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Arts + Crafts for every age! Anything that we make, hope to make, wish we could make, or others made, will be posted on this page.

Rainbow Flower Collage


Rainbow Flower Collage

My four-year-olds made these! Some of them had just learned cutting so it was definitely a challenge, but they were up for it and they persevered and I was so proud of them! I was inspired by this post from Deep Space Sparkle, an awesome website with so many great resources by elementary school art teacher Patty Palmer. She has great instructions for this project which she did with kindergartners. We simplified a bit since my kids were younger, so I’ll go over our version.

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

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Supplies needed:

Colored paper in a rainbow mix ~ you can cut up old art mixed with some construction paper, and some origami paper if you want some patterns.

Scissors

Glue stick

A piece of cardboard (I cut mine from a box in rectangular sizes, about 8″ x 11″)

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

I supplied circles for the middle that I cut from muffin tin papers. I thought they would get frustrated cutting a circle. I cut all of the papers into small rectangular shapes, then I taught them how to cut a petal by placing your scissors at the bottom in the middle, curving out, then ending at the top middle. This concept was tough! I helped some of the girls by putting my fingers in the scissors with their fingers on top. This allowed them to go through the movements and understand the concept of “curved”. After they chose their own colors and cut their petals, they laid them out around the middle and used the glue stick to glue them on. Some of the kids made a stem and leaves, but some were so tired from cutting they were done!

great art project for cutting skills and color recognition

I love the sweet & proud smile on this one. Melts my heart.

I am a huge proponent of open-ended art so this project was a little out of my comfort zone, but I also think it’s important to teach skills from time to time, and I loved how simple this was. Cutting, glueing and learning about the colors of the rainbow are all great lessons for four-year olds. And they were so excited to have a finished piece to show their mamas!

xo, Bar

 

Cardboard Theatre


Cardboard Theatre

My fourteen-year-old daughter came home from her last day of 8th grade with this!! I mean….OMG!! I immediately took about a million photos of it, from all sorts of various angles. I was asking her a million questions, like how did she come up with this idea, how did she make it, did your art teacher just DIE?? Turns out, the assignment was to make something with cardboard. She came up with the idea all by herself (she wants to be an actress, so this was very personal art making), she made it by cutting cardboard and gluing it and painting it (duh), and she didn’t know if her teacher liked it because she never asked. Even more AWESOME!! A completely self motivated art experience with no expectations. Now that I’m done gushing, here are more photos of her masterpiece.

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

a  mini theatre made from cardboard

I love how she rolled the cardboard to make little stage lights. And I love the castle bricks, and the clouds…and how she outlined the castle with gold. I also think the seats are brilliant. How long did it take to cut out all of those little chairs? I honestly didn’t know she had this in her, she is not normally a detail oriented girl. But this is what I love most about motherhood…just when you think you know them completely, they surprise you with another layer of their growing self.

I love this theatre, and I love this girl. Thanks for letting me gush!

xo, Bar

 

Making Art with Bubbles


Making Art with Bubbles

A few weeks ago I received a surprise package ~ the new book by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller! These two ladies have an incredibly successful blog that you should follow immediately called Kids Activities Blog. They sent me a free copy, just because they like me I think. I immediately opened it and started folding down corners on the pages that looked good. And by good I mean stuff I could do with my campers. After folding down about 12 pages, I decided to start with something that I’ve been wanting to try forever: Bubble art!

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

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The book has really good and clear directions, so I won’t give that away. But I will say that we first used gray sulfite paper (like construction paper, but a little more dense…i love this paper!), and it made some really ethereal patterns. I loved it, but the kids thought it was a bit dull. So then I brought out white sulfite paper. We used just one color to make them monochromatic (we talked about this word in class which was fun to say), but I think next time I will have the kids use multiple colors.

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

We experimented with the bubbles a lot. They loved building big bubble towers. I mean, LOVED! But then they realized that when all the bubbles melted, the paper just looked like one color and you couldn’t see any circles. It was too saturated. So then they started practicing blowing very delicate bubbles. All in all, they were completely fascinated!

such a fun idea with beautiful results from the Kids Activities Blog's new book

I cut out the paper that was laying on the table ~ the aftermath ~ and hung it up on the wall next to the kids’ work. They walked in the next day for camp and said, “Wow!”, which was very cool.

This book is just so full of fun ideas, I love it. It reminds me of this one book I used to have when the kids were little. I think I gave it to the library when we moved last year which makes me SO SAD! Why would I do that? I was in a purge mode. So I don’t remember what it was called, but 101 Kids Activities is such an awesome replacement. You can do crafts, play games, or do some science-y things. It’s just a very easy way to bring some fun and creativity into your long day with kids. Or my fave idea (which is what it says on the cover) ~ give the book to your babysitter!

xo, Bar

{note: As I was writing this blog post I came across Artchoo’s post about the exact same activity from the same book. Oy! Sorry Jeanette, hope I didn’t step on your toes. But you guys should definitely check out her post because she used multiple colors and they were more vibrant.}

 

Henna Hands by Kids


Henna Hands by Kids

There is a fad brewing in our house. My daughter and her friend, both 11, came downstairs the other day and showed me their hands. OMG, so beautiful! They had both created the coolest designs on each other with gel pens. Wow!

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

They called them “henna hands”, named after the Indian tradition of painting on your body with henna dye. She is now a self-proclaimed pro. All of the little girls at art camp have been waiting patiently for their turn with the henna girl.

She uses these super duper neon gel pens. They don’t smudge when dry, but wash off instantly with water. And they are scented! So your hand smells fruity and delicious.

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

I tweeted the company who makes these cute little gel pens, and they assured me that YES they are non-toxic. Phew, because the henna hands have been the perfect summer craft in our house for the last two weeks. I love when my kids tap into their own creativity and go with it!

xo, Bar

 

Cardboard Ice Cream Cones


Cardboard Ice Cream Cones

This is a super fun and colorful art craft for the kids to do this summer. It takes a bit of prep, but after that the execution is very easy. And the final results are downright adorable!

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Cardboard + scissors

Black fine tip Sharpie

Tempera paint (I used neon colors mixed with white )

Colored paper cut into “sprinkle” pieces

Circle + shape punches (optional) to make more candy decoration

Glitter glue

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

How to make your cone:

1. Cut out an ice-cream cone from your cardboard. I don’t have a template because it needs to be really big…bigger than printer paper. But drawing a cone is easy. It’s an upside down triangle and then two circles on top. You can do it! (Tip: draw your cone on the backside of the cardboard box).

2. Cut out little pieces of colored paper that will be the sprinkles. Punch out some circles or other shapes, like hearts or stars, that will be the candy. I used old art to cut the candy pieces.

3. Mix some sherberty paint colors. And mint. Chocolate was the kids’ fave flavor, but we all decided that brown paint would be boring on brown cardboard. They actually helped me choose and name the colors which was an extra fun activity.

4. Show them on a separate piece of paper what diagonal lines look like on a cone. Then give them each a black sharpie and let them do the lines, showing them how to draw one line across the top of the cone, then diagonal lines in one direction and then the other. They love this part because it seems so grown-up to use a sharpie, and it instantly looks like a cone!

5. Now it’s time to paint. Anything goes. I even had a three-year old paint right over her cone. She wanted it pink. Then another one copied her (trends start fast with little ones). It’s all good!

6. Next take out the glitter glue and let them glue on their sprinkles and decoration. You could even bring out pom-poms which makes the kids really happy. That’s it! Let dry overnight before they can take it home.

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

make these paint + collage cones ~ great summer art craft

This project was so successful, I cut out cardboard popsicles for the next day. I’ll share those some other time, they are really cute, too.

Have fun!

xo, Bar

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