Shape Reindeer Collage Art and Math

After seeing how much fun my own kids and many of you had making shape monsters, we decided to continue the creative fun with a Christmas twist. We used our shape reindeer set and some collage materials we had in our craft stash to make some adorably unique reindeer collage art. Along the way we learned about shapes, and we’ll be continuing on with some literacy and math extension activities using our reindeer. Materials for Shape Reindeer (affiliate links) Take a {Read More}

Fall Process Art for Kids

It is still 84 degrees out, and frankly it’s not feeling very much like fall around here. That means we have to make our own fall! After school we’ll be doing some fall process art activities inspired by some of our favorites around the web. Gather up some natural materials like acorns and pinecones. Grab some pumpkins. Add in a bit of a paint and few odds and ends, and you can join in too! Fall Process Art Kids experiment {Read More}

Shape Monsters Collage Art

When possible we like to add a bit of art to our learning activities. Here we created shape monsters to learn different shapes, and we had fun using collage materials to decorate them. The kids had so much fun making them, and they are all so unique! Materials for Shape Monsters (affiliate links) Shape Monster Printables Do-a-Dot Markers Glue Tape Collage Materials (We used chenille stems, googly eyes from, cotton balls, black sequins, and colored paper strips.) Scissors There are {Read More}

Rolling Runaway Pumpkin Painting Fall Process Art

Is there a certain activity your kids bring up all the time? You know, the one they wish they could do again and again. We have a few, but by far the most frequently mentioned activity is painting with rocks.  I think it’s the combinations of big art, messy play, and collaborative work that made that process art project stand out in their minds…and in mine. During the fall we always read The Runaway Pumpkin and Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins, and so {Read More}

Craft Stick STEAM Challenge

Afternoon STEAM challenges have become a highly-anticipated part of our routine around here lately. I recently shared how the girls created their own styrofoam sculptures during a week of painting and building. This craft stick STEAM challenge was set up in a similar way, and you can set it up at home or in the classroom too. Craft Stick STEAM Challenge Materials (affiliate links included) Various craft sticks-We used regular craft sticks, mini craft sticks and skill sticks we received from {Read More}

Styrofoam STEAM Building

I’ve mentioned in a few articles recently that as my kids are getting older I enjoy finding ways to set up creative challenges and play invitations after school. They are a nice way for us to sit together and chat while they unwind from a busy school day. I find that the more open-ended they are the better, and I also like to choose options that are very quick and easy to set up. This styrofoam STEAM building activity fits both of {Read More}

Slinky Painting

Did you play with slinkys when you were a kid? Me too! I loved them, but I never used them this way! We have so much fun with action art, so we decided to test out slinky painting recently. Trust me when I say, you HAVE to try it. My girls absolutely had a ball painting this way. In the past we’ve shared tons of ideas for painting without paintbrushes, but I think this is going to quickly rise to the {Read More}

Ping Pong Shooter Painting

Combining movement and painting without paintbrushes is always a win in my opinion. In the past we’ve painted with rocks, raced cars to create art, and even painted with water shooters. And we’ve played with DIY shooters a lot to launch things like pompoms, marshmallows, ping pong balls and more. Recently while we were playing I wondered if we could actually use our DIY shooters to paint, and so we started experimenting with ping pong shooter painting. Here’s what we {Read More}

Scratch and Sniff Five Senses Art for Kids

Over the years we’ve shared a lot of hands-on ways to learn about the five senses. A while ago I saw this great literacy activity from Fun-A-Day, and I’ve wanted to try scratch and sniff art ever since.  Here we’re using stencils to guide our creations, but you could also do this as a process art activity by eliminating the stencils. Materials Jello-powder in a variety of scents and colors (placed in open shallow containers) White school glue White cardstock Cookie {Read More}

Fish Crafts for Kids

Summer is meant to be spent outdoors, but sometimes you need to take a break from the heat and the sun. Head inside and make some of these fish crafts together. They’d be great to make after a visit to the beach or an aquarium. And once summer is long gone, you can use these crafts for a fish theme, an ocean theme, or Letter F week. These creative fish crafts include some clever process art ideas so you can try painting {Read More}