Melted Crayon Sea Shell Crafts for Kids

Melted Crayon Sea Shells

We’ve always been big fans of melted crayon rock art. Fanatic, even. So when I first saw Asia’s post about melted crayon sea shells on Fun at Home with Kids, I knew we’d have to try it. We did, and I shared photos in my post about ocean crafts last summer. This year we made…

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Kids Art Videos on The Artful Parent YouTube Channel

Art in Action with Kids Art Videos

Hello, my friends! You may have noticed that I’ve dipped my toes into video lately. After years of wanting to make art videos but being scared of the format (it must be too hard, etc), I was finally convinced by my friend Ana of Babble Dabble Do to give it a try. Her science and…

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11 Ways to Have a More Creative Summer with Kids

11 Ways to Have a Creative Summer with Kids

Now that summer vacation is fully under way, there’s more time for art projects, open-ended play, experimenting, and games. There’s more time for creativity. I shared many of these ways to have a more creative summer in my ARTletter a few weeks back then realized that I wanted to add a bit more and share it on the…

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How to Sew Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Sewing Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

I’ve been sewing, in some way or another, since childhood. And while I wouldn’t call myself an expert, I enjoy sewing useful yet unique items for our home and family. When planning our current beach trip, I thought it would be helpful to have a few bags for carrying things. And so I decided to use one of…

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Action Art for Kids

Action Art for Kids

“Action art! Art in Action! This is the best of childhood, right here—a combination of two things kids really love to do: MOVE and CREATE. MaryAnn’s art books have guided us for years now and this one with Barbara Zaborowski is truly inspiring. I’m so excited about these active art ideas!” I wrote that blurb…

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How to Make Clay Leaf Prints with Air Dry Clay

Clay Leaf Prints and Pendants

We love making leaf prints, whether on fabric, paper, clay, or even plaster of paris. The process is so satisfying and the results capture the natural beauty of leaves. We started making clay leaf prints using air dry clay recently after seeing the idea in Cathy James’ new book, The Garden Classroom. The process is much…

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How to Make Easy Wood Sculptures with Kids Using Wood Bits and Scrap Wood

Easy Wood Sculptures for Kids

We love buying ourselves a box o’ wood bits—something we’ve done a few times over the years—and turning them into wood sculptures, toys, and 3-D collages. This time Daphne and Emily (ages 5 and 6) made wood sculptures and Maia (age 9) create dolls/people. If your kids are into wood, working 3-D, or if they haven’t…

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Oil Pastel Painting - Easy and Fun for Kids and Adults

Oil Pastel Painting with Kids

We have a new favorite art technique that we owe to a friend I’ve never met who lives on the other side of the world (in Australia). I first learned about this oil pastels + oil art from Kate’s post on Picklebums. When she said it was their favorite kids art activity, I knew we…

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15 Creativity Quotes to Inspire You

15 Creativity Quotes to Inspire You

If you follow me on Facebook, you may have noticed that I’ve been posting a lot of kids’ creativity quotes lately. Each day I’ve been making a new creativity quote graphic to share and these have been some of the most popular posts on my page. So I thought I’d pull them together in a…

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How to Make Artful Lavender Eye Pillows with Glue Batik Art

Make Lavender Eye Pillows with Glue Batik Art

As you know, we love doing glue batik and love the finished look. Well recently, we made some lavender eye pillows with the glue batik art both as a Mother’s Day gift for the grandmas as well as for a preschool fundraiser. Here’s how we did it…

Kid Made Art Books to Display and Store Kids Art

DIY Art Books for Kids

Post by Meri Cherry As an art teacher, I am constantly introducing young children to new process based art techniques, like salt painting, printmaking, and collage. Sometimes we have piles of art that looking for a home. Making art books with young children is like an active art portfolio you can enjoy over and over…

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