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Make Beaded Wire Sculptures

Make Beaded Wire Sculptures

Wire is one of those art supplies that is filled with possibilities.  Kids really respond to it and can figure out all kinds of things to do with it.  Last week I introduced wire to my 3 and 4 year old art class.  We kept it simple since this was our first time using this(…)

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Water Bead Play for Kids

Water Bead Play for Kids

About a week or so ago I made this video about salt painting and the great response from people all over the world really surprised me.  It’s been incredible getting all these messages from different families showing their children’s salt painting art work, saying thanks for such a simple activity.  It got me thinking that(…)

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The Macaroni Necklace

The Macaroni Necklace

It’s hard for me to believe that after all these years of crafting, I have never made a macaroni necklace before.  I guess it took motherhood to kick into full gear for pasta art to fully seep into my life.  Regardless, I’m so glad it did because macaroni necklaces totally rock.  I haven’t taken these(…)

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Repainting Thrift Store Canvases for Kid Made Art

Repainting Thrift Store Canvases for Kid Made Art

A few months back I went to a local thrift store and found this gigantic framed canvas for 5.95.  Yes, 5.95! I know. It’s insane.  I snatched it right up and hauled that baby home and look what happened!  Art. Big, fabulous, kid made art that lead to dancing, leaps of joy and some hardcore focus(…)

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Family Movie Night and DIY Movie Seats

Family Movie Night and DIY Movie Seats

I love going to the movies but with two little girls under the age of 4, I’ve been waiting for just the right film for their first movie experience.  If you’re in the same boat or just love a good family movie night and want to rock your kid’s world, check out these diy movie seats over(…)

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20 Kid Made Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Love

20 Kid Made Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Love

Mother’s Day is right around the corner.  This year I am taking matters into my own hands.  I am instructing my husband as to what gift I want my girls to make me and I may even decide to make it with them.  This way when Mother’s Day comes around I am guaranteed to be(…)

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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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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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Rockin’ Records – Easy Art Project for Kids

Rockin’ Records – Easy Art Project for Kids

We’re always looking for new and interesting surfaces to paint on.  When someone donated a box full of old scratched records to my work I knew they’d be a hit with the kids.  Next time you see some records at a yard sale don’t pass them up.  10 cents later you can have a super(…)

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