Christmas, Crafts, Crafts for Grown Ups, Sewing

Simple Cloth Ball Toys

This craft is perfect for adults and older children wanting to make a sweet handmade gift for a little love in their life. I made several of these for my kiddos last year for Christmas, and they are still beloved and played with almost daily a whole year later. They were so simple and cheap… Continue reading Simple Cloth Ball Toys

Autumn, Nature Play, Play Dough

Autumn Play Dough Four Ways

Ahhh, FALL! The time of year when we can all cozy up as the weather gets cooler, feel the crunch of colorful leaves under our feet, and put pumpkin spice in everything—including play dough! In reality, there are so many more options than just pumpkin spice that add both fragrance and color to your homemade… Continue reading Autumn Play Dough Four Ways

Paint Play

Wet on Wet Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Wet on wet watercolor painting is fun for all ages. This process is an art staple in my home with children under 6. You can find all the recommended supplies on the supplies page of this site. You can use food dye and spill proof cups in place of stockmar paints for the littlest painters,… Continue reading Wet on Wet Watercolor Painting for Beginners

Art with Toddlers, Color Play, Sensory Play

Fizzy Oobleck

I happened upon this lovely, squishy, slimy recipe while trying to create a recipe for something else. It will grow, and grow, and grow as the citric acid reacts with the other ingredients. And when the reaction has slowed, you’re left with an ooblecky substance that’s fun to squish and explore. Ingredients 1 cup Corn… Continue reading Fizzy Oobleck

Collage Play, Color Play

Monochromatic and Geometric Cut Paper Collage

This art play is a fun way for your 2.5-6 year olds to explore shape and color groups through design play while working on gluing skills. 6+ year olds will certainly enjoy this collage play as well, but you’ll need to tailor the set up to their skill level. My little artist is four. I… Continue reading Monochromatic and Geometric Cut Paper Collage

Puppets, Valentine’s Day

Heart Monster Felt Puppets

Felt stick puppets are easy to make at home with whatever you have lying around. It’s a perfect way to utilize some of those assorted loose parts, and the outcome is a valuable tool for play and storytelling—a puppet! Materials Stiff feltOdds and ends from around your house (use what you have). We used: googly… Continue reading Heart Monster Felt Puppets

Collage Play, Paint Play, Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day Post Cards

We always make a special card for our nearest and dearest on Valentine’s Day. We live far away from our loved ones, so it’s extra important to us that they get something special in the mail to let them know we love them. This multi day process based art play is a great way for… Continue reading Valentine’s Day Post Cards