Kids

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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10 Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know

10 Art Secrets Every Parent Should Know

I was recently hired to help convert a family garage into an art space for 3 children ages 4 to 10.  It got me thinking about why every parent doesn’t just dive right into art activities with their children.  After all, it’s so much fun.  Here’s what I came up with.  A lot of parents don’t want(…)

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Pom Pom Wooden Peg Dolls

Pom Pom Wooden Peg Dolls

Hey guys.  I’m over at MollyMoo today sharing how to make these super cute pom pom peg dolls.  Aren’t they the cutest?  Check out the full tutorial here and then pop on over here to see how we used them in our amazing wood structures.

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Veggie Printmaking for Preschoolers

Veggie Printmaking for Preschoolers

I love printmaking with young children.  We’ve been doing a ton of it around here lately.  Check out our styrofoam prints here.   Printmaking is a fun, simple process art activity that kids love.  This week we used veggies for vegetable printmaking and it was a mega hit from toddlers to preschoolers to older kids.(…)

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Temporary Mosaic Art

Temporary Mosaic Art

Oh my gosh.  Temporary mosaic art is so easy and happy and fun I had to post it immediately! I am a huge fan of mosaic art.  It was the first after school class I ever taught, fresh out of college and I fell in love.  There are so many ways to do mosaic art(…)

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Hand Painted Beaded Key Chains

Hand Painted Beaded Key Chains

A few weeks ago I taught an art camp for girls ages 8-12.  It was two days of craftastic amazingness including Design your own Canvas Sneakers and Pom Pom Parachute Cord Vases.  We also made these beautiful hand painted  beaded key chains that I am slightly obsessed with.  They are just so pretty and there(…)

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Building Clay Structures with Young Children

Building Clay Structures with 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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