minute hands-on gift, or maybe an idea to bookmark for a cold winter day? I've been saving this Suminagashi kit for a quiet morning and it was a true winner with both my 2-year old and 4-year old. The process of marbleizing paper encourages creative thinking, open-ended exploration with ink and water, and experimentation. But first, maybe … [Read more...]

DIY Fabric Ornament With Kids

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This post is sponsored by Gymboree. Bring a friend to a Gymboree store and sign up for Gymboree Rewards together and you'll both SAVE 25% off an in-store purchase.  Kids Crafts Ideas: DIY Fabric Ornaments These sweet fabric ornaments teach children hand sewing techniques while building fine motor skills, and they don't demand that parents have a lot of fancy sewing skills … [Read more...]

Snowflake Collage Activity for Kids

snowflake collage activity for kids

Are you looking for a meaningful process-oriented art project to do with the kids this winter? I have an answer for you with this snowflake collage activity for kids. Have you made snowflakes with your child? Once you get started, making snowflakes can be completely addicting. Last year, when my older daughter was three, we made PILES of snowflakes and this year she … [Read more...]

Tape Art

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We are a tape-loving house. You? Tape art with colorful tape, clear tape, paper tape: young children will enjoy using tape in this process-based design activity that encourages fine motor skills, compositional choices, creative thinking, and more. Have you seen this colorful paper tape at Target? It's from the Kid Made Modern line and you can find it in the art supply … [Read more...]

Art Games: Draw with Art Dice

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I'm always happy to land on fun art games that entertain my children and help their brains develop. I originally blogged about these handmade art dice last Spring, and thought you might like to see how this popular tool is getting used by 2-year old daughter #2. I started with a set of blank wooden blocks. If you don't have wood blocks, you could make your own by folding … [Read more...]

Fall Luminary: Make a Lantern

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Today I'm joined by Arts Educator extraordinaire, Amanda Gross, who's back to show us how to make a Fall Luminary from leaves and melted crayons. Not only are these beautiful, but the processes of collecting leaves, peeling crayons, and melting the wax with an iron are sure to capture a child's attention. Make a Lantern! Luminaries are perfect for brightening a crisp … [Read more...]

Fall Crafts: Glycerin Leaves

How to make glycerine Leaves

We're ga-ga for all the multi-colored maple leaves of the season, and my older daughter, N, is likely to burst into a chorus of "red and yellow leaves" as we drive down the road. I've been reading up on how to preserve the leaves so that they'll last more than a couple days and it turns out that you have a few choices, some of them being : preserve them with a glycerin … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Pie Playdough

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Have you ever made your own play dough? Im a fan of store bought dough (it's so easy!), but making your own is a money saver and we can make TONS of it in minutes. And with the simple addition of a little pumpkin pie spice, our dough smells heavenly...just like pumpkin pie!   Inspired by The Artful Parent's Autumn Arts and Crafts book, The Artful Year: Autumn, we … [Read more...]

Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids

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This project uses materials that you probably already have at home, or can easily find in your drug store. The only specialty item is a brayer, but without it you'd never expose your kids to the experience of true printmaking. Styrofoam Printmaking with Kids Printing from styrofoam plates can help children learn that they can upcycle everyday materials into beautiful objects … [Read more...]

Celery Science Experiment

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While I'm an art educator by trade, having small people pulling at my pants has turned me into a mini-alchemist who's suddenly found herself reading books to her kids about Galileo (The Magic Schoolbus and the Science Fair Expedition) and brewing all sorts of concoctions in our kitchen (vinegar and baking soda, anyone?). The celery science experiment is easy to achieve with … [Read more...]