Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Here’s a great sunny day art project from Martha Stewart that we found on Pinterest.

 

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Garden Stepping Stone Project

Want to Create a Beautiful Garden Stepping Stone for your Garden?

garden stepping stoneYour kid will love this fun summer project! Stepping stones are a very popular garden decoration. This is your child’s chance to design and create their very own! Follow the step-by-step instructions below to create a one-of-a-kind garden stepping stone mosaic.

Art Kidbit: Mosaic

A MOSAIC is an art form consisting of patterns of small pieces of tile or glass inlaid in cement or grout.

Materials:

  • Quickcrete – Sand/Topping Mix (60 lb bag makes 10-15 stones)
  • Plastic planter liners-10” diameter
  • Water
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • Large ziplock bags to mix concrete in
  • Smooth stones/rocks/glass beads- multiple colors work best!
  • Water jug
  • Roll paper to cover tables with
  • Aprons or grubby clothes (THIS IS A MESSY PROJECT!)

 

Directions:

  • When we create stepping stones at our studios, we start by showing the kids examples of different stepping stones. We want them to notice the colors and patterns in the designs. This is also a great time to introduce your kids to the art term above- mosaic.
  • Next, have your child plan their design with the stones on a table or flat surface. Encourage them to create a pattern or design instead of just randomly placing the stones.
  • Measure 6 cups of Quickcrete into a large ziplock bag. Create one bag for each stepping stone you plan on making.
  • Add 1 cup of water to the bag. Close the bag and have your child mix the Quickcrete by kneading the bag until the consistency is even. It’s very important to make sure the bags are sealed well!
  • Once the Quickcrete is mixed, pour it into your plastic liner. Fill the liner about 2/3 full. The stepping stone should be about 1” thick.  Let it sit for a few minutes and then have your child add their stones.  Make sure the stones are pressed into the concrete firmly. If not, they will pop out once the stepping stone is dry.
  • Your stepping stone will take about 24 hours to dry. Once dry, it can be taken out of the plastic liner.


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10 Ways to Make Your Child’s Birthday Extra Special!

Kidcreate Birthday Boy All kids love birthdays. It is a day that is all about them. Sure the birthday party is great– friends, games, presents, and cake. But there is something even more special about little personal birthday acknowledgements throughout the birthday kid’s day. Here are some ideas.

 

Good Morning, Sunshine!

Start off the day with little surprises. Even the grumpiest morning kid will be in a good mood when greeted by these morning birthday surprises.

1. Bathroom Birthday Greeting Use lipstick or dry erase markers to write a birthday message on your kid’s bathroom mirror.

2. Birthday Threads Particularly for the little ones, have a special “birthday girl” or “birthday boy” shirt for them to wear. For older kids, have a special accessory ready for them to wear or use throughout the day.

3. Birthday Throne Decorate your birthday boy or girl’s chair at the breakfast table with streamers and balloons. Here’s a super cute example from catchmyparty.com

Special Birthday_Decorate Breakfast Chair

4. Birthday Breakfast Present the birthday kid with his or her favorite breakfast food along with a candle, sprinkles, or other festive food decorations. For example, stick a candle in a stack of pancakes, waffles, or in a muffin. Find the recipe for these super cute sprinkle filled waffles at www.shopsweetlulublog.com

Special Birthday_Birthday Cake Waffles with Candle

Midday Surprises

Whether your child’s birthday falls on a school day, during the weekend, or during the summer, there are little things that you can do throughout the day to whisper “happy birthday” in his or her ear.

5. Lunch Box Surprise Put a fun little note with a special message in your child’s lunch box, backpack, or pocket. But do not simply say, “happy birthday.” Be creative and let your kiddo know how special he or she is, or tease your child about what to expect when he or she gets home. Wrap each part of your child’s lunch in birthday gift wrap for another fun lunchbox surprise. Thank you www.happyhomefairy.com for this cute idea!

Special Birthday_Gift Wrap Lunch Box

6. Surprise lunch Surprise your child with a lunch date. Even if it is a school day, pick him or her up from school during lunch and have a quick, special birthday lunch.  

7. Little Gifts Instead of (or in addition to) one big gift, give your child several smaller gifts throughout the day. Surprise your child with a gift at breakfast, another one in the middle of the day or upon arriving home after school, and yet another at dinner.

Winding Down

The birthday celebration should reach a crescendo at dinner. However, do not stop there. Keep the personal celebration going until the lights go out.

8. Birthday Feast Cook your kid’s favorite food for dinner. Yes, even if it is hot dogs, pizza, or pancakes.  Of course, the dessert must be cake and ice cream!

9. Birthday Bath Fill the bathtub with balloons. Use soap crayons to write birthday messages on the tiled wall. Thank you to www.growingajeweledrose.com for this cute idea!

Special Bithday_Balloons in Tub

10. Birthday Bedtime Story As the special day winds down, tuck your little one in bed and read a birthday-themed book.

Now these are ways to really celebrate a birthday!  It does not matter if it is your kid’s first birthday or 21st birthday. Making the day extra special will make for a memorable birthday.

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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10 Amazing, Messy, Inspiring and Very Fun Summer Art Projects!

10 summer art projects from KidcreateAre you looking for some fun art ideas to keep your kids busy this summer?

Here are some of the most popular art lessons and messy time projects from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

Artist Inspired Projects . . .

Ice Cream Sundae

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
(Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub)

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escher49

Escher Tessellations

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Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

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Messiest_Monoprints

Cassatt Monoprints

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Monet_The-Beach-At-Fecamp

Magnificent Monet

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Messy Time Projects . . . 

Make Your Own Model Magic

Homemade Model Magic

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Huge Ice Cream Cone

Ice Cream in a Bag!
Make your own ice cream at home without an ice cream maker!

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silly putty

This Putty is so Silly. . . Homemade Silly Putty

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sidewalk chalk

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

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marker paint

Go Green!
Recycle Old, Dried Out Markers into Paint!

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Camp Crafts- Candy Kaleidoscopes

candy kaleidoscopeSummer time is camp time and what is more fun at camp than craft time? Nothing!!!!! Tie-dye, rock painting, weaving, bead bracelets, nature crafts, toys and more! These are some of the classic camp crafts many parents did when they were kids. And kids still love them today!

Here is a “sweet” spin on a popular toy craft project. Design and create your very own kaleidoscope filled with tiny pieces of candy.

Art Kidbit: Kaleidoscope

A KALEIDOSCOPE is a tube of mirrors containing loose colored beads, pebbles, or other small colored objects. The viewer looks in one end and light enters the other end, reflecting off the mirrors. The word is derived from three Greek words that together mean, “looking at beautiful forms.”

 

Materials:

 

Directions:

  • Design the outside of their kaleidoscope by drawing on the tube with oil pastels or markers. Maybe give the tube a candy theme by drawing different types of candy, or creating a peppermint striped pattern.
  • Now paint the tube with watercolor paint. You will paint right over the your oil pastel drawings. (Skip this step if you decorated your tube with markers!)
  • Fold the mirror paper into a triangle along the perforations and secure with tape. Slide the triangle into the end of the tube.
  • Put the candy into the end piece that doesn’t have a hole in it. Leave enough room for the clear piece to fit inside and for the candy to move around a little to change the patterns inside the kaleidoscope.
  • Place the clear circle on top of the candy and hot glue this piece to the end of the tube.
  • Place the other plastic end (the one with a hole for viewing) on the tube.
  • Ta-Da! You’ve done it! Turn the tube slowly while looking through the hole to see the color patterns change.

Candy Kaleidoscope Craft Project


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Go Green- Part 2 . . . Crayon Recycling

With all the used school supplies coming home this time of the year, we know it’s tempting to just throw it all in the trash! Here are a few fun reasons to keep your child’s old broken crayons out of the garbage can.  After all, who wouldn’t rather make art not trash!

If you are looking for creative ways to use those old crayons, check out our Pinterest board! It’s filled with tons of great crayon recycling ideas.

Follow Kidcreate Studio’s board Crayon Recycling on Pinterest.

Here is a project from our Pinterest board that especially caught our eye. It’s a perfect summer time art project!

 

 

If you find you still have crayons left– have no fear!  We will recycle them for you.  Drop off your used crayons at Kidcreate.  We will make sure they don’t end up in a landfill!

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Go Green! Recycle Old, Dried Out Markers into Paint!

Oh, no! You just stumbled across another dried out marker. Will your kids ever remember to put the caps back on!?! No worries. Instead of throwing it away, put it aside along with other dried out markers in preparation for a project that is both creative and environmentally friendly. With just a few steps and a few inexpensive supplies, you can recycle your dried out markers into watercolor paint.

 

marker paint 21) Once you have a collection of dried out markers organize them into similar colors.

2) Fill a plastic cup with water. Using 1-3 markers at a time, soak the tips of the markers in water. To speed up the process, take the markers apart, removing the internal ink-filled felt core and submerging it into the cup of water. There is no hard and fast rule as to how much water to use, so you will have to do a little experimentation. However, the more water that you use, the more diluted the ink will be.

marker paint 1If you prefer pastel colors, soak the tips or core in more water. If you prefer brighter colors, use less water and more markers. Once you have sufficiently soaked the markers in water, transfer your new paint into lidded bottles for storage.

3) Now for the fun part. Fill squeeze bottles with your new “paint.” Your kids can then squeeze a little of each color into their paint palettes or into plastic egg cartons. Before you know it, they will have created mini-masterpieces using paint produced from this green process.

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Father’s Day Photo Gifts

Ties, golf balls, and “Dad” coffee mugs are all cool Father’s Day Gifts. However, dads love gifts that their kids make.  Yes, the lopsided mug made in art class at school and the popsicle stick picture frame without doubt will bring a smile on dad’s face.  Building on the DIY concept, for this Father’s Day we found some great ideas for unique DIY  gifts for dad that feature creative, yet easy photography.

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1) We Heart Daddy Shadow Picture.  Make a sign or series of signs with cutouts of the words “We (or I) heart (using the heart symbol) Daddy!”  Take a picture of the children holding the signs.  To make this photo a bit different, instead of taking a photo of the actual kids, take a photo of the shadows of the kids holding the sign.  Dad will think this is super cool!  Once you take your photo, use it to make beautiful print.  Print it on 8″ x 10″ or 11″ x 14″ paper and frame it.  Or, use a photo lab to have the photo printed on canvas.

Father's day shadow photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: discountqueens.com

2) Foot Love.  There is something compelling about the little feet and cute little toes of kids.  Why not write “We love you, Dad” on the bottoms of your kids feet and take a photo?

Father's day foot photo

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how-to here: frecklephoto.com

3) “I Love Daddy Because…”  I bet your kids can make a long list of reasons they love their dad.  Pick 4 of these reasons and make signs.  Take pictures of your kids holding one sign at a time.  Combine the 4 photos into one print with the caption:  “I Love Daddy Because…”
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Learn how-to here: enframephotoblog.com

4) Daddy and Me Photo Book.  Compile several photos and use a photo lab to make a photo book.  Compile random photos or select a theme such as Father’s Day photos throughout the years, sports-themed photos, or photos of your child and dad with funny expressions.

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5) Photo of Generations.    This unique idea involves a picture of granddad holding a picture of dad, holding a picture of your kid.  The result is powerful.
Father's day generations photo
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Photo Credit: Cheezburger

Your kids will love helping to make any of these gifts, and Dad will think it is awesome!

Fathers Day Photo Gifts 2

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Artsy Father’s Day Gifts

 

One-of-a-Kind Father’s Day Gifts Made from Your Child’s Art!

For an extra special, one-of-a-kind Father’s Day gift, transform your child’s unique artwork into a personalized keepsake! Whether it is a drawing of a tree, a painting of daddy, or crayon rendering of something a little more abstract, it can be used to decorate a variety of gift items. Today’s sophisticated and lightning fast technology allows you to easily scan your child’s masterpiece and send it to a manufacturer who will print it on a variety of products, or who will fashion a keepsake based on the artwork. Here are a few Father’s Day ideas.

 

Father's Day - Your Childs Artwork Made into Solid Silver Keychain or PENDANT-As Featured in ETSY FINDS - made to order-click to see moreKey chain
How about a key chain designed out of artwork that you child created?  Such key chains can be crafted out of titanium, or silver.

 

Child's Drawing Personalized Coffee Mug, "Little Artist" Series : Artwork Creates a Perfect Gift for Parents, Grandparents, and TeachersMug
For the coffee-drinking dad, a mug, featuring his son or daughter’s artwork would be an ideal Father’s Day surprise.

 

fathers day cufflinksCufflinks
For the dad who is a little more formal, but also appreciates a little whimsy– a pair of cufflinks featuring your little one’s art will make a fun and unexpected gift.

 

 

Daddy will treasure any one of these thoughtful gifts forever!  

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Teacher Gifts- Say Thank You With a Hand-Made Gift

Are you looking for cute and crafty ideas for end-of-the-year teacher gifts?
Check out our Teacher’s Gifts Board on Pinterest!

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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