Category Archives: elementary & up

Spin Art {A Review, of Sorts}

The kids received a spin art contraption for Christmas, so over break we played with it. I didn’t realize, when ordering, that it was the Melissa and Doug brand, which has gotten not-so-great reviews over on Amazon. But it was, … Continue reading

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Doodle Rocks

Materials: Rocks; liquid acrylic craft paint; brushes of various sizes; permanent markers, including metallic We love to collect rocks. Not too long ago, after seeing beautifully painted rocks at Jen Muna, I decided I wanted to try it myself. And … Continue reading

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Carving Stamps

Note: This is suitable for elementary students & older. In the next post I’ll show how I modified things so my three-year-old could make a stamp, too. Materials: Speedball Speedy Carve block (cut into smaller pieces); set of linoleum cutting … Continue reading

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Favorite Projects of 2011

I hope plan to get back to regular posting after my big kids return to school in January, but meanwhile, I wanted to share some of my favorite projects from this past year. Looking through the posts reminds me of … Continue reading

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Children Making Gifts (With Links)

I’m stepping out of the usual process-focused activities to give you a glimpse of what my children are making their loved ones for Christmas this year, and to share some links and ideas. Because my children vary in age, ability, … Continue reading

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Cut Paper Snowflakes

Materials: Scissors, various papers Yesterday’s countdown calendar activity was to make snowflakes, so when the boys got home from school, this is what they found. A basket full of pre-folded paper, ready for cutting into snowflakes. I used a variety … Continue reading

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Painted Collages (TinkerLab Magazine Challenge)

Materials: Illustration board, old magazines, glue or paste, scissors (of course!), acrylic paint–the kind in tubes, not the liquid kind. Once again, Rachelle at TinkerLab invited us to participate in a materials challenge, this time using magazines. So I brought … Continue reading

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Maps, Drawn + Painted

Materials: Watercolor paper, permanent markers, watercolor paint, painter’s tape (optional) On a recent sick day, when my boys were too sick for school but they’d temporarily perked up enough for a project, we drew and painted some maps. I left … Continue reading

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Marble Painting, Traditional and Magnetic

Materials: Tempera paint, magnetic marbles, magnet wands, foil cake or pie pans (I used cake because the edges are slightly taller), paper cut to fit the pan, small cups and spoons for the paint After our magnetic painting activity at … Continue reading

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Painting With Wool

Materials: Rectangles of wool felt (to act as the “canvas”), wool roving in various colors (such as this) This past weekend was the third session of the parent/child class N and I are taking at a local art museum. We … Continue reading

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