Coffee Filter Pointillism Butterflies

I love unconventional art surfaces, ones that are not your typical white paper or canvas. I came upon this one unexpectedly. I was on an art mission, one day, and started digging around my kitchen for some  regular white coffee filters for a watercolor activity I wanted to try. Our new coffee maker takes the […]

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15 Earth Day Activities and Crafts

I love nature about as much as I love art and the two work perfectly together. In celebration of Earth Day, I created a resource of 15 activities and crafts that use nature as a material, inspiration, or reuses items that would otherwise go to a landfill. Click on the links below for the full tutorials. […]

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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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Water Bottle Fish Wall Hanging

This fun fish wall hanging 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 (Soft plastic is best. The Coke bottles are a little too […]

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Painting Shells: A Fun Activity Using A FREE Natural Material!

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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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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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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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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Nature Has the Best Art Materials!

This post contains affiliate links.  Arbor Day was a few days ago and although we didn’t get around to planting a tree we did plant some vegetables in our garden beds! We also read one of our favorite books, Tap The Magic Tree, and did a little tree branch painting activity. We went out to […]

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15 Earth Day Activities and Crafts

I love nature about as much as I love art and the two work perfectly together. In celebration of Earth Day, I created a resource of 15 activities and crafts that use nature as a material, inspiration, or reuses items that would otherwise go to a landfill. Click on the links below for the full tutorials. […]

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Nature Shadow Boxes

It looks like we are already into summer here in Alabama with our high 80’s we have been having and 90 degrees coming up this week. We have short springs here so we enjoyed this project on one of our cool afternoons a few weeks ago when we still had some spring foliage with some […]

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