It has been an exciting couple of weeks. We have had a few readings of our book ‘Farmer Pete has Stinky Feet’ at schools and at our local library. The kids have been amazing and so much fun throughout the process. They have asked a ton of adorable questions and made me glow with the cutest and sweetest comments. We set up a craft table for the kids at the reading event at the library. I also made a couple of coloring pages taken from my book. They all dove in and enjoyed both the craft and the coloring pages. I wanted to share those coloring pages with all of you. The kiddos really got a kick out of these. I hope that you do too.
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Printmaking and stamping projects are a favorite in our home. These processes are both fascinating and fun and they are great for the young and the old. Simply enjoy watching the shapes, lines and textures transfer onto paper or turn your prints and stamps into animals, flowers or a unique piece of art. Look around your house and outdoors for inspiration and printing materials. Experimenting and exploring different textures and surfaces is fun. Here are a few wonderful printing and stamping ideas to get you started.
Printmaking with CDs offers a variety of options and is easy for preschoolers to adults.
If you follow us regularly, it is probably no surprise that we are a bit obsessed with printmaking. We love stamping and printing with everything and anything. Recyclables and common household items are our favorite materials to use. If you are like us, you most likely have a few old scratched up CDs or DVDs sitting around. Well don’t toss them out just yet, instead how about experimenting with some of these simple printmaking with CDs ideas.
Baking soda and colored vinegar eruptions have been one of our daughter’s favorite activities for years. What’s not to like? They’re fun. They’re fizzy and they’re colorful. They are so beautiful that we have even made a few art projects using the eruptions. For Valentine’s Day this year, we made Fizzing Heart Art. The fizzing hearts were such a hit, that we wanted to try it again. The plan was that we were going to make red, white and blue fizzing stars for the Fourth of July, but my daughter stumbled across an idea of her own. We have been doing a large number of printing projects lately, so my daughter turned our original project into these beautiful baking soda eruption prints.
These wax paper leaf prints combine two things that we love, nature and printmaking.
Leaves are fantastic for printmaking. There are so many shapes and sizes to choose from and the veins in the leaves create such lovely lines. We are lucky enough to live in a wooded area, surrounded by such beautiful nature. We have unlimited art inspiration and free craft materials at our fingertips. My daughter and I walked around our yard and gathered different sizes and shapes of leaves for our printmaking project. We looked for interesting shapes with more prominent veins, as they make the best prints. Once we gathered all of our supplies, we were ready to make our wax paper leaf prints. Here’s how.
Tin foil printing is a fun and simple process that is perfect for toddlers to teens.
We love trying our hands at different printmaking methods. Tin foil printing is an old favorite of ours. It is a great process for kids of all ages and it is a wonderful introduction for those who have never tried printmaking before. Whether your child is still finger painting or a pro at wielding a paint brush, this printmaking technique is a ton of fun and couldn’t be easier. Here is how…
It has been Legomania in our house as of lately. My daughter is obsessed with building and has completed most of her instructional booklets.
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It can be hard to find the pieces that you need while digging through a bucket of Legos.
Sidewalk chalk activities are warm weather favorite in our home. Here are a few fun ideas for chalk games and play.
I love lazy weekends when there is nothing planned & you can just go with the flow. On weekends like this, my daughter loves to play outside just in our driveway. She loves shadow play & playing with sidewalk chalk.
My daughter is obsessed with balloons. There are balloons bouncing around our house most of the time. We have bags of them & she asks me to blow up new ones for her all the time. Yesterday, she picked up one of her balloons & started coloring it with a marker. Looking at her colored balloon gave me an idea. I grabbed one of our noninflated balloons and used markers & sharpies to color in a design. It did not need to be anything elaborate, just a quick design.
As you know, we love to read. We regularly visit the library & just love to find new books to read.
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On our last visit to the library, we found a book that we chose for its funny name. The title ‘Yucky Worms’ attracted my daughter. It got quite a chuckle.