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...]

Toddler Watercolor Painting, Keeping it Neat

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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...]

Sensory Play with Tapioca Pearls

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Have you ever had Boba Tea or Pearl Tea? You know those chewy, soft balls that sink to the bottom of milky tea that you suck up through a fat milkshake straw? The drink originated in Taiwan as a novelty for children, and has since taken the world by storm with bubble tea houses popping up everywhere. I have yet to be converted to boba, but I when I spotted a bag of … [Read more...]

50 Art Materials for Toddlers

50 art materials for toddlers

About three weeks ago I asked my Facebook friends to consider a list of essential toddler art materials, and I received some wonderful responses and additions to the list. Thank you to Linda, Di, Miranda, Sally, and Tina for sharing your thoughts with me. Fifty is a big number, so don't fret if you can't gather all of these supplies or if you don't have room for them (I know … [Read more...]

Making Chocolate Lollipops

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Welcome Spring and Hellooooo Rain. This past weekend it poured. All weekend long. So we stayed in and made the best of it by inventing all sorts of rainy day activities like playing with our new chocolate lollipop molds. Recipe 1/3 cup chocolate chips 1 heaping tablespoon of butterscotch chips. (N isn't super fond of chocolate, and we hoped that the butterscotch … [Read more...]

Even Toddlers Can Sew!

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  Sewing with a toddler doesn't have to be complicated. Today I'm going to share a simple way to sew with a toddler that you can try with materials that you may already have around the house. Like most parents, I'm keenly aware of my child's strengths (and weaknesses, but we're not going there today!), and N happens to be one of those people who is comfortable … [Read more...]

Tracing Circles

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Some of you have mentioned that you're building up ideas for foul-weather-indoor-play, and I've got something for you that requires very little preparation and can be pulled together with materials that we all have on hand. Materials marker/pen/pencil paper tape cups I taped a sheet of paper to the table and showed N how to trace around a cup. I'm in love with … [Read more...]

Marbleized Paper

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This is Painting Project #3 from last week's series of painting experiments (Drippy Gravity Painting and Aluminum Foil Painting were #1 and #2), when we dug into three totally different painting projects in one hour.  If you've been following me, you most likely know that my projects value process over product, but I can't help but appreciate how freakin' pretty these … [Read more...]

Aluminum Foil Painting

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Why stop with paper when you can paint on egg cartons, fabric, and wood? I love digging around my cabinets and recycling bin for substrates other than paper, and aluminum foil became the basis of yesterday's second painting experiment. (The first was Drippy Gravity Painting). Foil wrapped around a piece of cardboard. And securely taped. N chose blue and orange paint. … [Read more...]