It has been quite a few months since I have last posted. My daughter has been keeping me busy with sports and all of her extra-curricular activities, but with the current state of the world right now, we are at home as many of you are. We hope that all are safe and healthy. I know many are looking for easy activities to do with their kiddos right now. I will try to post as many easy arts & crafts projects with easily accessible items. This toilet paper tube rainbow is simple to make to ring in the spring. Paper towel rolls will work as well. We love our recyclables.
Inspired by the beautiful book ‘My Color is Rainbow’, this rainbow collage is a colorful kid’s craft that is great for working on scissor skills.
My daughter and I love to discover new books. That is why we were so excited when Agnes Hsu, the author of the amazing blog Hello Wonderful, published a new children’s book. Our whole family immediately fell in love with ‘My Color is Rainbow’. The story of Little White Arch is a beautiful one with a wonderful message. You will want to follow him on his colorful journey again and again. We felt so inspired by the story and its illustrations that, of course, we had to make a craft to go with it.
If you are looking for a quick and super easy arts and crafts project for the kids. It does not get much easier than this toothbrush painted rainbow.
For some reason in our house, we go through tooth brushes like crazy. We just replaced our last set of toothbrushes. I was about to throw them out when I thought that we could use them for something fun. My daughter and I love to paint without paint brushes. We have seen toothbrush painting before, but had never tried it. Today, seemed like as good a time as any. Since we’re on a rainbow kick right now, we decided to paint a rainbow with our toothbrushes.
Science and art combine in this amazing and simple rainbow experiment. The kids will love to make, explore and paint rainbows.
The other day, my daughter picked up a CD and was fascinated by the rainbows that formed on it when she moved it around. We held it under the light and moved it all around and admired the bursts of color. The colors were so beautiful. We wanted more and had an idea to try to paint our rainbows.
If you read my last post, you know that my fickle little artist changed her mind just as we were about to make a paper plate octopus the other day. Today, Mai must have had another change of heart because she was ready for those paper plate crafts tonight.
“What do you want to make?”
“I want rain & sunshine and a rainbow and all the clouds.”
Paper Plate Rain & Rainbow Crafts
What you will need:
Construction Paper (yellow & orange)
Blue Pom Poms
Needle & Thread
Tissue Paper in all of the colors of the rainbow
Paint paper plate in yellow & let dry. (If you are going to make both crafts, paint 2 plates)
Cut triangle shapes out of yellow & orange paper.
After the plate dries, draw in a happy face for your sun.
Flip the plate over & glue the beams in place & let dry.
Cut a different paper plate in half & glue cotton balls to the top of it & let dry. Use the other half for the next craft.
String the pom poms up with needle & thread. Form a few strands & space out the pom poms to form rain drops. Attach to the back of your cloud.
Glue to the side of the sunshine.
For the rainbow craft, repeat all of the steps above except for threading the pom poms. Instead cut out strips of tissue in each color of the rainbow. Cut 2 strips of each color & glue to the back of your cloud.
When we finished Mai looked at me & said “Silly Mama, you forgot to make the spout & the spider.” Apparently, she wanted this to be an Itsy Bitsy Spider craft.
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For those of you that have followed along with me for a while, you know our family has a soft spot for Rice Krispies Treats. Our wedding cake was even fashioned out of 3 tiers of solid Rice Krispies Treats.
We have been eagerly anticipating spring here. It has been a week of rainbows in our home. We painted some spaghetti rainbows over the weekend.
Then today we made some Rice Krispies Treats Rainbows. We have made these before for parties and such, but tonight the treats were just for us.
5-6 cups Rice Krispies
About 40 Marshmallows
1 stick of Butter
Food coloring – red, orange ,yellow ,green ,blue & purple
1. Slice a stick of butter into 6 equal parts.
2. Line a small baking pan with wax paper. We used a 7X5X1.5. Spray the paper with cooking spray.
3. In a small sauce pan, melt one pat of butter over low heat. Stir in 6-7 medium sized marshmallows cut up into smaller pieces. Stir until melted.
4. Add a few drops of red food coloring until you get the achieved color. Stir in 3/4 cup of Rice Krispies until well coated.
5. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pan, packing it well. Use fingers to press in well. Wet hands work best & keep the Krispies from sticking to fingers.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 five more times with the remaining colors, layering each color on top of the last.
Let cool in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes and then lift the treats out by the wax paper. Peel off the wax paper from the treats.
Use a sharp knife to slice the treats in to thin strips.
Curve your strips into arcs to form rainbows.
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Sorry for the absence the last few months. Last year was a busy year for us. Between the release of our children’s book ‘Farmer Pete Has Stinky Feet’ (affiliate link) and finishing up the final touches on our next book, it has been hectic. We are happy to be back though and are ready to start painting and crafting with you all again. And what better way to kick off our return with a colorful and easy spring painting for the kiddos. These pastel resist rainy windows are perfect for the spring.
It brings me so much joy knowing that my daughter loves art as much as I do. My five-year old spends the vast majority of her free time drawing, painting or crafting. It is wonderful to be able to share this with her.
I introduced her to the great artists early on and her curiosity and love for them has grown and grown. She wants to read books about them (We included a list of some of our favorite kid’s book about famous artists at the bottom of the post.) and look at pictures of their different artwork. She wants to know everything about them and loves trying to recreate their work and experiment with each artist’s techniques. It is amazing. Sufficed to say, artist inspired art projects have quickly become a favorite in our home. Here is a great collection of some of our favorite artist inspired projects for kids.
These clothespin horses are a fun craft and are great to use in pretend play. Make a whole stable full of different horses.
Clothespins and craft sticks are two things that work well together. Just play around with them a little and see. You can use them in learning activities, engineering opportunities and many wonderful crafts. We love these clothespin horses and unicorns. These are so easy to make and are simply adorable.
We love yarn. Sure, it is great for knitting and crocheting, but it can be used for so much more. There are many wonderful arts, crafts and activities that you can make using yarn. It is perfect for teaching sewing to beginners, for working on fine motor skills, for creating fun and unique craft projects and even making lovely pieces of process art. Here are just a few of our favorite yarn crafts and activities.