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

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

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

Autumn, Nature Play, Paint Play

Painting with Blackberries

I don’t think autumn process art gets any better than this! This is suitable play for any age. It is taste safe for babies and sensory satisfying for all, adults included. Blackberries are in season in the Pacific Northwest of the US, so we brought some watercolor paper and brushes with us on our morning… Continue reading Painting with Blackberries

Paint Play

Wet on Wet Watercolor with Autumn Colors

This process based art play is a great way for your 1-6 year old to experience color without focusing on line and shape. This painting method is used in Waldorf schools around the world. The wet paint dances across the wet paper beautifully as the young artist leads its movement. I set out some form… Continue reading Wet on Wet Watercolor with Autumn Colors

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

Art with Babies, Collage Play, Contact Paper Play, Paint Play

Geometric Shape Contact Paper Play

Contact paper is one our favorite tools to facilitate design play. It is such a fun, easy way to engage your 1+ year old with art. Loose parts can be modified to make this process fun for every age, theme and season. Impermanent art play is fun for everyone, but especially fantastic for budding perfectionists.… Continue reading Geometric Shape Contact Paper Play

Art with Babies, Paint Play, Snacktivity

Delicious, Nutritious Edible Paint

This is a great way to differentiate for babies while big kid is using different art materials unsuitable for eating.I love snacktivities like this because it cuts my prep work in half: snack and activity, all in one! These paint snacks are made with: whole milk yogurt, chia seeds, and: turmeric, crushed freeze dried blueberries… Continue reading Delicious, Nutritious Edible Paint

Paint Play, Printmaking Play

Painting and Printmaking with Legos

This process based art play is a great way for your 2-6 year old to play with printmaking and color and experiment with painting using something other than a paintbrush. Materials 3-5 different washable tempera colors on a sponge in a bowl with a bit of water or dispensed straight on paperLEGO piecesBig paper taped… Continue reading Painting and Printmaking with Legos

Art with Babies, Paint Play

Taste Safe Watercolor Painting

Usually, we do wet on wet watercolor painting with proper diluted watercolors, but since baby sister has joined in we’ve temporarily switched to taste safe paints. You can make this paint at home with two ingredients: food color and water! This process based art play is a great way for your 1-6 year old to… Continue reading Taste Safe Watercolor Painting