Friday, March 27, 2015

Pollock Inspired Painting!

I am on a painting kick this week so I thought I would share another painting craft with you!

This is a sensory craft that includes the use of your child's gross motor skills, and being able to throw paint is such a fun way to play!

Here is the link for full instructions: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/10/paint-filled-eggs-on-canvas.html.

I would strongly recommend wearing old clothes, and it might be easiest to make a small hole at the top using a butter knife. Like your trying to extract egg yolk to make a white cake or something... Enjoy!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Fork Painted Tulips!

Looking for something more spring themed or colorful to make with the kids? Why not paint tulips using forks!?

These are attractive and simple, and the kids will have fun making a mess using the forks, I mean paint!This craft can also serve as a gift for a loved one as well: refrigerator art, wall art, etc.

Also, protective wear might be a necessity for this craft, especially with the little ones!

Here is the link for inspiration and full instructions: http://www.kidsplaybox.com/spring-art-tulip-painting/. Enjoy!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Inkblot T-shirt!



Here is a fun and colorful way to simultaneously teach your kids about symmetry and creativity that they can also wear!

The t-shirts are modeled after the Rorschach inkblot tests. The idea of this craft is that you and your child scatter colored drops of paint on a shirt, fold it in half, and open it back up to see the vibrant creation you have just made! The kids will learn about symmetry and why mixing colors produce new or different hues of color. Plus, it is also fun to re-purpose old t-shirts that are still in wearable condition!

If you do not have any fabric paint on hand, Joann Fabrics sells it for about $2-$10 depending on the bottle's brand. In my past experiences with fabric paint and iron on designs, it's best to let the material air dry after it has gone through the washing machine. This craft can get a little messy, and I strongly urge you to cover your clothes or wear old clothes because fabric paint will stain just about anything.

Here is the link for full instructions: http://www.elsiemarley.com/ink-blot-shirts.html, enjoy!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Paper Shamrock Decorations!

Are you feeling the St. Patrick's Day spirit yet?!

Today for our monthly Make-It & Take-It program, we made treasure pouches from muslin fabric, sharpies, and rubbing alcohol! As a continuation of the St. Patrick's Day theme, here is a little more complex craft for you and your kids to try!

These really do look pretty awesome when they are completed and hanging up! Here is the link for the full instructions: http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2012/03/paper-strip-shamrocks.html#_a5y_p=1306343. If you do not have hot glue or staples, I'm sure you could substitute them with tape or something!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Balloon Inflation Experiment!

T.G.I.F. to you all and it seems like a perfect Friday for another science-themed craft!

This craft teaches kids simple science experiments using ingredients or supplies that already exist in the kitchen. I found this inspiration on http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/fizzinflator.php, and the idea is to combine baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and vinegar (acetic acid) to create carbon dioxide (CO2).

Also, there's less clean up compared to a homemade volcano! Good luck on your experimenting and have fun with it!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Paint Swatch Bookmark!

Do you happen to have spare paint swatches hiding in your junk drawer that you cannot see yourself parting with, but you do not know what to do with either?

If you do not have any on hand, don't worry because they are easy to get! So, try making this colorful upcycled bookmark craft that the kids will enjoy! You can find the image on The Crafty Blog Stalker.

Unfortunately, there are no instructions that I was able to find for you to follow, but all you really need to make these are a handful of your favorite colored paint swatches, some sharpies (preferably black), some ribbon or another decorative string, like yarn, that would look awesome too.

Get creative and have fun!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Lava Lamp!

Do you have extra materials left over from a baking or cooking experiment and don't know what to do for a simple yet fun craft with the kids? Why not try making a science themed lava lamp using just four ingredients from the kitchen?!

This is a pretty neat and simple science experiment that involves color and bubbles! I made one of these last year, and they really are easy to make but more fun to watch!

However, I do recommend using a jar or a bottle that has the ability to be more air tight than a peanut butter jar, because messes like to accompany most experiments without fail.

So, here is the link with full instructions: http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2014/05/fun-things-for-kids-make-lava-lamp.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed:+123homeschool4me/WkbE+%28123+Homeschool+4+Me%29&m=1

Have fun and enjoy!