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Art History for Kids: Children’s Books About Great Artists

Art History for Kids: Fabulous Childrens Books About Great Artists. 12 fabulous picture books that each explore the life and artwork of a master artist, each with a unique artistic style and view of the world. Children can learn so much about expressing their own thoughts and ideas from these masters.

Included with the 25 awesome activities in my brand ebook, Kaleidoscope: Hands On Explorations in Colour (and Color!), are four inspired by the work of great artists - Klee, Kandinsky, Warhol and Giacometti. I believe that studying the life and art of the masters is a fabulous way to help children … [Read more...]

Fun Art Projects: Create Your Own Decorated Tennis Shoes

Fun Crafts for Kids: Create Your Own Decorated Shoes

Miss 8 had decided (at least for this week!) that she wants to be a fashion designer when she grows up! Both my girls are all about sparkles and ruffles and pretty shoes! As I don't want to encourage an expensive shoe fetish (at least not too early), this DIY fashion project is a perfect compromise … [Read more...]

Christmas Stocking Stuffers for Creative Kids

Christmas stocking stuffer ideas for creative kids

As long time readers of Childhood 101 will know, the value of children creating is close to my heart (so much so that I wrote a book about it that you can see here). Every Christmas and birthday my girls receive art materials to encourage them to express their ideas creatively. If you know a … [Read more...]

Folded Paint Monsters

Folded Paint Monsters: Creative Halloween fun for toddlers and preschoolers

Making folded paint artwork is fun for kids of all ages but I particularly love the smiles of delight you see on the faces of toddlers and preschoolers when it comes to the BIG REVEAL! So much fun! When AJ and I were recently making a series of folded paintings I just couldn't resist suggesting that … [Read more...]

Disney Inspired Fingerprint Art

Disney Inspired Thumbprint Art

Immy is a big fan of Ed Emberley's fingerprint and thumbprint drawing books so when I recently suggested we have fun experimenting with making some fingerprint Disney characters of our own, she was up for the challenge. And we had so much fun making these that it's become a regular experience at our … [Read more...]

Our Art Room Rules Printable Poster

Art Room Rules Printable Poster

We've always had some really simple rules surrounding art making in our home art space and my girls have been pretty good with respecting where and how they are allowed to use art materials. That's not to say we haven't had drawing on the walls - they both gave that one a go! - or secret glitter … [Read more...]

Paper Towel Painting

Kids Watercolour Painting Ideas: Paper towel painting

Sometimes finding a new art experience is as simple as trying your materials out on a new 'canvas.' Such was the case when we decided to try painting with watercolours onto kitchen paper towel. We used a Micador watercolour palette, experimenting with brushes of different sizes and a little … [Read more...]

Craft Stick & Watercolour Sculpture

Craftstick and watercolour sculpture

I love displaying my children's artwork in our home and when I saw the morning light shining on these simple craft stick sculptures that hang in our playroom I just knew that I had to share them here. These really are so easy to make and when hung they just look so interesting. Here's the … [Read more...]