These leaf bowls are deceivingly quick and easy to make. The air dry clay recipe comes together with only a few household ingredients and the finished bowls are pretty enough for gifting.
This clay pendant starts with the perfect air dry clay recipe and then uses some favorite childhood toys to create texture. This is a great sensory experience as well as creating a sweet little keepsake pendant.
This sweet and simple DIY finger puppet project is the perfect first introduction to sewing. A simple whip stitch is introduced while the little details are simply glued on to prevent frustration. The fun of these little finger puppets will last long after the making is done. Playing with them may be the best part!
Thaumatrope; what a deceptively simple name for such a simple little toy. Say it with me “thaw -ma-trope.” These toys are super simple two sided precursors to modern animation. A thaumatrope has a different image on each side. When spun rapidly the two images give the impression of blending into one. It’s kind of like ice age animation. It’s simple but also a little magic.
Building structures is something kids innately enjoy. Think of the hours spent on Lego’s, blocks, and Lincoln logs. Building is fun and satisfying. Now we’re going to replace the blocks with straws, yes, straws. These fun, sculptures for kids come together super quickly due to their construction with just pipe cleaners and straws. That’s all ya’ need!
If you read Kitchen Table Classroom often you know I adore turning trash into treasure. I love the idea of showing kids that anything can be art and I love not spending money to make stuff. Free art experiences are hard to beat. Using empty toilet paper and paper towel cardboard tubes to create a recycled sculpture is a fun and easy way to learn about building up.
The difference between shape and form can be a tricky one for kids to understand. The simplest and most direct way to make sense of it is to actually make forms! Leave the shapes on the drawing table and gather up some junk and get busy with these paper mache animal heads.
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. Learn to use shrink plastic sheets that mimic that fancy glass. No one will believe these flashy charms are plastic!
Don’t we all have memories of blowing bubbles as a kid? It’s a classic kid activity. I also have some pretty sweet mom memories of blowing bubbles when my kids were just square, chubby toddlers. This bubble recipe takes blowing bubbles to the next level.