Glue Art on Canvas with Watercolor Paint

Glue Art on Canvas with Watercolors

We’ve been experimenting with various glue effects on canvas with watercolor art. The first was an accident, really. The girls and I each made a collage with small items such as buttons, beads, paper butterflies, etc. After the glue was dry, Daphne and I painted our canvases with liquid watercolor paint.

Screen Free Week Activities for Kids

Screen-Free Week Activities for Kids

Post by Zina Harrington of Let’s Lasso the Moon. Screen-Free Week 2015 is May 4th – 10th. This annual event is a wonderful opportunity to unplug and spend your free time playing, reading, daydreaming, creating, exploring, and connecting with family and friends. I’d like to think I do a pretty fair job with screen-time throughout…

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Spin Painting with Kids

Spin Painting with Kids

Have you tried spin painting? We’ve done it with salad spinners quite a bit in the past with good results (including with a toddler art group and later with a classroom full of five and six year olds). Many of us have salad spinners in our homes and the paint washes off easily afterward. However!…

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The Garden Classroom - Learning from and playing in nature

The Garden as Classroom

Heads up :: Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post. I love gardening and gardens and have wanted to share that joy with my kids from the beginning. When Cathy James of NurtureStore first wrote an eBook on gardening with kids a couple of years ago, I liked it so much…

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Kids Art Room Ideas and Inspiration

Kids Art Room Ideas and Inspiration

“Your art space, no matter how small, is an educational space.” – Megan Schiller I’ve followed Megan Schiller’s progression from her Littlest Birds Studio classes and blog to The Art Pantry (which started out as an online kids’ art supply shop, then became a kids art space consulting business). Now, she has written an e-guide to help parents…

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Tissue Paper Suncatcher with Wax Paper and Wheat Paste

A Tissue Paper Suncatcher on Wax Paper

I wanted to show you the new tissue paper suncatcher we made in the decorative wood frame. The flowers in the flower petal suncatcher decayed and browned after a time and I pulled off the contact paper suncatcher off the wood frame. This time, I wanted to try a technique I learned from our Blossom…

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Reading Time and Drawing with Kids can go hand in hand

Why Read Aloud Time is Drawing Time

Maia likes to read with me and so we often take turns reading and listening. We do this for some of her homework books, even. I don’t know if it’s strictly kosher but she’s a great reader so I don’t worry about it. We often combine reading time with drawing time or sewing time. Combining read-aloud…

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Blossom Box Kids Activity Kits

Blossom Box Kids Activity Kits by Subscription

Have you tried any of the kids activity kits that you receive in the mail? We’ve had the opportunity to test and review several over the years but Blossom Box is the first eco-friendly subscription box that we’ve received and tried. Blossom Box Kids is a new craft subscription box for kids that includes nature-focused, eco-friendly, and non-toxic crafts and…

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15 Favorite Art Activities for Kids and Families

15 Favorite Art Activities for Children

We all have our family faves when it comes to art activities for children, yet we’re also always on the look-out for new awesome contenders to join the list of favorites. Right? I know I am! So, my friends, I asked my fellow bloggers from the Rockin’ Art for Kids group to share their favorite…

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How to Make an Easy Flower Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

Contact Paper Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

Earlier this week I came across a wall of decorative wooden frames at Michael’s and immediately thought of using one for a contact paper suncatcher. Sort of like a permanent window display for a changing display of suncatcher art over time. Can’t you see it? A flower petal suncatcher one month and a colored tissue…

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The Easy Way to Make Your Own Scratch Art Paper with Kids

DIY Scratch Art the Easy Way

I’ve always known you could make your own scratch art but for some reason thought it would be too much work and kept buying premade scratch art paper. But we finally did it ourselves and it was so easy! And fun. I wish we had tried this years ago. Here’s how we did it…