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

Autumn, Color Play, Paint Play, Printmaking Play

Printmaking and Painting with Loose Parts from Nature

This process based art play is a great way for your 2-6 year old to explore texture. Loose parts from nature offer endless opportunities to experiment and create. Materials Several colors within a theme chosen with your little artist (we used an autumn palette) on sponges in bowls with a bit of waterTray or bowl… Continue reading Printmaking and Painting with Loose Parts from Nature

Color Play, Sensory Play

Aquafaba Sensory Foam

This sensory play is a fantastic option for any age, as young as 6-8 months! You don’t need this IKEA FLISAT table to explore aquafaba foam! Any bin or bowl will do. Chickpea foam, or aquafaba, is edible and easy to make using the liquid from canned garbanzo beans.To make, simply whip the liquid from… Continue reading Aquafaba Sensory Foam

Art with Babies, Color Play, Organization and Resources, Paint Play, Painting Objects, Printmaking Play, Pure Process Play, Sensory Play

Process Art Buffet

Last week, several mamas on Instagram messaged me to ask some version of, “how do I keep my under four year old engaged with process art for more than 5 minutes?!” This “Art Buffet” allows your little artist to choose and alternate between different art play, much in the same way offering food on a… Continue reading Process Art Buffet

Bath Art Play, Color Play, Recipes, Sensory Play

Magic Sensory Foam and Bubbly Bath Sand

This is the MAGIC sensory foam you didn’t know you needed, but won’t be able to live without once you try it. In its first stage of life it is a fluffy foam that grows and grows. In its final stage of life, when all the magic foam is used up, it turns into a… Continue reading Magic Sensory Foam and Bubbly Bath Sand

Beading, Clay Play, Color Play, Nature Play

Coloring Air Dry Clay with Natural Pigments

I’ve been wanting to try this out for weeks, and I’m so happy we did. This process was FUN and it worked so well! Mixing the pigments into the clay was a process hands of many ages would enjoy. Air dry clay and ground charcoal Air dry clay and turmeric Air dry clay and paprika… Continue reading Coloring Air Dry Clay with Natural Pigments

Art with Babies, Color Play, Crafts, Drawing Play

Crayonsicles and Crayonspheres

I’ve been trying to find new ways to engage my baby artist, age 13 months, in mark making. Changing the form of the crayon has been a fun new thing for her to explore. And my four year old thinks it’s fun, too! I’m sure you have as many old, broken crayons laying around as… Continue reading Crayonsicles and Crayonspheres