Mixed Media Salt Dough Nests

We made mixed media nests several weeks ago and my girls REALLY enjoyed making them.  It was a perfect nature prompt for the spring season. My oldest kept saying how much fun she was having. Some of my projects are big flops with her so this was an art win!! This art invitation is a […]

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Floating Chalk Prints

Have you ever tried Floating Chalk Prints? If not, you are missing out! I am late to the game on this process and fell in love when I first saw these beautiful prints by Arielle from Art Camp. We gave it a try the other day and we were amazed at the results. So beautiful […]

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Top 25 Nature and Earth Day Books for Children

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! That is our jam. We love nature and get crafty with recyclables as much as possible…that’s why we are The Art Garden! I wanted to share with you this resource of nature and Earth Day related books that we love and use with many of our projects. We own about half of […]

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Art Inspired by the Book, Where Oliver Fits

Children’s books has always been one of my favorite sources of inspiration for art projects and was a big part of my art curriculum when I used to teach. This post contains affiliate links. We recently picked up the book, Where Oliver Fits by Cale Atkinson, from our local library and I fell in love […]

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The Best Toys and Gifts for Encouraging Creativity and Imagination

The toys that get the most use in our house are the ones that are open-ended and encourage creativity and imagination. It’s frustrating to see my children play with a toy that does just ONE thing and then they are bored with it shortly after. These one and done toys just create clutter and chaos. If […]

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Fall Crow Collages: Inspired By Nature and Children’s Literature

Making collages, or the arranging and pasting of a variety of materials, has always been a love of mine and it is becoming a favorite of my daughters too. Collages can be made with paper scraps, stickers, fabric, buttons, cardboard, tape, 3-D objects, nature items, or any found material. The possibilities are endless and the […]

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Mixed Media Bugs Using Scrap Art Paper

If you have a child that loves to paint, this activity will be a sure hit because it allows them to get messy and creative with unusual painting tools to make textured papers..or if you happen to already have a stack of painted papers from your child’s “free paint” that you can’t part with then […]

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10 Awesome Art Books For Inspiring Creativity

When I used to teach Elementary art, I incorporated books into my lessons for almost every project. Not only did it help tie in content but the children could be inspired and motivated to be creative by listening to the words and looking at the illustrations. Now that I am a mother, reading to my children […]

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