Preschool Art | Make Colored Rice

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After seeing so much lovely colored rice all over my Pinterest feed for ages, it was high time that we created our own colorful rice. And you, too, can make your own colored rice for an afternoon of sensory play or for filling clear jars with layers of rainbow rice like you see here. Why Colored Rice is Worth Making It's a natural play material Kids love the sensory … [Read more...]

Our Favorite Homemade Paint Recipes

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Have you ever made your own paint? If not, these homemade paint recipes are just the thing to get you started. You'll be surprised at just how easy, fast, and affordable making your own paint can be. Here are some of the reasons that we love to make our own homemade paint: It's just plain fun to make things that you'd otherwise buy in the store. It can save you … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Birthday Cake

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If you know a little bit about me and my parenting philosophy, you'll know that I welcome opportunities to get my children into DIY mode. The only way they're going to learn how to do something is by getting involved, so I may give them a few pointers and then I'll step back and let them take the lead. My youngest, R, who I sometimes refer to here as Baby Rainbow, is no … [Read more...]

Making Paper with Kids

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Have you ever made your own paper?  It requires some patience and preparation, but it's not tricky and the process is worth exploring with children or anyone who's curious about how to make paper. After my toddler, Baby Rainbow, created a sensory bin full of paper and water, I saw an opportunity to upcycle that mushy paper pulp into some new-to-us paper. We had most of the … [Read more...]

5 Easy Steps to Invent a Recipe with Kids

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Do you like to cooking with kids or do you yearn to cook with your child? Today we're sharing five easy steps to invent a recipe with kids, which will get you into a creative cooking mindset. Think Master Chef + little kids = a fun afternoon. But you might wonder, "why would I want to invent a recipe when I can easily follow a recipe?" The answer is that inventing recipes … [Read more...]

Gluten-free Cloud Dough

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 How to Make Gluten-Free Cloud Dough After I posted our Cloud Dough recipe last week, Amy from Kids in the Studio wanted to know if it could be adapted into a gluten-free cloud dough recipe. What a good question! This isn't the first question I've received about gluten-free recipes since starting this blog, and I realized that I should be more thoughtful about sharing … [Read more...]

Cloud Dough Recipe

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How to Make Cloud Dough Cloud Dough...Have you heard of it? Me either, and I thought I've heard of most everything arts+little kids related. Karen at Flight of Whimsy introduced me to the recipe, and as soon as I learned about it I knew my  3 year old would love it. The consistency of the dough is lovely to feel and hold. It can be powdery like flour one moment, and … [Read more...]

Gak Recipe

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This Gak Recipe (aka slime recipe) has been on my to-do list ever since reading about Amy's The Great Slime-Off on Child Central Station. Amy shares two different recipes: the first calls for liquid starch and the second calls for Borax. I looked all over town for liquid starch and it was nowhere to be found. Is it prohibited from the State of California? But the second … [Read more...]

The Best Playdough Recipe

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Today I'm sharing what is easily the BEST playdough recipe ever. My plan was to make a simple batch of play dough to replace the sparkly dried out purple stuff that happily met our cookie-making, glitter infusing, practice cutting, snowman-making needs over the past two months. I asked my daughter what color she would like this time around, and she answered with... ALL of … [Read more...]