Category Archives: Studio and Garden Fun

Raspberry Canes

The newest edition to our edible garden is a raspberry patch. YUM, I can’t wait! Inspired by a good friend I have decide to grow more fruit that once established will produce year after year. My family loves raspberries and I imagine my students will too. My Tuesday 4pm class of 4-6 year old students…

Strawberry Babies

We are back in the garden and taking weekly action to get edibles back in the ground!!! Our second planting took place on 1/29/13 in our four x four beds in the square foot gardening layout.. My Tuesday 4pm class of 4-6 year old students planted 16 Strawberry babies donated from a good friend and studio…

Water Beads

Water beads, the newest craze in toddler sensory activities! Try them and you will know why. The fascination with water beads shouldn’t be under estimated or reserved for the toddler age, in fact my older students got a huge kick out of exploring them, especially my 5-8 year old boy students! In fact, this time…

Rainbow Mobiles with Recycled Materials

I love making art out of household items that normally would be thrown in the trash. I believe it’s important for students to bring items from home and see how they can be turned into art because the magic changes from abstract concept to reality. This week’s Rainbow Mobiles were a great example of how…

Painting the Playhouse

Almost a year ago I purchased a Discovery Kids Cardboard Color Me  House from our local Walgreen’s thinking it would be a great project for a rainy. At the time I hadn’t imagined hanging on to it for so long, but the spring and summer lent themselves to outdoor activities and the playhouse didn’t quite fit…

Magna-Tiles

Magna-Tiles are a fabulous new educational asset to our toy shelf at home. Since they arrived as a holiday gift from my parents to my 2.5 year old son I have been anticipating using them in the studio. Fortunately we have the classroom size set (100 pieces) which is enough for several children to play…

Holiday Gift Making IV: Mixed Media Magnets

We wrapped up four weeks of gift making with a mixed media magnet project. Besides the magnet strips used on the back and the matte board that we used for the base, most of the supplies were already in the studio and might even be on your art shelves at home or in your classroom….

Holiday Gift Making III: Paint Chip Picture Frames & Glitter Cards

This week we made vibrant mosaic picture frames out of paint chips. For the last year I’ve been running across really great ideas for paint chip projects on a variety of amazing kids craft sites like Happy Hooligans and The Chocolate Muffin Tree and decided to adapt the idea into a holiday art project. The…

Holiday Gift Making II: Salt Dough Ornaments and Montotype Prints

Thank you Artful Parent for such a great blog about salt dough ornaments! This project was loved by parent and child alike. And the suggested recipe came out great every time. 4 cups of flour 1 cup of salt 1.5 cups of water bake at 225 for 3 hours This recipe produced enough dough for…

Holiday Gift Making I: Treasure Boxes and Paper Roll Printed Cards

For our Holiday Treasure Boxes we used blank paper mache boxes from Discount School Supply along with Biocolor paint. This was the first time using Biocolor in the studio and it’s definitely more colorfast and vivid than the washable tempera. the texture is thinner and silkier too and we used soft watercolor brushes to apply…