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Watercolor Snowflake Craft

Watercolor Snowflake Coffee Filter Craft for Ages 3-8!

Looking for a simple snowflake craft to try with your early childhood students? Or, maybe your studio is hosting mini-camps over the holiday season? Try our watercolor snowflake craft! Great for ages 3-8.

What you’ll need:

This simple craft doesn’t require many materials. All you’ll need are small white coffee filters, washable markers, a spray bottle with water and child-safe scissors. Optional: hair dryer, something to put under the coffee filters when spraying with water and coffee (for yourself if you need a boost).

Make your snowflake!

  1. First, using the markers, decorate your coffee filter with multiple colors. Remind your students that the colors will all blend together, so it doesn’t have to be perfect! Also, any designs they make with shapes, animals, figures, etc. will blend together when they’re wet.
  2. Next, use your spray bottle with water and saturate the coffee filter with water. Allow the colors to blend together, creating the watercolor effect. This part might get messy! Have some paper towels ready to catch any drips and gloves if you want to save your hands from stains.
  3. Allow the coffee filter to dry. It takes about 15 minutes to let it air dry. Otherwise, use a hairdryer for a faster drying time. Just watch out for water splatters from the dryer blowing water off the filter.
  4. Once the coffee filter is dry, fold it into a small triangle. Then, use your scissors to cut small shapes along the folded edges of your triangle. (Cutting is a great fine motor activity!) If your dancers are still developing their scissors skills, it may be too difficult for them to hold the folded coffee filter and cut. To prevent feelings of frustration, help your dancer by securely holding the coffee filter while they do the cutting. Additionally, help your students if they’re not using child-safe scissors.
  5. Finally, open your filter and ta-da! You have a watercolor snowflake!

It’s that simple! This is a great craft to use at your winter camps and to share with your families for some at-home fun.

Looking for more craft fun?

For our friends in the southern hemisphere, or anyone looking for another fun craft idea to use in the studio, check out our Salty Watercolor Line Art Activity. This is a fun and educational craft to use any time of the year!

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Home Made Instruments for Preschool Children

Having different instruments to play on hand is a ton of fun, but what can be even more fun is getting our kiddos involved in the making process of the instruments. This offers so many great moments for skill practice, like decorating and gluing using those fine motor muscles, scooping skills, following in instructions, as well as lessons in timbre (how an instrument sounds based on what we choose to fill it with) and of course, creativity! 

As someone who is very passionate about reusing and recycling, we always have a bunch of things lying around that can easily be turned into instruments with just a bit of creativity, in fact I didn’t have to shop at a store for any of these items! 

So my first tip is to search your home, we found paper plates to be turned into drums and guitars, popsicles sticks and elastics to turn into kazoos, and of course the pantry is full of things to fill those leftover eggs from last Easter with to make our very own shaker eggs. See below on how we made each of these very fun instruments all on our own. 

All these items can also easily be found at your local craft or dollar store. 

Paper Plate Shaker Drums 

Have your kids decorate two paper plates.

Fill with a small amount of larger items, like beans, beads, or here you can see chickpeas was the filler of choice. 

Have an adult staple the sides of the plates together so that they create a hallow inside (backs of plates facing out) Make sure to staple close enough so none of those beans find their way all over the house. 

Now you have your very own shaker and drum! (This is definitely a favourite of all the ones we made.) 

Popsicle Stick Kazoo

**This activity has many different ways to do it all over the internet. As a mom of a son who has some difficulties with getting the breath out of his mouth only, this is a VERY fun way to practice not letting the air escape through the nose. Most of the original activities use two elastics on each end and toothpicks. However, I didn’t like the idea of my two young kiddos running around with sharp toothpick kazoos, so I adapted it as follows. 🙂 

Decorate two popsicle sticks. 

Cut a piece of paper in a strip so that it fits between the popsicle sticks. 

Wrap the elastic band on one end, not too tightly so that it will stay together but not sit too flat together. 

You can blow air through it at different places and it will make a fun buzzing sound, just like a kazoo! 

Paper Plate Guitars

Typically this can be done with empty tissue boxes, but because we didn’t have any of those lying around we tried it on paper plates. 

Wrap elastics at different points around the paper plate (we tried with big and small plates) 

Strike the elastics one at a time or all at once for a fun guitar sound! 

DIY Egg Shakers

Don’t we all love those pop open eggs for Easter! (Just me with tons in my basement?) 

Grab a few and offer a few different fillers. Lentils, rice, and different types of beans or even beads will all give different sounds. 

*This is an excellent way to explore timbre (the way an instrument sounds) by having your kids choose what they want inside all by themselves. 

Fill with one or a variety of fillers. 

Close shut and I suggest taping too around the seam, unless you want beans all over your house. 

Shake, shake, shake away! 

My boys had SO MUCH FUN creating these instruments and played them for days and days. Every time I would pop on a Spotify playlist they grabbed them and were ready to be their very own marching band. 

For this activity I thought it would also be fun to go through the recycling box and leave out a few open ended containers, my kids had a lot of fun doing whatever they wanted with these ones! Most turned into more shakers but it offered even more ways to be creative and talk about how things sound! 

Home made instruments preschool DYI Music

Of course, we are also big fans of pulling out bowls, spoons, cups, or any safe kitchen items to make into instruments too. 

Let’s see what you come up with from your house! Don’t forget to share and tag us on social media @intellidanceclasses on Instagram and Intellidance® Classes on Facebook. We can’t wait to see your very own instruments! 

As always, don’t forget to have FUN on purpose!

~ Written by Liz Driedger, Certified Intellidance® Teacher, Sherwood Park Canada

Wax Paper Crayon Sun Catcher Hearts: A Preschool Valentines Day Craft

Looking for a way to reuse your old broken crayons and create a beautiful valentines day craft with your preschoolers? Why not try our Wax Paper Crayon Sun Catcher Hearts?

Here is what you need to make your own:

  • Wax paper
  • Broken crayons
  • A crayon sharpener or cheese grater
  • Small bowls (I used muffin cups)
  • A iron
  • Newsprint or other paper (we used white paper)
  • A marker or tracing template
  • Scissors

Start by shaving the broken crayons. Bria really enjoyed going through her crayon bin to find broken treasures. She had a lot of stories about how the crayons got broken like “Oh I got mad at you while I was coloring so I pushed down really hard and it broke, remember Mama?”. Ummm no… or, “Remember these are the crayons from Red Robbins when we went for my birthday with Grandma and Papa and they gave me my princess computer?.” Yes, that I do remember.

I enjoyed this time, just talking as we worked away preparing our craft. Kids need a chance to just talk, and Bria is definitely a master at the art of conversation. We also chatted about what colors might work best (pink, purple, red and white) and what colors to avoid (brown). Bria also helped by setting out the muffin cups we used to hold the crayon shavings and picking up any crayon bits that went flying across the room. By the time our guests had arrived we were all ready to go.

Once we had all the girls at the table I passed out pieces of wax paper that I had folded in half to create a seam and had written their name on the left hand side. This served two purposes. One so we would remember what belonged to who and also to guide the girls as to which side they should carefully scatter their wax shavings on.

Here is what the crayons looked like on the wax paper pre-melting:

Then came the ironing. I only put a piece of paper between the iron and the wax paper. Next time I would add one between the wax paper and the counter as well as some of the wax melted through. Obviously all our kids were too young to help with this, but with older children it might be a fun way to introduce the ironing. (A mother can dream right?)

Here is what you end up with after ironing. Reminds me of the northern lights or a sunset.

After all the wax bits were gone (or under my kitchen table) and they had seen the results of the iron melting the wax, the 3 youngest kiddos decided they would go play princess dress up. So Bria and I started the task of drawing and cutting out the hearts. You could use a tracer for perfect shapes but I much prefer the homemade look free hand drawing gives you.

Cutting through the wax paper was a bit tricky for Bria (age 4), but she managed very well. One thing to watch is not to handle the shapes too much while you cut (see what I mean by tricky) as they will show cracks or the wax paper will separate from the crayon. But we weren’t worried about perfection, so we kept going. Once the shapes were cut out, I got a needle and thread so we could hang the hearts from the windows.

I think the results are beautiful! I am so glad we didn’t just stick with the typical red, white and pink of Valentines day but added blues, purples, greens, and oranges. It made the effect much more colorful and fun! When the light shines through our little hearts (and circle and flower at Bria’s request) it just adds a cheery, homey feel to our kitchen. The girls agreed at breakfast this morning.

A few concepts that can easily be taught during this craft:

  • Color identification (for the younger ones)
  • Color mixing (what happens when the white and red wax melt together?)
  • Complimentary colors
  • Change of state* (adding heat cause wax to change from a solid to a liquid. As it cools it becomes a solid again)
  • Shapes
  • Cutting skills (fine motor skills)
  • Refraction of Light (how light passing through the stained glass causes the colors to change)
  • It’s fun to play with wax bits and very messy!

* Bria asked me at one point what the melting temperature for wax was. Chris (her Dad) had been teaching her about the different states of water (liquid, solid, gas). I didn’t know off the top of my head, but we looked it up and it is 45C.

Geometric Paper Christmas Tree Art Project for Kids

On November 6, I broke my foot practicing a ballet number I was supposed to perform at my studio’s preschool recital of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas. The kind of fracture I have is actually referred to as the dancer’s break as it is very common injury for dancers.

The last 6 weeks have definitely been challenging from a professional, personal, and parenting stand point as I try to keep up with everything in an air cast. I’ve had lots of ups and downs but have tried to focus on small successes to remain positive as I heal and rehabilitate. I miss dancing A LOT, but have been using my time to focus on other projects and trying to enjoy the time with my girls.

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and I always try to make it special for the girls through baking and crafting. The challenge this year is that I can’t drive with my broken foot, so any activities we have been doing rely on materials I can ask my husband to pick up from the grocery store or that we already have in our art supplies.

What I have been reminded of over the past few weeks is that my girls couldn’t care less about fancy supplies; all they care about is that I take the time to create with them, something I’ll admit hasn’t been happening as frequently as they get older and are creating their own arts and crafts on their own independently. While this is a very positive development in their own self- motivated creativity, I have to remember how important it is for me to carve out time with them each week. This time is about continuing to build the foundation of our relationship.

This project was inspired by two similar projects I came across the past few weeks. One was a picture Kelly (our guest blogger the past few months) posted on Instagram of a paper tree her daughter decorated with washi tape (a supply I want to pick up once I can drive again). The other is this project I found on Pinterest from Whatever…

This project is a great way to use up any extra scrapbooking paper you have in your art supplies. It is also a fun way to explore shapes and representational art with your kids.

What You Need
· Strips of scrapbook paper cut to various lengths

· A piece of red (or whatever color you choose) construction paper

· Craft glue

· Stickers (we used left over mosaic tile stickers from a various craft sets we have been given over the years)

Parent Prep
I precut all of the strips of paper using my scrapbooking paper cutter. You could also freehand cut these strips with scissors or use a self-healing mat, ruler, and scoring knife. If your kids are older, they could also cut the paper strips themselves.

Making Your Trees
To start, I asked the girls what shape a Christmas tree is. Bria (age 7) said a cone, which reminded me how much she has learned over the last few years. I told her she was right, but if we needed to draw a tree, what 2D shape might be use. She said a triangle.

Next I asked Malia (age 5) what part of a Christmas tree is biggest. She said the bottom. Finally I asked the girls how we might try to create a triangular Christmas tree using rectangular strips of paper. They figured out pretty quick they could create the a tree shape by layering shorter strips of paper on top of longer ones as they moved up.

I asked them to layout the tree shape on their paper before we glued the strips down. This was a great way to explore length and support spatial awareness skills. Malia said this was like a puzzle as she was trying to find a shorter strip of paper to keep building her tree. I thought that was an insightful comparison.

We did have a conversation about how the top of a tree is normally triangular and how the tops of their trees were squares. This was a great lead into another conversation about abstract and representational art. We talked about how sometimes we create realistic art, where our goal is to make whatever we are creating look as much like the real thing as possible. Representational art takes an idea and creates an idea of it in a new way.

Representational art can sometimes be tricky for younger children who developmentally are still trying to create concrete meaning of their world. It is not abnormal for preschoolers to be resistant to art that doesn’t look “right” in their minds. However, my girls are older now, and they enjoy the challenge and freedom representational art provides.

After the girls had laid out their paper strips in a tree shape, they began gluing them down. We talked about what might be the best way to do this step. Bria suggested starting from the bottom and working your way up so your pieces didn’t get mixed up. So that’s what we did.

When all the strips were glued down, we decorated our tree with the mosaic tile stickers. Malia mentioned that normally she would want circle stickers because that is the shape Christmas balls are, but that is was ok to use squares because it matched our rectangles better. I thought this comment was perhaps a reflection of her inner struggle with representational versus realistic art and her way of justifying to herself what she was creating.

Bria was determined to create a star for her tree using the tile stickers. I thought it was great she came up with this concept on her own and it inspired Malia and I to create our own tree toppers. This isn’t something I would have done on my own and was another great reminder of the value of creating together. I also loved how Bria added tiles coming off her star to represent the light shining outward.

Bria decided to give her picture to her teacher for Christmas, and Malia insisted hers be put up on the art display board in the girls’ room.

I really love how this project turned out, the great conversations it inspired about shape and art, and most importantly, the time we spent together creating our art.

Winter Mittens: Another contact paper craft for preschoolers

It’s looking like the snow is here to stay so it seems like a good time to pull out the wintery crafts!

This craft is a bit heavy with parent prep, unless you child can cut pretty well independently, but if they can, of course let them do that part of the parent prep!

What You Need
Cardstock (draw 2 mittens on it)
Contact paper
Things for decorating the mittens
Tissue paper (various colours)
Glitter (we also used glitter glue)

Parent Prep
Trace and cut out 2 mittens (make sure you have a left and a right 😉 or else they won’t look like a pair). Then cut out the centre, leaving a bit of an edge (1-2cm is good).

Cut out enough contact paper for your two mittens to fit on and tape it to the table. I also put half a piece of construction paper on each side of the two mittens, so Adeline’s arm didn’t get stuck on it every time she reached across.

I honestly just used supplies for decorating the mittens that I had around the house! If I didn’t have the reindeer, tree and stocking sequins then I wouldn’t have used them. Your child’s mitts will looks different from Adeline’s, just because you have different supplies available and of course because your child will have a different artistic vision.

Supplies for Decorating
I like to have all the supplies separated so my Little Artist can see and find them more easily. As you can see here I just used a divided plate, putting one supply in each area. Here are the supplies I found around our house: tissue paper (I used all colurs, but if you want to go with a certain colour theme then only offer those colours), glitter and glitter glue, sequins (these are of the Christmas variety) and some snowflake stickers.

I set this craft up kind of like an invitation to play and it worked very well (and if you’re not familiar with what an invitation to play is check it out here). I set everything out and let Adeline choose what she wanted to put where and how she wanted to use each supply.

If you’re been reading this blog for any amount of time, then you KNOW that contact paper is a staple in a toddler’s art cupboard (or drawer or wherever you store your supplies) I usually find ours at Walmart in the households area (where they have kitchen utensils and Rubbermaid and such) and if you didn’t know, its intended purpose is to line your cupboards!

Observations on Child at Play

You can see how my daughter is picking up the small pieces with her finger and thumb, using her pincer grasp, this activity is not only fun, but it’s also working on a very important skill. I am always looking for ways for her to work on her pincer grasp and hand strength, activities like this help with both.

It is also the reason I added the glitter glue. I really like these little tubs because she can hold both the tub and the brush. Adeline was required to use here hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness to dip the brush and hand strength to turn the lid on and off. It was a working day for her!

I was honestly shocked to see that she waited until the very end to use the glitter; it’s usually her go-to supply. After she had used all the other supplies then she added some glitter glue to some of the pieces of tissue paper and it gave it a very nice, finished look.


I would love to see photos of your child’s wintery mittens!! If you would like to share you can tag me on Instagram @themommyathome and use #intellidancecrafts on both Instagram and Facebook.

Happy winter crafting with your kids!

Kelly Milligan is a former early elementary school teacher turned stay at home mom. She lives in Sunny, and often cold, Edmonton, Alberta with her husband and two children (students); her daughter Adeline (3), and son Anders (1).

You can find Kelly doing what she loves best: living life with her family and documenting it with photographs on instagram and twitter @themommyathome

A Note from Jessica:

Preschoolers enjoy immersing themselves in themes and concepts. Books provide a great way to continue thematic development and play while supporting emerging language and literacy skills. Here is a link to a list of children’s books about mittens. The Mitten by Jan Brett is a favorite at our house. Enjoy!

Easy Watercolor Coffee Filter Snowflakes for Kids

In my girls’ bedroom we have large sliding glass doors that lead out onto our back deck. This is wonderful in the summer as it provides them with easy in and out access to play in our fully fenced backyard. In the winter the large windows provide lots of natural light and a view of our winter wonderland. The girls and I love to decorate these large windows with various seasonal suncatchers like our Beaded Snowflakes. A few weeks ago, Malia and I decided it was time for some new window decor and made beautiful, yet very easy, coffee filter snowflakes.

What You Need:
White, round coffee filters
Washable markers
Spray bottle filled with water

Making Coffee Filter Snowflakes
One of the great things about using coffee filters to make snowflakes is that they are already circles! No more tracing and cutting out circles (that are never quite right). The other grear thing about coffee filters is that they act very much like watercolor paper, as they are designed to get wet, yet dry quickly. We bought a very large package at the dollar store, making it very budget friendly substitute for watercolor paper.

To get started we colored our coffee filters with washable markers (we used Crayola brand). We tried to cover as much of the coffee filter as possible with a variety of colors.

As you can see Malia drew a cat on her coffee filter. I told her when we sprayed the pciture with water her cat would melt. She was ok with that, infact ,she thought the idea of melting her cat with water was pretty hilarious! Four year olds have a interesting sense of humour sometimes 😉

Next came Malia’s favourite part, spraying the coffee filters with water. We sprayed the coffee filters until they were quite saturated with water and the colors bleed and mixed together. Malia would have been happily spray the colorful coffee filters for hours. Something for me to remember for summer afternoon outdoor activity.

When you are finished spraying you will need to let your coffee filters dry. We hung ours up using clothing pins and string. If you hang yours up to dry I recommend putting an old towel underneath to catch any colorful drips.

It took our coffee filters about 15 minutes to dry. If you are not patient enough to wait you could also use a blow dryer to cut your drying time down to less than a minute.

Once our coffee filters were dry they looked like this:

Now we were ready to turn our colorful coffee filters into snowflakes. We folded the coffee filter in half three or four times. This left us with a very narrow “piece of pie” shape. From here cut different shapes out along each side. Unfold to discover what design your cuts created!

If your little one is still developing their scissor skills, like Malia (age 4), it may prove too difficult for them to hold the folded coffee filter and cut. To prevent feelings of frustration help your child by securly holding the coffee filter while they do the cutting, like I did with Malia.

Malia and I loved how our snowflakes turned out! Just like real snowflakes each of our coffee filter snowflakes turned out unique and beautiful. The watercolors add a nice pop of color to our winter windows. Malia spent the hour after we finished playing with her dolls under the window in her “fairy snowstorm”.

Simple Tie Dye using Sharpies

On Friday afternoon Bria and I spent 3 hours making 10 of these shirts:

My five-year-old Creative Jazz students are being fireworks for the year end concert at J’Adore Dance. I love this class! They are little spitfires full of energy and creativity who always make me smile. They are dancing to Katy Perry’s “Firework” because I love the message of letting your inner light shine! I found the tutus below back in January but needed shirts to complete their outfits.

After searching high and low for affordable shirts I found this idea on Pinterest via The Art Girl Jackie! Problem solved! I picked up a rainbow pack of Sharpies for $10, a bottle of rubbing alcohol for $2, and 10 cotton undershirts for $30! Each shirt came to a grand total of $4.20!

Following Jackie’s instructions we placed a thick piece of cardboard in-between the front and back of the shirt (to avoid the color transferring through), placed a plastic cup under the shirt and secured it with an elastic band. Then, Bria and I drew different designs in the middle of the circular area.

After we were satisfied with our designs we used a medicine dropper to apply rubbing alcohol over the designs. This is when the magic happens!

I realized quickly that Bria’s larger designs were making larger firework shapes so after the first round of rubbing alcohol was applied I went back and added more colors around the outside of the circle. Then I applied more rubbing alcohol. I really liked how this created an explosive feel to the colors!

Bria and I explored with lots of different ways of making designs. We learned if our design used very specific shapes (like flowers or stars) even once the rubbing alcohol was applied the original shape would still remain on the inside. This was an effect Bria particularly enjoyed so many of her shirts have “hidden pictures” as she calls them.

I enjoyed experimenting with color rather than shape and tried different ways of applying the rubbing alcohol to change the way the colors would run. Be careful to not put complimentary colors right next to one another, as they will run together to create brown. But if you are careful with the way you apply the rubbing alcohol you can create a rainbow firework!

From my days as a camp counselor, I’ve tried many different methods of tie dye with all ages of kids. This is by far the technique that revealed the best results with the least amount of mess! The colors are far more vibrant and varied than I have ever been able to achieve with traditional clothing dye.The sharpies allow you to control what color ends up where. Other than a little bit of marker on your fingers there was literally no mess to clean up! Not to mention the fact that Bria sat completely engaged in this activity for 3 hours and was disappointed when we had no more shirts left!

To set the colors I initially used a blow dryer on the hot setting after we finished each shirt. When all shirts were finished I popped them into my clothes dryer. I was a bit nervous that my dryer would end up rainbow-rific but the colors stayed on the shirts and vibrant as ever!

We only needed 8 of the 10 shirts for the Jazz class (I bought 2 extras just incase!) so Bria made one for a friend whose birthday party she went to today and one for Malia. Malia was thrilled with her firework shirt and didn’t want to take it off 🙂

You could take any 100% white cotton piece and customize it using this technique. I’d like to try this project again with different sized cups to create different sized fireworks. I’m going to hunt for a simple cotton, white, tank dress for myself and jazz it up using this technique! I’ll post pictures when it is finished.

I love how each of these shirts is beautiful, vibrant and unique just like each of my little Jazz dancers. I hope they love the shirts as much as Bria and I do!

Crayon Pointillism for Kids: St. Patrick’s Day Rainbows

St.Patricks Day is still a few weeks away, but I wanted to give you time to try this fantastic project Bria and I worked on last week. This project is the perfect balance of artistic process, art appreciation, and a beautiful final product you will be proud to share! It should be noted that this project did take us 4 hours (we split it up over two 2 hour sessions) and would work best with children 5 or older who have a decent attention span.

If you’re saying to yourself “What the heck is pointillism?”, don’t worry I thought the same thing at first. But chances are you ARE familiar with pointillism! Wikipedia defines Pointillism as: a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. The technique was developed by neo-impressionist artist George Seurat. The technique relies on the optical illusion that is created when two dots of color beside each seem to blend together to create a new color.

Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 is one of the most famous pointilism pieces using over 3 million individual dots of paint to create the 6.5×10 foot mural. I had the pleasure of seeing this piece up close and personal when I was 15 on a school trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on loan from the Chicago Art Institute). What an inspiring work! It is also the inspiration for, one of my favourite musical theatre composers, Stephan Soundheim’s Sunday in the Park with George.

If you google “Pointillism for Kids” many great resources come up to help focus your project and how to explain this technique to young children. Bria and I have been discussing color and texture so I decided to take these as our starting point to the project. I asked Bria how she can create new colors. Since we have been doing color mixing for a few years I think I almost insulted her with this question. She rolled her eyes and said, “By mixing 2 colors together” (with a Duh Mommy tone LOL).

I showed her some different pointillism pieces and explained that these artists used tiny dots of color side by side to trick our eyes into mixing them into new colors. “Coooollll!” she said leaning forward, instantly engages and relived that this wasn’t an art project that wasn’t going to challenge her mature 5-year-old self 😉 We then went on to discuss how using this technique added texture and depth to the paintings. She was sold!

What You Need:

Large box of wax crayons (we got a 24 pack of crayola crayons from the dollar store)
Tea lights (buy many!)
Small Canvas (we bought two 6×8 inch canvases at the dollar store)
A pencil
Step One: Plan your picture

Any kind of simple picture would work well for this project. Since we were creating a St.Patrick’s Day piece we decided to create a rainbow picture. On the canvases Bria and I drew a rainbow coming out of a cloud in the sky. We then labeled each section of the drawing with the colors we would eventually put there.

Step Two: Sort your Crayons

This step is optional but I am always looking for ways to integrate other subject areas into our art exploration. Sorting is a great math concept for young children. I asked Bria to sort all of the colors into their color families from lightest to darkest. We also discussed which primary colors could be added to each color family (for example, yellow and red could go with orange) based on the pointillism color mixing illusion.

Step Three: Melting crayons to create picture

Once our crayons were sorted into their color families we began the pointillism process. Using a knife I cut the paper wrapping off the crayons. Decide what section of your picture you are going to start with and keep those crayons near by.

Next, hold the bottom end of the crayon about 1 inch away from the tea light flame (another reason this project should not be done with children under the age of 5 and children never left unsupervised). The crayon will begin to melt. Before it drips, quickly dab the melted end of the crayon on the desired location on your canvas. Repeat this process over and over again using all crayons from that color family throughout the section until the entire section is covered. This does take awhile.

A few things we learned:

Don’t fret if you drip crayon wax in the wrong section. You can simply cover up any mishaps by dabbing the “correct” color over top.
Try NOT to let the crayon wax drip into the tea light, it kills the candle’s ability to keep the flame lit. We had many tea light casualties during the process (buy a BIG bag of tea lights from the dollar store)
Some colors work better then others. Light colors such as reds, oranges, greens, and pinks looked great! Blues and purples came out very dark (almost black). Make sure you have a very light blue and/or purple crayon to mix in with the darker colors so it turns out. We found an old light blue crayon to use in our sky but had to settle mixing in some maroon to give our purple a better look.
The Finished Products:

Don’t they look amazing! So much color and texture! Malia loved to run her hands over the pictures over and over again.

Everyone we have shown them to has been thoroughly impressed. We have them up for display on our fireplace mantle. It did take some encouragement (especially towards the end) to keep Bria engaged but she was ecstatic with her finished piece. She has asked if we could make Easter Egg pictures using this technique in the spring.

I think next time we do this project I’ll break it up over more sessions (so I don’t have to nag her to keep going). Maybe one color section at a time? Let me know if you give this one a try! I’d love to hear your comments and see your results!

T is for Turkey! Turkey Hand Crafts for Kids

Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up this weekend and we have been having lots of fun getting ready to fill our bellies. Thanksgiving is an extra special holiday in our family because it is also me and my hubby’s anniversary weekend.

Eight years ago this weekend, Chris and I, celebrated with just over 100 or so of our closest friends and family by getting married on a Canadian reality TV show called Exchanging Vows. We always have a good giggle when we re-watch the episode. But I digress….

Malia is really into dough play lately so this past Tuesday morning while Bria was in Kindergarten we whipped up Salt Dough to make into Hand Turkeys.

What You Need:
Salt Dough Recipe:

1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1/2 cup water
Hand Turkeys:

Salt Dough
Rolling pin
Baking Sheet
Tempera Paint
Mod Podge
Salt Dough
Mix all three ingredients together with your hands. Add more water or flour as needed. As you can see Malia really enjoyed mixing the dough.

Making Hand Tukeys
Once our salt dough was ready Malia and I rolled them into balls and then flattened them into a pancake shape big enough for our hands. Next, we simply pressed out hands firmly into the dough ( I had to help Malia a bit with this part). We also made little beaks and feet for our turkeys out of extra salt dough and poked a hole at the top (for hanging purposes later). Finally, we put the hand prints on a cookie sheet and baked at 200F for 2 hours.

Once Bria was home from school we started painting. We mixed paints again to make orange and brown to add to the red and yellow for our Turkey colours.

Malia was very proud of her painting job!

We decided to help our Turkeys stand out to paint around our hand imprint with blue paint. Bria decided that it made the Turkey look like he was in the sky “Like a happy turkey should be Mama!” Hmmmm hopefully she’ll eat Grandma’s roasted Turkey on Sunday 😉

After the paint had dried I gave each Hand Turkey a coat of mod podge to seal the paint and give it a glossy finish. Can I say again how much I LOVE mod podge? I think the final results look fantastic!

Turkey Hand Print Transfers
Since we had left over paint, we decided to make more Hand Turkeys, but this time we did painted hand prints. I showed the girls how to paint their hand to look like a turkey and make a turkey hand print transfer.

The girls though painting their hands was the best idea I have ever had and proceeded to spend the next hour making various hand turkeys and other animals from painting their hands. There is no doubt in my mind they loved this so much because it involved getting messy. They truly love messy art. Good thing I am far from a neat freak!

Still not enough Turkeys for you? Check out my video below with a cute little Turkey poem you can teach your little ones to recite at Thanksgiving Dinner. It might even earn you an extra piece of pumpkin pie!

Happy Thanksgiving!