Painted Wooden Blocks


Painted Wooden Blocks

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

When the kids walked into art class last week and saw wooden blocks and paint, they couldn’t believe it! Were they really allowed to paint on them? One little girl told us a story about how she once drew on wooden blocks. She said her mom didn’t get mad. Then they all started to chat and share more stories, saying “me, too!” whenever they recognized familiar parts of someone else’s narrative. This block painting party was very much of a collaborative art experience, with all of the kids working towards one end and sharing the same experience. It was a beautiful thing!

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

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Here’s what you’ll need for your own block painting experience:

Supplies

Wooden blocks (I got 1 1/2″ and 2″ cubes)

Liquid watercolor paint (this is a good starter kit, but we also used gold)

Recycled jars or glasses

Brushes

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

Focus was intense from the beginning as they realized that each block has six sides!

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

Some kids are just inherently neat. Some are not.

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

This boy was the champ. He never stopped painting for an entire hour. He also discovered that you could print with the blocks if you put enough paint on and stamped it on the paper. It’s so exciting to watch discovery and creativity in action.

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

artistic DIY blocks make a beautiful gift

I can’t recommend this art experience enough! The results are so beautiful. You can keep the blocks for yourself, or give them as a gift. The holidays are coming soon!

xo, Bar

{Warning: These blocks are not safe for babies and toddlers who are still teething. The paint could come off in their mouths.}

 

Sensory Art Play with Easy Dough


Sensory Art Play with Easy Dough

My friend Asia from Fun at Home with Kids has a new book! It’s called 150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids and it’s literally awesome. There are recipes for everything under the sun, from flubber to slime, moon sand to fizzy slush. There are also sections on homemade paints, small worlds, and DIY toys. If only I had had this book when my kids were little!! I would have used it every day, I swear.

I decided to make some easy dough, which was something I had never tried before. I have made lots of play dough, but I wanted a no-cook, quick version (just 2 ingredients). My 4-yr old art class kids would be my testers. Let the fun begin!!

Recipe from Fun at Home with Kids book

I made five colors and rolled them into balls. I also put out a few trays of stuff for them to tinker around with. I loved seeing what they chose and how they used all of the small parts.

Recipe from Fun at Home with Kids book

The dough is more like wet sand, not really like play dough. I love this little girl’s face as she squeezes and smushes it through her fingers. It has a really satisfying feel and quality. Like, you know when you walk on the beach and you get closer to the water and your feet sort of sink into the sand? Well that’s close to what this easy dough is like. Just really cool.

Recipe from Fun at Home with Kids book

This little artist made an island zoo. She used the cork to smooth out the sides, and added straw bits for grass.

Recipe from Fun at Home with Kids book

I love the progression of this purple mound. First she touched and rolled, then shaped and added parts. Then she took little bits of other colors and finally she discovered that pushing in the corks was just soooo fun. Process art and play at it’s finest!

Recipe from Fun at Home with Kids book

Although this dough looks messy, it really wasn’t that bad. Just a little sweep of the floor. The best part was that when I put the dough in the plastic bags, my own kids (much older) came home from school and all of them played with the “sensory bags” the whole night. Yet another use for easy dough!

Buy the book for the recipe!! It’s a must. You will be so happy to have it at your fingertips on rainy days (and sunny days)!. In fact, it would be an amazing holiday gift for your mom friends with little kids, along with a kit of some of the ingredients. Sort of like this one.

Click over to Asia’s blog to find all of the places you can buy the book outside of the USA. Or click here to buy it on Amazon.

xo, Bar

 

Leaf Drawing with Chalk Markers


Leaf Drawing with Chalk Markers

Yesterday I found this big and beautiful leaf on a walk with a friend. I tried hard not to pick up every leaf that I saw because my kids keep telling me that’s weird and annoying. So I restrained myself and only stopped to pick up this one. How could I not? I came home and drew on it immediately. I love using chalk markers because they are neon, opaque, you can wipe them off with your finger (and some spit) if you mess up, they dry quickly, and they are super easy for kids to use.

so many reasons to love chalk markers

so many reasons to love chalk markers

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Have a great weekend!

xo, Bar