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DIY SCRATCH ART (WITH A CRICUT)

August 22, 2019

This post contains affiliated links for your convenience. I only write about products I love and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. For more information see┬áLegal. When I taught elementary school art one of my favorite easy end-of-the-year, "I don't feel like writing a lesson plan" activities was scratch art. I'd buy Scratch Art paper in bulk and cut the pages in half and let the kids draw whatever they wanted for half an hour. If you've never…

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Pre-K Scissor Practice with Nature

June 4, 2019
Basket of Flowers + Leaves for Scissor Practice

I don't know about you, but my little one is fascinated with scissors. Probably because kids love anything that is potentially dangerous. He is always asking to cut things so I wanted to build on this interest and incorporate nature by creating a scissor practice basket. We filled the basket with some flowers that were starting to wilt in a vase, but we've also collected leaves and other plants from the yard to use for our scissor practice baskets. The…

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EASTER EGG DYEING WITH BUBBLE WRAP

April 10, 2019
bubble wrap easter egg dye technique

I can't believe Easter is almost here! I just finished making the kids fun and practical Easter baskets and now its almost time to start dyeing our Easter eggs! Some of my favorite egg dyeing techniques are marbling with shaving cream, shaking the eggs in rice, dyeing with paper towels but this year I wanted to try a fun new twist to dyeing Easter eggs! I've been saving a bunch of bubble wrap for some printmaking projects, but I thought…

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14 DAYS OF HEART ART FOR TODDLERS

January 31, 2019
Heart art for toddlers for Valentine's Day 14 different art projects

Valentine's day is almost here and you will start to see oodles of cutesy heart crafts all over Pinterest and coming home from your kid's preschool. As a former art teacher and a museum professional, I have a little bit of personal disdain for holiday crafts. Mostly because I value the arts so much and understand how beneficial the arts can be for children. For holidays, like Valentine's Day, it is understandable that most people look for a specific holiday-related…

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Creative Monthly Chalkboard Baby Photographs

May 23, 2017

I wanted to do something creative for Teddy’s monthly baby pictures. I have a background in art, and I wanted pictures that combined drawing and photography. I’ve seen sidewalk chalk drawings with kids done before, but I wanted to put a new spin on it! I love thinking of new and funny ideas every month, and until about 10 months Teddy loved posing for them. Taking these monthly chalkboard photographs are easier than you might think, and won’t cost you much…

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