Toddlers

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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Printmaking for Preschoolers

Printmaking for Preschoolers

Have you ever done printmaking with young children before?  From experience I can say it’s super fun, slightly crazy and a fantastic hands on art process for kids.  We did printmaking this week at art class with the 3-5 year olds.  I love the whole process, though it definitely veered in a different direction than(…)

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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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Process Art – Why It’s Great for the Whole Family

Process Art – Why It’s Great for the Whole Family

I have been inspired by art since I was a little girl.  My mom and her three sisters are all artist’s in their own way, and my grandmother is a master crafter.  She can do anything and everything with her hands.  Growing up I took countless art classes and often would hide away in my(…)

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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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Rainbow Water Bead Sensory Bags for Babies and Toddlers

Rainbow Water Bead Sensory Bags for Babies and Toddlers

With two little kids running around and art play groups for toddlers every week, we do a lot of sensory activities around here.  I especially love water beads but since they aren’t safe for little mouths, we had to get creative with how to use them.  These rainbow water bead sensory bags were the perfect(…)

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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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Fairy Soup Water Play Activity for Kids

Fairy Soup Water Play Activity for Kids

I don’t know about you, but my girls are way into fairies and ballerinas.  They just can’t get enough of either.  We’re either in tutus or fairy wings every minute, or a combination of the two.  It’s getting really hot here in Southern California so I’m trying to come up with new ways to enjoy(…)

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Science Lab for Kids

Science Lab for Kids

I am so excited to share this post with you! Have you visited Animal Jam Academy with your kids yet?  It’s this awesome online platform for kids where you can learn all about animals, be inspired by science and technology and engage in amazing design and engineering ideas.  I am seriously into this site.  I(…)

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Water Balloon Painting Art Activity for Kids

Water Balloon Painting Art Activity for Kids

I can’t help but post way too many pics from this amazing balloon painting play date.  This was so much fun and so gorgeous.  We have never painted with balloons before.  Have you?  We’ve painted balloons, but big ones with air in them.  That was cool, but painting with water balloons is a whole other(…)

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