Sunday, January 31
Saturday, January 30
This is a fun, easy and inexpensive project that your children will love!
What you need:
Small Printed images - (we did an image search on Google for one of Austin's favorite character's)
1. Find and print out your images - square and rectangle shapes seem to be easy, but get creative here
2. Cut out your images, leaving enough room along the top and bottome to put holes
3. Put a hole at the top and the bottom of each piece, and then insert the straw threw each hole starting at the bottom of the straw (you will probably have to squeeze the straw at the bottom to make it fit), and then push to the top.
I hope you enjoyed this project!
Friday, January 29
Everyone in our house is sick right now, and no one wants to do much but sleep :)
That being said, I thought it would be a good time to cover the art education topic. This is under a lot of debate right now, as more and more schools across the country are eliminating the arts in school in order to save money. This is a topic I feel very strongly about for a number of reasons, and was shocked when it sparked a debate between my husband and myself. He didn't feel it was an important part of the educational system "at least for little kids" to use his words exactly. So I started looking up information on the topic (becuase for some reason he can't take what I have to say about the subject as truth because I'm "too emotionally involved with it" to use his exact words again, lol).
Well, I came across this article and I think it does a great job of explaining exactly why children thrive from art education in grade school.
Here's a small portion from the National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign talking about some of the benefits of art education in grade school:
(your child is) "4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance"
Please visit the site for a more compelling list of reasons your child needs an art education: http://www.artsusa.org/public_awareness/
This is what my site is all about, and part of the reason I upload a new project each day. I hope that this can be used as a resource for many.
Would you like to share something on this topic? Please feel free to leave a comment below.
Thursday, January 28
Any extras you'd like to use to decorate the heart
1. Fold the sheet of construction paper in half, and cut out half of a heart along the fold so that when you open it up, you'll have a symetrical heart.
2. Write the person's name vertically, then you and your child can think of adjectives for that person that start with the begining letter.
That's it, and I'm sure the recipient of this Valentine will absolutely love it :)
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Wednesday, January 27
Thin rectangular sheet of wood (I didn't do a thing to this piece execpt sand the edges)
Ultra-fine sand paper
Ultra-thin tip black pen/marker (I used Micron at 0.2 cm)
1. Sand away any rough edges.
2. Choose your stamp, and then stamp the image onto the wood lightly. Take your thin tip marker and outline anything you want to show up black.
3. Color in any areas you want to have color in with marker.
That's it! You can also free-form draw your image - I did that with the heart in mine. Don't be afraid to improvise, and be creative. If you're going to give one away as a gift, you could also write a poem or note on the other side.
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Have a great day everyone!
Tuesday, January 26
This is a great project for learning about color mixing, and how combining colors creates new colors. My son loved it, and kept singing that he was a "fantastic artist", lol.
What you need:
Acrylic Paint in Red, Blue and Yellow (the primary colors)
Dixi cups or plate
Water to clean the brush
1. Put each color of paint in a seperate cup or in seperate piles on a plate
2. Allow your child to mix and experiment with colors on the paper - explain what different colors are made by mixing.
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Monday, January 25
Sunday, January 24
Welcome Back Everyone!
It's Sunday, which means it's a Momma Craft day! I love this one, but can not claim it as mine :) Not too long ago I stumbled upon a great site called makebabystuff.com that's filled with lots of fun ideas. One of them is a super simple, free project to make baby pants. I tried it out and was done in 30 minutes start to finish. You can try it out for yourself here.
I'm putting this up here for two reasons, one because I think it's a great find, and two, because I put my own spin on it. Instead of buying new fabric, I used an old pair of my husband's jeans and added my own details to make it girly for my daughter. For this example, I used one of Hannah's baby blankets (she never grew attached to them, but did fall in love with her raggy pig). I love some of the blankets she has, and I just can't bear to get rid of them. I had left over fabric from her blanket that I'll be turning into a heat/ice pack. Come back again for that project!
The picture at the top was one of Hannah's old blankets, I just finished this tonight and love it!
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Saturday, January 23
My name is Lisa. I am a wife, mother of 2, designer, personal trainer and waitress - whew! I have a B.F.A. in Design, and once my youngest starts school, I will be pursuing a Master's in Art Education for K-12.
When I first started this blog, my intentions were to provide other parents with art projects for their children. And while this is still true, it has also evolved into all sorts of art projects, green living, recipes, and much more.
Friday, January 22
Thursday, January 21
Welcome back everyone! We finished another Valentine's Day project today - it's quick, simple and inexpensive. This will add a festive touch to any table.
What you need:
Pipe cleaners in red, white and pink
A thick dowel rod (or something similar to wrap the braided pipe cleaners around)
1. Take three pipe cleaners (pink, white and red), and hold them together in your hand so that they are all even with each other, and twist one end tightly to hold them in place.
2. Braid the pipe cleaners together and then twist tightly at the end to secure the braid.
3. Wrap this around the dowel rod to get a good shape, and you're done!
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Wednesday, January 20
Austin has been on a huge reptile kick lately, so I wanted to try and incorporate that into a project. We decided to make him a snake felt puppet, and a monster with a mohawk for Hannah. I stuck to just felt for my daughter because she is only one - Austin's had a little more add ons.
What You Need:
Felt squares - any color depending on what you want to make
Needles and thread (or craft glue - I didn't want to wait for it to dry)
Any add-ons you'd like - we used blue glitter glue for the snakes eyes
Black permanent marker - for details
1. Cut out a piece of felt for the body of the puppet (3.5 x2.5) and fold in half to sew two of the three edges together. If you want to give your puppet hair like hannah's, cut out a small piece of felt the same width as the folded felt, and as tall as you want for the length of hair. place inside of the folded felt and line up the edges so that it's tucked inside and you can not see it (this way when you turn it inside out, the hair will pop up. To make a mohawk, stitch along both the length (top) and one side of the height - the hair needs to be put in place before you sew the puppet together.
2. Turn inside out and you should have the body. Now decorate however your child pleases, and trim the hair half way down to give it a spiky look.
That's it! It took us about 10 minutes to make the puppets, and the kids had a great time with them.
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Tuesday, January 19
Monday, January 18
Happy MLK Day Everyone!
Today we did a quick but fun MLK project. In our hand wreath, we chose three different colors and outlined both Austin and Hannah's hands. Austin glued everything together.
What you need:
1. Stack sheets of construction paper directly on top of each other (however many colors you wish to use), and then trace your child's hand.
2. Depending on their age, have you child cut out the hands (for younger children, you should do the cutting).
3. Cut out a large hole in the middle of the paper plate.
4. Glue the hands on the plate in whatever fashion you and your child choose.
I hope you found this post useful today.
Please come back again tomorrow for another project - we're doing another Valentine.
Have a great day!
Sunday, January 17
It's Sunday, which means it's a Momma Craft day.
You will need to know how to knit, but it is a beginner project. If you don't know how to knit, check out this website. I taught myself how to knit in a day following their video demonstrations. And I'm sure with a bit of practice, you'll be able to do this project in no time at all!What you need:
12 inch circular needle, U.S. size 6
1 skein of yarn (I had just enough with 100g/3.5 oz)
1/4" width piece of elastic for the waistband
Large plastic needle for finishing
Ruler or measuring tape
1. First, you need to decide how large in inches you want the bottom of the skirt to be. The larger it is, the more dramatic it will be. Cast on about 8 to 10 stitches and then measure to see how many stitches are in an inch. Take the number of stitches in an inch and multiply that by how many inches you want the bottom to be, and that's how many stitches you need to cast on total. I think I started at 186 stitches and my daughter is in 18-24 month clothing.
2. Do three rows, knitting in the round, before you start to decrease. After the third row, decreasing by 5 stitches for each row - keeping them spaced out. Do this until your skirt is about 3 to 4 inches in length.
3. Decrease by 10 stitches for the next three rows.
4. Now you will have the flared part finished and you need to start making the body of the skirt. To do this, knit one, then knit two together and repeat until the body of the skirt is narrow enough to fit loosely over the hip and thigh area.
5. Continue to knit in the round (do not decrease anymore stitches) until the skirt has reached your desired length, and then knit about 4 to 5 more rounds to accommodate the waistband.
6. Take the elastic and measure the width of your child's waist and trim to size. Thread the elastic threw the large plastic needle and weave it in between stitches a half an inch from the top. You can either tie the two ends together when they meet, or sew them together.
7. Finally, sew closed the waist band using your yarn and the the plastic needle, and weave in loose ends.
There you have it! A quick and easy skirt that's cute and warm in the winter when paired with leggings. You can get creative with this and add embellishments like ribbons or flowers - anything you want.
I hope you found this helpful!
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Saturday, January 16
Friday, January 15
Thursday, January 14
This turned out really cute, and was so simple!
I've seen ornaments hung like this around the holidays, so why not hearts for Valentine's day. To make it a little more crafty, and to add some small motor skills to the project, we made snowflakes from the cut out hearts.
What you need:
Construction paper (we used pink and red)
Yarn or ribbon
1. Cut out squares from the construction paper - 1 square for each heart, we did 4
2. Stack the squares on top of each other and fold the pile in half, then cut out the heart shape (making half a heart so that when it's unfolded, it will be uniform) - now all of your hearts should be the same size and shape.
3. Fold each heart in half and then edge to edge to form a cone like shape.
4. Cut out small pieces from the edges in any pattern.
5. Open it up and there's your heart snowflake!
6. Measure out a piece of yarn for each heart that you have - all the same length. Thread a piece of yarn threw one of the holes in the heart, and then tie around the top of your window treatment - or where ever you'd like, and that's it.
We did 2 pink and 2 red hearts, alternating in our windows. It's a nice and subtle Valentine decoration that's fun to make :)
Did you try this one out? Let me know, I love to hear back from everyone!
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Wednesday, January 13
Tuesday, January 12
Monday, January 11
Sunday, January 10
1 linen flat sheet
Saturday, January 9
Most of my posts so far have been directed toward younger children, so I'm going to try and include at least one project a week for the 12 and older crowd.
Friday, January 8
My one year old, Hannah, loves to grab my husband's soda bottles and shake them like crazy. I guess doing this makes the soda go flat, so my husband usually won't let her play - which is how I came up with this idea. It looks just like the real thing, and my 5 year old got a kick out of it too :)
What you need:
Empty plastic bottle with lid
Electrical tape (I bet duct tape would work too) - to secure the lid
1. Clean out the plastic bottle if necessary, then fill it 3/4 of the way with water.
2. Add 10 drops of food coloring - we chose green here - then mix.
3. Fill the remainder of the bottle with vegetable oil.
4. Close the lid as tightly as possible, and then wrap tightly with electrical tape to ensure none of the liquid can escape - it would be one nasty mess I'm sure.
Now let your little one shake away! I mimics what a soda bottle will do. Older children can shake it up and make tornadoes.
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Thursday, January 7
What you need:
2 paper plates
Yarn or string
Objects around the house to weigh
1. Take the paper plates and stack them on top of each other.
2. Put three holes along the edge of the plates to form a triangle shape, then separate the plates.
3. Measure out 6 pieces of yarn - any length you want, as long as they're all the same and won't drag on the floor when your child is holding it.
4. Tie one piece of yarn to each hole in each plate, then gather the other end and tie to the plastic hanger (each group should have three pieces of yarn).
That's it! Now the fun begins - start weighing different objects, and make a game out of the guessing.
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Wednesday, January 6
My son recently started showing an interest in learning how to tie his own shoe laces (we've only used velcro shoes with him so far). It's going to take a while for him to learn completely, and my poor husband is tired of undoing knots in his tennis shoes, so I came up with this idea. It's really simple and can be taken anywhere to keep little hands busy (long car rides for example).
What you need:
3 sheets of felt in any size as long as 2 sheets are exactly the same
Glitter glue (optional - for adding details)
1. Take the 2 sheets of felt that are the same size, and fold one in half lengthwise, and cut along the center fold to produce two long rectangles that are the same size.
2. Place these on top of the other solid sheet, and glue along the outter edges of the sides and bottom (this sort of forms little pockets).
3. Cut the smaller piece to place on top of both sheets at the bottom, to create the toe of the shoe. I trimed down a piece of felt to match the size, and then rounded on of the longer sides. Glue to the desired area.
4. Once dry, use the hole punch to mimic that of the top of a shoe for the laces. I marked each area with a sharpie marker. The hole punch won't cut out a perfect circle, but it will be close, you'll probably have to pry it open each time to get it to open completly. Then trim the hole piece off with a pair of scissor.
5. Lace up the shoe and you're good to go!
Come back again tomorrow for another fun project! :)
Tuesday, January 5
When your child is done painting their picture, they'll find another picture hidden within it!
What you need:
White printer paper
1. Draw any sort of image on the paper with the white crayon. I drew pictures for my younger daughter, and I wrote my son a message - make whatever you think your child will get excited about.
2. Let your child paint all over the entire paper, and when they're done, they'll be able to see your secret drawing or message - just like magic!
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Monday, January 4
These are drying downstairs, once dry I'll cut them down with an exacto knife and write Austin and Hannah's names on them for their place at the table. Don't have cloth napkins? Don't worry, that's this weeks Momma Craft!
What you need:
Toilet paper roll (empty)
Ultra fine sandpaper or an emery board
Black fine tip marker
Any extra embellishments your child wants to add or glue on
1. Have your child paint the roll however they want, and let the paint dry.
2. Add extra embellishments and let dry
3. Cut into half inch to 1 inch slices with the exacto knife (an adult should do this), and sand away rough or jagged edges.
4. Have your child write their name on the holder.
That's it! My son loved putting glitter glue all over his roll. As soon as ours are dry, I'll upload the finished project picture.
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Sunday, January 3
This is the very first "Momma Craft"!
As soon as my daughter had hair (literally just a few wisps), I started buying hair bows and clips. Most of them are so teensie that they keep getting lost or misplaced, so I came up with this idea and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It's simple, but works great and also doubles as wall art :) The glue is still setting, but once it dries I will add a wall mount to the back of it and hang it up.
What you need:
Lightweight untreated wood piece in any shape
Ultra fine sand paper (or an emery board)
1. Buff away any rough edges on the wood piece with the ultra fine sandpaper until all of the ragged edges are gone.
2. Paint the wood in any way you desire. My daughter's room is pink and ivory white and the furniture has a brown wash over it, so I tried to mimic that. I painted the entire pieces ivory white, then mixed brown paint and water to create a wash (50/50 mix) and lightly brushed it over the top of the wood, then I took a dry sponge and went over it with the same stroke pattern to soak up most of the color. I painted the small rim around the edges the same pink as the ribbon I chose to attach, and then added a little dot pattern to the top that matched the edging on the ribbon. What's great about this is that you can do whatever you want - have fun with it.
3. After the paint is dry, cut a piece of ribbon the length that you desire, and attach to the back of the wood with the craft glue. I used Tacky craft glue and a good amount of it, so that the ribbon was completely saturated in that spot (about half an inch of ribbon). Make sure to position the ribbon so that it will hang straight down (I used a quarter to hold it in place - in a spot that was glue free), and allow to dry.
4. Once glue is dry, attach a wall mount and hang it up.
It's so easy and so cute, and hopefully I won't lose any more bows.
Saturday, January 2
This is a little hard to see, I'll upload another photo once it's dry.
We had to make a stop at the craft store today and Austin fell in love with this wooden snake and begged to paint it as his project for the day - how could I say no :) I'm actually pretty surprised at how much he's been enjoying this. It's only been a week and he's already asking me in the mornings what we'll be doing.
What you need:
Wooden snake - we found ours at Hobby Lobby
Black Sharpie marker or a fine tipped paint bottle for the details
Let your child paint the snake however they want. Let the paint dry completely and then add the details. I'll be adding the eyes and stripes to this guy in about an hour or so and will post the finished picture.
Come back tomorrow for our first Momma craft!