crafts · holiday · process art

A friend posted this idea on my Facebook page, and I had to try it! Originally from Learning 4 Kids on Pinterest (whoa social media), this activity uses cardboard tubes to make fireworks. How fun for the Fourth of July! Prep was simple: cut slits (of the same length) around one side of a cardboard tube and… Continue reading

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crafts · movement · process art · sensory

bubble wrap jellyfish

Oh bubble wrap. I love you. The boys and I decided to add jellyfish to our ocean, and I wanted them to be AWESOME. Lots of texture and pattern and color and movement. These things are all that and more. To start, I cut a bunch of paper plates in half. Jackson decided he didn’t… Continue reading bubble wrap jellyfish

crafts · movement

under the table drawing

This one didn’t create stunning drawings but it didn’t have to. Putting a commonly used material in an uncommon place can lead to renewed interest, creativity and JOY.  Today, I taped a piece of paper under the playroom table and Jackson and I drew with crayons. We were under there for an hour. It was… Continue reading under the table drawing

crafts · process art

painting an ocean

Today the boys and I painted an ocean for our next wall scene! “Look mama! My hands are the OCEAN!” Rollers and brushes, different shades of blues and greens, and another water table clean up!  Now on to the creatures!

crafts · movement · process art · sensory

thwap painting

The cashier at the grocery store probably thought we have a major bug problem. Actually, we have a painting addiction.  This one should really be done outside. Really. You’ve been warned.   THWAP! *giggle*  THWAP! THWAP! *giggle giggle* This project was messy, and crazy (wind!), and awesome! We rolled out a huge piece of paper… Continue reading thwap painting

crafts · movement · process art · sensory

marble shake painting

Ok folks, there’s no sugarcoating this one. It gets messy. But it’s a BLAST! And there are a few things you can do to contain the paintornado (see what I did there?). Let’s do this. My kids are at very different places right now – developmentally, emotionally, physically. They got very different experiences out of this… Continue reading marble shake painting

crafts · science

bird nests

It felt like time to check in with our spring tree! One thing I love about these ongoing projects is their integration of a variety of skills and learning topics, all focused on a central engaging theme. So far we’ve constructed a trunk and branches, painted and attached leaves, and crafted tissue paper spring blossoms. Now… Continue reading bird nests

crafts · science

marshmallow shooters

I did this activity for Jackson. I swear.  With a few basic materials I already had in the house (never EVER throw away paper towel or toilet paper tubes), these shooters came together quickly and were So. Much. Fun. Jackson enjoyed them, too. Tee Hee. I spotted this idea on Simply Learning. To make the shooters,… Continue reading marshmallow shooters