Spill-Proof Paint Cups

I love Melissa and Doug toys and products. These Melissa and Doug Spill-Proof Paint Cups are truly a playroom essential for any child. I bought these Melissa and Doug Spill-Proof Paint Cups for a girl for her first birthday and she still owns and uses them at 11-years-old. These Melissa and Doug Spill-Proof Paint Cups […]

No Mess Finger Painting

Finger painting using a Ziploc bag is a colorful, no mess sensory activity for kids of all ages. No mess finger painting is so easy with no time consuming clean up necessary. Trace letters and stamp blocks onto the paint sensory bag. I use two primary colors per bag and allow the child to mix […]

“Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister and Project

Weekly Trip to the Library The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic children’s book. The Rainbow Fish is vain and thinks he’s better than the other fish because he is so beautiful. He is lonely and without admirers until a wise female octopus advises him to give away his scales. The […]

Finger Paint Daddy Sign

Father’s Day Gift Father’s Day is coming up this weekend. Rather than spending money on your Dad Boss spend time with your charges and help them make him a gift. You and the kids can’t go wrong giving a hand painted gift. Even the youngest toddler can finger paint this sign for their father made […]

Fingerprint Flowers

Creative Wednesdays It’s officially Spring and the first flowers are starting to sprout in my neck of the woods. In preparation for Mothers Day, or just as a Springtime craft, make these cute hand and fingerprint flowers with the kids. We used washable paint to make our plants, but you can also use washable ink pads. […]

Hand Print Crab and Foot Print Lobster

Creative Project Wednesday Teach the kids about the crustaceans lobsters and crabs. Tell them that crustaceans are arthropods which means their skeletons are on the outside of their bodies. They have jointed parts to move and many have legs to move. Crustaceans have two pairs of antennae. Crabs can swim but lobsters  can just walk […]

Add Some Character to Your Pumpkins

Wednesdays With Whitney By Whitney Tang Fall is all about pumpkins. Pumpkin patches, pumpkin pie, and especially pumpkin carving! However, carving can be a little difficult for the little ones we care for. Let them get more involved with these cute character pumpkins, inspired by Parenting Magazine’s 2012 Halloween Edition. Supplies ·         Pumpkins ·         Glue […]

Painting With Colored Ice

colored ice finger paint Colors and Creativity Flow With Exciting New Art MaterialsBy Scholastic Children use fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and creative expression as they paint with colorful ice cubes. Invite children to help you make frozen paint-brushes. Fill two to four ice-cube trays with warm water. Using different colors, add a teaspoon of powdered tempera […]

What is Your Favorite Mess-Free Activity?

Mess-Free Finger PaintingBy MaryAnne of mamma smiles =) Here is a fun activity found on the mama smiles =) blog. This activity is a super-simple way to let children finger paint without dealing with the mess! Use a plastic Ziploc bag (freezer works best, since the plastic is stronger), and add paint or a similar […]