All About Tinker Trays + 10 Ways to Use Them

All About Tinker Trays + 10 Ways to Use Them

Over the past year I’ve become a huge fan of tinker trays.  I am a firm believer in open ended art for young children, older children too.  Tinker trays are the perfect jumping off point for limitless possibilities and creativity.  I know for a lot of moms, one look and you just think of a(…)

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Painting on Plastic Spring Mural for 3-5 Year Olds

Painting on Plastic Spring Mural for 3-5 Year Olds

I started working as a atelierista at a reggio inspired preschool about seven months ago after I took a big leap of faith to leave the school I had worked at for almost 15 years as a K-2 teacher.  Being an atelierista (art teacher) had been my dream job and I still pinch myself that it actually(…)

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Happy Cereal Box Art with Tinker Trays

Happy Cereal Box Art with Tinker Trays

Do your kids eat a lot of cereal?  Mine are semi obsessed.  I regretfully taught them what a buffet is and now they request a cereal buffet  almost every morning.  Oh well, at least I figured out that they can pour their own milk if I leave a small pitcher of milk on the table.(…)

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30 Spring Art Activities You Can Do With Your Child

30 Spring Art Activities You Can Do With Your Child

Happy Spring! If you are looking for Spring art inspiration you’ve come to the right place.  We pretty much do art all day every day here because a. I’m an art teacher.  b.  I love art and so do my kids.  c.  I have two preschoolers and I believe wholeheartedly that engaging in artful activities builds(…)

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Spring Garden Glyph – Introducing Code to Young Children

Spring Garden Glyph – Introducing Code to Young Children

Have you ever made a glyph before?  It’s a great way to introduce young children to coding.  Basically, a glyph is a pictograph or symbol for something else.  We made Spring Garden Glyphs to share information about ourselves through a picture.  Keep reading to see what I mean. *This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you(…)

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Tire Painting and Reinventing the Wheel

Tire Painting and Reinventing the Wheel

A lot of times when I do art projects with 3-5 year olds I have a pretty clear plan and I hope that the kids enjoy the direction we take and can add to it as we go.  Other times I really have no idea what we’re going to do. Those tend to be my favorite(…)

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Make Wall Hangings from Your Child’s Artwork

Make Wall Hangings from Your Child’s Artwork

Last week I shared our Collaborative Painting Mural and how we made it.  I asked the kids in art class what we should do with our big mural, since we all wanted to enjoy it.  “I know! We can cut it up and all share it,” said one very sweet little three year old.  And that’s just(…)

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Design Thinking and Building Empathy for Kids

Design Thinking and Building Empathy for Kids

Have you ever heard of Design Thinking?  It’s a creative way of solving problems in business and in the classroom.  I was lucky to learn about it last year along with some pretty fantastic 5 and 6 year olds.  We tasked the first graders with discovering a school wide problem from the perspective of the kindergarteners. Then(…)

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Freestyle Collaborative Painting Mural for Kids

Freestyle Collaborative Painting Mural for Kids

I apologize ahead of time for the photo overload in this post, but this was just so amazing to observe, that I’m  hoping you love it as much as I do.  We set up an amazing freestyle collaborative painting mural for art class last week and it was soooo cool.  Spring is around the corner.(…)

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Restaurant Survival Guide for Parents

Restaurant Survival Guide for Parents

I may be a hardcore crafter, but I’m also a mom running around like a chicken without a head half the time, especially at restaurants with my kids.  I have two girls, 16 months apart, and I don’t cook.  Hence, we go to a lot of restaurants.  (don’t judge me)  Recently we went to one of(…)

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