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Easel Painting with Preschoolers

What do you enjoy in the art center? What do your preschoolers enjoy? An indispensable part of my classroom has become my easel. We usually just paint there, but easel painting is anything but “just” an activity for preschoolers. They can develop some great skills by regularly painting at the easel. Easel Painting and Preschoolers […]

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10 Friendship Bracelet Patterns to Make This Summer

I can’t even tell you how many times I spent picking out the perfect colors for my best friends’ friendship bracelets. It was important to me to mix my favorite colors with theirs because we were best friends and it was like we were wearing a bit of each other on our wrists. I was always […]

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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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Space Small World Play

Let’s make a super quick space small world play using a few sensory rich play materials in a small tray. Perfect for a rainy afternoon at home with a preschooler, a space themed topic in the classroom or after school invitation to play! If you follow me over on Instagram you’ll know that I regularly… […]

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August Preschool Themes

August may be the kick-off of your school year. Consider curriculum themes and concepts that are familiar to preschoolers and will develop beginning skills. These August preschool themes can help you begin the year on the right foot and have some fun learning times, too. August Preschool Themes ALL ABOUT ME Lead the children to […]

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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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How to Dye Pasta for Sensory Play

This is the easiest ever method for how to dye pasta for sensory play using just one step! Just like my super-simple dyed rice tutorial, I guarantee you won’t need to use the old way again after trying this! Just takes a few minutes to prepare, an hour or so to dry and then it’s… […]

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Under the Sea: 16 Easy Kids’ Crafts Inspired by Mermaids, Sea Creatures, and the Ocean

My five-year-old self would probably tell you she wanted to be the following three things when she grew up: a fashion designer, a writer, and most importantly, a mermaid. I feel like every kid goes through a mermaid phase, whether it’s obsessively watching The Little Mermaid or pretending to have their own set of fins […]

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A Simple, Powerful Prayer for Pregnancy | Mother Rising

Pregnancy can be a sweet time for growing a baby, but also growing closer to our creator.  Prayer, or talking to God, is a simple way to turn our hearts and minds to the Lord.  The following prayer for pregnancy can be used daily, when feeling anxious, when decisions need to be made, or whenever! […]

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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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Why New Doulas are Better Than You Think | Mother Rising

When searching for the right doula, parents want the best of the best for their upcoming birth.  Sure, a seasoned doula that’s been in the business for a long time has great benefits, but doulas with less experience are a wonderful choice as well.  In this blog post I discuss why I think new doulas […]

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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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You Need to Know: Most Get Pitocin Right After Birth | Mother Rising

New parents are shocked to discover most women that have a hospital birth will receive pitocin right after birth.  Pitocin is routinely given to all women to reduce the chance of postpartum hemorrhage. Postpartum hemorrhage is excessive bleeding that occurs within 24 hours after birth and is a major contributor to maternal mortality in low-income countries. Are parents shocked that care […]

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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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