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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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Create Easy LEGO Prints for Kids (with LEGOs + Stamp Pads)!

Creating LEGO prints is a fun open-ended art activity for kids of all ages. Use LEGOs and stamp pads to create cities, flowers, mandalas, letters and much more! Do you have a child who really likes LEGOs? I do! Daphne’s entire room is pretty much a shrine to LEGOs. They are everywhere. And lately, we’ve […]

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How to Use LEGOs to Make Pictures in Playdough

Creating pictures in playdough is a great sensory art activity for kids of all ages. Just roll out some playdough & press LEGOs in it to create playdough pictures. To make your own pictures in playdough, simply roll a piece of playdough flat then press LEGOs in it to create an image, design, or abstract […]

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Feather Art in a Box – A Nature Drawing & Painting Activity for Kids

Feathers provide a great nature-based opportunity for kids to notice patterns, shapes & lines. Help kids make their own feather art in a lovely DIY shadow box in this easy nature drawing and painting activity by Samara Caughey of Purple Twig. I’m always on the look out for projects using little boxes. Children respond with […]

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Paul Klee Art for Kids – Colorful City Collages

Try this fun Paul Klee art for kids by collaging cities onto a colorful chalk background. A wonderful art activity inspired by Paul Klee’s art by Catalina Gutierrez of Redviolet Studio. You know I love to pair an art activity with a good ol’ children’s book. These always inspire me to try new projects. “The Cat […]

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Valentine’s Day Suncatchers – Easy Valentine Crafts for Kids

One of our favorite Valentine crafts for kids, these Valentine’s Day suncatchers are easy & fun for kids of all ages.  I wanted to share a beautiful Valentine’s Day craft that makes for a great handmade gift for family and teachers, but also, obviously, a lovely Valentine decoration. Plus it uses inexpensive materials that are […]

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Colorful Cardboard Hearts – DIY Valentines for Kids

Paint and decorate cardboard hearts in this open-ended process art activity for Valentine’s Day. These DIY Valentines for kids are so simple and easy to create! Hi! My name is Rachel Withers & I’m the editorial coordinator here at The Artful Parent. I’m so excited to share these easy process art valentines that my son […]

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How to Make Painted Wood Blocks & Sculptures

An easy sculpture project using wood scraps that’s fun to make for kids of all ages – by Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio. When I saw the giant tub of timber offcuts at my local creative reuse co-op (Reverse Garbage) in Sydney, I knew I had to have a sackful! I didn’t have a […]

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How to Make Hand Puppets for Kids

Learn how to make hand puppets for kids in this easy make & play project by Danielle Falk of Little Ginger Studio. Have you ever wanted to make hand puppets for kids? Well here is a fool-proof no-sew puppet-making project that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages (and their grown-ups). Kids LOVE playing […]

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What Is “Outsider” in Unthinkable Times?

Bill Traylor, “Black Pig with Blue Eye” (ca. 1939–42), tempera on found cardboard, 11.75 x 11.75 inches (photo courtesy Just Folk) It’s that time of year again, when the annual Outsider Art Fair pitches its big tent in downtown Manhattan, and its exhibitors roll out multicolored welcome mats, throwing open treasure chests filled with their […]

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Create a Hobby or Craft Room in 3 Easy Steps

If you have a hobby, like sewing, photography, music, DIY-ing, collecting stamps or trying to fix what your kids and significant other broke, it helps to have a dedicated workspace. Below are three easy steps to create a functional yet stylish hobby or craft room. Decide Where to Put it This multipurpose room combines laundry […]

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