art · Crafting · preschool

Upcycle their ART: DIY Coasters!

A few years ago, long before baby K and on the heels of a play date for miss R, I decided to turn our dining room into a playroom. The first couple years of R's life included A LOT of toy pileup in our living room (still my reality) and I was determined to create… Continue reading Upcycle their ART: DIY Coasters!

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Art is Important — And Our Children Need It

Making and viewing art enhances one’s ability to excel -- socially, professionally and academically. So why is it that today, in the United States, the extinction of art in schools is spreading like wild fire? It seems to be treated like the flowery and trivial cousin of math and science, despite the fact that there… Continue reading Art is Important — And Our Children Need It

art · Crafting · preschool

Resist Printing for Kids with Shaving Cream

Miss R takes great pride in her artistic output. But, like every artist, there are always those projects that shine brightly -- ones she's especially pleased with and wants to try again and again. Lately, the shimmery gems in her oeuvre -- the works that make her giddy with self-admiration -- are those created through resist… Continue reading Resist Printing for Kids with Shaving Cream

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Tasting Painting: Edible Art

All signs are pointing to baby K following the path of her big sis as a petite artiste. She demands (in no uncertain way) to be a part of every activity we do. But when we're dealing with slime-making supplies or other less-than-taste-friendly materials, it's a constant struggle to grab toxic items from her tiny… Continue reading Tasting Painting: Edible Art

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Nebula Painting on Glass: Fine Art for Kids 

Miss R and I were hard at work today on arty-crafty-slimey projects. One positive result of being internet deprived is that there's more (too much?) time for hands-on activities. I'd like to say that my family is becoming more Zen-minded and present and less device-attached, but in truth we're all going a bit crazy. Still,… Continue reading Nebula Painting on Glass: Fine Art for Kids 

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Tissue Paper Tape Resist Painting

Since we're still on our summer "holiday" visiting family back east, most of the time I'm responsible for only one of my two children. Right now, for example, miss R is playing a game with her MiMi while I sit in the sun room watching, listening to and smelling the torrential rain just outside the… Continue reading Tissue Paper Tape Resist Painting

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a preschooler’s paper bowl

So, you know that paper-bowls-for-preschoolers post I was going to write yesterday before my mommy rambles took over? Well, here it is. This project was completed during R's last sick day with that malevolent belly bug that violently traipsed its way around our home. It's an easy project that generates delicate paper displays -- both the… Continue reading a preschooler’s paper bowl

art · Crafting · preschool

Stained Glue Mobiles 

Hello, hello! This is a quickie follow-up to yesterday's Translucent Twist Up. As you know, I found myself overjoyed with that project's harmonious mixing of glue and food coloring -- yeah, my excitement gage must be pretty artymommy-centric right now. R and I wanted to further explore the wonders of colored glue, so we experimented… Continue reading Stained Glue Mobiles 

art · Crafting · preschool

Translucent Twist Up (Stained Glass Painting for Kids)

You guys!! I'm pretty obsessed with the project I'm about to share with you. A couple of months back, I interviewed Steve Palmer, a psychologist-painter, for a featured artist column in a newspaper (you can read that article here). I was quite drawn to his artistic process and glass paintings, which he refers to as "Liquid… Continue reading Translucent Twist Up (Stained Glass Painting for Kids)