Kids

Working With Clay and Young Children

Working With Clay and Young Children

Every once in a while an art activity comes along that totally blows my mind and literally makes me high.  Building with clay logs and bits of nature is one of those activities.  If you have young children and want to introduce them to a great, open ended, easy to manipulate, engaging activity, please oh(…)

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Painting Shells with Watercolors

Painting Shells with Watercolors

If you are looking for a super simple invitation to create, this is the perfect summer activity for young and older children.  Gather some shells, put on some nature sounds and get painting. *This post contains affiliate links.  Thank you so much for your support! Start with your favorite watercolor set.  We love this one.(…)

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Reggio Inspired Mirror Nature Painting for Toddlers

Reggio Inspired Mirror Nature Painting for Toddlers

Sometimes an activity is just so beautiful and natural I can’t take it.  Mirror nature painting outside is one of those.  The reflection of the sky or in our case, our lemon tree, in the mirrors was just gorgeous.  This invitation to play for toddlers and young children is a great, open ended art activity.(…)

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Pom Pom Flower Pops

Pom Pom Flower Pops

A few weeks ago I taught an art camp to 9 year olds and up.  It was one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve ever had.  I absolutely adored working with such an amazing group of young but old girls, while they created, challenged themselves, laughed, made decisions about their work and just had a(…)

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Reggio Inspired Splatter Paint Self Portraits with 3-5 Year Olds

Reggio Inspired Splatter Paint Self Portraits with 3-5 Year Olds

Last week was the first Meri Cherry Art Class for 3-5 years olds of the summer.  We made Reggio Inspired Splatter Paint Self-Portraits and it was so much fun! These are 100% kid made from paint to beaded wire.  I love working with this age group.  Exposing young children to the process of art is(…)

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Make Your Own Parachute Cord Vases

Make Your Own Parachute Cord Vases

More amazingness from art camp this week with the 9 and up set.  How cool are these parachute cord vases?!  They were inspired by these African Vases I saw on Polkaros.  I thought I’d try my own twist with the kids from craft camp.  Once again, they totally amazed me.  I thought the Vans they(…)

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Design Your Own Vans

Design Your Own Vans

I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk lately, feeling like every thing’s been done before and nothing feels new or fresh.  Leave it to a group of amazing 9-18 year olds to totally pump me up and get me so excited about pretty much everything!  I taught an art camp for the past(…)

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Recycled Cardboard Animal Drop Box

Recycled Cardboard Animal Drop Box

If you follow  my blog regularly you know there is almost nothing I like better than a fresh roll of duct tape.  You also know that I am a huge fan of National Geographic Kid’s awesome website Animal Jam.  I love when two of my favorite things get together.  Such fun can happen.  We made(…)

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Simple Tissue Paper Flower Art for Kids

Simple Tissue Paper Flower Art for Kids

Not long before the school year ended, I got to sub in kindergarten for a few days.  It was so much fun. I used to teach kindergarten for years before becoming an art and craft specialist.  I was anxious to get the kids creating right away, so we started our day with a super simple(…)

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Rainbow Spaghetti and Meatball Sensory Play for Toddlers

Rainbow Spaghetti and Meatball Sensory Play for Toddlers

Food and play is a hot topic on the internet right now.  So much so that I almost didn’t post our recent rainbow spaghetti play.  Then, I read Tinkerlab’s awesome post about using food in preschool sensory activities  and I decided it is something I feel comfortable with.  I appreciate and respect everyone’s right to(…)

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