One mans trash is a little girls treasure. One day while were shopping Sophia found some garbage on the store floor and managed to talk me into bringing it home. She convinced me that she was going to create art with it. It took a lot of convincing on her part because seriously what mom really wants their child picking up garbage that she finds and sticking it in your pocket. But I agreed and I checked the things over she wanted to grab before she grabbed things off the floor.
That first day she came home with a ribbon, rubber band, a piece of a fake flower and a part of a zipper.
She asked for glue and markers and she was off creating garbage art 🙂
Since then she has been collecting all kinds of things to make pictures with: rocks, dead plants, sand, sequins, sticks, wire fencing, etc.
Creating this type of art work is all about the process and I’ve been happy to have her to explore different textures and things. She even insisted on gluing sprinkles on one of her pictures she made for one of her friends at school 🙂
I just don’t know how to physically keep and store any of these creations 😉 Good thing I can take pictures and save them digitally at least.
I’ve been wanting to do a stamping project with Sophia for a while but I didn’t have many stamps and I know they can get expensive fast. However, yesterday I scored a ton of stamps off of a garage sale app for only $10 for it all.
Luckily I had bought an ink pad at my last outing to Hobby Lobby, so we got right into to stamping first thing this morning.
What you will need:
White card stock
Stamps of your liking
Wet wipes (for easy cleaning)
I picked out several stamps I thought Sophia would like to stamp with. I found a pink ink pad that had come in an art kit Sophia had received as a Christmas present. The purple on is the new one I got on sale. We folded the card stock in half.
TIP: Test the ink pads before hand. I should have tested pink one but we found out it was a bit dried out so it wasn’t really working well.
It took her a little bit to get the hang of the process. She wanted to just keep stamping with out grabbing more ink on it in between.
I told her to push the stamp all the way down since she was only pushing half the stamp, so then she pushed on it with all her might 🙂
TIP: Have the wet wipes with in easy reach for wiping off ink from little fingers 🙂
After the first card was all stamped up, Sophia wanted to make another one.
Finished cards 🙂
This is a great activity for exploring new vocabulary, a new multi-step process, listening skills and learning to follow instructions.
Depending on the stamps you use, these can be modified for any occasion or holiday. Very quick easy fun to make.
I discovered this free print out for a dinosaur matching game, 3 part Montessori cards.
I personally love dinosaurs and was fascinated by them growing up. I wanted to introduce more dinosaurs to my daughter and this was perfect.
Sophia loves to do matching games and this has different options on what to match, which I love and so did she when I introduced this game to her this morning.
All I did was made a free log in for the website Teachers Pay Teachers, link for it here. Then after you log in you can print out the free ones or purchase ones if you wish. They have Spanish card sets as well for free.
I printed them, cut them out and “laminated” them in contact paper.
After a few times of playing by looking for a matching picture Sophia wanted me to ask her to find them by name only, and she would find the two matching pictures. She got most of them right with out me showing which dinosaur I called out.
She loved this game so much that I already have printed out a marsupial and a vegetable set also. I just need to cut and laminate them as well. There is a free template for the three part Montessori cards so you can make your own too if you wish.
I received liquid watercolors for Christmas and have had this project in mind ever since. I’m so glad we finally got to try them out and it was an instant hit 🙂
What you will need:
Cups for your watercolors
Doilies of your liking
Wet wipes (for clean up)
Oven (not necessary)
I found these spill proof paint cups on Walmart.com and I’m happy to say they worked great. I love that they come with lids so you can store paint in them as well.
Set up: Place a cling wrap on your baking sheet.
I chose to use red liquid watercolor for our first batch. In one cup I put about a 1/4 inch of water and added a bit of the watercolor in. The second cup I poured undiluted watercolor in (as you can see above, in a lot smaller quantity).
Separate the doilies so you only have one in each spot. Our pan fit six nicely.
I let her have one of the paint cups at a time. It fits nicely on the baking sheet to help keep mess down. I had her do the diluted one first since it is easier for her to get the paint in the pipette by herself.
After she got done with the diluted version of paint I let her have the undiluted cup. With that she asked me to help her a few times to fill it up.
It’s ok if the hearts have white spots on them. There is plenty of paint underneath the doilies that will soak up in to them.
We repeated the process with the blue liquid watercolor.
You can see the darker blue spots in the picture above (the undiluted paint)
After sitting out for a while you can see the doilies absorbed the paint underneath them.
I placed the hearts in the oven to dry, with just the oven light turned on for a small source of heat. I wanted the end results to be as vibrant in color as possible, so I wanted all the paint to dry on to the doilies. It took about 5 hours for the hearts to fully dry.
TIP: You can remove the doilies off the cookie sheets and set to dry on a dry surface. Note that the colors will not be as bright if you do this though.
You will notice the color variations on all the hearts. I love how they turned out 🙂
TIP: After you are done and cleaning up you can put your undiluted paints back in the original container. I saved the 2 diluted paints in the spill proof containers to use in later projects.
This is a great project for boys and girls. This can be done with any free coloring pages you find to your liking online. I found some cute teddy bears, Pooh characters, even a super cute Ninjago one (link here). Just Google for free Valentine coloring pages.
What you will need:
Printer and computer/tablet/or smart phone and a sheet of printer paper
Find a free coloring page online you like and print it out
You may have seen these cute critters on Pinterest. We made 3 different versions since we kept having glue issues. I’ll show you what we all did. With pro’s and cons as they appeared.
1. First we tried to make them with Elmers glue as a post on Pinterest had suggested. I found it very flimsy and not toddler friendly as I had to hold the pieces on for a long time and the pom poms sucked in all the glue I put on. However this is a great version for older kids with patience and enough skills to do this on their own.
2. The second Love Bug we tried Removable Clear Mounting Squares instead of the Elmers glue. This version is great for toddlers as a sensory and exploratory experience, as there is no messy glue to work with. However, the end product is not stable to hang up and the mounting squares don’t grip very strongly. So we ended taking it apart and using the pieces in the final version.
3. The final and most successful version, we used hot glue. As I mentioned we used the pieces from the second version so the googlie eyes are already attached. This method will give you the most durable end result. Not as toddler friendly unless they know how to use a glue gun. Sophia is good about listening to instructions so I don’t have problems with her putting pieces on to the hot glue dabs I place. Plus I’m like a hawk with 100% attention on what she does when we are working together. I think in a few months (if I can find a suitable glue gun) I’ll let her practice holding it.
Go check out our Facebook New Years give away! I’m giving away two prizes: Love Owl craft kit and a Mystery Craft kit (you will need to supply your own glue). Go check out the Facebook post about it for your chance to win one or both prizes!
This is my favorite art project from 2014 we did. (I only have this one picture of it.) We did this as a family project since Sophia was only about a year and a half old at the time. So having an extra person helping definitely keeps the mess contained better.
What you will need:
Water color paper
A cup with water for setting dirty paint brushes in
Wet wipes (for easy clean up)
Tape the word you want on to the paper. Trim it with the razor knife to your liking. Paint your little one’s hand and have them place it over the paper. Repeat in as many colors as you like.
TIP: You want to make sure all the edges of the tape have some paint or it wont show up. (You can see the top corner of the L disappear).