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Cave Painting with Kids – Prehistoric Art

Cave Painting with Kids – Prehistoric Art

This is really a very simple activity. First, we read about people in the Pleistocene Era and learned about their cave painting. We found out what types of animals were around at that time and the stone age peoples’ relationships with the environment. I taped some postal paper / kraft paper from a box on the wall with painters’ tape. They also sell rolls of this brown paper if you prefer it less wrinkled or don’t have … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Art, Featured, History and Culture

Christmas Tree Fern Prints on Reusable Market Bags

Christmas Tree Fern Prints on Reusable Market Bags

My kids made these Christmas tree print reusable canvas market bags from pressed ferns two years ago for their grandparents and aunt. We noticed that ferns look a lot like Christmas trees so we saved and pressed some. Didn’t save any ferns? No problem! Fake ones will work just as well. Then, we simply placed our ferns on canvas bags and sprayed some fabric paint to create a negative print. We also flipped the sprayed ferns over and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Ecology, Featured, History and Culture

13 Tips for Photographing Nature #NGKInsider

13 Tips for Photographing Nature #NGKInsider

My eldest has a growing interest in photography, especially nature photography. As a National Geographic Kids Insider, I had a chance to listen in on a chat with photographer Kelley Miller talk about how to photograph animals. We also found out how we can be part of setting a Guinness World Record! First, here are some tips for photographing nature from Ms. Miller, illustrated with her photographs and a few of mine: 1. Be patient. 2. Practice … Read entire article »

Filed under: Art, Featured, Science, Sight

Sharpie Fireworks T-Shirt

Sharpie Fireworks T-Shirt

My friend, Athena, hosted an awesome craft group this afternoon. The girls made fireworks t-shirts and I know my son is going to want to make one, too. Materials: t-shirt Sharpie (permanent) markers rubbing alcohol medicine dropper cardboard Directions: 1. Place cardboard in between the layers of the t-shirt. Make dots with your sharpie marker in a circle shape. 2. Use the dropper to drop rubbing alcohol into the center of the design. The marker will spread. 3. Experiment with concentric circles of dots, dashes, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, History and Culture, Home Arts, Science, Summer, Visual-Spacial

Tinfoil Painting (Just Make Art!)

Tinfoil Painting (Just Make Art!)

Yesterday, I promised my kids we would make some special art so we painted on tinfoil. I wanted to share this with you to give you a better picture of what we do around here. Generally, I share projects and activities that require special instructions. However, most of what we do around here is just play, just read a book, just make art–no themes, specific directions, or structure. My kids like to draw or break out … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Art, Featured

Elevate the Arts with American Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland — An Interview with Author Jessie Haas

Elevate the Arts with American Girl of the Year, Saige Copeland — An Interview with Author Jessie Haas

In Saige, the first book for the American Girl of the Year for 2013, Saige Copeland, author Jessie Haas shares an inspiring story about a young girl who loves painting and takes a stand for keeping the arts in her school. In the first book, Saige grows as an artist and as an equestrian, makes a new friend, develops a more mature relationship with a life-long friend, takes on new responsibilities, and helps save the arts … Read entire article »

Filed under: 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-12 (Middle Grades), Art, Featured, History and Culture

Just Make Art: Oil Pastel Resist

Just Make Art: Oil Pastel Resist

Despite how it might appear from my blog, most of our time at home is spent playing. And most of our art-making is very open-ended. I might put out certain materials, demonstrate a technique, but from there it is all up to the kids and their own inspiration and creativity. One of my kids favorite things to do is to paint with watercolors. And they love making crayon resists. When the nice people at CraftProjectIdeas.com sent … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Art, Featured, Science, Visual-Spacial

Cloudy Days

Cloudy Days

Today was a great mix of weather. Some rain, thunder and lightening, as well as periods of sunshine.  We used the wonderful array of clouds in the sky to do a fun lesson on the types of clouds. (excuse the power lines in the pic)   Materials: blue construction paper cotton glue Procedure: 1. First I sat down at the computer with the kids to show my kids a very short video on how clouds are formed. We liked this one as … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Art, Featured, Literacy, Science, Subject Matter

Glue Batik Father’s Day Banner Craft

Glue Batik Father’s Day Banner Craft

We’ve been eager to try out this kid-friendly glue batik craft technique that I saw a few years ago at  That Artist Woman. Essentially, you create a glue-resist on fabric with the blue glue gel (we used Elmer’s) and then paint over with acrylic paints or fabric paint. We decided to make Father’s Day garden banners to celebrate Daddy and Papa. Materials: fabric (we used canvas bags from Michael’s but almost any white fabric would work) glue gel (we … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Featured, Home Arts

Cherry Blossom Stamps

Cherry Blossom Stamps

We’re celebrating spring with lots of floral crafts! Here’s a cherry blossom stamp art project. Bonus: you reuse/recycle a soda or water bottle for your stamp. Materials: brown paint pink paint white paper paint brush soda or water bottle Directions: 1. Dilute the brown paint a little with a drop of water and paint the branches and twigs. I showed my kids how you can get thicker strokes by pressing down with the brush. We also examined branches to see how smaller twigs … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Art, Ecology, Featured, History and Culture, Spring, Weather