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Paul Klee Inspired Block Printing

Here is a fun printmaking project inspired by artist Paul Klee and his painting Castle and Sun.

Do your kids watch Little Einsteins? My little girl loves them and was watching them the other day. If you do watch them, you know that they feature an artist and a composer each episode. Paul Klee was the artist in this episode.  My daughter wants to know everything and anything that she can about the great artists. Klee was one that we have not covered yet, so she, of course, wanted to know more about him. We read a little about him online and then looked over his collection of works. Castle and Sun caught our eye. The combination of colors and shapes reminded us of building blocks. I thought that it would be fun to try stamping with the building blocks and create our own Paul Klee inspired artwork.

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Building Block Still Life Paintings

Build & Paint beginner still life art for kids - construct your own still life paintings with blocks

My daughter, like so many little kids these days is in love with the Shopkins. They are all over our house & she plays with them every day. A couple of days ago, she lined up a few of them on the coffee table & began to draw them. As she drew them, I commented on what a lovely still life she was making.

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“What’s a still life?,” my daughter asked me. This led to a discussion about still lifes. This was a perfect opportunity for some art experimentation.

I went to grab some fruit to show her a classic still life subject, but it turned out that all we had were lemons left and I was looking for something more colorful to keep it bright & interesting for her. That’s when I spotted the box of blocks on the floor.

With its simple shapes & bright colors, the blocks were perfect for a beginner’s still life painting.

I used the blocks to build a quick still life & showed my daughter how I was painting the objects in front of me.

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She wanted to build her own still life with the blocks, so she constructed her design.

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She even added a few of her Shopkins to the still. When she finished building, she was ready to paint. At first, she didn’t quite know where to start, so I asked her what she saw.

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She told me that she saw the blue block first, so she painted it. I asked her what she saw next & she pointed to the yellow block next to it & said she saw the yellow. She painted that as well.

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From there, she continued on explaining to me what she was looking at. She described the shapes & colors & where they were in  relation to the other blocks.

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She made great observations while she painted her picture. It was wonderful She did a fantastic job on her painting.

Build & Paint still life art for kids - construct your own still life with blocks..

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Egg Carton Building Blocks

Egg Carton building blocks for kids - Engineering & STEM activities - kid's arts, crafts, learning & activities with recyclables

In our last post, I told you about my daughter’s new-found love for the Pyramids. She recently saw a documentary on them & now wants to know everything about them. We went to the library & bought some books & over the weekend we made a pyramid craft. I thought it might be fun for us to stack a pyramid, so yesterday we painted some egg carton pieces & used them to build colorful pyramids.

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Exploring Shadows

When I heard the weather report for this weekend, I was overjoyed. I could not wait to get outdoors with the family.  I asked my daughter what she wanted to do & she wanted to bring her building blocks outside & play. We brought them out & began to build with them in the driveway.

Exploring shadow & light with blocks, bodies & nature painting. These are wonderful spring & summer activities that you can do with your kids while exploring shadow & light outdoors*This post contains affiliate links*

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Alphabet Block Bookcase

Blocksbookcase.jpgOur home is no longer an adult’s house. It is a toddler’s house that has a couple of adults living in it. There is not one room in our house that is not filled with Mai’s toys, clothes, artwork or books. I can hardly remember what is was like to have a tidy house.

We read a lot in our home. My daughter loves being read to and now is at the point that she knows most of her books so well that she can recite them to us. Her books are everywhere. We have two baskets of books in our living room, a pile on her floor in her room, a stack on our night stand in our room and a shelf of them in the kitchen. I had read a suggestion regarding rotating your books out as you do with your toys, that your toddlers only need a few books out at a time. The thing is my daughter reads them all. I boxed up a few of the less popular books in her collection and she knew that they were not there. We have book picnics in our living room, where we will lay about 15 books out with snacks and pillows and we will go through them all.

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I wanted to organize her books better and at a little cuteness to her space as well. This was a simple project using wooden storage cubes.

ALPHABET BLOCK BOOKCASE

What you will need:

Wooden storage blocks
Acrylic paints
Alphabet stencils
Paint brush
Tape
Ruler

Directions:

Lay down newspaper and gather all your supplies. Position your first block for painting.

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Place your stencil in the center of your block.  Measure around all four sides to make sure that you are centered. Tape the stencil in place.

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Using the color of your choice paint within the stencil.

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Using a ruler or anything with a hard edge, paint a straight thick line about an inch thick around all four edges.

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Let dry and then repeat all steps with how ever many cubes you choose to use. For your bottom cubes, paint so that the openings are opposite of one another so that you may get books easily.

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Secure with gorilla glue, nails or screws to secure the blocks in place.

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