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}

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}

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}

Red White and Blue Process Art

We’re seeing red, white, and blue everywhere we go, and Tinker has been especially fascinated with learning how to make stars. One afternoon I set up a simple process art activity to help her practice making her own stars before diving in to create her own red white and blue masterpiece for the Fourth of July. Materials (Affiliate links included) Large white poster board or paper Patriotic washi tape Tempera paint Assorted paint brushes Glitter glue Create Your Own Process {Read More}

Jumping Jelly Bean Painting

After a couple of not so great visits to the dentist we’re working on cutting out unnecessary sugar from our diet. So far that’s going well, and my girls are on board. But have you noticed alllll the candy that comes home around the holidays? I know you have! We’re finding creative ways to put some of it to use. By using it for fun activities like this Jumping Jelly Bean Painting, the girls aren’t quite as sad about not eating {Read More}

Salt Painted Kid-Made Christmas Ornament

Salt painting is such a fun process art activity for kids and the creations always turn out so gorgeous. We did this simple art technique and then turned them into a kid-made Christmas ornament that can be hung on the Christmas tree or combined to make a Christmas garland. Materials Affiliate links included. Watercolor paper Glue Food coloring or liquid watercolors Pipettes Epsom salt (or table salt if you don’t have Epsom salt) Scissors Hole punch Decorative Ribbon Get started {Read More}

Yarn Painted Spider Web Halloween Craft

One year we did an entire Y is for Yarn theme, and one of the activities the kids loved was painting with yarn. It’s a simple technique that can used in so many different ways. Whether kids choose to bounce the yarn on the painting surface or drag strands of yarn across the surface they always enjoy seeing the designs that they can make. We recently used this technique again to make yarn painted spider webs to display as an {Read More}

Halloween Process Art Spider Web Paintings

We first tried painting with dough cutters last year when we made our turkey paintings. Because dough cutters make a nice straight line I thought it would be fun to experiment with them to make spider web paintings. This is a quick and easy activity you can set up in five minutes or less, so it’s perfect for incorporating some seasonal art into a busy schedule. All you’ll need is paper, black paint, a dough cutter (try different sizes and {Read More}

Silly Monster Craft Collage Art

Did you grow up in a neighborhood where all the kids played together? You know the kind where kids couldn’t wait to get home to play. The kind where school afternoons led to hours of running, creating, and memory making with all the neighborhood kids. I didn’t know they still exist. But somehow with our recent move we lucked into one of those old school neighborhoods, and we are all loving it. Most days the kids play outdoors and come up with {Read More}

Painting on Textures Sensory Art and a New Book

Invitations to play are a wonderful way to present materials and encourage open-ended exploration and creativity. During our home preschool days I used invitation to play as a regular part of our daily activities. Now that both girls are in school during the day I like to set up invitations to play for the girls to find after school. They are a great way to relax and unwind after a busy day at school.   Super Sensory Invitations to Play {Read More}