Sidewalk Chalk Paint

This is a non-toxic and washable, three ingredient art supply for some summer fun. Children can paint on their driveway and once this sidewalk chalk paint dries the colors are vibrant and beautiful. We used this beautiful food coloring. We didn’t use filters for these photos! We experimented with the recipe. The children in my […]

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 […]

Salt Painting

I’m always looking for new activities to do with the creative kids in my care. Salt Painting came to our summer boredom buster rescue! We already had all of the supplies in the playroom and kitchen pantry to make Salt Paintings. This is an inexpensive activity that will keep children that love crafts and painting […]

“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 […]

Painted Pumpkin Donuts

No Cut Jack-O-Lanterns You don’t have to use knives to cut messy jack-o-lanterns to decorate pumpkins with the kids to prepare for Halloween. These cute pumpkin donuts are easy to decorate and really do look like the real thing and good enough to eat. You Will Need: 6 Mini, Flat Pumpkins Paint Brushes Paint (Light […]

How Can You Protect the Earth?

Earth Day Project Earth Day will be celebrated this Friday, April 22 and this weekend in communities throughout the world. Some simple and tangible ways to help the kids in your care protect the world is by recycling; not wasting water; walking or biking to school and activities; turning off lights; and not littering. In […]

Painting with Unconventional Tools

Creative Wednesdays If regular painting has become a bore allow the kids to paint with feathers, Popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, twigs, cotton swabs, and toy cars and trucks instead of using paintbrushes. Just have the kids roll up their sleeves and wear a smock to stay clean and cover the work surface. Provide plenty of […]

Painting Symmetry

Creative Wednesdays Symmetry can be taught at an early age with this very simple art project. Explain to the little ones that if you cut something in half and both sides look exactly the same, they are symmetrical. Allow the children to experiment using different sized drops of paint and spaces between the paint dots. The five-year-old I care […]

Puffy Paint

Getting Creative with Kids There is something magical about the three-dimensional appearance of Puffy Paint. Puffy paint is easy to make and you can simply find the ingredients already at home. Allow the kids to use the Puff Paint recipes as finger paint as well — although I don’t like adding color to the puffy […]