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The Best of The Artful Parent from 2018 (+ Most Popular Posts Ever!)

by Jean Van't Hul
December 31, 2018

This Best of 2018 list includes the top 10 blog posts from The Artful Parent, including heart symmetry painting, butter slime recipe, and chalk art.

The Best of 2018 From The Artful Parent

It’s my year end tradition to share the top blog posts of the past year with you and since today is the LAST day of 2018 (where’d the year go?!), here goes…

Just a note: These are the top posts according to Google Analytics, which means they are the most popular and most read posts on The Artful Parent this year. 

So if you are curious about the most popular kids’ art ideas and activities were this past year, read on. You may find some new favorites to try. Or revisit an idea you liked when it was first shared.

10 Top Posts from 2018

This first list is the most popular posts on The Artful Parent that were published in 2018.

The Best Butter Slime Recipe - Plus Ways to Play with It

1. Maia’s Best Ever Butter Slime Recipe

Learn how to make butter slime with this butter slime recipe & video. It’s the best!

This butter slime recipe uses Model Magic and is super soft & stretchy. Recipe and post by Maia.

31 Winter Activities for Kids

2. 31 Days of Winter Activities for Kids (With Printable List!)

It’s winter here in the northern hemisphere which means it’s time for sledding, building snowmen, hot cocoa, and, perhaps, more indoor activities than usual.

Here are 31 Winter Activities for kids.

Valentine Heart Art Symmetry Paintings on the Display Wall

3. Heart Symmetry Painting

Use this symmetry painting technique to create unique heart art for Valentine’s Day. An easy and fun art activity!

30 Valentine Crafts and Activities for Kids

4. 30 Valentine Crafts and Activities for Kids (with Printable List!)

30 Valentine crafts and activities for kids, including heart art ideas, class Valentine’s, handmade gifts, and a list of favorite picture books about Valentine’s Day

Easy Chalk Art for Kids Inspired by Van Gogh

5. Easy Chalk Art for Kids – Process Art Inspired by Van Gogh

Kids can do this easy chalk art activity with glue and chalk pastels. A fun process art activity for kids to do while learning about Vincent Van Gogh’s artwork.

Post by Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio.

Kids Cake Decorating Featured Image

6. Kids Cake Decorating FUN! (+Tips and Ideas for Different Ages)

Kids love to decorate cakes! Plus they make great blank canvases for creativity. Here are lots of tips and ideas for kids cake decorating at different ages, toddlers through tweens.

5 Fun Fluffy Slime Recipes for Kids

7. 5 Fun Fluffy Slime Recipes to Try

These 5 fluffy slime recipes are fun variations of the popular fluffy slime with shaving cream.

DIY Stamps and their prints

8. Make DIY Stamps with Cardboard

Create DIY stamps with cardboard and other items from your recycling bin. Then make print after print! Art activity and post by Joanna Walker of The Blue Barn.

How to Make Homemade Bubbles - Bubble and Bubble Solution in Bowl

9. How to Make Homemade Bubbles

How to make homemade bubbles for kids so you have a never-ending supply of bubble solution.

This is the easiest and quickest homemade bubbles recipe and doesn’t use glycerin.

100 Summer Crafts and Activities for Kids Header Collage

10. 100 Summer Crafts & Activities for Kids (with Printable List)

Here are 100 fun summer crafts and activities to keep the kids engaged all summer long! Includes summer craft ideas, art activities, fun science and more.

Top 11 Posts From ALL TIME

This second list is the most popular posts on The Artful Parent of all time.

A Rainbow of Homemade Fluffy Slime

1. A Fluffy Slime Recipe to Make Yourself!

This fluffy slime recipe is easy to make at home with shaving cream and glue! Recipe by Maia.

The Best Cherry Pie Recipe

2. The Best Cherry Pie Recipe Ever

I’ve fiddled with various recipes over the years and have finally settled on a version that is THE BEST CHERRY PIE RECIPE ever.

Raised Salt Painting Squiggles

3. Raised Salt Painting

Raised salt painting is an all-time favorite kids art activity that is loved by all ages from toddlers on up.

Glue, salt, and watercolors are all you need for this simple art activity, also known as salty watercolors.

Melted Bead Suncatchers

4. How to Make Melted Bead Suncatchers

Melted bead suncatchers are easy to make from kids plastic pony beads. Follow these step-by-step instructions to make a beautiful and durable suncatcher.

Creating art with homemade puffy paint

5. DIY Puffy Paint for Kids

How to make DIY puffy paint for kids that is actually puffy! Here’s a simple recipe, a step-by-step tutorial, and photos.

Homemade puffy paint is easy to make and lots of fun!

DIY Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream and Watercolors

6. DIY Marbled Paper the Easy Way

Our favorite DIY marbled paper technique for all ages is shaving cream marbling. In this post I show how to marble paper with shaving cream and watercolor paint.

This is one of our all-time favorite art activities for all ages!

How to Do Pulled String Art with Kids

7. Pulled String Art is Mesmerizing and Addictive! (with Video)

How to make beautiful pulled string art by combining mirror-image string blottos with a pulling technique.

Water Beads on the DIY Light Table

8. What to do with Water Beads (with Video!)

Wondering what to do with water beads? This post shares where to get water beads, how to hydrate them, and some of the fun things kids can do with this great sensory material.

How to Make a Vision Board that Works

9. How to Make a Vision Board That Works in 10 Simple Steps

How to make a vision board that works using magazine images and words. An easy and effective ten step tutorial.

10. How to Marble Paper (6 Easy Techniques for All Ages)

Marbling is one of our favorite art activities and we’ve done it many ways and many times over the years.

We’ve marbled paper with all kinds of paints from watercolors, tempera, acrylics, and even food coloring. We’ve marbled all kinds of surfaces.

Here are 6 Easy Techniques for How to Marble Paper.

3 FREE kids art material guides by The Artful Parent. My Top 10 Art Materials for Kids by age with printable guides for Toddlers, Preschoolers & Big Kids.

11. The 25 Best Kids Art Materials!

The Artful Parent list of all-time favorite kids art materials based on years of experience. Find the best paints, drawing materials, playdough, and more for children’s art.

How about you? What is YOUR favorite blog post from The Artful Parent? From this past year or any year?

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