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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 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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Make Pretty Things with Paint Chips


Make Pretty Things with Paint Chips

Using paint chips to make art and crafts is pure genius. They are so colorful, and they are free! There are so many ways to create with paint chips I had a hard time picking. Just type “paint chip” in the Pinterest search bar and you can scroll for ages. But I wanted my round up to be full of pretty things that you could make fairly easily, so I narrowed it down to these eight:

1. Gorgeous ombre wreath from Style at Home / 2. Sweetest heart garland from Lovely Indeed / 3. My daughter made this very pretty name garland, you can find the instructions here / 4. The most lovely chandelier made by Hey Gorgeous / 5. I made these gift tags for the teachers a few years ago, you can find out more here / 6. Brilliant use of paint chips for mini notebooks. There are no links for this but it looks super simple! / 7. These paint chip feathers are so pretty on their own, but Mer Mag made them into headbands. / 8. A beautiful piece of framed artwork by A Beautiful Mess.

I would suggest running to your nearest paint store a.s.a.p., before they catch on and start charging for these things! We love having paint chips around because you never know when you need a splash of color in a collage or a garland.

Have a great week!

xo, Bar

 

Paper Bag Crowns


Paper Bag Crowns

I love the way these crowns turned out. I don’t know what my vision was exactly…probably something more refined – ha! But since this was an open-ended project, I just gave the 4-yr olds their plain crowns and their art supplies and they made each their very own. I don’t think I could have imagined them any more beautiful!

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Paper bag

Watercolors (we used these which are inexpensive and work great in a class setting, but if you want to invest in something nicer buy these!)

Brushes

Glue (any white school glue, and i put some in a bowl with a brush for them to use as well)

Pom-poms (this bag will last you forever and it’s inexpensive)

Glitter

Sequins

Masking tape

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

Here’s how we made them:

First, cut your paper bag down the side and cut off the bottom. Lay it flat and zig-zag cut all across the top. Use the whole bag, but trim it down before painting. Do this by just placing the crown around the child’s head, then adding an extra inch.

Next, lay out your watercolors. Paint the crown and let it dry before moving on to the gluing step. I used a hairdryer to dry them quickly.

When they are dry, put out the glue and the rest of the supplies and let them add to their heart’s content! These crowns should dry overnight, flat. You can place them around their heads with a piece of masking take the next day when they are dry. Oh, but don’t forget to shake off the excess glitter!

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

make beautiful crowns from recycled paper bags

They wore their crowns all day the next day after they were dry. I was so impressed by their concentration with these, and by how magical they turned out to be. I think i might have to do these again with the next group of campers!

xo, Bar

 

Princess Castles from Shoeboxes


Princess Castles from Shoeboxes

Last week in art camp the 4-yr olds made these beautiful castles. They were totally into it! We made them over a period of three days, with drying time. When they finally took them home, they were completely sturdy and ready for imaginary play!

make these castles from recycled materials

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Two shoeboxes of different sizes (or small shipping boxes)

Scissors and exacto knife (optional, but helps cut windows)

Elmer’s glue

TP rolls, corks, popsicle sticks, other recycled materials

Tempera paints + brushes

String + colored tapes (you can get these from Amazon or Etsy)

use shoeboxes to build a princess castle

Step 1: Take the lids off the boxes and turn them upside down. Cut doors and windows. Glue the smaller box on top of the bigger box. Let dry overnight.

make princess castles from recycled materials

make princess castles from recycled materials

Step 2: Give them each 4 toilet paper rolls to glue on top. Put out recycled materials in baskets or bowls. I put out corks, popsicle sticks and cut little “bricks” from cardboard. You could also use bottle caps, wooden spools, or anything that is small that they can glue. Let the castles dry overnight before painting.

make princess castles from recycled materials

Step 3: (optional) When the glue is dry, or mostly dry, put a coat of white or light gray paint over the boxes. I did this because some of the shoeboxes were orange or black. But if you have cardboard boxes then you can skip this step.

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

Step 4: Put out some paints! My campers love, I mean LOVE, pink and purple. So we went with some pastel-ish colors. I like mixing the colors with a little white to make them more opaque. After they’ve finished covering their castles with delicious colors, let them dry overnight.

Step 5: Make the flags. I forgot to photograph this part. But basically, just take a piece of string and fold over little pieces of tape. I stuck the ends in the tubes and used masking tape to tape them down.

make beautiful princess castles from recycled materials

Aren’t they fabulous? I am so proud of all of their hard work.

Have a great week!

xo, Bar