Our Homemade Glitter Puffy Paint is one of my favorite DIY art materials. They are super simple to make and are the perfect sensory experience. We used them last year to create fun ice cream cones. This time around we added glitter and made three fun bright colors! The thick paint allows you to create three dimensional artwork and dries to an interesting spongy texture. I'm in love with the results!
One of the questions I am frequently asked is what supplies parents should have in their homes. I know how frustrating it can be to read about an activity and then realize you have none of the supplies. Or you start go to a store to try to replicate a creative idea and realize how expensive all those fancy supplies can be. It can be overwhelming. This post takes the guess work out. With a click of your mouse from the comfort of your own home you can purchase the best materials for creating art with kids! Let's have some fun together!
Anyone who has ever had a chance to walk through my classroom or home knows that I am an advocate of weaving art into all areas of early childhood education. This week we are learning all about ants. To study the body part of ants we are Exploring Insect Anatomy Through Painting.
Lately "smelly markers" are the number one choice in our house for creating drawings. Our mornings are filled will the smells of raspberry, mint, cherry and cinnamon. I thought it would be fun to transform our favorite scented markers into homemade scented watercolors. Such a fun way to add a new sensory experience to our painting explorations!
This week's Preschool Book Club is all about that confident patchwork elephant Elmer. I knew the amazing colorful squares would be a fun jumping off point for such a creative group of bloggers. Click on the images below to check out the details of these 6 Elmer Activities.
David McKee's Elmer is one of those children's books that makes me instantly happy. From the colorful illustrations to the inclusive message this is one of my favorite books to read to preschoolers. A perfect selection for the Preschool Book Club Series! I decided to focus on Elmer's famous colorful body and create Patchwork People Inspired by Elmer.
The Preschool Book Club Series is such a fun way to explore books through play and learn from creative bloggers in one place! This week we are reading Eric Carle's The Mixed Up Chameleon. Click on the images below and have fun!
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This week the Preschool Book Club read Eric Carle's The Mixed-Up Chameleon. The story tells a tale of a chameleon who keeps wishing to be like the other animals until his body is all mixed up with different body parts quickly realizing that he is happiest when he is himself. Carle's illustrations are pure magic. I decided to focus this week on creating our own Eric Carle Inspired Mixed Up Creatures based on his techniques. I originally got this idea from my graduate school art teacher, but completely forgot to implement it as a classroom teacher. So happy to have the opportunity with my own children now!
One of my favorite activities to do with my children once the Spring weather emerges is to get our hands dirty planting our flowers and fruit and vegetable gardens. There are so many learning opportunities when you garden with children. After a long winter in New England our yard was in need of a great deal of color. Time for some cheery flowers to brighten our home!
This post was written as a partnership with Miracle Gro. All opinions are my own.
It's week three of the Preschool Book Club Series and this week we are exploring Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni. The simple tale of two friends, little blue and little yellow, encompasses so many learning opportunities regarding friendship, emotions, family relations and of course color recognition and color mixing. This week we will be combining our reading of Little Blue and Little Yellow with a Color Changing Rose Experiment to make our very own "Little Blue and Little Yellow" rose.