Kids Outdoor Art Activities and Ideas

Kids art activities that can or should be done outside. Kids outdoor art activities include splatter painting, spray painting, rolling paint covered balls in the kiddie pool, and body painting.

11 Pictures of Snowmen + Creative Ideas for Making Your Own

10 Pictures of Snowmen - Plus ideas and inspiration for building and decorating a snowman with your kids!

Have your kids been building snowmen this winter?

Like many of you, we’ve had more than our usual snowfall recently and Maia and Daphne have been reveling in it as only kids can. They’ve been sledding, making snow angels, building (part of) an igloo, stomping around, tasting the snow, spying animal tracks in the snow, and, of course, building snowmen.

It’s been a snow extravaganza.

Pictures of Snowmen

Here’s the snowman the kids built this past week. Small, well outfitted, and ready to catch all those winter butterflies we have around here.

Pictures of Snowmen and Snow Women

Or snow woman, I should say. She had lovely miscanthus hair from the grasses in our garden and half of an evergreen leaf for a smile.

Apparently everyone in our neighborhood had the same idea (minus the miscanthus hair). As I took the short walk to the store on Friday, I saw no fewer than 15 snowmen. And that was just in the front yards. After I spied a snowman in a kayak, I knew I needed to start taking photos.

Here are 10 of those pictures of snowmen (with Maia’s snow woman above being #11):

Pictures of Snowmen

The snowmen ranged from the traditional…

Pictures of Snowmen

…to the not-so-traditional. This cool snowman dude is waving to passersby from a bench in the same yard as the two more-traditional looking snowmen in the photo above.

Pictures of Snowmen

I love the icicle hair and twisty-branch arms on this snowman. (Maia and I decided that we’re going to give our snowman icicle hair the next time we build one!) 

Pictures of Snowmen

Here’s the kayaker snowman, wearing a helmet and riding in a red kayak. It made me smile.

Pictures of Snowmen and Snow Women

This snow woman is sporting an awesome hairdo of evergreen branches and is dressed for a beach vacation.

Pictures of Snowmen

And here are the last four pictures of snowmen: one with tomato cages for arms and an elaborate hairdo or crown on his head (not sure what that is), a jolly traditional snowman, a snow woman with a very small head, and a  snowman with a pacifier in his mouth.

Which snowman is your favorite?

Colored Ice Snowman Decorations from The Artful Winter eBook by The Artful Parent

More Snowmen Ideas for Building & Decorating Your Own Creative Snowman

Sandcasting… In the Sandbox!

Sandcasting... In the Sandbox!

Have you tried casting plaster shapes in sand yet? We've done sandcasting at the beach a couple of times with great success, digging a hole in the sand, lining it with shells, rocks, and other found treasures, then filling the hole with plaster. It's fun when you need a break from the water and the result is a pretty awesome memento of your time at the beach.

While we didn't get to the beach this summer, we really wanted to do some sandcasting. So we decided to give it a go in the sandbox. 

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Flower Crowns & Necklaces (Yes, Stained Glass!)

How to Make Flower Crowns and Necklaces

We made some beautiful flower crowns yesterday. Necklaces, too. So easy and yet really quite stunning. It seems the perfect lazy summer activity as well—to celebrate summer, for pretend play accessories, as a party activity, or just because.

Here's how we did it…

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Cathy James on Gardening with Kids (+ a Giveaway!)

Cathy James NurtureStore sm  The Garden Classroom 52 Kids Gardening Activities med 

Cathy James, mother of two, and the blogger behind NurtureStore, is the author of a wonderful new e-book on gardening with kids called, The Garden Classroom: 52 Kids Gardening Activities. Here she shares some tips for getting kids excited about gardening.

***Note: Readers will have a chance to win a copy of The Garden Classroom at the end of this interview.***

JEAN: So, tell us, was your childhood gardening experience as magical, fun, and educational as you seem to want to make it for kids today? 

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A Fairy House

Fairy House

Did you make fairy houses as a kid?

I didn’t.

I imagine it’s at least partly because I was the child of a pragmatic mother in cowboy country. But I also think that fairies weren’t, perhaps, as popular as they are now. It seems that there are all kinds of fairy books, fairy dolls, fairy wings, fairy everything these days.

Right?

It’s not just me, is it?

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(Beautiful!) Stained Glass Bunting

Stained Glass Bunting

I LOVE coming up with creative new ways to expand on or combine our tried-and-true favorite art activities.

Like this stained glass bunting.

We've made all kinds of buntings and banners for parties and just-for-fun decorations. And you know how often we do stained glass and suncatcher-type art activities. So when I thought about combining the two I got a tingle down my spine.

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Melted Crayon Rocks — A Favorite in Our House!

Melted Crayon Rocks

Aren't these melted crayon rocks beautiful?! This is something we've done a few times over the past few years and is one of our favorites. I could have sworn I had posted about this before, but I guess not.

The rocks above were "painted" by Maia with the melting crayon. She especially loved the light blue and melted the entire crayon down to a nub.

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Beaded Garden Ornaments

Beaded Garden Ornaments

We were on a roll with our beads and pipecleaners the other day when we made our beaded bubble wands, so we just kept stringing beads to make these garden ornaments. This is a project that has been in the back of my mind for a few years now, ever since I saw similar beaded garden ornaments for sale through the Gardener's Supply Company catalog (although they don't seem to be available anymore).

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Birdhouse Painting Ideas for Kids

Painted Birdhouses

I’ve been admiring colorfully painted birdhouses on Pinterest and in catalogs and imagining how lovely they would be in our own garden. We have a few birdhouses, and most, if not all, of them attract nesting birds each year, but they are not colorful birdhouses. Sigh. So silly, right, to think that a coat of paint would make such a difference?

But when I saw plain wood birdhouses on sale at A.C. Moore for 30% off their normal $7.99 price, I jumped at the opportunity to paint our own.

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