75 Ways to Paint for Kids from A to Z

75 Ways to Paint for Kids

A Animal Track Painting from Child Central Station Painting with Apples from Learning 4 Kids B Blow Dryer Art from Child Central Station Ball Painting from Mommy and Me Book Club Body Paint from Kiwi Crate and The Activity Mom Bubble Wrap Painting from Art Bar Blog Bath Paint from The Imagination Tree Bottle Print Painting from Mess for Less Bike Painting from Pink … [Read more...]

Colored Oobleck

Colored Oobleck Sensory

I took a trip back to my childhood today and made some colored Oobleck with my son. In case you've never made this it is just corn starch and water. It makes the strangest consistency-- halfway between a solid and a liquid. I could sit for hours and just play with it in my hands. Well today my son and I decided we would add some color to our oobleck and see if we could make … [Read more...]

Circle Art

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This is a great art project that utilizes materials that you probably already have in your house! To make this pretty circle art, you will need: Paper cups (we used ones from our bathroom) Black or gray paint (we used gray) Watercolors Paper We started by dipping the paper cup into the gray paint and stamping circles.  I encouraged them to do as many or … [Read more...]

Toddler Painting

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Painting is one of our VERY favorite activities in this house!  We love a good set of watercolors but we also like to get creative.  Here are some of our favorite ways to paint! Toddler Painting This one is a sneaky learning activity and craft all rolled into one!  I draw some lines (these inadvertently turned into snowflakes!) and provide Q-tips and daubers (stroll … [Read more...]

Foam Easter Eggs

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  For the whole month of April my kids have decorating eggs on the brain! They can't get enough. These foam Easter egg decorations are the perfect supplement to dying and decorating real eggs. Materials: craft foam, scissors, water, paint brush Cut out foam Easter eggs from craft foam. Cut out other random shapes to decorate the eggs with such as lines, … [Read more...]

Rainbow Q-Tip Painting

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 Having kids at different ages and stages can sometimes be tricky, so I'm always thinking of ways to engage BOTH kiddos (age 6 and age 2) in fun ways.  Pointillism rainbows met that requirement and was a great seasonal activity! First, I drew (freehand... No teasing!) two pots on their papers.  They colored them in. Then, I poured a bit of red fingerprint on a plate and … [Read more...]

Painting Noodles

Painting Lasagna Noodles

 Time to get creative with those left over lasagna noodles in your pantry! Painting noodles, just add paint! They are the perfect painting surface (with a cute border). We had so much fun with this, I wish I would have thought of it sooner! You've painted your noodles, now what? Break them into pieces and make a sculpture or collage. Use them as a ramp for your … [Read more...]

Babysitters and Learning Activities

Babysitter Learning Activities

When M was born (6 years ago!), I quit teaching.  I LOVED teaching but my heart was at home with her.  We made it work for a long time but recently, an AMAZING part-time reading specialist position opened up AT HER SCHOOL and I accepted. But, it means leaving Big G (2 years old) and Little G (8 months) Mondays through Thursdays. Grandma is watching them and mentioned that … [Read more...]

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activities

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Themed Activities

We love the book Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom. These Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activities are the perfect compliment to the book. G (2 years old) had a Chicka Chicka themed day and he had a blast! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Painting After reading the book, stamp out a coconut tree!  I found these sponge letters at Wal-Mart.  I paired them with washable poster paint. G had … [Read more...]

October Symmetry Craft

October Symmetry Craft

Your preschooler or toddler will love to experiment with symmetry with this October symmetry craft! Fold a piece of construction paper in half and draw one of the outlines shown. Cut it out or let your child cut along the lines for extra practice with scissors.  Paint on just one half of your bat or pumpkin. The more colors and patterns, the better! He was really into … [Read more...]

Painting Tray Idea

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This painting tray idea is perfect for all ages creating art if you need different colors of paint to use for your masterpiece. I have this large, plastic egg tray (from Dollar Tree) that I originally used for Baby's First Sensory Tub and then again for patterning with pom poms and for sorting small objects. I got it out the other day and decided it was also perfect … [Read more...]

Fun with Paint

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Fun with Paint.....I know paint can be messy, but it's SO fun for little hands!  We try and use Crayola Washable paints as much as we can because the clean up really is a snap.  Here are some fun ways we keep painting fresh! Paint withOUT a paintbrush!  We love to use found objects, such as corks, cleaning scrub brushes, kitchen sponges, or Q-tips! Cut up a … [Read more...]