Exploring Salt and Watercolors from The Artful Parent

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If you live or work with young children who love art, and you haven’t already pre-ordered the book The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van’t Hul, then you should definitely consider ordering it to add to your home or classroom library. Here is our version […]

Modern Art for Kids

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For a FUN modern art project to do with the kids, add some black tempera paint to a 3/4 full bottle of glue to fill it up. Stir with a bamboo skewer, and shake the bottle well. Invite your child to go outside, and make designs straight from the bottle onto a sheet of watercolor […]

Invitation to Explore: Pointillism

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Simple Art Exploration Activity for Kids Need a quick activity for the kids to do? Here’s a project that’s easy to set up for the kids and encourages them to explore the art technique of pointillism! Pointillism is the use of small dots to form an image when seen from a distance. You may want to sit […]

Spring Craft – 5 Little Ducks Play Set from Red Ted Art

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Here is a cute Spring craft for the kids to make — a 5 little duck play set as inspired by the upcoming book Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids by Maggy Woodley. This book would be a wonderful addition for your family’s bookshelf, or even as a birthday gift for any […]

CRE8TIME Update

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As a follow up to my previous CRE8TIME post, in case you were curious what the final watercolor painting looked like, I thought I would share it here. While it’s far from a “floral masterpiece” (HA!), I did thoroughly enjoy the process of setting aside time each day to work on it. I even invited […]

Kid-Made Dream Journal

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Here’s a quick and easy project kids can make to help encourage plenty of good writing practice — a dream journal! My 8 year old made one a few weeks ago, and has been adding entries to it ever since. She may run out of space soon and may need to make another one! For […]

Cardboard Roll Craft: Truffula Tree Pencil Toppers

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A few days ago, I asked our lovely readers on our Facebook page to help us with a quick survey asking which material they would like us to use in our next crafty project — cardboard rolls, egg cartons, or newspaper. It was a close race, but the winner was cardboard rolls!! With Dr. Seuss […]

Heart Treasure Boxes

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Every kid loves to have a special place to store all of those precious momentos from treasured outings with family and friends. What better place to store them than a hand-painted heart treasure box?? While at the craft store, I happened to pick up a pack of 3 of these unfinished heart boxes on a […]

Love Painting for Kids

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Do you have watercolor paints and masking tape on-hand? Here’s a quick and easy kid-friendly painting project with stunning results — just in time for Valentine’s Day! To make your own “LOVE” painting, use masking tape to spell out the word LOVE on heavy watercolor paper. Tip — use a craft stick or the back […]

Quick Valentine Window Display

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Need a quick Valentine’s Day craft idea for the kids? Looking for a fun way to brighten up an otherwise cold and dreary day? Do you have coffee filters on-hand?? Then this heart window display is for you! It has been awhile since we’ve last updated our front window with a new colorful display — […]

12 Recipes for Paint

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Make your own paint using common household items with the help of these recipes from the lovely Rachel of KidsActivitiesBlog.com (Thank you, Rachel!) If you haven’t already seen her site, it is loaded with plenty of inspiring crafts and activities for kids! Favorite Kids Craft Ideas Egg paint Fizzing sidewalk Paint – this paint is […]

Inspiring Materials for Budding Artists

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1. Jumbo Watercolor Paints — I love the simplicity of this set of watercolor paints, and how it encourages kids to experiment with color mixing. The large paint pans make painting easy for even the youngest artists. Ages 3 and up. 2. Artist Canvas Boards — Nothing makes a kid feel like a real artist […]

Make Your Own Paint!

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Kids Craft: Make your own paint using eggs and chalk with the help of this guest post from the lovely Rachel of KidsActivitiesBlog.com (Thank you, Rachel!) If you haven’t already seen her site, it is loaded with plenty of inspiring crafts and activities for kids! Yup. Raw egg and the leftover bits from your chalk […]

Spooky Paper Mâché Haunted Houses

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Know what I love? Adorable little houses!! Know what’s better than adorable little houses? Super-cute little haunted houses!! These beauties came from a lovely website called ConsumerCrafts.com Before After Consumer Crafts is an online craft store that offers a wide range of budget-friendly craft supplies for jewelry, scrapbooking, kid crafts, and just about any other craft […]

Hot Air Balloon Window Display

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It’s time for a new window display! (If you’re new to our blog, you can see our previous window displays here, here, here, here, and here.) This time we painted up coffee filters with watercolor paint! I love how these painted coffee filters each have a unique look. The filters hold up very well to […]

Recycled Artwork

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I’m guest posting for my friends at Melissa & Doug today. Come see how we recycled wooden bead trays to make beautiful and unique works of art! You can create a mini gallery for display in your home. Be sure to add this to your list of things to do with the kids. Added bonus?? […]

Building Fairy Houses

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Just as I was about to tackle the pile of dirty dishes in the sink, the girls asked if they could do some crafting. Well! They didn’t have to twist my arm!! Those dishes can wait. Instead, I put together a super-quick, CUTE, tiny, fairy house building kit for them. It’s made with some leftover […]

Guest Post by Mark – Hand Painted Cards

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Mark here (Val’s husband). The girls wanted to surprise Val with some handmade cards for Mother’s Day, and they were so pleased with how these turned out, that they couldn’t resist giving them to her a bit early. Val loved them so much, that she later sat down to paint more cards together with the […]