21 Outdoor Art Projects For Kids

outside art for kids Take art outside with these fun and simple outdoor art projects for kids. One of my favorite things to do with my kids is to set up one of these simple projects then stay outside exploring, kicking around a soccer ball or having races in the front yard after we are done. Here are 21 easy ideas for taking art outside.

Painting with Water
Spray Painting
Fresh Picked Flower Place Mats
Messy Monster Paintings

fly swatter painting
Fly Swatter Painting
Water Balloon Color Mixing
Sun Melted Crayons

truck painting for toddlers
Truck Tracks
Snow Painting
Painting Like Jackson Pollock

driveway graffiti
Driveway Graffiti
Sponge Ball Splat Painting
Painting Like Monet

DIY Bird Bath
Easy Bird Bath
Squeezie Sidewalk Painting
Broccoli Printing
Color and Clean Car Wash
Squirt Painted Hot Dog Craft

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Painting With Nature
Water Table Paint & Print
Read & Draw Picnic

Paint Easter Eggs in A Bag! { Color Mixing Too!}

mess free easter eggsI want to say that when you paint Easter eggs in a bag that it’s mess free and for many kids it would be but my little girl loves to get her hands dirty and insisted on reaching in and grabbing the painted eggs herself. Who am I to say no to that? That said, if a fear of a mess is something that stops you from getting artsy with your kids or if they are not interested in getting their hands covered in paint this Easter color mixing activity can be done without any mess . The Easter eggs we are using are artificial and coated with paper so they paint and dye just like real eggs but can be kept year after year.

Gather your materials. You will need some paper or wood craft eggs, liquid paint, gallon ziplock style bags, and something to rest the wet eggs on to dry. You may also want a piece of painter’s tape to hold the bag in place while pouring paint into it. shake painted easter eggs

Start by rolling the edges of a bag down and taping the bottom to the table to keep it all stable.

Pour the paint in. My daughter did every color the first time and was super excited about it!  shake painted easter eggs in ziplock bag

Pop the eggs in. ziplock painted easter eggsIt’s more fun if you pop two in at a time, especially if you shake it because they clang together. If you are doing this with real eggs only do one at a time or you will have shell everywhere. I imagined she’d shake the bag but she liked squishing it more. Which is fine, don’t get hung up on the little details like this. shake painted eggs

She reached in to grab the eggs but you can carefully dump the egg onto the carton for drying without ever touching it, which is what I did with the next four eggs. No need for little hands to get covered in paint unless everyone is cool with it!paint easter eggs in a bag

After the initial every color exploration we decided to make some colors. The first combination was the classic yellow and blue! color mixing and squish painting in a bag easter eggsNext up all the “girl colors” it doesn’t seem to matter how often I say colors don’t have genders, my daughter is think in the stage of classifying things by gender. I know that this is a stage and helps kids make sense of things but I would be lying if I didn’t say I am looking forward to the next phase. Please tell me I am not the only one?! easy painted easter eggs in a bagYou can use the same bag or grab a new one. If you want to reuse the best way to wash them out is to fill with water pour out, turn inside out and give a quick wipe.  Let dry . decorate easter eggs in a bag

 

How To Throw A Great Book Themed Play Date with The Pigeon Needs A Bath

How To Host A Book Themed Play DateI get asked often to host little events for brands or book releases but it’s rare that I find one that I think is a good fit for No Time For Flash Cards. This time when the offer to share Mo Willem’s new book came into my inbox I jumped at it. We love Mo Willems and getting to share his brand new book The Pigeon Needs a Bath! with our friends online and in real life was a perfect fit. I decided to turn it into a fun little after preschool play date to promote not only friendship but a love of reading too. For once I am in some pictures thanks to my friend Catie from Catie’s Photography offering to help shoot the play date for me. This post and party were sponsored by Disney-Hyperion and contain affiliate links.

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1. Get Their Attention

When you are trying to gather kids attention late in the day a great way to do that is to combine snack time with listening. We handed out fruit, cheese and drinks and then mini cupcakes at the table.food pigeon party 3

2. Share The Book In A Fun Way

We had a little friendly competition between two favorite Pigeon books. As soon as we got settled with the food I explained we were going to see if this brand new book was as good or even better than the other Pigeon books. I made a little voting booth and got settled in to read.

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! was funny. There were some giggles for sure.pigeon reading 2

But it was not as funny as The Pigeon Needs A Bath. The kids were laughing out loud as I read.reading pigeon party

What I love about play dates like this is that reading becomes special.

3. Make Something Inspired By The Book.pigeon craft

We made bookmarks. How appropriate! These Pigeon bookmarks were a cinch to make and the kids had fun gluing them together. I loved seeing all the slight variations. I chose a bookmark because my whole goal was to make reading special. This bookmark can be used for reading or for children this young used to tag a book they want to read that night. My daughter chooses her bedtime books every night and now she can tag which one she wants to read by popping the bookmark in it and setting it on her room.

pigeon needs a bath craft craft

Here is the step by step- clearly photographed by me

Gather your materials. You will need some blue , brown, yellow and white paper. You will also need googly eyes, scissors, a hole punch, some raffia ribbon, glue stick and crayons.

Start by cutting out a blue rectangle and a smaller brown one. Glue them together.
Next cut out a small yellow beak . Then cut out a circle, long skinny rectangle and semi circle from the blue paper. Glue them together on the brown rectangle.how to make a pigeon bookmark

 

Add an eye and a white strip of paper on his neck.
Add legs and a wing with crayon or markers.
Punch a hole in the top for the raffia.how to make a pigeon bookmark for kids

Add the raffia and get that pigeon dirty by coloring all over!how to make a pigeon needs a bath bookmark

4. Send Them On Their Way With More To Read!

I was fortunate enough to have the publisher provide books for all my guests, I don’t think I could have afforded to do that. There are inexpensive ways to send each child home with a book like hitting up Goodwill, the dollar store or asking each guest to bring a book to exchange. I do think that this step is important and such a great way to focus on what a gift reading and books are.pigeon favors

This was our first book play date but I know there will be more in the future. You can learn more about all the Pigeon Series here , check out Mo Willems’s blog here, and yes The Pigeon is even on Twitter!

As mentioned above this post and party were sponsored by Disney-Hyperion

 

Crafts and Activities For Kids { Link Up! }

kids activities

You would think that with as many fantastic blogs out there that we would stop seeing new ideas but creativity breeds creativity and that is why I love sharing my crafts and activities for kids.  You may not decided to follow my tutorials step by step but the ideas might spark something new for you and your family. That is exactly why I blog.  So browse through these great ideas below and see if you get any sparks!

If these hundred or so ideas aren’t enough at last count I have pinned over 14 thousand ideas on Pinterest and share multiple times a day on Facebook.

Of course as always if you are  a blogger please feel free to add a link or two! Anything that you think our readers might love.



Simple Earth Suncatcher – Earth Day Craft

earth day craft

Taking care of the earth is a big job and it requires teamwork. In the spirit of Earth Day and working together a bunch of rad kid bloggers and I decided to share Earth Day crafts today in a blog hop. There are so many fun Earth Day projects from us , Marie over at Make & Takes, Holly at Kids Activities Blog, Christine at Childhood 101, Stacey at Kid Stuff World and Becky at Patchwork Posse. You can find the links below our super ( like seriously super) easy earth suncatcher craft tutorial.

Earth Day Kids Craft Blogs

Gather your materials. You will need a plastic lid, some glue, blue and green glitter, ribbon, a plate and hole punch. Oh and a q-tip that was my daughter’s addition on the fly.earth day sun catcher craft doe kids

Start by pouring glue on the inside of a recycled plastic lid.easy earth day suncatcher craft

Spread it with a q-tip.earth day craft for kids

Cover it with glitter. We talked about how much water there is on earth and how it breaks up the land. Depending on the age of the child you can get really detailed with this step. The nice thing is that it doesn’t have to be detailed and works for all ages.super simple earth day sun catcher

Let dry. For days.glue and glitter earth day craft for kids

You will know it is dry when it peels off the lid. Shake off any excess glitter.easy earth craft for toddlers

Trim.earth sun catcher craft

Punch a hole and thread some ribbon through.earth day craft glue glop sun catcher

Hang up and enjoy the sparkle. It can be a reminder of how the earth should be and a nudge to do out part to make it sparkle.earth day suncatcher

Now go explore these other awesome ideas and fantastic blogs.

earth day crafts

Found Things Collage on Kid Stuff World
Recycle Paper Tube Train on Make and Takes
2 T-shirt Cinch Sack on Patchwork Posse
Make a Planet Earth on Kids Activities Blog
Paper Mache Pots on Childhood 101