I love setting out "invitations to create", which are just supplies and materials laid out for the girls to stumble upon and get creative in their own way. These creative times usually require little or no assistance from me and they are free to explore the materials as they wish. I am a big advocate… Continue reading Process Art Boxes
This fun fish mobile is a perfect summer activity that uses recycled materials and items from nature. We created our fish from water bottles and combined them with sea shells from our painted shell activity. This post contains affiliate links Supplies: Water bottles (we used a Coke bottle for one because I liked the shape… Continue reading Water Bottle Fish Mobile
Here is an EASY activity that creates the most awesome results. Make your own marbled paper using liquid color and shaving cream! I have been seeing this process done by others on Pinterest for quite some time but I didn't do it until just recently. I wish I had tried it sooner! I was so… Continue reading Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream!
The girls and I went on a beach trip last month with my mother and one of their favorite things to do was to search for seashells. Over the course of several days that we were there, we had several bags full to bring home! When we had a rainy day back at home, these… Continue reading Shell Painting Activity
This resist painting is fun and easy and will be like magic to your little ones. Rubber cement will resist watercolor paint similar to an oil pastel or other other substance that masks a liquid. Only a few supplies needed: Liquid Watercolors Watercolor Paper rubber cement (can be found in almost any store!) Start by… Continue reading Watercolor Resist with Rubber Cement!
Schools don't always have large amounts of funds for the art department so teachers sometimes have to get creative with cheap or free materials. One of the things about being a former art teacher is that I'm always looking at unusual items to be used for potential art projects and saving things that would otherwise… Continue reading Dad’s will love this EASY gift idea made by little hands
If you have a child that loves to paint, this activity will be a lot of fun because it allows them to get messy and creative with unusual painting tools to make textured papers. Or if you happen to have a stack of painted papers from your child's "free paint" that you can't part then… Continue reading Mixed Media Bugs
"Nowhere in nature can you find purer color than sunlight passing through the petal of a flower" - Larry K. Stephenson Every now and then I will set up an "Invitation to Play", an activity of unstructured or open-ended play for the girls to do independently while I try get a little work done around… Continue reading Invitation to Play: Flower Station
Have a busy toddler? Make an easy "Busy Board" to engage your little ones and give yourself a few moments of quiet time. Our kids have one of the Melissa and Doug latch boards, but to be honest, it is rarely played with. Save yourself some money and make this DIY version with stuff you… Continue reading DIY Busy Board
We revisited paint blowing that we did the other day for our next activity. Using straws to direct the paint is a great way to make branches and trees so we made a fingerprint tree with this technique. Children's fingerprint art is always a win with parents and grandparents so this would be a fun gift idea! Try… Continue reading Fingerprint Trees