What to Do with Water Beads

What to do with Water Beads

We love water beads. LOVE them! I’ve been sharing some of our water bead play on Instagram and Facebook lately and have been surprised by how many people are either not familiar with them or ask what to do with water beads. So, I thought I’d put together a post with where to get water beads how… 

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Rainbow Milk Science Experiment - Trying it on the light table

The Awesome Rainbow Milk Science Experiment

This rainbow milk science experiment is popular around the web. And for good reason. Also called milky fireworks, erupting colors, magic milk, tie-dyed milk, and more, this very possibly both the easiest and most amazingly beautiful science experiment out there. It is so super awesome and kids LOVE it! Am I going a little over the… 

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Circle Art Inspired by The Dot

Circle Art :: An Open Ended Art Activity for Kids

This post should probably be subtitled, Going with the Flow. Because that’s what can, and often does, happen with open ended art activities for kids. Here’s an example from the other day when we did a group circle art activity, inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book, The Dot. We started with some circle art that we continued to… 

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Pop and Lolli Wall Stickers for Kids

Kids Wall Stickers by Pop and Lolli and Sarah Jane

Today I’m sharing a giveaway and some exciting news from Pop and Lolli, one of my lovely blog sponsors. Pop and Lolli sells fun kids wall stickers. Started by Mia, a former Disney Imagineer who grew up in rural South Africa, the company sells beautiful and whimsical wall stickers and wallpaper to bring nature and imagination… 

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The Artful Year eBook Series SALE

A Pay-What-You-Can SALE on The Artful Year eBooks

It’s been almost a year since I’ve had a pay-what-you-can sale on any of The Artful Year eBooks. Update: The pay-what-you-can sale is now over. The ebooks will still be available through the end of this month. When I’ve done this in the past, I received so many comments and e-mails thanking me—saying things like they… 

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Figure Drawing with Kids using an online drawing class

Giving (Free) Online Drawing Classes a Try

My kids and I have been trying something new in drawing instruction recently—online drawing classes. We’re giving Craftsy classes a try and I’ve been surprised at how helpful and inspiring we’ve found them.

Marbled Paper Plate Butterflies

A Marbled Paper Plate Butterfly Craft

We are big fans of butterflies here—both the real deal and the hand crafted. We raise butterflies from chrysalis to ready-to-fly with this butterfly kit (so exciting to watch the transformation up close!), we are in butterfly siting mode all summer long (and keep butterflies in mind when choosing what to plant in our garden),… 

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11 Fun Patriotic Art Projects for Kids

11 Fun Patriotic Art Projects for Kids

July 4th is almost here and since we like to celebrate any and all holidays with creative projects as much as anything else (yummy food! fireworks!), I thought I’d share some ideas for kid-friendly patriotic art projects. Some of these we’ve done ourselves, many of these brilliant ideas are from other blogs. First, of all, you… 

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DIY Backyard Playhouse to Paint and Play In

Building a DIY Backyard Playhouse with Fort Magic

The other day, when Maia and Daphne were off adventuring with friends and I had a rare few hours of kid-free time to myself, I cleaned the house from top to bottom I played with their toys. The Fort Magic kit, specifically. I put together a DIY backyard playhouse all by myself and enjoyed every… 

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Shaving Cream Marbling with Liquid Watercolors

Shaving Cream Marbling with Liquid Watercolors

We LOVE shaving cream marbling. Love it. Love any marbling, really, but shaving cream marbling is especially fun (it involves shaving cream, after all) as well as beautiful (the colors are just so vibrant). We’ve done shaving cream marbling so many times over the years, both on our own and with friends, for no special… 

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The Artful Year eBooks

Big News About The Artful Year

I have some fun news to share with you about The Artful Year eBooks! They are going to be turned into a “real” book on paper. Some of you have been asking about this for some time and now it’s going to be a reality. My publisher, Roost Books, who did such a lovely job… 

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