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๐ŸŽจ Arts & โœ‚๏ธCrafts 101 Series

Below, I will be sharing our hands-on fun arts and crafts. I hope you will find these activities useful in keeping the little hands busy and minds happy. 

 

PROCESS ART

Process Art is a very exciting modern form of art that works great with children since it is all about the process rather than a result. The Guggenheim states โ€œprocess art emphasizes the ‘process‘ of making artโ€. As such, process art is all about the experience children are having while they are expressing their creativity!  The MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) explains that โ€œin process art, the means count for more than the ends.โ€ So, let your child’s imagination, ingenuity, and creativity go wild while they are happily engaged in the PROCESS of ART. 

 

Textured ๐Ÿ„Mushroom 

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Process art is an amazing technique that can be modified for any season or a holiday. Fine grain, salt, bread crumbs, oats worked best for us, but do let your imagination go wild! Today, we painted a ๐Ÿ„textured mushroom using expired breadcrumbs, oats, and watercolors. Download your mushroom template here ~ find more free printables here. I have very detailed instructions on how to make a similar art here [also see below] ๐ŸGoldenrod ๐ŸŒผFlower DIY Craft Process Art โ€ข Oatmeal & Salt ๐Ÿ–ŒPainting.

  

  Goldenrod ๐ŸŒผFlower DIY

DSC_0165  See here ๐ŸGoldenrod ๐ŸŒผFlower DIY Craft Process Art โ€ข Oatmeal & Salt ๐Ÿ–ŒPainting

 

๐Ÿ•ฏDIY๐Ÿ•ทSpider Art ๐ŸŽจResist Watercolor ๐Ÿ•ธWeb
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To draw a web, first, place a tiny dot, somewhere off the middle of your paper. Then, draw straight lines from the dot to the edge of the paper. Then draw curved (or straight) lines connecting lines on angles, to join the straight lines together โ€“ just like a web!

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To make resist art, using a glue gun, I followed the drawn web by applying glue over it. Then offer your child to paint over it using watercolors.

DSC_0140Adrian also made a spider from an orange glitter tealight, a practice golf ball, black pipe cleaners, and golden pony beads. Insert four black pipe cleaners through both holes of a golf ball, and you will end up with eight legs. Then, thread pony beads on each leg. To learn about these fascinating and often misunderstood anthropods, we read National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs book. 

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When the child paints over with watercolors, the glue gives the painting a 3D dimension and texture while remaining white. I have a very detailed description of the process ~ here 3D ๐ŸŽจJellyfish ๐Ÿ’ฆWatercolor Hot Glue Texture Raised Salt Painting Process Art.


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 See more  ๐ŸŽƒHalloween ๐Ÿ‘ป Inspired Kids Activities Crafts & DIY here

 

Scarlet Sails

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Scarlet Sails is one of the classic tales I remember since childhood, and it will always have a special place in me. A wonderful, magical romance about a girl who is promised true love, then persecuted for her dreams, only to have those dreams come sweetly true. I have not read the story to Adrian yet (he is 4 yo), but he is obsessed with transportation: land and sea, so painting a sailboat with red scarlet sails was very exciting!

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The process is very similar to the jellyfish art below, except that we also used quinoa (white and red) for the wooden part of the boat. Also, you will need salt (which adds texture), hot glue gun which gives the painting a 3D effect and watercolors. I traced the outline of the boat with a glue gun, and the rest was Adrian’s creativity expressed. Watercolors are very forgiving, so your four-year-old can do it too! If you are interested in the process ~ see details here

 

Texture Raised  Jellyfish 

DSC_0019-2  See here 3D ๐ŸŽจJellyfish ๐Ÿ’ฆWatercolor Hot Glue Texture Raised Salt Painting Process Art

 

  


๐ŸNATURE๐Ÿ‚๐ŸƒART ๐ŸŽจ

๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚Autumn Tree DIY

DSC_0139  See here ๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚Autumn Tree โ™ป๏ธRecycled DIY โ€ข Process Art

 

๐Ÿ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ‚Leaves Mandala

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Nature walks are even more rewarding during the awesome Autumn. We love collecting leaves, discuss their shapes and which tree they belong to. Today, children were inspired to make a mandala. A tip: we had collected these treasures last night and to preserve them until the morning, I placed them in a bin with water overnight. In the morning, the leaves were as fresh as just fallen from the tree. Afterward, we dried them, placed in between the recycled paper and under the heavy books they go! 

 

 

 ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿƒ๐ŸLeaf  ๐Ÿ–๏ธRubbing

 

DSC_0007This is a super fun art activity to promote creativity, learn color names and discuss different types of leaves and its shapes. We are using various type of leaves (fresh and dried) and oil pastels. Ideally, you would want to press the leaves first to prevent curling up (e.g. under heavy books lined with scrap paper) and then offer your child to color them. Julia actually discovered that we can even color fresh green leaves, but on the reverse side, where the veins are very pronoun, creating a beautiful pattern. 

 

โ˜€๏ธSun ๐Ÿ–ผArt

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Have you tried Sun Art? It is a type of “shade art” and is super fun to do with your little ones. First, decide what objects would you like to have the imprint of? We have collected fallen leaves and flowers and I offered children to arrange them on a special SunArt paper. 

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Expose your arrangement to direct sunlight (1 – 5 min depending on the sun’s strength). Then, slide the acrylic sheet that held everything together. The SunArt paper will turn light blue, while the shadow of the objects will turn darker. A MUST: quickly rinse with water or your image will eventually fade (to obtain a darker image, add a few drops of lemon juice to the water). Frame your Sun Art. We used this tape to give our art a frame.

 

๐Ÿ‚Nature ๐ŸƒInspired ๐ŸŽจArtโ€ข Leaf Printing

DSC_0028Inspired by Nature Anatomy book, today, children enjoyed “printing patterns” of different leaves. First, offer your child to make an arrangement from leaves on a paper. You will then take each leaf, cover one side with paint using a paintbrush, then carefully place that leaf paint-face down on a paper, cover with another piece of scrap paper and carefully roll over with a roller or a brayer. 

DSC_0032Make sure to cover the leaf you are rolling over with a paper to prevent staining the roller or a brayer. 

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 We also added glitter to the paint while it was still wet to give it a sparkling effect. DSC_0001Frame your nature-inspired art and your child’s masterpiece is ready to decorate a wall!

 

 Hapa Zome ๐ŸŒฟLeaf Dye

DSC_0035  See here Hapa Zome ๐ŸŒฟLeaf Dye Process ๐ŸŽจArt ๐ŸŒธFlower ๐Ÿ”จHammering

 

 


DIY Seasonsโ„๏ธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ‚Trees Craft

DSC_0007-2This is a super fun art/craft for kids to express creativity while learning about seasons, as they can hands-on see the change and understand the nature’s cycle. Adrian is almost five and finger painting is still as fun as when he was two years old! Sprinkle some glitter while the paint is still wet and viola! ๐Ÿ“ฅDownload the black and white Tree pdf printable here. Print two copies and cut each in half. Offer your child to “decorate” each tree by using fingers (or a paintbrush) to represent each season! Have fun while learning and creating! 

 

 ๐Ÿ’ซMagic Paper๐Ÿ’ฆ Water ๐ŸŒบ Lily Flower TrickDSC_0063 See here DIY ๐Ÿ’ซMagic Paper๐Ÿ’ฆ Water ๐ŸŒบ Lily Flower Trick โ€ข Kids Science Experiment ๐Ÿ”ฌโš—๏ธโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅSeries ๐ŸŽ‡  

 

 3D Napkin ๐Ÿ’ Flowerโœ‚๏ธCraft

DSC_0502  See here 3D Napkin ๐Ÿ’ Flowerโœ‚๏ธCraft โ€ข ๐Ÿ‘”Father’s Day ๐ŸŽ‰Card 

 

3D ๐Ÿ’ Flower Craft

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See here 3D ๐Ÿ’ Flower Craft โ€ข ๐Ÿ‘ฑFather’s Day ๐ŸŽ‰Card โ€ข ๐ŸŽจWatercolor๐Ÿ–ŒPainting

 

 

 Salt ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธPainting  

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See here a video ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธPainting with Salt! Art & Science๐Ÿ”ฌโš—๏ธโš–๏ธ 101 ๐ŸŽฅSeries ๐ŸŽ‡

 

12 ๐ŸŒปSunflowers Tissue Paper  Craft 

See details here in a post as a tribute to Van Gogh’s Birthday, Adrian making 12 ๐ŸŒปSunflowers Tissue Paper Recycled Cardboard Roll Paper-Mache Craft.

 

DIY Tissue Paper Flower ๐Ÿ’ Bouquet 

DSC_0159This ๐Ÿ’bouquet of flowers can be a perfect ๐Ÿ’žMother’s Day or a ๐ŸŽ‰Birthday ๐ŸŽ Gift (๐Ÿ‘ง๐ŸปJulia and ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐ŸผAdrian made these ๐Ÿ’flowers for Daddy’s Birthday Day this week). This craft is very simple: all you need is tissue paper and pipe cleaners. We also noted a bead in the middle of the flower to resemble a”male” or pollen-bearing part called the stamen. This flower craft is very similar to the one ๐ŸŒป above, which Adrian made when he was 3 yo ~ โœ‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ“Œpoke ๐Ÿ”ธslide ๐Ÿ”ธ๐ŸŒผcrunch  ~ see here how he made it in a post ”   ๐ŸŽจVan Gogh Inspired 12 ๐ŸŒปSunflowers Tissue Paper โ™ป๏ธ Cardboard Roll Paper Mache โœ‚๏ธCraft.” For more Spring Inspired activities, see here ๐ŸŒธSpring Inspired Themed Unit Study.

 

 ๐ŸŒˆRainbow Walking Water Flower Craft

 DSC_0097 See here ๐Ÿ–ŒMarkers โ˜•Coffee Filters ๐ŸŒˆRainbow Walking ๐Ÿ’ฆWater โŒ›๏ธTimelapse Kids โš—๏ธScience Capillary Action

 

 ๐ŸŽˆBalloon Color-Mixing 

DSC_0021See here๐ŸŽฅvideo-post ๐Ÿ‘” Father’s Day๐ŸŽˆBalloon Color-mixing DIY Craft 

  

I Love You ๐Ÿš€To The ๐ŸŒ™ Moon

DSC_0047 See here ๐Ÿ‘”Father’s Day Craft โ€ข Daddy, I Love You ๐Ÿš€To The ๐ŸŒ™ Moon & Back! 

 

White Crayon Craft

DSC_0008See here๐ŸŽฅ video-post  ๐Ÿ‘” Father’s Day Craft ๐ŸŽฅ Magically Appearing ๐Ÿ™ˆSecret ๐Ÿ–ŒMessage

 

Pixel Beads

IMG_9914See here Pixel Art Fusible Craft Beads for Children

 

Familiar Materials Process Art 5E87BDEE-A850-45F8-94A6-B89115C78893 See here a ๐ŸŽฅ video “๐ŸŒผNature ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿ‚ Objects & Pom-Poms Process ๐ŸŽจ Art.” Above is Adrian’s version and Julia’s is below

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 Paper Towel & Markers-Art

DSC_0041-2See here a ๐ŸŽฅ video post Paper Towel, Markers, & ๐Ÿ’ฆWater ๐ŸŒˆ Color Mixing โš—๏ธExperiment

 

 

 

  

 DSC_0049-3See here โ™ป๏ธRecycled โœ‚๏ธDIY ๐ŸŒธSpring Flower Craft

 

๐ŸŒผDaffodil Bouquet

DSC_0156  See here ๐Ÿ’Mothers Day ๐ŸŽFlowers โœ‚๏ธDIY ๐ŸŒผDaffodil Bouquet Tissue Paper Craft

 

 

Shadow โœ๏ธTracing/Drawing ~ โ˜€๏ธSolar-Powered Crafts and Activities
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Happy 1st Day of โ˜€๏ธSummer! And since today is the longest day of ๐Ÿ—“a year, we are taking advantage and โœ๏ธshadow-tracing! On a regular day, either in the morning (8 a.m.) or late afternoon (4 p.m.), set up a table in a sunny spot where long shadows will be cast. Let the shadow be your childโ€™s guide and offer your child to trace the outline of the shadow. 

DSC_0063I offered Adrian ๐Ÿ’šgreen paper since the animal he picked is a zebra (from Africa), and in a Montessori curriculum, continents are color-coded: for example, ๐ŸŒAfrica is always ๐Ÿ’šgreen. Adrian is using these extra large thick core coloring pencils by Lyra which are his absolute favorite!

 

 

Teachers Appreciation ๐ŸŒบGift

DSC_0008Summer is officially here, and Julia had her last day of school this week. We gave out to teachers these ๐ŸŒบflower pots with her๐Ÿ–๐Ÿป๐Ÿ–๐Ÿป handprints as a token of appreciation for all the hard work they do in helping our children ๐ŸŒธbloom! Julia used jumbo washable ink pads to make the prints (just interpose one handprint over the other to give the flower more “petals”), and she then colored the popsicle sticks ~ ala “stems” with tempera paints which dry super quick and we simply inserted the hand-print into the pot. Make sure to laminate your handprint for long-lasting durability. 

 


โ™ป๏ธRecycled ๐Ÿ–ผArts and Crafts 

 Emotions Puppets โ™ป๏ธ๐ŸšฝDIY 

IMG_9207 See here a video of Adrian making Emotions (Body) โ€ข Feelings (Mind) โœ‚๏ธDIY ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ขโ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜†Puppets โ™ป๏ธ๐ŸšฝCraft ๐ŸŽฅ 101

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I also made this EMOTIONS puzzle where a child has to match the two parts of the face. Make sure you color-code on the back of each piece by placing the same-color sticker on each of the two halves that make the whole. (For example, the ๐Ÿ˜กangry face, will have two ๐Ÿ”ด๐Ÿ”ดred stickers on the back of each half ~ this way, the child can self-correct.)

DSC_0119-2Here is a little modifiation~ I hot-glued the EMOTIONS face puzzle to cut in half toilet paper roll (TPR) and color-coded on the back with stickers. For example, the excited face will have two green dot stickers (one on each half) and I also added the written emotional state “excited” to promote reading. For the presentation, I am using a bamboo dish rack and since the pegs are short, I “elongated” them by placing a cut recycled paper wrapping roll over. Present to your child all the puzzle pieces mixed up and offer to match the top of the face to the bottom and also to match the written emotion -word if your child is reading. (With smaller ones, start with just three emotions at a time). As a control of error, all TPR puzzle pieces are matched color coded on the back.

 

 

๐ŸŒณForest Habitat DIY โ™ป๏ธRecycled ๐ŸšฝDIY

DSC_0039See here๐ŸฆBirds ๐ŸŒณForest Habitat DIY โ™ป๏ธRecycled ๐ŸšฝToilet Paper Craft with ๐Ÿ”ขMath Twist

 

โ€ขPROCESS ๐Ÿ–ผARTโ€ข โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿท3D Girl With a Pearl ๐Ÿ‘‚๐ŸปEarring DIYโ€ขDSC_0068

Julia had a school project, which had to be based on a famous piece of art and the requirements were to make it 3D (three -dimensional) model from familiar or recycled materials. We are all long fascinated by the mystery of the Girl with a Pearl Earring painting by Johannes Vermeer, so the decision was made! After searching the Pinterest and not finding much inspiration, Julia came up with this 3D model utterly from her imagination: she took a plastic cup and glued corks all around it. She then traced facial features with a Sharpie and glued a pearl “earring” to one side. Thereafter, Julia placed the plastic cup on top of the recycled tissue box, gluing it securely, and decorated it with felt and a silk scarf.  We referenced 13 Artists Children Should Know, a heavily illustrated book featuring the world’s greatest painters, which is an excellent introduction for young readers to artists and their works.

 

 โœ‚๏ธDIY Apple ๐Ÿ’ปLaptop

DSC_0009  See here How To โœ‚๏ธMake Apple ๐Ÿ’ปLaptop For Kids From ๐Ÿ“ฆCardboard 

 

โ™ป๏ธRecycled๐ŸพCork โ˜˜๏ธShamrock ๐ŸŽจStamping Art/Craft

IMG_0781The next time you will be having ๐Ÿพchampagne, save the โ™ป๏ธcorks and make ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปthis โ˜˜๏ธShamrock craft! Just tie three corks with a green pipe cleaner to represent the leaves of a Shamrock. Then dip your “Shamrock stamp” into the green washable paint and apply to the paper. We used this tempera paint to draw a stem. For more St. Patrick’s hands-on fun activities, see here โ˜˜๏ธSt. Patrick’s Day Kids Activities. 

  

 

โ™ป๏ธRecycled๐Ÿ’ฆWater Bottle Person Craft

IMG_0830This Green Craft is Julia’s creative project in its entirety! If you have a recycled plastic water bottle, some loose parts, and sprinkles of creative imagination, you can make it too!

IMG_0830Cut the bottle and half, and offer your child to envision a person’s face. IMG_0830Offer beads, feathers, recycled bottle caps, yarn and other loose parts to decorate the face. IMG_0830Insert one cap into the other to create a 3-D effect.

IMG_0830Offer your child to reduce our carbon footprint in our landfills by recycling and creating!IMG_0830 “A child who concentrates is immensely happy,” said Dr. Maria Montessori, and a child who creates during such concentration process is blissful!

 

โ™ป๏ธRecycled๐ŸพChampagne Cork Puppets

DSC_0107Are you not sure what to do with all the recycled champagne corks? Well, how about DIY puppets! All you need is Sharpies and a sprinkle of imagination! 

 

โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฆRecycled ๐ŸŽธGuitar  ๐Ÿ–ผArt

DSC_0026Turning newspaper and packaging materials into a piece of Art. This is a project Julia did when she was six years old. She had chosen the recycled materials and arranged all the pieces independently, making a guitar still life piece of art. This project was completely child-led! No adult supervision! 

 

โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฆCardboard Mask

IMG_2986This mask is ๐Ÿ‘ง๐ŸปJulia’s independent contribution to โ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ“ฆour Cardboard week!

DSC_0007-3All you need is  ๐Ÿ“ฆcardboard, โœ‚๏ธ๏ธscissors, a glue gun, ๐ŸŽจpaints, and a โœจsprinkle of imagination!

DSC_0009Julia actually used ๐ŸŽจ watercolor paints, which are non-toxic and amazingly brilliant to lay over the cardboard! You would think they are acrylic ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

 

  โ™ป๏ธ Recycled ๐Ÿšฝ TPP    Penguin Craft

DSC_0062Another child-led ๏ธcraft in its entirety! We are having a ๏ธheat wave so there is nothing more enticing than pulling a frozen  Antarctica tray from a freezer! And since it’s CARDBOARD week, Julia made this penguin from a  recycled toilet paper roll. All you need is black construction paper, googly eyes and pink paper for the feet.  (Julia, 8 yo, Summer camp 2018.)

 

 โ™ป๏ธRecycled Land ๐ŸขTortoise

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This is another of Julia’s creations from a paper plate and recycled packaging. After coloring the plate green, apply plenty of glue to have the shell harden and with a little touch of googly eyes, your tortoise can be a perfect addition to your South America unit study. (Summer camp 2018, South America study.) See our  ๐ŸŒŽGeography 101 Kids Activities ๐Ÿ“ฝSeries ๐ŸŽ‡here.

 

๐ŸฃEgg Bunting Banner  

DSC_0111-2See here ๐ŸฐEaster ๐ŸฃEgg Bunting Banner Shaving Cream ๐ŸŽจMarbled Paper โœ‚๏ธCraft.  

 


PLAY DOUGH

DSC_0067  See  here the recipe for No-Cook Homemade ๐ŸŒˆ Play Dough

 

DSC_0075 copy  See here No-Cook Homemade Play Dough ๐ŸŽ„Christmas Tree DIY Craft

DSC_0156-2  See here DIY โ˜€๏ธSolar ๐ŸŒŽSystem Craft From โŒโ™จ๏ธNo-Cook Natural ๐ŸกHomemade Play Dough

 

  Stay tuned for more arts and crafts …

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