Making Potions: Imaginary Play and Color Exploration

The days are long right now and many of us are struggling to keep our kids entertained and safe during this uncertain time. I typically spend summer days with my kids at the pool, zoo, art museum, library, splash pad, parks, etc…but now we have been mostly hunkered down at home. The pandemic has certainly […]

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Valentine Sensory Bin

Do your little/big ones like sensory bins? Mine LOVE them! We have done a variety including our Spring Sensory Bin, Farm Corn and Straw Bin, and our Birdseed Sensory Bin… and even my big 6 1/2 year loves them. Each time I introduce a new style of bin they immediately flock to it and spend […]

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Nature Shadow Boxes Part 2!

One of my first blog posts on The Art Garden was this Nature Shadow Box Assemblage. It was a fun art, nature, and sensory experience that my girls and I really enjoyed. We decided to come back to this activity when we had some dying flowers in our garden and some wilted store-bought flowers. We […]

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Spring Sensory Bin

My girls are big fans of sensory bins and so am I! It keeps them happy and busy and they are very inexpensive to make.  I put together this Spring Sensory Bin with a few cheap ingredients from the store and some Easter and seasonal stuff I already had from last year. This post contains […]

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Corn and Straw Sensory Bin

Do your kids have a room full of toys that never get played with? Me too. I try to toss, donate, and pack up for the attic on a regular basis but we somehow still wind up with SO.MUCH.STUFF. There’s birthdays, Christmas, Easter, party favors from friend’s birthday parties, cheap prizes for rewards, random gifts […]

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Invitation to Play: Flower Station

“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 […]

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DIY Busy Board

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 […]

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Blowing Paint with Straws

We love painting with watercolor because of how versatile it is. There are so many fun techniques that produce different results. One of those techniques is moving the paint around on the paper by blowing into straws. This process is an easy activity that is very exciting for children. They love seeing their paint splatter […]

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Birdseed Sensory Bin

My oldest, Lila, is almost 5 so I have seen these sensory bin ideas on Pinterest for a while. I have always wanted to do one but the idea of dried rice and beans all over my floor was enough to keep me away since I have a hard enough time keeping my house tidy as […]

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