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The Virtual Book Tour for The New Artful Parent Book (Art Activities! Giveaways! Interviews!)

The revised edition of The Artful Parent book is here! Follow along with us on a virtual book tour. Each day we have an amazing lineup of art projects, giveaways, and interviews celebrating the newly updated book.  I am so incredibly excited to be kicking off a virtual book tour for the new Artful Parent […]

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The Virtual Book Tour for The Artful Parent Book (Revised Edition)

The Artful Parent book tour is here! Follow along each day for projects, giveaways, & interviews celebrating the completely updated & revised edition. I am so incredibly excited to be kicking off a virtual book tour for the new Artful Parent book today! The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art […]

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Pablo Picasso Collages Inspire Kids to Explore Identity With Self-Portraits

Create Picasso collages inspired by the famous artist who co-founded Cubism. A great way for kids to explore identity through this self-portrait activity. Project & post by Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio. What is it about Picasso’s art that makes it so attractive to children (as well as adults, of course)? Maybe it is his […]

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5 Nature Based Play Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

 Rachael of Tiddler’s Toolbox shares five nature based play ideas for young children. Create small worlds, nature ice blocks, play with mud cupcakes, or use natural materials for sorting, counting and matching activities. I hope you enjoyed my first post containing 5 Nature Based Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers. Today, I’ll share five of […]

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5 Nature Based Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

 Rachael of Tiddler’s Toolbox shares five nature based art ideas for young children. Paint with mud, print with leaves, create a nature weaving or petal playdough! Our natural environment can provide us with the majority of the tools to teach and entertain our little ones, we just need to be resourceful and understand how to […]

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5 Nature Based Art Ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers

 Rachael of Tiddler’s Toolbox shares five nature based art ideas for young children. Paint with mud, print with leaves, create a nature weaving or petal playdough! Our natural environment can provide us with the majority of the tools to teach and entertain our little ones, we just need to be resourceful and understand how to […]

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Create These Awesome Sculptures with Cardboard Building Discs

 Kids can create their own building material by transforming a box into cardboard building discs. Stack the discs to make these awesome sculptures! This art activity provides open-ended creative exploration for kids. Project & post by Samara Caughey of Purple Twig  A few years ago, I put together this project for our Architecture week of […]

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Announcing The NEW Artful Parent Book (+6 Awesome Preorder Bonuses!)

The completely revised and updated edition of The Artful Parent book by Jean Van’t Hul is being released June 11th! This book will help you raise creative kids and fill your family’s life with fun art activities. Preorder now to receive 6 awesome bonuses! I have some super exciting news to share! I created a […]

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How to Make a Wooly Yarn Wall Hanging for Kids

 Create a bright, colorful yarn wall hanging OR a wooly wall monster–your choice with this engaging textile activity! Project & post by Laura & Emily of MAKE Art School.  Have you ever noticed how busy hands make for chatty times? Connectedness comes so much more easily when we have a shared activity to engage in. […]

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Paint and Assemble Your Very Own Nature Diorama!

 Gather pinecones, leaves and seed pods on a nature walk. Then paint and assemble these materials with this fun nature diorama project for kids. Project and post by Kiera Gladstone of ArtClassPDX. Anytime of year is a great time for a nature walk! I find it’s more fun to take a walk when I have […]

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Create Colorful Clay Relief Tiles for Kids (with Air Drying Clay!)

Create gorgeous decorative tiles with air drying clay and a surprising method for adding color. This is a fool-proof project for novice potters. And best of all – no firing required! Post by Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio This easy clay project is inspired by the work of Scottish artist Hilke MacIntyre, and her […]

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Celebrate Earth Day with 30 Nature + Recycled Art Projects for Kids

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Check out our list of nature art ideas and recycled art projects for kids that are fun to make AND more friendly for our Earth.  To celebrate Earth Day next week, our team gathered together a list of 30 nature based art activities and recycled art projects for kids. Through art, there […]

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Make These Yayoi Kusama Inspired Dot Paintings for Kids

Create amazing and colorful dot paintings inspired by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Project & post by Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio. Yayoi Kusama. What can I say about her? She is one of the most amazing and inspiring Japanese contemporary artists! Her sculptures and installations are breathtaking and she has done so many other things; […]

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Explore Texture with These Fun Mixed Media Collage Portraits for Kids

Mixed media collage portraits are a great way to explore texture and use recycled materials. Project and post by Krista Simcoe of Riverside Art Studio. These mixed media collage portraits are a great lesson for exploring portraiture and texture with kids. I made this project with a group of 4 – 8 year old students. We […]

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Creative Drawing Activities for Kids (Printables to Inspire Creative Drawing & Thinking)

Drawing prompts are one of our favorite creative drawing activities for kids because they inspire children to draw and think in a different way (often more creatively!) than when faced with a blank page. Did you know that you can help children draw and think more creatively by inspiring them with interesting and challenging art […]

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Try These Two Beautiful Nature Inspired Art Activities for Kids

These two nature inspired art projects explore ways for kids to observe and create with nature. The art activities include observational drawing of flowers and clay leaf printing. Projects and post by Lia Salza Goldstein of Little Loft Studios. “Nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small it takes time – we […]

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Try This Bath Mat Printmaking Activity for Kids & Create Abstract Art Prints!

Try this fun bath mat printmaking activity for kids to create beautiful abstract art prints. Printmaking project and post by Benares Angeley of Children’s Art Lab. Ideas come to me…at TJ Maxx. I’m not huge into shopping, but I do like to wander the aisles.   Office supply stores and old hardware stores are my […]

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Make a Nature Mobile for Kids With Gathered Materials + Air Dry Clay

Go for a nature walk and gather natural materials to use for this beautiful nature mobile. Painted air dry clay beads add the finishing touch! Nature based art project and post by Abbey Donald of Wild Wattle Folk.  Children are naturally drawn to nature, especially preschoolers. If your little ones are anything like mine, it’s […]

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Make Cardboard Robot Puppets that Move!

Learn how to create fun robot puppets that actually MOVE using cardboard and other recycled materials in this make and play project for kids by Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio. Any art teacher will sing the praises of humble ol’ cardboard as a brilliant material for art-making. A cardboard box has endless possibilities for […]

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How to Make Miró Inspired Magic Animal Masks For Kids

Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio shares how to create cardboard Miró inspired magic animal masks for kids! “I want to see large birds, snakes and creatures of the night in pictures.”– Joan Miró I have a long, and I mean a LONG list of favorite artists that inspire me day after day to do art […]

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