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Nature and Watercolors

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Nature and watercolors combine to make a beautiful and fun piece of process art.

With the warmer weather here, we have been playing outdoors a lot more. All of this outdoor play means our nature boxes are filling up with great supplies for art projects and crafts. We gather and collect nature items all of the time and set them aside in boxes. It is fun to find different shaped leaves, rocks and cool looking plants. My five year old loves to glue nature items to paper to make collages. That is where we found inspiration for this nature and watercolors project.Nature and watercolor paints art collage for kids. A pretty and fun piece of process art for the preschoolers and kids. This is a great spring and summer arts and craft project

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Painting Petals Activity

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Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. - Great for all ages.My daughter went to her first live theater production with me last week. We went to see a youth theater performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. My girl was mesmerized.  She loved the music. She clapped and bounced along as they sang. One part that she really liked was when the cards in the Queen of Hearts kingdom painted all the white roses red.

We have been singing around the house “We’re painting the roses red, painting the roses red.”

While playing outside this weekends with my daughter and one of her friends, I looked over and spotted some lovely white flowers in our yard and while they were not roses, I thought about Alice and asked my daughter if she wanted to paint those flowers like the cards did. Her and her friend were overjoyed by this idea. I laid down a piece of poster board in our driveway and brought out some paints.

I picked one bunch of flowers and brought them over and thought the kids mighty enjoy painting it together, but as they began, they decided they each wanted to paint their own.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors..

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors.

My my daughter painted each petal very carefully and her friend had a more dive in and get your hands dirty approach. Both were wonderful, with beautiful results.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors

They loved it.

This was a huge hit with both young ladies. I thought that they would like it, but I never anticipated just how much. We ended up eating a very late lunch because I could not pull them away from this paint project.

All of our projects came out great. We set each one aside to dry.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer project that you can do outdoors.

Painting flower petals - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring, summer project that you can do outdoors.

Her friend even asked me if we could paint another one the next time she came over. Of course, the summer is not over yet.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages..

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Clay Suncatcher Ornaments

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Clay Suncatchers - summer arts and crafts projects for kids made with clay & tissue paper.

It seems as if these days the only thing that my daughter wants to play with is clay, so forgive me for the overload of clay projects lately. It is her activity of choice and I have been enjoying working with it as well.  She comes up with some interesting designs & loves to incorporate other craft supplies into the mix.  She made one clay project with pieces of tissue paper the other day & it gave me an idea.

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All of these suncatchers were made with air dry clay.  For the first one, we rolled out 2 clumps of clay & used a cookie cutter to cut out the same 2 shapes. I used a straw to poke holes all around one of the shapes. When I had enough holes, I placed the hole punched shape onto the other like shape. Using it as a guideline, I used the straw to make holes onto the other shape too. I carefully pulled the 2 shapes apart. We ripped up different colored tissue paper & glued them to the bottom shape. After adding the tissue, I placed the other shape on top of the tissue paper while lining up the 2 shapes. I pinched the outer edges & used a touch of water to smooth out any creases or lumps.

Poke an additional hole if you want to hang it up in the window. String a piece of yarn through the hole. Painting is optional once the clay dries.

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Clay Suncatchers - summer arts and crafts projects for kids made with clay & tissue paper

For this next one, we used cookie cutters again. We used a similar method as above, but instead of little holes, we cut out one heart shaped hole in the center and then used wax paper & tissue paper.

Clay Suncatcher Ornaments - summer arts and crafts projects for kids made with clay & tissue paper

For the final project, we made a hand print suncatcher. My daughter traced her hand for me & I cut it out. I used the cut-out as a template and cut out a piece of wax paper. We covered the wax paper in tissue paper & then set it aside to dry. When the tissue paper dried, We rolled out long strips of clay & used it to line the front & back of our handprint.  Air dry clay can be delicate if not thick enough, so do not roll out too thin. Pinch, press and smooth the sides out to join the clay together. Set the clay aside to dry for a day or two.

Again, use water to smooth out any blemishes & set aside to dry. Paint it if you desire. We chose to leave ours bare.

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Chalk & Nature Art

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Land & Chalk Art - Nature and outdoor play for the kids - Summer arts & crafts and activities

This was a great weekend for being outdoors. It was cloudy & it was not too hot or too cold. It was perfect for backyard exploring and playing and, of course, for sidewalk chalk.  My daughter & I love playing with sidewalk chalk. It is an outdoor favorite.

We both began drawing with our chalk & my daughter spotted some loose petals on the ground nearby. She ran to pick them up & brought some over to show me. We decided to work them into our sidewalk art. As we began working, we realized that we wanted more, so we walked around the yard and collected rocks, sticks, leaves & fallen petals.

My daughter loved this. she drew out her picture and placed her nature items around it. She kept jumping up and searching the yard for more. “I need white rocks and 1 stick.” She looked for her perfect pieces & returned.

Our creations were a lot of fun. We worked on them until it was time to start dinner.

Later, I asked my daughter if her favorite part was gathering the rocks. She said “No, I like drawing outside with my mama.” That was my favorite part too.

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Yarn Wrapped Bumble Bee Craft

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We just discovered that we have a hive of bees living in our porch. Every day for the past few weeks, the bees have been buzzing around our heads as we are outside playing.
Yarn Wrapped bumble bee craft for the kids. a cute spring or summer craft & a great fine motor activity as well

There was one that lingered on our porch a few days ago & my daughter and I wanted to investigate a little. We watched it for a while as it rubbed its legs together and sat on our step.

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Outdoor Ice Play

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Painting ice is perfect fot a hot summer's day - painted ice flower kid's arts & crafts

I don’t know how the weather has been where you are, but the past few days here have been hot, like really hot. I love the outdoors, but am not a fan of the heat. We made some simple sidewalk paint out of cornstarch & water & were eager to play with it. Because of the heat, I packed a big bowl of ice just to help keep us cool. It turned out that that giant bowl of ice turned into a day of icy fun. I took a few cubes out & put my bare feet on top of them to keep cool, but my daughter grabbed some cubes out of the bowl & started creating.

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She formed a flower with some ice cubes & then grabbed our sidewalk paint and painted the cubes. She was very excited about how pretty her flower was. I grabbed a couple of leaves & a stem to finish it off. She loved it.

 

Painting ice is perfect fot a hot summer's day - painted ice flower kid's arts & crafts .

She continued to form designs with the cubes. She dipped the cubes in the paint, she painted them with her brush & we even had ice cubes races to see which colored cubes would melt the farthest.

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We went through many bowls of ice cubes. Since my daughter loves vinegar & baking soda, we added some into the mix & made icy baking soda eruptions.

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Vinegar & baking soda volcanoes on ice. Fun & messy outdoor science play for kids

After we used up our last bowl of ice & all of our baking soda, we finally used our paints for a few sidewalk designs.

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Craft Stick Fences

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Popsicle stick nature craft for kids - pretty spring or summer arts & craft project.

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This week we have been playing with a box of jumbo craft sticks. We have made craft after craft with our craft sticks. We glued them together in a number of different designs. We made a few craft stick fences, which is not a new idea by any means, but we decided to dress up our fences with a little paint & a little touch of nature.

Popsicle stick nature craft for kids - pretty spring or summer arts & craft project

My daughter & I enjoyed picking flowers for our project. We gathered a variety of flowers & leaves.

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We used tacky glue to glue our craft sticks together as shown.

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We both painted our glued fences with acrylic paints & then let them dry. I went with a simple white fence,while my daughter opted for a little more color.

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Once dry, we used the tacky glue to glue pieces of flowers & leaves to the fence.

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Popsicle stick nature craft for kids - pretty spring or summer arts & craft project..,

My daughter’s came out so beautiful. She even made sure to tell me that she liked hers better than mine. I think I would have to agree.

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9 Flower Arts & Crafts Projects For Kids

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9 Flower arts & crafts projects for kids for the spring and summer

The springtime is just magical, the warmer weather comes, the birds return & the trees & flowers start to bloom. My daughter & I love flowers. We love to smell, them , pick them, plant them & we love to craft them. Here are some of our favorite flowery arts & crafts projects.

9 Flower arts & crafts projects for kids for the spring and summer

I love to teach my daughter about the great artists. These watercolor paintings were inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe & her famous flower paintings.

Georgia O’Keeffe Inspired Flowers

Georgia OKeefe inspired watercolor paintings for kids - exploring art history famous-artists

Paper bowls, lentils & pasta shells made this bright & cheery sunflower craft.

Sunflower Craft

Sunflower Craft made out of lentils, pasta shells & paper bowls. A great flower arts & craft project for the kids for spring.

Clay projects are a favorite in our house. These painted clay flowers make a lovely gift & are easy & fun to make.

Clay Flowers

Salt Dough Clay Flowers. These adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids makes a wonderful gift for Mothers Day or any special occasion.

We made these as a continuation of a tie dye project with paper towels. We made them several months ago & they are still proudly displayed in our house.

Tie Dye Paper Towel Flowers

Tie Dye Paper Towel Flowers - a pretty summer or spring project to make with the kids.

We have a huge box of egg cartons that we save to recycle into craft projects. There are so many fun variations of egg carton flowers. Here is a super simple one.

Simple Egg Carton Flowers

The super simple egg carton flower bouquet is a quick & easy craft that you can make with all your leftover egg cartons

My daughter is obsessed with buttons. She loves to make crafts out of them. These button flowers on newspaper are so pretty & fun to make. A little glitter & glue give it an extra sparkle.

Button Flowers on Newspaper

I love these button flowers on newspaper. They are so pretty & make a great spring craft for the kids.

This flower craft uses shapes, paint & different utensils to create the textured look of these pretty little petals.

Paint Scrape Flower Craft

Create a flower craft with a textured look by using different utensils to scrape the paint of of your petal shapes. Fun kids craft

How many of you have old puzzles with missing pieces? Don’t throw those old puzzles away, they make lovely recycled craft projects.

Puzzle Piece Flowers

Don't toss your old puzzle pieces, Recycle them into a lovely kids craft for spring. Puzzle piece flower

Paint, color or scribble with markers to make these lovely plastic spoon flowers.

Plastic Spoon Flowers

Let you kids Paint, color or scribble with markers to make these lovely plastic spoon flowers.

Cut & paint Dixie cups to make this fun flower craft. Use a second cup to create a lovely base to display your art.

Dixie Cup Flowers

Use a Dixie Cup to make these lovely kid painted flower craft - great arts & crafts project for spring

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Salt Dough Flowers

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My daughter is 4 this year. This year I promised her that she could have a garden of her very own. We have selected our spot outside & are getting ready to prep the area.  I let her pick the seeds that she wanted to grow. She picked 2 flowers & 2 vegetables.

Painted Salt Dough Clay Flowers with photo. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion.

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The flower packets recommended that we start the seeds inside first & once they sprout to transport them outside, so that is what we will do. Both of us are anxious for our flowers to sprout, but we know that it will take some time.

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While we wait, we felt inspired to make some flowers that we can enjoy right now. As you know, my little is a big fan of salt dough projects of any kind, so that is what we made our flowers out of.

We started with a simple salt dough clay recipe.

We rolled out our dough & used a flower cookie cutter to press out our shapes.

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We pressed lightly on our flowers to spread them out a bit to make our surface area larger.

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We put our flower shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet. We pressed a Popsicle stick into the back of each flower. You may also insert a stick right into the middle of one of the petals to be able to utilize both sides of the flower.

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We pressed a shot glass into the center of the flower to make an outline to make the petals more distinct.

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We baked our flowers for about 2 hours at 250 degrees. When they were done & cooled, we painted our flowers with acrylic paints. My daughter, as usual, opted for rainbow colors.

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We set them on a paper towel to dry. When they were dry, I cut leaves out of green foam sheets & glued them in place.

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Salt Dough Clay Flowers. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion

We had some cute little colored flower pails to stake them inbut a Dixie Cup would work fine as well. We filled the containers with packed soil & inserted the flowers in the soil.

Painted Salt Dough Clay Flowers. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion.

We used crazy glue to glue a photo in the center of one of the flowers that my daughter painted to make a special gift for her lucky Nana.

Salt Dough Clay Flowers with photo. This adorable spring or summer arts & crafts project for kids would also make a wonderful gift for Mother's Day or any special occasion

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