Balsa Wood Fall Wind Chimes

Balsa Wood Fall Wind Chimes

I am teaching a ton of after school art classes these days and lately we’ve been focusing on wood.  Did you know that balsa wood comes from balsa trees in Guatemala and other South American countries?  I’ve been wanting to work with balsa wood forever and so glad I got the chance this past week.(…)

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Make a Washi Tape Mural – Easy Art Projects for Kids

Make a Washi Tape Mural – Easy Art Projects for Kids

You know those days where you don’t have a plan and somehow you fall into the best thing ever and you and your partner are high fiving all day thinking “Hey, maybe I’m a pretty good parent after all.”  Well, Saturday was like that.  We started out at Peets, aka my lifeline, for my large(…)

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Spin Art Shadow Box

Spin Art Shadow Box

A few months ago we went on a spin art bender of gargantuan proportions.  We just couldn’t get enough.  It was a spinning frenzy.  One of the coolest things we popped in the salad spinner were rocks.  Lots and lots of rocks.  They were so beautiful I was determined to do right by them.  Finally,(…)

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Collage Process Art for Kids

Collage Process Art for Kids

Oh, collage, how I love thee?  Let me count the ways.  I love you because you are totally open-ended, and great for any age, including adults.  I love collage for so many reasons, but mostly because the process is so therapeutic.  You can do layer after layer and it never gets old.  A few days(…)

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BEST. PLAY DATE. ACTIVITY. EVER.

BEST. PLAY DATE. ACTIVITY. EVER.

Seriously, BlogMeMom is a genius! If you are not familiar with Suja’s amazing blog, please oh please check it out immediately.  You will find countless amazing, gorgeous, super fun and engaging science and art activities.  I’ve tried a bunch of them and am always super pleased with how they turn out. But this, THIS ONE(…)

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Paint Your Own Wood Beads

Paint Your Own Wood Beads

Wood wood wood. I just can’t get enough of this inspiring natural material lately.  I’ve been teaching a few after school art classes and each week we are exploring a new way to create simple art projects from wood, in all it’s forms. Most of the projects I do focus on the process over the outcome, but(…)

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8 Back to School Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

8 Back to School Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

It’s Back to School time, which means a lot of cheers from parents everywhere and a lot of excitement from teachers and students.  I’ve been part of an amazing series called Preschool Book Club for the past few months.  Being part of this fantastic group of women who truly care about literacy has given me the(…)

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Tar Pit Slime and Dinosaur Play for Toddlers

Tar Pit Slime and Dinosaur Play for Toddlers

Did you know that Los Angeles’ La Brea Tar Pits are one of the world’s best and most important sources of Ice Age fossils?  Yup.  Pretty cool huh?  We love science around here and are always looking for new and interesting ways to bring more science into our lives.  The La Brea Tar Pits got(…)

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Make Tinker Trays

Make Tinker Trays

I started a new job last week. I am the new atelierista (art teacher) at a Reggio based preschool close to where I live and I just love love love it! Reggio is a play based approach that I learned about several years ago and immediately fell in love with.  There are several key elements to(…)

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Make Harold’s Purple Crayon – Inspired by the Classic Book

Make Harold’s Purple Crayon – Inspired by the Classic Book

It’s Preschool Book Club time again.  Last time we read The Kissing Hand and made temporary heart tattoos just in time for back to school.  This week we read the childhood classic Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.  What a sweet book.  Harold goes on an adventure with his very own large purple(…)

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