What can we spin?

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My daughter was glued to the spin art table at a carnival that we went to a few months ago, so when I saw this easy spin art machine from Crayola I couldn't resist purchasing it. My friend Jean at The Artful Parent recently set up a fun spin art project for her five year old using a salad spinner and thin white paper plates. This is the same set-up we had at that carnival, and … [Read more...]

Bubble Paint Recipe

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The bubble recipe I used in yesterday's post didn't live up to my expectations, so I went back to the drawing board (paint and soap laboratory?) and came up with something that creates big, rewarding bubbles that are easy to pull prints off of. While this worked for me, feel free to experiment with your own ratios and solutions. And if you come up with something good, please … [Read more...]

Homemade Paint | Salt and Flour Paint

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Making your own homemade paint with kids is a rewarding process that helps children understand that store-bought is not the only way! Using a combination of salt, flour, and water, this recipe is beyond simple. How we made homemade paint My toddler is at that stage where she loves squeezing paint out of the bottles. I gave into this to give her the chance to explore this … [Read more...]

Squeezing Paint

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I set N up with some paint pots and a large sheet of paper -- our favorite way to paint big as of late. After smearing some paint around and taking a few stabs at mixing colors, she asked me for more purple paint. The paint pot wasn't empty, and the real story ended up being that she wanted to SQUEEZE more paint into the paint pot. Of course she did! Toddlers adore squeezing, … [Read more...]

Spooky Marble Spider Webs

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We spent Saturday afternoon carving pumpkins at a local art studio and almost missed the craft table on our way out the door. And it would have been a BIG miss, because it was such a captivating activity that my daughter wanted to recreate it at home immediately and has asked for marbles and paint multiple times over the past two days. I noticed big kids messing around with … [Read more...]

Sponge Stamping

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In the days leading up to the arrival of Baby I, I spent a lot of time in our garage in search of baby clothes, the car seat, and other long forgotten baby paraphernalia-- and along the way I found a box of sponges shaped like letters, hearts, and flowers that I've been hauling around since my early art teaching days. Inspired by my find (and, frankly, thrilled that I could … [Read more...]

Kids Art Projects | Rolling Rock Painting

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Fun Kids Art Activity with Rolling Rocks I've been on the hunt for inspiring activities that foster creative thinking, and just came across a sweet project called Super Sized Marble Painting from Jenny at Let the Children Play. Jenny is a preschool teacher, so many of her activities are geared toward large groups of kids and I was pressed to figure out a way to pull this off … [Read more...]