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Building with Wood for a Kids’ Playdate

Building with Wood for a Kid’s Playdate Building with wood made our playdate special and memorable, but was also easy and fun for both parents and kids.  What I like about a project like this for a playdate is that the kids have another little friend to share ideas with. I also like that there is not a lot of adult instruction.  It is almost purely child lead.  Because of its open ended nature, this activity encourages creative problem solving and dialogue.  And I...

Create clay bugs with air dry clay

Clay Bug Sculptures Created with Air Dry Clay

Clay Bug Sculptures Made with Air Dry Clay Create whimsical clay bug sculptures with air dry clay using this simple step by step tutorial!  Air dry clay gives your child the experience and feel of real clay without needing to access a kiln.  Because of their simple shapes and small sizes, clay bugs are a great introduction to clay sculpture! In addition to a tutorial, this post also includes inspirational resources such as books to read, an example from art history, and drawing...

Multimedia bird painting: Kids combine paint, pastel drawing, model magic, and found objects to create a textured bird

Multimedia Bird Art Using Clay and Paint

  Multimedia Bird Art Using clay and Paint     Do you and your child ever go on a vacation or even an outing and come home inspired to make art?  Well, that is what happened to us when we took a trip with family to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, PA this past summer!  This place was truly amazing, and my four year old son and I were talking about these awesome bird experiences for a while. We both decided it would...

Flower Sun-catcher Craft

This past April I had the opportunity to volunteer in my son’s preschool and lead them in an art experience. The theme for the week was flowers, so I decided on a flower sun-catcher using warm and cool colors. Through this activity the children not only learned the parts of a flower, but they learned some introductory color theory, such as color mixing and the difference between cool and warm colors. They also got to show off their cutting skills...