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Chalk Prints New Art from Old Supplies

I love making something from nothing.  That may stem from my days as a classroom teacher when I saw five hundred kids a week with a minimal budget.  Even making art at home with my own four kids can get pricey if I’m not careful.  I love projects that use up scraps and bits and things that otherwise might get hidden in our craft cupboard never to be heard from again.  Chalk prints are perfect for that.

Minimal materials, only a wee bit of mess and you've got yourself some fun process art. Enjoy the making of this pretty chalk printed paper!

Minimal materials, only a wee bit of mess and you’ve got yourself some fun process art.  Enjoy the making of this pretty printed paper that’s perfect as is or as a back drop for some more art!

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Coding Books for Kids: A New Kind of Literacy

Are literacy skills and technology really enemies?  Could screens really be the death of imaginative play and creative thinking?  Technology can be a time suck, even an addiction for young, smushy brains (or forty year old brains, for that matter.)   Using some creative resources, such as these coding books, can ensure that you child stays on top of the technology curve while growing their own literacy and problem solving skills.

Using creative resources, such as these coding books, ensures that your child stays on top of the technology curve while growing their own literacy skills.

If you’ve been to the Kitchen Table Classroom before you know that books are pretty much my answer to everything.  A problem, a question, an idea; just go read about it.  I’m a researcher at heart.  Despite the amazing resources available online I still love a real book.  Books feel solid, permanent, and trustworthy.  Combining book learning with the futuristic skill of coding feels like the best of both worlds to me!

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Paper Marbling with Kitchen Supplies

Art doesn’t have to be sophisticated or fancy or require advanced technical skill to be totally worth making.  I love introducing kids to art processes that are spontaneous and somewhat random in their results.  One, because everyone is successful and who doesn’t love that?  And two, because it’s fun.  This paper marbling definitely fits the bill. I love introducing kids to art processes that are spontaneous and somewhat random in their results.  Everyone is successful with this paper marbling

So we’ve got an art process that is fun, and easy, and also a sure thing success wise.  The other bonus is this one requires no fancy materials.  Really, this paper marbling doesn’t require any art supplies at all.  Everything you need will be right in your pantry!

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Top Ten Kid’s Art Supplies for a Limited Budget

Is teaching art at home intimidating?  What if I told you that simply offering a selection of art supplies (and books, always books) to you kids and letting them explore was enough?

The thing about teaching art at home is you don't need to be an expert.  Here are some cheap and easy art supplies to encourage exploration and skill!

Although there is a time for formal art instruction I don’t feel childhood is that time.  Childhood is the perfect time for kids to revel in the joy of making just for the sake of making.  Allowing kids time and freedom to explore will naturally build their skills and confidence.  Here are a few simple supplies you can keep handy to facilitate that joyful making, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist!

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Oil Pastels A New Way to Paint

If you’ve got a short list of art supplies oil to keep available for your kiddos oil pastels should make the cut.  They’re cheap, crazy vibrant, and can be used in dozens of ways!  This technique, however, is a new one on my radar.

If you've got a list of supplies to keep available for your kids oil pastels should make the cut. I've used oil pastels for many things but this is new!

  Oil pastels rate so high because they are brighter than crayons, blend easier, and because of that “non drying” thing a little messier.  Coloring with oil pastels can be a little like painting.  As colors build up and layer they begin to mix together, much like paint in a mixing tray.  Here we’re going to add one more little ingredient to really bring the paint magic to this project!

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Why a Starting Mom Blog Isn’t Just One More Thing To Do

Cook, wash, teach, taxi, host, clean up, aaaaand repeat.  That sequence sums up the rhythm of most of my days.  I’m a stay at home mom teaching our four kids at home.  I certainly do not need one more thing added to my “to-do” list, right?  So why in the world would I freak out and start a “mom blog?”

 No mom needs on more thing added to the "to-do" list, right?  So why in the world would start a "mom blog?" What's in it for you? A lot!

I spend more than a couple of hours each week crafting examples for my blog, writing posts, and creating pretty images that Pinterest will hopefully love.  My blog is the one thing on my “list” that doesn’t really have to be done.  It’s completely optional, my choice.  Why struggle??

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Melted Crayon Process Art- Cool Fun for a Hot Day

When I was in college I had a special crockpot just for wax.  A little electric skillet was specially reserved for heating little glass jars of colored wax.  I no longer have such specialty gear as the time I devote to such projects no longer warrants it.  But I do remember that hot wax is a fun medium.  Melted crayon is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the fun of encaustic painting.

Encaustic painting is just painting with wax. But those fun, new words can make something as simple as using melted crayon to make art feel extra special.

Say it with me…encaustic painting.  Do you feel smarter and more cultured already?  Encaustic painting is just painting with wax.  But sometimes those fun, new words can make something as simple as using melted crayon to make art feel extra special.

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DIY Faux Fused Glass Using Inexpensive & Kid Safe Materials

Have you heard of dichroic glass?  It’s a colorful, artsy type of fused glass often used to make pendants and fancy schmancy jewelry you might find in an art gallery gift shop.  It’s good lookin’ stuff.

Using a few kid friendly (and budget friendly) craft supplies we managed to create a fused glass look alike that is accessible to everyone!

True dichroic glass is created by layering glass and metal oxides and firing them in a glass kiln, sometimes multiple times.  The iridescent glass that results is beautiful but the process is out of reach for most at home crafters.

Using a few kid friendly (and budget friendly) craft supplies we managed to create a fused glass look alike that is accessible to everyone!

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