Christmas, Clay Play, Crafts, Recipes

Baking Soda Clay Ornaments

This crafty process is a little fiddly, but the beautiful product and easily available ingredients is worth it. I love how the homemade clay dries into a strikingly white and surprisingly durable keepsake, reminiscent of porcelain. We have only made hand and footprint keepsakes as gifts for grandparents using this method, but you can get… Continue reading Baking Soda Clay Ornaments

Christmas, Crafts, Paint Play

Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

This is a great process that will be sure to engage your 2+ year old artist, while providing you with hand printed (in this case, foot printed) holiday wrapping paper as a result. Materials Washable tempera paint (we used three different shades of green)Roll paperDot markers, crayons, colored pencils Helping mama set up the play… Continue reading Make Your Own Wrapping Paper

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

Bioplastic, Color Play, Crafts, Sensory Play

Bioplastic Colorviewers

These DIY toys are completely biodegradable. Try this easy, fun process with your 3+ year olds for a meaningful process AND fun product that encourages a fusion of STEM and art development. These colorviewers were beyond fun to make AND play with. Use them to play, to learn about color and color mixing, AND to… Continue reading Bioplastic Colorviewers

Bioplastic, Color Play, Crafts, Nature Play, Recipes

Bioplastic Funglasses

This is an intermediate level way to play with bioplastic. Because of a few tricky components, I would say this project is best done with your 6+ year olds. If you’re looking for a bioplastic craft to do with littles, try suncatchers, stained glass or flowers. Since we discovered bioplastic, it has opened up a… Continue reading Bioplastic Funglasses

Bioplastic, Color Play, Crafts, Nature Play

Bioplastic Stained Glass

Since we discovered bioplastic, it has opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities. This is one of the easiest, most versatile methods to create lasting artworks. This project is suitable for artists as young as two, although the young ones will need lots of help handling the hot bioplastic mixture. Materials Gelatin powderBoiling… Continue reading Bioplastic Stained Glass

Bioplastic, Crafts, Sculpture Play

Bioplastic Flowers

Since we discovered bioplastic, it has opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities. This is one of the easiest, most versatile methods to create lasting artworks. This project is suitable for artists as young as two, although the young ones will need lots of help handling the hot bioplastic mixture. To create your… Continue reading Bioplastic Flowers

Bioplastic, Crafts, Nature Play, Recipes, Sculpture Play

Bioplastic Suncatchers

One of my favorite accounts on Instagram, @muddly_puddly is a master of bioplastic creations, and we finally got around to trying it out ourselves. Bioplastic suncatchers by @muddly_puddly This is one of the easiest, most versatile methods to create lasting artworks, and we are officially obsessed! Bioplastic butterfly by @muddly_puddly To create your own bioplastic… Continue reading Bioplastic Suncatchers

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