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Cardboard Cutout Animal Magnets and DIY Magnet Wall

Cardboard Cutout Animal Magnets and DIY Magnet Wall

Last week I introduced you to a new fantastic company I’m working with called Animal Jam.  We made medals to honor all the great things are friends and family members do everyday.  This week I was so inspired by Animal Jam’s fantastic free animal games for kids that we decided to make our own little animals(…)

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Winter Wonderland Christmas Art – Tape Resist and Salt Painting

Winter Wonderland Christmas Art – Tape Resist and Salt Painting

Yay for my first Christmas craft! I hope you like it.  I combined a few of my favorite craft techniques; tape resist and salt painting, and it was so much fun.  First I taped on some Christmas trees with washi tape.  I got this tape as my weekly gift from Alt Summit.  Anyone else going?(…)

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5 Favorite Invitations to Play for Toddlers

5 Favorite Invitations to Play for Toddlers

We do A LOT of Invitations to Play around here.  Some are great and some are not.  Through trial and error, here are five simple invitations we love in our house.  We hope you like them too. 1.  Color Dropping - This first one is the most involved in terms of materials, but a quick trip(…)

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Contact Paper Mural – Enjoy the Journey

Contact Paper Mural – Enjoy the Journey

This invitation to play is about enjoying the journey, something my dad often reminds me of after hearing stories, good or bad, about my girls.  On a tray, I set up dreidels cut out from Gigi’s drawings and paintings that we’ve accumulated piles of.  I added some gold tinsel, gems in different shapes and glitter(…)

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What to do with Collage? Pencil Toppers, Garlands and Story Sticks

What to do with Collage?  Pencil Toppers, Garlands and Story Sticks

The kids from art camp made these incredible collages the other day from magazine cut outs and tape.  Their original work was so inspiring I thought we had to do more with them.  I asked the kids if they had any ideas and one girl said “We can make pencil toppers!” Ha! Genius. So, I(…)

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Little World Shadow Boxes

Little World Shadow Boxes

I love shadow boxes.  There are so many kinds and they have endless possibilities.  I introduced these little worlds to the campers on Friday to lots of “oohs and ahhhs.”  I’m excited to see what they come up with.  I gave them the option of using the top or bottom of these boxes I picked(…)

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DIY Bedroom Door Signs for Kids

DIY Bedroom Door Signs for Kids

Summer Art Camp is in full swing.  We finished up our door signs today and the kids took them home.  I like to picture the kids putting the signs on their bedroom doors, telling their parents not to come in all serious.  I was actually surprised more kids didn’t make Do Not Enter signs.  The(…)

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Washi Tape Door Knob Dangles

Washi Tape Door Knob Dangles

I’ve accumulated a nice collection of cardboard cutouts over the years from teachers that bought them and then decided they didn’t want them, so they gave them to me.  Score.  I finally got around to using them at art camp this week to make door signs and doorknob dangles.  I made these for my girl’s(…)

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Toddler Activity – Painting with Tape and Watercolors – Thanks to The Artful Parent

Toddler Activity – Painting with Tape and Watercolors – Thanks to The Artful Parent

I finally got my new edition of The Artful Parent in the mail this weekend.  What a great book!  I had pre-ordered it months ago and am happy to say it was well worth the wait.  If you’re not familiar with Jean Van’t Hul and her amazing blog, definitely check it out.  Her new book(…)

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Recycled Cardboard Mini Books

Recycled Cardboard Mini Books

My 2nd graders recently finished the book Frindle, by Andrew Clements.  They absolutely loved it.  We have been learning about summaries, so Frindle created the perfect opportunity to practice this newly acquired skill.  First I cut up some left over cardboard boxes in different sizes and folded them into books.  Then we (the teachers) glued(…)

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