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 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...]

Make a Music Basket to Encourage Rhythm and Movement

diy music kit for kids

Do you enjoy having music in your home? Do you have an instrument kit for your child to explore? If you do, I'd love to hear about what's inside your kit. And if this is new-to-you, pull up a chair and let's talk music! When my older child was just a few months old she got her first instruments -- a few bean and bell-filled rattles. I suppose that they're more noisemakers … [Read more...]

Toddler Watercolor Painting, Keeping it Neat

clean and tidy painting with toddlers and preschoolers

I'm not afraid of messes, but I'm also not looking for them. Are you with me? So when my almost 2-year old said that she wanted to paint, I was ready with my spill-management toolbox: an ice cube tray and a wooden serving tray. In case you're wondering how the wooden tray is paint-free (I'd wonder about that), it's seen better days and was just treated to a new paint job … [Read more...]

Messy Art: Splat Paint Olympics

splat paint olympic rings kids

Today I'm over on the Melissa and Doug blog, writing about our experience making Splat Paint Olympic Rings with household sponges. Painting with non-traditional materials does wonders for helping children look at the world with fresh eyes. And throwing paint-soaked sponges? Well, that's just silly fun.   While we did this with the end-game of the Olympics in … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Bubble Solution for Kids

how to make a one minute bubble solution

This easy bubble solution recipe is a staple for parents and pre-school teachers. It's easy to make, comes together in just one minute, it's safe for kids, and kids love it. I've been so busy with all sorts of parenting/household/traveling/social things lately, and love to find easy projects that make my kids happy. This is one of those things. My daughter's preschool … [Read more...]

DIY Paper Tape Roads

paper tape road kids play

Sometimes we have to push our kids outside their comfort zones to help them take on new perspectives, face and overcome challenges, and confront their biases. I have a growing collection of diecast vehicles that I keep in a nice, inviting basket. And do you know who plays with these cars, trucks, and airplanes? Boys who visit us. Despite my best efforts at diversifying my … [Read more...]

12 Doll House Games and Ideas

doll house games

Did you grow up with a dollhouse? I grew up with a beautiful hand made dollhouse, built by my cousin's father about twenty years before I was born. It was a family treasure that got passed around from cousin to cousin. I always imagined that my own children would play with this imagination-building house, but it was time to send it back to its original owner. So when I … [Read more...]