Nature Play, Sculpture Play

Kinetic Leaf Snake Sculpture

This fun and engaging nature play will keep your 3+ kiddos tinkering away outside for hours. We used this process to build a kinetic cardboard snake a few weeks ago, and while on our morning walk today Mr. Almost Four and I were inspired to try out the same process on these flat, durable leaves.… Continue reading Kinetic Leaf Snake Sculpture

Nature Play, Pure Process Play, Sensory Play, Summer

Nature Kitchen

“Cooking” with nature loose parts is a great process for your 2+ kiddos. This can be modified for the under 2 set, but they require more hands on help from their caregivers, depending on your comfort level with nature tasting. The mud kitchen is one of our favorite ways to play outside. It’s such a… Continue reading Nature Kitchen

Art with Babies, Sensory Play

Baby’s First Sensory Tray

Sensory play trays are great for ages 6months-6 years. Older kids will surely enjoy playing if there is a pretend element thrown in, like small world toys. This play tray is perfect for the youngest little artists because everything is taste safe. I have been looking forward to introducing sensory play trays to my 11… Continue reading Baby’s First Sensory Tray

Sensory Play, Summer

Butterflies and Flowers Sensory Table

It doesn’t get much better than a rice bin for toddlers and preschoolers. The sensory experience of colored rice provides a perfect backdrop to play and explore within a seasonal context. This is the IKEA FLISAT table with Sarah’s silks nestled underneath the bins for a splash of color This themed rice table will be… Continue reading Butterflies and Flowers Sensory Table

Play Dough, Sensory Play

Ice Cream Play Dough Invitation

Making your own high quality play dough is easy, fast and fun. This play dough invitation is great for your 3+ kiddos. Loose parts can be modified to make appropriate for 1.5+. We are having SO much fun with this invitation this week. Mr. 3.5 is very interested in cooking and baking, and this ice… Continue reading Ice Cream Play Dough Invitation

Drawing Play, Organization and Resources, Printable Resources

10 Art Prompts for Marker and Paper: FREE Printable Prompts in English and Spanish

In May of 2020, we banded our resources together in a simple act of love and support for the children at the Matamoros refugee camp on the US/Mexico border. They were seeking a safe haven in the US, but are now stranded in a sprawling tent camp due to our inhumane immigration policy. In collaboration… Continue reading 10 Art Prompts for Marker and Paper: FREE Printable Prompts in English and Spanish

Clay Play, Crafts, Nature Play, Spring

Pressed Flower Air Dry Clay Magnets

My little artist and I had the best time creating these magnets with air dry clay and pressed flowers. I dream of the day I’ll have regular, easy access to proper clay facilities, but in the meantime, air dry clay works wonders! Materials Air dry clay (you can find the kind we use on our… Continue reading Pressed Flower Air Dry Clay Magnets

Crafts, Paint Play, Sculpture Play

Kinetic Cardboard Snake Sculpture

This is such a fun way to tinker with cardboard scraps and paper fasteners. My almost 4 year old could do this, but he needed help most of the time, so I’d say this project is best for 4+ year olds. The snake was perfect for a little guy like mine, because he could simply… Continue reading Kinetic Cardboard Snake Sculpture