Art Tips: The Bits and Pieces Box

Art Tips: The bits and pieces box

Today's art tip is brought to us by one of my very favorite creative mom bloggers, Ali Wright. This trick is so easy to put in motion -- and the payoff can be big. After reading it I'd bet that you won't look at scraps of paper quite the same way again. As Ali puts it, this is a" frugal way to supply the kids with interesting, varied and free materials." Hi, I'm Ali. I am a … [Read more...]

Winter Craft Collage Invitation

Kids Winter Craft: Winter Collage

How do you feel about holiday activities? I love it all...the tree trimming, wreath making, cookie decorating, Santa sighting, and latke cooking. Yes, it's only December 7, and we've already done it all! But I've learned that I can only take it in small doses before I need to bury my head in a pillow. And then I learned this week that my kids feel the same way. When … [Read more...]

Snowflake Collage Activity for Kids

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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...]

Washi Tape and Found Paper Collage

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                        “Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs”   ~ John F. Kennedy Do you set up open-ended prompts or invitations for art-making? Making art, and … [Read more...]

Toddler Art: Glue Dots and Buttons

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"Art is skill, that is the first meaning of the word." - Eric Gill Since she was 15 months old, gluing small objects to paper has been one of Baby Rainbow's favorite activities (second to climbing into a big bin of cloud dough...sigh). We've also done this with sequins, feathers, and pom-poms, but I find that she gets frustrated when the sequins start sticking to her … [Read more...]

It’s Snowing! Contact Paper Collage

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This 2-D activity is fantastic for children of all ages, and it doesn't require any drawing at all. You'll see how we did this two different ways, making it suitable for children with various drawing abilities and fine motor skills. {Bonus: Nine more contact paper project ideas at the end of this post!} Materials Contact Paper (links to Discount School … [Read more...]

Face Collage for Scribblers

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When I was an art teacher, the youngest age group I worked with was Kindergarten so I rarely had the chance to witness a child's transition from scribbling to representational drawing. My three year old daughter is at the precipice of representational drawing and it's an exciting place to be, but she can get frustrated that she can't create what she imagines (which is often!) … [Read more...]

Glittery Cotton Ball Collage

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My very active almost 3-year old hopped off her bike just long enough to work on a collage. The weather has been so nice, and I can't really blame her. Materials Cardstock: 8.5 x 11, from a fat ream I picked up at the office supply store White glue in a jar Glitter Scissors Short-handled artist brushes Collage Materials: Cotton balls, tissue paper, pasta, … [Read more...]