Art Is Messy!

Ribbon Painting!

I’ve been waiting to do this art project for ages, I have used yarn with awesome results in the past but didn’t have any handy. I was prepared to do a project myself a long side my son , but as it turned out he was able to do it with no help! I must warn you , it was messy!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need paper, paint, a plate for the paint and ribbon , yarn or string.
  2. Cut a short piece of ribbon for your child, the younger the child the shorter the ribbon, the longer it is the harder it is to control.
  3. Pour some paint on the plate .
  4. Dip your ribbon in the paint and then touch your ribbon to the paper. I was shocked at how my son caught on fast, of course the ribbon went into his mouth a bunch too.
  5. Add another color!
  6. Keep going until the mess becomes too much or your little one has had enough! We stopped when paint made it onto the eyebrows!
  7. Just a note about art activities like this- something I always try to do is allow my son to pick out his own paint colors, today he picked orange and yellow and I added in pink since he has been having a hard time recognizing pink , so this was a fun time to reinforce it!

Song!

I thought this song about pigs in the mud was fitting after such a messy art project!


Three Little Pigs

Three little pigs rolled in the mud,
Squishy , Squashy felt so good,
The farmer took one pig out,
Oink oink oink, the pig did shout!

Continue with 2, 1

No little pigs rolled in the mud,
They all looked so clean and good,
The farmer turned his back and then,
All the little pigs rolled in the mug again!

Books!

” Action Jackson” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan is a great book not only about Jackson Pollock but also about how an artist goes through the artistic process, their influences and what their life is like. This book is perfect for older children but my son loved looking at pictures and Jackson Pollock’s dog! I would suggested this for anyone with budding artists!

” Painting with Picasso” by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober is a sweet little board book and only one in a series of “Mini Masters” by the authors. This book and all in the series will introduce your child to famous art work in their own home or stroller because they travel well too!


Popsicle Stick Crafts : Coasters

 

summer craft for kids

 I love popsicle stick crafts and I made this craft for the first time while sick with mono in 1994, I was couch bound and bored to tears, and my sister needed coasters for her college dorm room. So since all I ate for 6 weeks were popsicles I made the coasters out of the sticks. She still has them 14 years later

  1. Gather your materials. You will need many popsicle sticks, markers, glue, a paint brush , small dish and some water.
  2. Start by using the markers to color half of the popsicle sticks. Permanent markers will work the best, but you can use regular ones and seal it later.
  3. Lay out the other half on a scrap piece of paper.
  4. Cover it with glue.
  5. Lay out your colored sticks on top going in the opposite direction.
  6. Let dry.
  7. Mix glue and water together to make a seal, you can also buy craft sealer at a art supply store but , I am way too lazy to drive 20 minutes just for that! I did 4-5 easy coats, applied after the previous was dry. If you are not using permanent markers your colors will run when you brush the glue glaze on it. I liked the effect! I haven’t had any color running since the seal but I would test it out on a washable surface first!
  8. Let it all dry and make some coffee!

Easy Texture Collage Ghost

halloween crafts for toddlers I’m trying to desensitize my easy to burst into tears toddler to the scarier side of Halloween so today our craft is a fun friendly ghost. I decided to make it a fun collage with rough and soft materials so even if you don’t participate in Halloween you can simply do a collage with opposing textures !

  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, some black foam ( although paper would work fine too) , some cotton balls, some party streamers, crayons, scissors and glue.
  2. Pull the cotton balls apart into smaller pieces, and cut the streamer into small squares.
  3. Draw a basic outline of a ghost. If your child can draw it have them do it.
  4. Add glue start collaging! Talk about how soft the cotton balls are and how rough the paper feels. Let dry.
  5. While your child is collaging , cut out 2 eyes and mouth from the foam sheet. I like using foam because it will retain it’s shape on top of the other materials.
  6. Glue those on. My son wanted nothing to do with them until they looked like eyes and a mouth on the ghost, then he wanted to help tap them in place!
  7. Have your child decorate the other piece of paper, we are using the Halloween recycled crayon we made a few weeks ago.
  8. Cut out the ghost and glue it on the backing!
  9. All done!

Halloween Books Part II

More Spooky Reads!
I think any holiday especially one as awesome as Halloween ( that’s my sweet tooth talking) is a fantastic catalyst for reading. Use your child’s excitement to get some learning in ! Here are three more fun Halloween Books.

“Dem Bones” by Bob Barner is sort of two books in one. The superficial layer uses the words of the ever popular old time spiritual with fun Halloween inspired skelleton illustrations. There is also a second layer that has longer text for older children that goes into the anatomy of the bones the song sings about. Great way to keep a Halloween theme strong while teaching about the human body!

” Maisy’s Halloween “ is a cute board book for toddlers that follows Maisy’s search for the right Halloween costume. There is something about this little mouse that children just love, it’s also a cute introduction about the fun we have dressing up for Halloween.

” Big Pumpkin” by Erica Silverman is a staple in most preschool classrooms. It’s a cute story about a witch who is desperate for pumpkin pie but her giant pumpkin is too big for her to pick up! Luckily she enlists the help of a ghost, vampire, mummy and bat and with a little teamwork they save the night! The rhyming text is almost like a song and kids love it!

Letter of the Week ! U u !

Umbrella U !

Living in rainy weather it’s only fitting to use umbrella for our U craft, after making it it started raining and we dug out our umbrella and took a stroll in the rain .
  1. Gather your materials. You will need 2 pieces of construction paper, scissors, some crayons, glue and some blue craft foam.
  2. Start by drawing a big U and the top of an umbrella. Don’t cut them out yet.
  3. Have your child color the U and umbrella with crayons. Don’t forget that when they are coloring you have the opportunity to teach them about colors!
  4. While they are coloring cut out some rain drops out of the blue foam. I like using foam for stuff like this because little hands do well with it, and it adds some texture to the craft.
  5. When they are done decorating their umbrella hand them the other page and have them draw puddles, or clouds or if they are little anything is great, my son drew a boat and a dinghy! At least that’s what he told me :)
  6. Cut out the U and the umbrella.
  7. Glue on the U.
  8. Add the umbrella
  9. Add glue for the rain drops.
  10. Add them on!
  11. All done!
Books!

” Cloudy with a chance of meatballs” by Judi Barrett is a fantastic book for Pre-K and up, if your child has a long attention span I would try it earlier , but the text is long and complicated for most toddlers. My son won’t sit for more than a few pages if I am lucky. The story follows one Grandpa’s tale about the town of Chewsandswallows where the weather comes in the form of food! All was well in Chewsandswallows until the weather took a turn for the worse! I loved teaching with this story, and kids love it too!

” Weather” by Pamela Chanko and Daniel Moreton is the perfect little non fiction book about weather for toddlers and young preschoolers. It’s short and has big interesting photos depicting different weather. Don’t be fooled, it looks like nothing, but trust me little guys will ask you to read it again and again. It’s important that children get read a variety of things, not simply fiction, so don’t be afraid to get your child a simple little non fiction book like this one!

” The Itsy-Bitsy Spider” by My First Taggies Book is a fun little book with the ever popular tags which add an extra level of sensory experience for your little one. The pictures are cute, the rhyme familiar and I liked traveling with this book when my son was little, because of the tags it was a double duty, book and touch toy!