drawing

Here’s a fun drawing game to play with your kiddos – we named it Pick an Object, Pick a Scene. The basic idea is that you have to figure out how to incorporate a random object (or person, animal, food, etc.) into a given scene. With about 5 minutes of set-up, and some paper and […]

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For quite a few years, my girls have been keeping journals. They write about family activities, make lists of favorites, compose poems, and try creative writing techniques for home school projects. This school year, we decided to start new art journals to keep things fresh and interesting. So far, the art journaling has been a […]

Triangle Doodle Trees

by Amy on December 16, 2013

Cold weather keeping you and the kids inside? These triangle doodle trees are a fun and simple drawing activity that will keep the kids busy while you do some holiday prep. Even better, gather around the table (or floor) and have a family art night! There’s not much set-up (or clean-up!) with this project. Just […]

We’re already looking forward to the next fall holiday and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.┬áTo help us celebrate, I’ve partnered with the upcoming movie FREE BIRDS, to bring a clever new way to create a hand turkey to craft at the Thanksgiving kids table. (In fact, I think these birds are hoping the only […]

Mix and Match Monster Flip Book

by Amy on October 14, 2013

We keep our Halloween fun on the silly side around our house. My girls are not into scary! We had a great time drawing a stack of silly monsters together, then putting them together into a mix and match monster flip book. Wait till you see some of our creative and crazy monsters! To make […]

My girls always want to have a craft project at their birthday parties. Since we usually have boy and girl guests of various ages at our parties, the craft needs to be simple and doable for multiple ages and interests. It’s always a bonus if the finished product is something the kids can take home […]

Pigs are my eight-year-old’s favorite animal, so I knew she would enjoy making a cute piggie painting. Our pigs are super-simple to draw, making this a great project for preschoolers and up. You can use round objects to trace, or draw your circles freehand. I think the freehand circles give the pig great character! Supplies […]

Here’s a fun and quick drawing game to play as a family after dinner, or bring outside on a nice day. With just two dice and some drawing supplies, you can create some silly shape drawings. We had fun hiding our drawings from each other, then having a big reveal at the end. Let’s play! […]

Colored Sand and Glue Drawings

by Amy on February 18, 2013

Here is a fun and tactile project for your little artists – colorful drawings made with glue and sand. Drawing with a glue bottle takes patience and control, then you get to go a little crazy and cover your design with brightly colored sand. Supplies for Colored Sand & Glue Drawings: bottle of white glue […]

Silly Symmetrical Mitten Art

by Amy on January 21, 2013

Brr! We’ve been having some super chilly days around here. But, the sun is shining, so we bundle-up and head outside anyway. Thank goodness for warm hats, scarves, and mittens! When we’ve had enough cold, we come inside, drink something warm, and settle in with a book, a game, or an art project. Here’s one […]

At least once a year, I do a self-portrait art project with my daughters. I love having a collection of paintings, drawings, and collages of how they see themselves at different ages. For one of our recent self-portrait projects, we made adjective self-portraits. The girls had great fun brainstorming words to describe their looks, personality, […]

Tracing Paper Votive Covers

by Amy on November 12, 2012

Now that it’s so dark when we sit down for dinner, my girls have been asking to eat by candlelight almost every night. Candlelit meals are pretty magical, aren’t they? Our recycled jar votive holders were looking pretty plain, so we made some lovely covers using basic tracing paper and art supplies from our stash. […]

How often do you join in when your kids are creating? Doodle Names is a drawing project that parents and kids can enjoy working on side-by-side. I find that my girls and I always have interesting conversations while we sit and draw together. Plus, doodling is fun and relaxing! To get started, write your name […]

Summer Camp guest post by Amy of Let’s Explore On a recent afternoon where there was more squabbling than playing, I knew we needed a quick and simple boredom buster. I grabbed a stack of large index cards and a black Sharpie, and drew a quick squiggle on each one. I invited my girls to […]

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