Water Bottle Fish Mobile

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 […]

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Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream!

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 […]

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Shell Painting Activity

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 […]

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Dad’s will love this EASY gift idea made by little hands

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 […]

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Mixed Media Bugs

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 […]

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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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Fingerprint Trees

 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 […]

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Printing Roses with Celery

Printmaking was always a favorite art process of mine dating back to college and then later when teaching. Printing is a fun process for children to engage in because of the surprise aspect of lifting the object to see what remains. It is also a bonus to be able to make the same design over and […]

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Blowing Paint

The girls had fun experimenting with straws to blow paint the other day. This process is an easy activity that is very exciting for children. They love seeing their paint splatter across the paper! This technique can be used to create a variety of outcomes such as branches, trees, hair, or just an abstract design. […]

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Yarn Paintings

Happy Cinco de Mayo! In addition to the guacamole and margaritas we will be making later, we decided to make some yarn art inspired by the Huichol Yarn Paintings. You can read a little about the history of them here and here. Basically, yarn is used for the entire “painting” to create an image or design. I did […]

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