Spring has suddenly sprung around our neighbourhood, and not a moment too soon! Since nature walks and yard play are our only outing options during this time of quarantine.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I whipped up a rainbow treasure board out of cardboard, markers, rubber bands, and clothes pegs. (The clothes pegs were to secure any heavier, larger items to the board. 😉) Then, we set out on our walk to find as many things in those glorious colours as possible! Btw, I did NOT know that pinecones come in purple, but they do, and we found one to prove it!! 🌈
This was a ridiculously easy activity to set up! And doing the hunt was such a calm, joyful, and positive activity experience for us. Being safe together as a family, frolicking around in Nature (you can do it inside the house) spending time appreciating the beauty, all really helped to put us in a great mood after our long days at home!
If you have a bunch of brown bags kicking around with nothing to do, then this Monster idea is worth a try! ❤ This was a wonderfully creative opportunity for my kiddos to try a craft that is a little different from the norm. And best of all, it helped to fill up another day of quarantine 🤪
Children make multiples, maybe they can make one of each that they miss, which it would made them so happy! this activity is for Littles from the ages of 9 years all the way down to 3 years old, and it would be a hit with ALL of them. There is experimentation with painting techniques, gluing, cutting, stapling, and alllllllll the sparkles! (Not gonna lie... repeatedly cleaning up endless sparkles is not my fave part of the day... 😏 But, they are the most popular Monster accessory!)
Have you ever seen a kid trying to rip a piece of paper?? If you have, then you'll know it's an absolutely fantastic test of their Fine Motor Skills and ingenuity. 👌 And that sound?! Now THAT'S some satisfyingly Sensory fun!
To make this Rip-A-Rainbow process art, all you need are:
1) Some different coloured pieces of paper
2) A glue stick or two
3) ...That's it. You're all set!
Now, invite your kiddos to come and have complete control over their own glue stick & rip up all the paper they want! You can chose to pre-rip some of the paper this time, to keep frustrations relatively low with three-year-old 😏
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Don't have any coloured construction paper on hand? Hit that recycling bin! ♻️ Grab some of those ads & flyers, and rip out the pages that have colour printed on them. It'll look even cooler! (Trust me. I've actually done that, and it turned into one of my fave art projects, ever!!)
The treasures collected for our nature weave will help us with this project.
The flowers and foliage are printed into air-dry modelling clay or homemade salt dough (recipe at the end)
To get good prints roll a glass over it gently before peeling the flowers and leaves off.
We also used the end of a pencil to create a hole in the clay so we would be able to hang them up.
Once the air-dry clay is completely dry you can paint it if you like.
If you can’t get hold of air-dry clay and you have flour you could always make some salt dough instead (4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 1/2 cups of warm water mixed together).
This was a fun little craft project. These birds were actually fairly simple to make and use resources that you most likely have at home already.
The bodies of the birds are formed by scrunching tinfoil up and shaping it until you have something resembling a bird shape with a head, body and tail.
To make the feathers paint a piece of kitchen towel with slightly watered down ready mix paint- you want it to soak through to the other side so your feathers aren’t white on one side.
Once the kitchen towel is dry, tear it up into little pieces and stick them onto your bird using pva glue. This is similar to decoupage. Once the foil is hidden you can add a few extra feathers with just the top end glued down to make it look more feathery.
To finish off your bird add feet and a beak. I made the eyes using a hole punch and black paper.
The other day I froze some flowers that were beginning to wilt. I took it out to explore with salt and warm water, along with water droppers so they could see the effects it would have on the ice. I enjoyed mixing the salt with the water and trying to crush their frozen flowers. Eventually Lou wanted to pour water in and watch the flowers float! Such a lovely way to play with nature. 🌺
I love chalk! This activity we'll use crushed chalk to sprinkle over glue to make shapes. I think kids would love to smash up old chalk pieces with a hammer with the pieces inside a ziplock bag to bash away. ⠀
Some egg shapes from cardboard to decorate and they will be hanging in your entry, brightening up the room with a little magic even in these tricky times ❤️⠀
We had such fun making these little loo roll robots from crafty loose parts - you can use whatever you find in the recycling bin. It's great to see kids own unique interpretation and how differently they all came out.
Keep your cardboard boxes because they can help you to teach your kids about geometric shapes!
how fun it’s to learn and play in the same time? How fun it’s to build a robot only with cubes and rectangles? How fun it’s to animate your robot?
These robots are 100% cardboard, painted and assemble all together. You just need to play with them.
All things good, it seems, begin with a walk in the park or woods observing the natural world. After packing a bag full of rocks, listening to the birds and soaking up sunshine, I stretch my mind assembling the collected rocks like a puzzle. (This part pleases me to no end!) Generally, the idea for which artist I choose begins with the shapes of the rocks and how they cohesively fit together.
Creating Art rocks is fun! If you enjoy painting, you'll enjoy creating something like this. You could use paint pens or acrylic paint and brushes to create this. The best part though? A walk in the woods to observe nature, clear your mind and collect rocks!
I made, Klee Rocks. Picasso Rocks and Kandinsky Rocks. So much fun!
Creating a piece like this does not require much skill. And that is great. This is more of a therapeutic piece. Simply add lines, dots, or triangles.This is a time to create without the idea of perfection. Take the time you need. Paint all of your sticks white. Allow to dry. Grab your favorite paint, newly whitened sticks, brushes. Begin mark making on your sticks. Make it simple. Paint lines. Use the end of your paint brush to create dots! You can also use things like small dowels to create dots. Allow all of the paint to dry.
Draw out a face shape on the back side of your cardboard. Cut it out. Hold it up to your child's face to see the approximate size to remove from the middle. Cut out the middle. Create various hats, bowties, earrings, glasses (naturally we made a monocle)...really whatever suits your fancy child. Hand the kiddos the paint and let loose! Once the pieces are painted and dried, glue them together. Enjoy the messy process!
My daughter is all about Insects and Bugs. She is so fascinated, and into it.
We took out our colored constructions paper, the scissors, some glue and few ice cream sticks; after an afternoon of cutting and figure it out shapes, we made these funny bugs.
It is a fun activity; hand puppets are great for kids to play with, and let go their inside stories.