Art with Babies, Art with Toddlers, Organization and Resources

Encouraging Layered Artworks with Little Artists

Encouraging layered artworks for littles is a great way to: Expose your little artist to a variety of materials.Save paper (especially that spendy high quality watercolor paper).Facilitate the creation of a more “finished” looking product at the end of several child-led process art sessions, without adult interference.Teach the skill of leaving a project and coming… Continue reading Encouraging Layered Artworks with Little Artists

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

Organization and Resources, Travel Art

15 Road Trip Art Projects for Kids

My husband, two dogs, four year old kiddo and one year old baby recently drove from Washington State to Minnesota. It was about 25 hours in the car, spread out over 6 driving days. Usually, we would have flown, but the pandemic pushed us into our first family road trip experience a little sooner than… Continue reading 15 Road Trip Art Projects for Kids

Collage Play, Organization and Resources, Printable Resources, Protest Play

Workshop in a Bag: Amplify Youth Voices in Your Community

These are instructions for how to adapt acclaimed artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez’s Social Justice Poster Making Workshop to a "Workshop in a Bag" model that you can assemble yourself and distribute to young people in your community to amplify youth voices. These "Workshop in a Bag" art kits can be distributed to kids 8 years and… Continue reading Workshop in a Bag: Amplify Youth Voices in Your Community

Collage Play, Organization and Resources, Printable Resources, Protest Play

Social Justice Poster Making Workshop for Kids with Favianna Rodriguez

When I was teaching high school art at the most amazing school full of incredible young people I had the honor of attending a poster making workshop with my students led by acclaimed Oakland, CA based artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez. Excerpt from Social Justice Poster Making Workshop created by Favianna Rodriguez The workshop was so empowering… Continue reading Social Justice Poster Making Workshop for Kids with Favianna Rodriguez

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

Organization and Resources, Paint Play

10 Ways to Play with Paint

Kids love painting. It is such a versatile way to engage the senses and help your child learn and thrive. Your child will grow their fine motor skills, expand their knowledge of color, deepen their understanding of cause and effect and learn to self regulate big emotions when they find engaging with the act of… Continue reading 10 Ways to Play with Paint

Organization and Resources

Hack for Painting and Gluing with Little Artists

Before your little artist’s fine motor skills are top notch, painting and gluing can be frustrating and messy for both child and parent. Giving ample opportunity to practice is important, but you can take the pressure off sometimes by using this method. A sponge in a bowl (or even better, airtight container with a lid)… Continue reading Hack for Painting and Gluing with Little Artists