30+ Art supplies for Creating Art with Children

If you are just getting started making art with your little (or big!) ones, here are some of the supplies and materials we use on a regular basis. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience but we appreciate your support! Basics: Paper Drawing/paint Watercolor Construction/craft Paint Tempera; Tempera paint sticks; Tempera cakes Watercolor: cake […]

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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-endedand 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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I Scream, You Scream!

Summer is coming to an end (although here in the South, we will continue to have sweltering heat until October!) so here is a post for a fun, warm weather activity before Fall is here. This post contains affiliate links. We used our paper from our marbling activity with shaving cream to make the ice cream scoops. […]

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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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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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Blowing Paint with Straws

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 […]

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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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