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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.}

 

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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Watercolor Garland {paint with Q-tips}


Watercolor Garland {paint with Q-tips}

I am so in love with these garlands that the 4-yr olds made in art camp last week. This technique was such a success that the kids asked to do it again the next day! They LOVED painting with q-tips. And I swear, there was literally no way to make these mini paintings look bad. They were all just so beautiful!

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Liquid Watercolors (I use these, buy the 8oz bottles because you will love and use them that much. I used yellow, orange, red, pink, metallic gold and fluorescent pink for this project. Amazon doesn’t display their colors, so if you want to see the full color chart you can look or buy them here.)

Watercolor paper (I use this lighter weight paper, cut to 3″ x 4″)

Q-tips

Small containers (I used plastic egg cartons, or you could use these palettes)

Hole punch (1/8″)

Yarn

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

The instructions for this project are so easy. Simply put out your watercolors, let the kids add a q-tip to each color, then have them paint on their little rectangles. Once they are dry, punch a hole at the top corners and string them together. Voila! I do have a tip: cover the end of the string with a little piece of tape so it resembles a shoelace. This will make it easier to get through the little holes.

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

make a beautiful garland with liquid watercolors & q-tips

I cannot mention this enough…these are GORGEOUS!! Something so easy and pretty should be made by everyone.

It’s almost the weekend…yay! Have a great one.

xo, Bar