Kids Play Box http://www.kidsplaybox.com Fun And Easy Kids Activities Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:19:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 Fall Activities for Kids : Fall Sensory Bags http://www.kidsplaybox.com/fall-activities-for-kids-fall-sensory-bags/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/fall-activities-for-kids-fall-sensory-bags/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 18:47:00 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14816 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission.

Make colorful squishy sensory bags for the autumn season.

Even though the cool weather has not shown up its face still here we are excited to celebrate the oranges, reds and the browns of the fall season.…

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Fall Activities for Kids : Fall Sensory Bags

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Make colorful squishy sensory bags for the autumn season.

Even though the cool weather has not shown up its face still here we are excited to celebrate the oranges, reds and the browns of the fall season. We did notice a few trees changing colors and are eager to enjoy some fall sensory activities. Since the fall sensory jars were a big hit at our house last season we created these gorgeous fall sensory bags this time

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Instead of creating the fall sensory bags for the kids, I laid out the materials in small containers on a tray and had the children have fun creating the bags themselves.

We had apple/cinnamon pot pourri, fall leaves table scatter, fall confetti, plastic acorns, fall silk leaves, cinnamon sticks for the bits that go inside the bags.

materials

For the “squishy” part of the squishy bag itself we had hair gel and glitter along with food coloring. The children filled up quart sized Ziploc baggies about 3/4 full with hair gel. Then they added a good dose of fine glitter of color of their choice { although gold goes really well with orange} Then big squirts of orange color gel food coloring. Mix them all together inside the baggie with a plastic spoon. We didn’t mix them well since the bit of yellowish orange gave it a really great “fall look”.

fall sensory bags

We made 4 squishy bags each with a different emphasis on color

  • Apple Cinnamon green color fall sensory bag with red pom poms and cinnamon sticks.
  • Orange colored fall bag with fall leaves in it
  • Yellow colored  bag with more leaves and confetti in it
  • Red bag with many acorns in it.

making squishy bags

Please note that the cinnamon sticks does make the bag a more brownish color.

squishy bag

The yellow and the orange colored fall sensory bag turned out really beautiful

sensory activities for fall with squishy bags

The yellow bag was pretty translucent making it the most shiniest. When you hold the yellow fall sensory bag against sunlight the bag looks amazing.

sensory activities for fall

Before handing over the sensory bags to a child please have the edges taped off with a strong duct tape so that the contents does not ooze out.

sensory bags

We also taped the bags against a sunny window so the children can have fun squishing the bags against the sunlight.

squishy bags for fall

red sensory bag

More fall activities here

More sensory activities here

fall bags squishy

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DIY Chalkboard Plaque for Kids Rooms http://www.kidsplaybox.com/diy-chalkboard-plaque-for-kids-rooms/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/diy-chalkboard-plaque-for-kids-rooms/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:55:53 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14791 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

What’s not to like about a DIY chalkboard project? So many of us have fond memories chalk dust and chalkboard. Something very rewarding and satisfying about writing with a piece of chalk is always present. There could be smart classrooms without any need for chalkboard filled with iPads, computers and projects but chalkboards will never go out of style.…

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DIY Chalkboard Plaque for Kids Rooms

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What’s not to like about a DIY chalkboard project? So many of us have fond memories chalk dust and chalkboard. Something very rewarding and satisfying about writing with a piece of chalk is always present. There could be smart classrooms without any need for chalkboard filled with iPads, computers and projects but chalkboards will never go out of style.

With the kids going back to school for a new school year, the most infamous question is back in session! Which question you ask? ” How was school? What did you do today?” Oh dear! My older one pretty much dreads that questions and she is only going to be only 7! How many more years of that question does she have to endure haha.  So here is a simple DIY Wall Art project that doubles as much more than that.

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We grabbed a wooden oval plaque that we purchased from the craft store. I cut out a printable silhouette of a girl { printable courtesy } Alternatively you could also make your own child’s silhouette 

Then I traced the outline on the plaque using a regular pencil.

materials for chalkboard art

Now bring in the supplies. Gather your tintable chalkboard paint and acrylic paint. The tintable chalkboard paint is white-grey in color.  Add the acrylic paint of your choice with the chalkboard paint. There aren’t any measurements. I added the pink to the chalkboard paint until I was satisfied with the color.

supplies

You would probably need a couple of different kinds of brushes to get around the outlines. I just did my best with the paint brushes I had on hand.

painting wooden plaque

Grab another bowl and mix some black chalkboard paint. You might need more black acrylic paint to avoid the grey tint and get a true black for the silhouette. Now I painted the silhouette and the border black.

chalkboard wall art

Let the plaque dry overnight even though the paint dries really fast. Treat the surface by rubbing white chalkboard over the plaque. Now you have your own colorful, vibrant chalkboard plaque writing surface.

Once you have your own silhouette chalkboard plaque its uses are plenty. We are planning on using it to express our feelings and emotions. I’m planning on inviting my 7 year old to write down her thoughts all around the chalkboard plaque. Right now I have the standard ” How do you feel today?” , ” How was school?” on the board. You can hang it around the child’s homework desk, play desk, reading area, bedroom. Anywhere you think the kid spends a fair amount of time.

DIY chalkboard

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Science Experiments for Kids: Erupting Apple Science http://www.kidsplaybox.com/erupting-apple-experiments-for-kids/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/erupting-apple-experiments-for-kids/#comments Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:45:37 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14772 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

Setting up science experiments for kids can be just as fun as watching them engage in them. I usually involve the kids in the entire set up process. Other times I set up the science experiment and have them guess what the ingredients are why certain reactions are happening.…

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Science Experiments for Kids: Erupting Apple Science

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Setting up science experiments for kids can be just as fun as watching them engage in them. I usually involve the kids in the entire set up process. Other times I set up the science experiment and have them guess what the ingredients are why certain reactions are happening. Both methods have their own benefits. This time however I set up the experiment by myself so that the older kid, 6 will have a chance at making observations and predictions about the entire process.

{More Apple Activities for Kids}

This apple science experiment is also a great one to engage the kids during set up because of the sensory elements involved in making the “apples” The children will have a grand time making the “apples”

The end of the post has the entire recipe and the process to make these fun, colorful apples.

apple science for kids

We placed the “apples” in separate bowls set out vinegar in squeeze bottles and I prepared the kids to make guesses about the ingredients in the “apples”

baking soda science with apples

Once the vinegar hits the apples you will start seeing the suds and the chemical reaction between the acid and the base begins.

apple science

Once the fizzing begins, you can pop questions about the ingredients in the apples to the kids.

erupting apples

The kids were very much in the mood to destroy and smash the apples. Sensory activity alert!! While one kid  had fun squishing up the apples, the other was on a mission to empty out all the vinegar to create fizzies.

apple balls science for kids

At this stage depending on the age of the child you can take this apple science experiment any way you want. I always like to continue to engage the kids to make predictions and use language to describe what;s happening in front of them. Since we have done plenty of baking soda- vinegar science experiments it was clear to the kids that the apples must contain baking soda.

play with baking soda apples

The eruptions were vibrant with big bursts of color.

apple fun for kids

You can always add extra soap during the activity to create more suds.

science for kids with fizzing apples

play with baking soda apples

apple balls fizzing

All the colorful apples finally erupted colorfully in unison!

science with apples for kids

Recipe for erupting apples science experiment

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 TBSP water
  • 1 TBSP liquid watercolors { our favorite Sax brand!}
  • 3 squirts of liquid soap
  • Vinegar in squeeze bottles

Science Experiments for Kids with erupting apple science

  • Divide the baking soda in 3 separate bowls { for each color}
  • Add 1 cup of baking soda in each bowl
  • Add 1 TBSP of water and 1 TBSP of liquid watercolors a little bit at a time and start making the dough
  • Mix well to incorporate the color uniformly over the baking soda
  • Add the liquid soap and mold the baking soda into “apples”
  • Add a couple of leaves for the final touch
  • Leave them in the freezer overnight for the “apples” to harden
  • Squirt vinegar and watch the soapy erupting apples
  • OBSERVE, EXPERIMENT, RECORD AND ANALYZE!

Erupting apples kids science experiment

MORE APPLE ACTIVITIES!

Apple Cider Science Experiment for Kids

Make Apple Pie Dough for sensory play

Easy taste-safe apple paints

Watercolor Apple Tree Craft

Toddler Sticky Apple Tree Activity

50 apple crafts and activities for kids all ages

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released! A book filled with playful science and math activities

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Watercolor Apple Tree Craft http://www.kidsplaybox.com/watercolor-apple-tree-craft/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/watercolor-apple-tree-craft/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:18:16 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14749 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

Turn a fun apple craft into props for pretend play. While engaging their creativity and their finger muscles children can create an end product and use them for pretend play.

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Apple Crafts for Kids : Watercolor Apple Trees

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Turn a fun apple craft into props for pretend play. While engaging their creativity and their finger muscles children can create an end product and use them for pretend play.

With apple season around the corner, we are exploring more kids activities with an apple theme. Today we share creating apple trees with coffee filters and liquid watercolors.

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materials needed

The first of this apple craft is the most fun for most of the kids. Squirting our vibrant watercolors on coffee filters to create the leaves. The kids used both dark green and yellow to mix the color to give the leaves a nice leafy green color. The coffee filters does a great job of absorbing the liquids and this may be a good lesson by itself. { We have had fun with a couple of absorption science activities before}

dripping liquid watercolors on apple trees

We let the coffee filters dry for a while. Once they are dry cut out circular cardboard { cereal boxes work} and glue them behind the coffee filters. We actually used paper bags for this purpose and they worked just fine. Now you have liquid watercolored apple tree leaves.

coffee filter apple craft

Next step is a great for developing fine motor skills and for counting. Set out red pompoms and glue. The children glue “apples” to the leaves.

fine motor apple craft for preschoolers

A simple apple tree craft with a healthy dose of fine motor exercise.

apple tree craft for preschoolers

Next step is to create the apple tree trunks. We used paper rolls and painted them brown. { We have created apple tree trunks in a super sensorial way earlier. Try our apple tree craft for toddlers}

apple tree with paper rolls

Make a couple of slits and insert the coffee filter apple tree leaves. You can leave the trees at this and keep the activity as a apple tree craft. But my children used the trees for a long session of pretend play. They used a large plate { you can use a shallow container} and filled it up with green lentils { you can use any non-food item } and arranged the trees to create an orchard. Then they added tiny toys and wove long stories about the orchard. What a great way to develop language, fine motor skills, creativity, imaginative skills and counting skills – all through a simple hands on apple tree craft activity!

pretend play apple activity

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apple tree craft for prtend play

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Toddler Activities: Apple Tree Craft http://www.kidsplaybox.com/toddler-activities-with-apple-tree-craft/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/toddler-activities-with-apple-tree-craft/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 12:41:57 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=10410 Many of the kids activities we do usually are open ended that both my kids ( 5 and 3) can do together. Every now and then we create an activity with one particular age group in mind. Today we are focusing on toddler activities. In the past we have had fun with many toddler activities in the form popsicle painting, Jelly bean bush activity, color matching garden and many more.…

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Toddler Activities: Sticky Apple Tree Craft

Many of the kids activities we do usually are open ended that both my kids ( 5 and 3) can do together. Every now and then we create an activity with one particular age group in mind. Today we are focusing on toddler activities. In the past we have had fun with many toddler activities in the form popsicle painting, Jelly bean bush activity, color matching garden and many more.

{All our apple activities in once place here}

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Although we can’t see the seasons change clearly in Southern California.I have been talking to the kids about it. When we consciously looked for the season change we found it and we made fall sensory jars and fall maracas with it. Continuing with the theme, we decided to do a apple tree craft created especially for my toddler. Materials Used:

  • Contact Paper
  • Tape

 

 

  • Red Pom Poms

 

 

  • Real Leaves

 

 

  • Basket

 

 

  • materials needed for apple crafts

 

 

I taped a sheet of contact paper on the wall sticky side up. Then with my apparently waning drawing skills I drew an apple tree outline. Earlier I had filled up a basket with red pompoms, leaves and green Easter grass.

apple tree outline for apple crafts

My toddler came over to check out the invitation to play and create. Immediately asked ” Is that an apple tree, mom” She continued to explore the contents of the basket placed near by and started working. We have done a few contact paper projects before so she knew how this apple tree craft works. [While I enjoy watching both my kids at play together, I adore these toddler activities we create especially for the younger. We try to focus on the skills she is working on or focus on her interests. Now that she is growing up so fast she has her own set of definite interests and these toddler activities designed for her try to capture those.] She chose to start off with sticking the real leaves on the contact paper while working on her language skills and fine motor skills.

fun with apple tree - apple tree crafts

Not satisfied with the number of leaves I had set out she went out and collected more leaves and continued the process to really fill up the tree with leaves. Now she was ready for her apples. The fluffy pom poms went on the sticky paper while she counted. She also talked about how apples are also green in color. She loved her earlier toddler activities which focused on colors.  She proceeded to add a couple of green apples as well.

adhering leaves on sticky apple tree

I set out Easter grass really not knowing how she would use it. Well she did declare that they can be grass. She ended up doing a pattern on the tree trunk. Here is our simple toddler made apple tree. apple crafts for toddlers But wait, the best part was what followed. Play apple picking and [apple falling] with your toddler. I guarantee they will love it. The pom poms obviously did not stay put for long. So they kept falling off. Every time one fell down, she started squealing that “the apples are falling!the apples are falling!”. She independently placed a basket under the [idea was hers but I had to help her with the exact placement] to “catch” the falling apples. Sadly, I couldn’t get any pictures of this fun play time. Few observations during play and create time

    • She continued to catch the falling apples

 

  • She pulled the apples from the tree and dropped them into the basket

 

 

  • She scrapped the apples to the basket

 

 

  • She even blew the apples from the tree to the basket.

 

 

  • Then she walked around selling the apples.

 

 

Can you see how a very simple apple tree activity can turn into an extended play time with a heavy dose of learning.

Thanks for reading

 

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apple tree crafts

We have shared a few toddler activities before.

SPRING CRAFT COLOR LEARNING

       toddlers math activity with play dough and numbers sensory activities for toddlers

    spring crafts

           shapes for toddlers

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Mixed Media Family Portraits http://www.kidsplaybox.com/back-to-school-art-for-kids-mixed-media-family-portraits/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/back-to-school-art-for-kids-mixed-media-family-portraits/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 20:11:18 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14708 This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to shop through these links I will receive a small commission. 

The children are going back to school in a few short weeks after a gloriously fun summer. New teachers, new classroom, new school, possibly a we new friends. Often first week of back to school season involves a few fun back to school art projects and other activities.…

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Recycled Art Activity: Mixed Media Family Portraits

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The children are going back to school in a few short weeks after a gloriously fun summer. New teachers, new classroom, new school, possibly a we new friends. Often first week of back to school season involves a few fun back to school art projects and other activities.

When we did this recycled art activity we didn’t envision it to be a good back to school activity. This art project just happened when we happened to notice a bunch of shoe box kids we have collected ( don’t throw away all those shoe boxes after you are done with your back to school shoes for your kids) { all art activities here }

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Art with recycled materials : Mixed Media Portraits with shoe box lids

box art Materials { affiliate product links below for your reference}

  • Shoebox Lids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Beads

 

 

  • Glue

 

 

  • Tissue Paper

 

 

 

I collected three of those kids and gave them a coat of spray paint. I would probably stick with pink or any other lighter shade instead of purple since we are going to sketch on the painted lid. Once the lids dry it is time to create the portraits – self portraits family portraits whatever you wish. Set out the painted lids and a couple of fine tip permanent markers. Pencils if the kids prefer. Drawing with a pencil first helps the younger ones choose the image they want to create on the shoebox lid.

art activities for kids with shoe box lids Both the children ( 4 & 6) chose to create family portraits on their respective shoebox kids. art activities with shoe boxes For the more square lid they wanted to go a different route . We took turns drawing ourselves. I finished mine first and the girls later drew themselves. This probably was the most fun aspect of this art activity. recycled art for kids Then we let the family portraits sit overnight. It could be  art project that can be done in one sitting but my kids took a few sessions. It’s up to them really! I usually let the supplies sit outside and they come and work on them every now and then. The next session involved sprucing up the recycled art. I set out colorful tissue paper, glue, glitter, beads and some sequins. back to school art projects I don’t really have action shots of the process since this part of the art activity was done over a course of 2 days and was often done on a whim without a set plan or time. So camera did not come out. Decorating the family portrait involved lots of cutting, tearing, layering and gluing. Simple decoupage activity so to speak The children can cut the colored paper and glue them as s background for the portrait to simply make the figure stand out. Younger kids might need help with finishing off near the edges. Great practice for cutting and gluing. { Fine Motor Activities} family portraits art activity for back to school Once the kids are satisfied with the layering, one more layer of glue goes on top of the colored paper. Then a good shake of glitter on top of the glue to have the glitter stick to the colored tissue paper. Other details included are the border around the lid with sequins, clothes for the people using tissue paper and a necklace made using a small gold string and beads. The possibilities are endless! art activities for kids with box lids Art with recycled materials are the best, aren’t they? Remember our art studio in a box?art project for back to school

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back to school art with mixed media family portraitsMixed Media Family Portraits using shoebox lids

Some wonderful collaborative e-books we have released! A book filled with playful science and math activities

 

 

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Picture Frame Wall Art http://www.kidsplaybox.com/picture-frame-wall-art/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/picture-frame-wall-art/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:35:07 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14703 Make  colorful wall art for your kids’ rooms using picture frames and nail polish. Simple kids art activity.

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Picture Frame Wall Art

Make  colorful wall art for your kids’ rooms using picture frames and nail polish. Simple kids art activity.

{all our kids art projects here }

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Finding colorful wall art for kids’ rooms can be simple and easy on the wallet. My children and I enjoy creating art to hang them in their play space and in their rooms. They loved creating the spring themed wall art. We have also turned out tissue paper tie-dye art into wall art for their rooms. Today we are sharing this simple kids art activity that can be dressed up into hangable wall art for kids rooms.

Materials

  • Empty pictures frames
  • Nail Polish
  • Black permanent marker

materials

I picked up a bunch a of cheap picture frames from the dollar store and removed the insert. I added a crisp sheet of white paper behind the glass and set it out along with colorful nail polish I picked up from the dollar store as well. I would have loved a white frame but oh well!!

The children were psyched with the idea of creating and painting with nail polish. This was a fun a and unique kids art project for them. They have never painted with nail polish! I mean other than their nails ofcourse.

From our previous table top art gallery post, I guessed that my older kid is into geometric designs right and now loves using her ruler to create multiple spaces on paper and fill those in with vibrant colors. So I had her recreate that. With a ruler and a black marker she created a pattern with lines.

After that all they had to do was fill the sections in with the multiple nail polishes they had

mirrors art

It was a great exercise for their developing fine motor skills. Staying inside the lines with the nail polish brush was a challenge. I mean this is a skill that will come in handy for girls, right?  Making sure the color doesn’t go off on the skin when you are painting your toes in a hurry?? Huh? No? Ok, I kid, I kid. No stereotyping here..

Here is a little video of the process.

Loving the vibrant colors here..

kids wall art with picture frames

This kids art will make any bare wall pop with colors. Alternatively, you can also slip an outline of an image under the glass and have the kids trace and fill in with colors.

wall art for kids rooms

 

Retrace the outline with a black permanent marker

 

art with kids with mirrors

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Table Top Art Gallery with Mini Easels http://www.kidsplaybox.com/table-top-art-gallery-mini-easels/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/table-top-art-gallery-mini-easels/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:13:06 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14684 Will it not be super fun to turn your kitchen table into an instant art gallery? Remember our art studio in a big box?  What a big boost for your kids’ creativity will it be? That’s what we ended up doing with all the cute craft sticks Craftprojectsideas sent us.

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Table Top Art Gallery with Mini Easels

Will it not be super fun to turn your kitchen table into an instant art gallery? Remember our art studio in a big box?  What a big boost for your kids’ creativity will it be? That’s what we ended up doing with all the cute craft sticks Craftprojectsideas sent us.

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{More Art Projects for Kids here}

materials

My kids always enjoy creating artwork on tiny pieces of paper. I don’t know why but I always catch them drawing up a storm on tiny notepads, post its etc. Creating a great working space for them draw, paint, write is very essential for them to unleash their creativity and be who they are. We don’t have any fancy art space but a great and functional writing/ creative art station
which is stocked with colored pencils, crayons, watercolors, oil pastes etc along with crisp white paper of various sizes. Before I get into the details, let us just bounce back to the project on hand. Creating a table top art gallery.

How to build a mini-easel with craft sticks

Grab your glue gun and your packet of craft sticks. The following images hopefully will guide you through the process of building your mini easel. I found it easier to complete one step for several easels before moving on as opposed to finishing an entire easel before moving on. First do step 1 of hot gluing 2 sticks across. Do this step for 5 easels. Then work on step 2 of gluing the 3rd craft stick completing the letter “A”. Do this for the 5 easels. Then finally finish the easel by hot gluing the 4 stick which holds up the easel.

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How to set up the invitation to create

  • Cover your table with butcher paper
  • Set out the mini easels after they have dried throughly
  • Set out small notepads or post its. I would even use mini cardstock paper
  • Set out their favorite art supplies { crayons, markers, watercolors, colored pencils, rulers, pencils, erasers}

craft sticks easels for kids art

At this point the children steer the art project and start creating.

kids art projects with post it papers

Mine tried a vaeriety of the supplies. They mostly covered up the entire paper while going for more concrete images and abstract ones.

reating art on post it papers

My older kid especially loves colored pencils and here are some of her creations.

craft sticks easels kids art

My younger one adores paint, markers and watercolors. If setting out watercolors be sure to include a few cut watercolor pads so the paper doesn’t curl. { Watercolor Art Projects here}

making mini art

We even used jumbo craft sticks to create more easels. We actually ran out of craft sticks!

mini easels art gallery
The older one loved using her ruler to create blocks of designs and patterns. Looks like BLOKUS?
create an art gallery on your kitchen table

More art gallery goodness

kid art on mini easels

There is always an art piece of our lovable family dog!

homemade kids art gallery mini easels art for kids

Finally the kids decided that they would want their art gallery t be on a big cardboard box we had on hand. They were reminded of our art studio in a box. They recreated it by arranging all the mini easels on top of the box and taping some more of their art inside the box. The gallery was complete with a “welcome sign”

table top kids art

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Create an avalanche : Summer activities for kids http://www.kidsplaybox.com/summer-activities-with-ice-blocks/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/summer-activities-with-ice-blocks/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:41:00 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14656 Freeze colored water and create gorgeous ice blocks. Then create an avalanche and have fun playing ice blocks games this summer

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It’s not summer without some ice play. Here is a super easy summer activity with ice blocks.  Ice is a staple for all fun kids activities during summertime.…

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Freeze colored water and create gorgeous ice blocks. Then create an avalanche and have fun playing ice blocks games this summer

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It’s not summer without some ice play. Here is a super easy summer activity with ice blocks.  Ice is a staple for all fun kids activities during summertime. Use ice cubes to create ice jewelry, simply play with colored ice blocks and build structures, use ice in a fun ice experiment create soapy ice sculptures and plenty more. Today we use ice on a large scale.

Materials

Freeze colored water in half gallon juice or milk carton. Remove the carton after the water freezes and { this takes a while. Use warm running water to cut out the carton} The children can touch, feel and explore the brightly colored ice blocks. We have used those ice blocks and done the salt and water colors science experiment { using plain ice} { Read about it here} This time we had a much bigger plan.

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We gathered all our ice blocks and set them all up on top of our play slide.

summer ice play

The kids created multiple games with the ice blocks. Rolling them down one at a time, two at a time and all the four blocks together creating an avalanche.

ice play

I placed a tarp under the slide so the ice blocks could travel a little further. The sliding ice blocks were too much fun to watch.At this point, the kids will have different take on the same ice play activity. Mine started off rolling the blocks and gathering them from the tarp and restarting the same activity all over again.

slide the ice

After a while they started creating races to see which block went further. You can turn this into a simple learning activity as well by having the kids observe the effect of sunlight. Add a bit of salt on the slide or the ice blocks and have the kids look for signs of melting. We tried taping heavy paper on the slide to catch some of the color but that was a BUST. The kids also kept pushing the ice blocks on the tarp as colored ice trucks and pretend played for a while. Like I said each kid may approach this activity from a different angle. With that said, pushing down giant blocks of ice down the slide will make for a fun summer afternoon!!

play with ice this summer

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Kids Crafts: Doll Pin Butterflies http://www.kidsplaybox.com/kids-crafts-doll-pin-butterflies/ http://www.kidsplaybox.com/kids-crafts-doll-pin-butterflies/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:22:43 +0000 http://www.kidsplaybox.com/?p=14639 With a bunch of basic craft supplies this kids craft could possibly be hours of fun – creating gorgeous butterflies from doll pins, pipe cleaners and pom poms. {Collection of butterfly activities here}

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This is a beautiful and fun kids butterfly craft which exercises the kids’ finger muscles since the kids are doing a ton of pulling, twisting, stretching etc.…

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Kids Crafts: Doll Pin Butterflies

With a bunch of basic craft supplies this kids craft could possibly be hours of fun – creating gorgeous butterflies from doll pins, pipe cleaners and pom poms. {Collection of butterfly activities here}

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This is a beautiful and fun kids butterfly craft which exercises the kids’ finger muscles since the kids are doing a ton of pulling, twisting, stretching etc.

Materials { products links below}

materials

I used the gorgeous neon colors and the glow in the dark colors I had on hand to set out this craft activity.

painting dollpins to make butterflies

The  children had a great time painting the doll pins with vibrant colors. Since the paint is not acrylic, we had a bit of a tough time getting the paint to stick on the doll pins. Honestly though, this small part did not faze the kids. They went on to brightly color the doll pins.

kids craft butterfies

The multi colored doll pins looked gorgeous all ready for a even beautiful kids craft.

colorful clothespin bugs

Next step was to collect all the colorful pom poms. We separated the pom poms by 3 and glued them together to serve as part of the butterfly wings.

use pompoms

Gluing the pom poms by threes leads to tremendous play time for the children.

pompoms and butterflies

Once they have the pom poms ready next step is to get the wings ready using pipe cleaners. There are several ways to complete the wings.  Using a single pipe cleaner the kids can make a simple figure eight and insert it into the gap in the doll pin and push it up.

clothespin butterflies

Making the antennae is the next part of this kids craft. One pipe cleaner makes 2 pairs of antennae. You can either glue or tape the antennae to the back of the doll pin head.

make butterfly crafts

Stuff the pipe cleaner outline of the wings with the pom poms to give the butterfy a 3D effect.

kids crafts doll pin butterflies  makeclothespin butterflies kids craft

Cute butterflies ready. If the kids are not into the process, you can make them as party favors as well.

crafts butterflies

What do you with these?

  • Just a fun kid craft
  • Kids room decor
  • Party favors
  • Kids party activity
  • Kids party center pieces
  • Personalize them with kids’ initials and you can make a child’s name with these bugs.

doll pin butterfly craft for kids

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