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  • Monday, August 01, 2016 1:39 PM | Deleted user

    Adapted from I Can Teach My Child.

    Fizzy Olympic Rings

    Materials:

    • Baking Soda
    • Water
    • Vinegar
    • Liquid Watercolors or food coloring
    • Squeeze Bottles
    • Safety Goggles
    • Tray

    Directions:

    1. Mix together baking soda and a small amount of water.  Add more water and stir until the baking soda has formed a paste or dough-like consistency.
    2. Form the baking soda/water dough into circular shapes to resemble Olympic Rings.  Place in the freezer for at least an hour.
    3. Pour vinegar into each of the squeeze bottles and then add liquid watercolors or food coloring into the vinegar.  I used liquid watercolors and the end result ended up being very muted, so next time I might use food coloring instead.
    4. Get the tray with the Olympic Rings out of the freezer and gather your colored vinegar bottles.
    5. Head outside and get ready for some fizzy fun!
    6. Let your child(ren) start spraying each of the Olympic rings with the coordinating color.  Watch the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar!
  • Wednesday, June 01, 2016 9:48 AM | Deleted user
    21 Outdoor Art Ideas for KidsThe Artful Parent has dozens ideas of art and science experiments to do outside with your kids this summer!  Check out the listings here.


  • Wednesday, June 01, 2016 9:45 AM | Deleted user

    From Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.  Fathers Day Project FOR KIDS

    Materials:

    • Blank canvases.
    • Letter stickers.
    • Finger paint.
    • Paintbrushes or fingers.

    Directions:

    1. Lay down stickers on blank canvas. Be creative with arrangement and what you want it to say!

    2. Have children paint over the canvas and stickers. I find it best to use one color at a time, that way you don’t have all the colors mixing together, creating a brown mess. I let her choose which colors she wanted to use each time. It doubles as a lesson on colors!
    3. Cover entire canvas with paint.
    4. Remove stickers before paint dries. I went back over any areas that bled with a white paint marker to make the lines a little cleaner and crisp.
  • Monday, May 02, 2016 9:27 PM | Deleted user

    Adapted from Easy Preschool Crafts.

    (This would be a great craft to send to grandmothers!)

    Materials:

    • sheet of black or blue construction paper for background
    • green construction paper for hand
    • brown or other color for the pot
    • various color scrap paper for flowers
    • marker or crayon
    • glue
    • scissors

      Directions:

      1. Find or make a simple template for a flower pot and flowers. Trace and cut out a flower pot and several flowers of different colors.
      2. Trace your hand on green construction paper and cut out.
      3. Glue hand onto background paper.
      4. Glue pot and flowers onto hand print as shown.
      5. Write "Happy Mother's Day" on the pot.



      1. Monday, May 02, 2016 9:16 PM | Deleted user

        Adapted from Babble Dabble Do

        Materials

        • Lemons (2 lemons per volcano)
        • Baking Soda
        • Liquid Watercolors/ Food Coloring
        • Craft Stick
        • Dish soap
        • Tray
        • Cup & Spoons
          Directions
          1. (Adults only) Prep your lemon by slicing the bottom off to make them sit flat. Flip the lemon over and slice out the core. If you are making an open faced volcano, slice the lemon in half.
          2. Prepare extra lemon juice by slicing a second lemon in half and juicing it. Pour juice into a cup and set aside.
          3. Place your cored lemon on a tray. Use your craft stick to mush the center of the lemon and bring out the juices. Be sure to keep the juice in the lemon.
          4. Place a few drops of food coloring or liquid watercolors (do not dilute) in the center of the lemon.
          5. Add in a good squeeze of dish soap to the lemon. This is not necessary but causes the bubbles to ooze and froth more and longer.
          6. Add a spoonful of baking soda into the lemon. It should start to fizz. Take your craft stick and stir the lemon and lemon juice. It should start foaming really well as you stir it!
          7. To keep the reaction going alternatively add more baking soda, coloring, dish soap and the reserved lemon juice to the reaction. Squeezing the lemon to release the juices also enhances the reaction. 
        • Thursday, March 31, 2016 4:03 PM | Deleted user

          Adapted from Growing Kids Learn.  How to grow a carrot top

          Materials:

          • Carrot top (2-3 cm from stem with some root growth remaining on top)
          • Shallow dish
          • 10 Cotton balls
          • Water
          • Sunny and protected spot
          Directions:
          1. Layer the cotton balls in the small dish.
          2. Dribble some water over the cotton balls.
          3. Press the carrot top into the cotton balls and place in a sunny location.
          4. Keep the cotton balls wet.
          5. Observe what happens!
        • Thursday, March 31, 2016 3:47 PM | Deleted user

          Adapted from Paging Fun Mums.  Easy Bug Craft

          Materials needed:

          • Plastic bottle caps (cleaned well)
          • Plastic spoons
          • Glue dots (found at any craft supplier)
          • Plastic to make wings (I used the insert from a reusable shopping bag but we’ve used old milk bottles before too)
          • Permanent pen (to mark out wings)
          • Scissors (to cut out wings)
          • Kindy Glitz or other craft supplies to decorate wings
          • Googly eyes

          Directions:

          1. Draw a set of butterfly wings on the plastic bottle and cut it out.
          2. Glue the wings and eyes on to the bottle cap.
          3. Decorate the wings.
          4. Hide the bugs some place to surprise someone!

        • Tuesday, March 01, 2016 11:30 AM | Deleted user

          Idea adapted from No Time for Flashcards

          Materials:

          • Potatoes that will fit in your child's hand.
          • Paper.
          • Markers.
          • Scissors.
          • Ink pad.

          Directions:

          1. Draw a shamrock on the paper.
          2. Cut the potato in half.
          3. Let your little one stamp away!
          4. Cut it out once it's dry.
        • Tuesday, March 01, 2016 11:24 AM | Deleted user

          Idea adapted from Toddler Approved.

          Materials:

          • Construction paper in the colors of the rainbow.
          • Painter's tape
          Directions:
          1. Lay out / tape down the construction paper in a color wheel on the floor.
          2. Talk about the rainbow.  Ask your kids to name the colors.
          3. Set your kids loose finding toys that are each color.  Ask them to bring them back and place them on the corresponding paper.  Some kids might enjoy more if you make it a time challenge--how many things of each color can you do in 3 minutes?
          4. After the time is elapsed, talk about each object.  What shapes are they?  Are there items that have patterns or are more than one color?
        • Sunday, January 31, 2016 9:49 PM | Deleted user

          Here's a great post from one of my favorite bloggers, talking about how important the process is, in addition to the finished product.  There is also a great list at the bottom of projects that are age appropriate!

          http://artfulparent.com/2013/02/kids-homemade-valentines-think-process-and-product.html





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