How to Make Homemade Bubbles with Kids

How to Make Homemade Bubbles

Yesterday, when I wrote about making homemade bubble wands with the kids, I promised to share photos of them using their new bubble wands as well as the instructions for how to make homemade bubbles. Here goes! First the bubbles recipe and then the photos… How to Make Homemade Bubbles INGREDIENTS 4 cups warm water… 

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Body Tracing Activity for Kids

Body Tracing Activity for Kids

We’ve had a lot of fun with a body tracing activity over the past week or so. What started as a simple invitation to work big turned into a week-long exploration of self portraits, working large, and even quilting (on paper). I taped large sheets of butcher paper to the floor in the living room,… 

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Toothpick Sculptures for Kids - 17 Fun Construction Ideas to Try with Toothpicks

Toothpick Sculptures for Kids :: 13 Fun Toothpick Construction Ideas!

The kids and I made extra colorful toothpick sculptures yesterday, using spring-colored marshmallows, colored toothpicks, and translucent pony beads. I shared a couple of photos on Instagram, but wanted to follow up with a proper blog post, more pictures, and a round up of kids toothpick sculpture ideas. First of all, if you haven’t tried… 

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Eco Art Easter Gifts for Kids from Stubby Pencil Studio

Easter Gift Ideas for Kids (+ A GIVEAWAY by Stubby Pencil Studio)

What do artful parents such as you and me like to see in Easter baskets? Why art supplies, of course! The creative experiences they inspire will live on long after the chocolate bunny is gone. Stubby Pencil Studio, one of my longest standing blog sponsors, is where I often shop for fun and artful holiday… 

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Melting Crayons Art on Canvas with Watercolors

Melting Crayons Art on Canvas + Watercolor Resist

We tried doing melted crayon art on canvas yesterday. If you saw my Instagram pictures yesterday, you know that I initially planned to try out crayons in the hot glue gun, an idea I saw on Pinterest a while back. This did not go so well, so we resorted to our standby of putting the… 

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Kids Shadow Art :: Tracing the Light -- Beautiful!

Kids Shadow Art :: Tracing the Light

Daphne and I made shadow art a couple of days ago. Both kids repeated the activity again this morning. This is such a simple art activity. Yet so absorbing. And so beautiful. We simply traced the pattern of shadow and light made by the morning sun streaming through the sheer floral curtains in our dining room… 

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Follow The Artful Parent on Instagram

The Artful Parent on Instagram

I’m on Instagram now! After resisting the pull for so long, I finally gave in and tried it out. I’m hooked! I feel like it’s what I’ve always been looking for in blogging—a quick, easy, and visual way to share kids art and creative ideas. Only it’s more so! It’s quicker. Easier. More visual. I… 

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11 Fun Easter Egg Ideas for Kids

11 FUN Easter Egg Decorating Ideas for Kids

Looking for fun Easter egg decorating ideas for kids? Here are 11 that we’ve loved, plus a few extra we’d like to try. 1. Washi Tape Easter Eggs 2. Easter Egg Ideas for Kids :: Drawing in Frames 3.  Marble Easter Eggs with Kool Aid 4. Easter Egg Decorating with Sticker Resist and Sharpies 5. Easter Egg… 

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21 Spring Crafts Kids will Love - Easter Crafts, Flower Crafts, Bird Crafts, and More

21 Spring Crafts Kids will Love

We like to celebrate Spring and Easter by crafting together using the themes and colors of the season: Fresh spring flowers—daffodils, tulips, dogwood, rhododendron, azaleas, peonies The light greens of newly emerging spring leaves Pinks all around us when the redbuds are in bloom The happy yellow of daffodils, sunshine, and fuzzy chicks Bird song… 

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Welcome spring with a stained glass art project for kids - Beautiful!

Welcome Spring with a Stained Glass Spring Art Project for Kids

Happy first day of spring!! Daphne and I made a spring stained glass window to welcome spring in style (and to offer all kinds of good, warm spring ju-ju so that it starts to feel a bit more like spring!). It’s light green, pink, and yellow and especially gorgeous with the morning light streaming through… 

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Drawing Lessons for Kids Using the Monart Method

Drawing Lessons for Kids with the Monart Method :: Revisited

If you follow The Artful Parent page on Facebook* or if you’re one of my very first Instagram followers (I just started) you may have seen Daphne’s first lion drawing yesterday. Maia and I were working together on one of the drawing lessons from Mona Brookes’ Drawing with Children (at her special request; we had… 

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