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

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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...]