Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

Art Books for Kids

The holidays are here! It’s time to put on your creative gift-giving thinking cap! Here are some beautiful, creative and just darn FUN books that would make great gifts for the kids on your list.

Why give an art book as a gift?  Most kids enjoy creating art.  They love to “get messy” using paint, Play-Doh, glue, and glitter.  However, some kids do not consider themselves to be artists and do not believe they are able to create beautiful art.  Other kids get a little stuck in their creativity and need a nudge to help them expand the types of art they create.  Here are some great books that feature compelling stories and beautiful illustrations that encourage kids to use their imaginations to develop a greater appreciation of the different ways to create art and a greater understanding of the messages that art can convey.

  1. The Beautiful Oops, by Barney SaltzbergHave you ever observed your kids or your students ball up a piece of paper because they made a mistake while drawing?  Well The Beautiful Oops will give your little artist ideas as to how turn what at first seems to be a mistake into something wonderful.
  2. The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds.  This book is ideal for the hesitant artist who does not quite know where to start.  In response to her teacher’s suggestion that she start off by making a dot, Vashti angrily puts a dot on her paper.  From that dot the word of art opens up to Vashti.
  3. I Am an Artist by Pat Lowery Collins. Many kids and adults alike are quite creative but have a hard time viewing themselves as artists.  Collins shows that the definition of “artist” is quite broad.  By simply looking closely at objects around them kids will eventually realize that they do indeed have the mind and imagination of an artist.
  4. Why is Blue Dog Blue by George Rodrigue. Written by Cajun artist George Rodrigue, Why is the Blue Dog Blue encourages kids to think beyond the obvious when they create art and to make color choices based on the message they want to send through their art.  While Rodrigue’s message may seem complex, the book is written in a way that children will understand and apply it to their own artwork.
  5. Ish by Peter H. Reynolds.  Oftentimes adults and even other kids do not quite understand drawings created by kids.  However, to the artist the drawing makes perfect sense.  Ish gives encouragement to that child who has become discouraged because his or her artwork has been misunderstood.

 

 

 

 

 

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Candy Overload? 15 Things to Do with Extra Halloween Candy

Candy Overload? 15 Things to Do with Extra Halloween Candy

15 Creative Ways to Use Halloween Candy

Candy in bags, candy in closets, candy in drawers and candy in the freezer. Halloween is candy season! Here are some fun ways to use up some of that sweet stash. Maybe this year, it will all be gone by Thanksgiving!

 

 1) Create art of course! Candy mosaics are fun to create out of M&M’s, Skittles or any colorful candy. For edible art, we like to use graham crackers for the base and vanilla frosting as our mortar. For art with a longer life span, use cardboard for your base and glue to affix the candy.

Back Camera willy wonka candy mosaic

 2) Here’s another artsy idea . . . create a 3-D scene with candy. The theme possibilities are endless- a favorite holiday, a favorite place, etc. For this project you will need some cardboard for a base and frosting for the mortar. Additional fun materials include; craft sticks, toilet paper rolls, colorful tissue paper, pipe cleaners and paint.

candy craft 1 Back Camera

3) Yes, another art project . . . M&M Paint! Use your extra M&M’s to make paint. Start by sorting the M&M’s by color. Place the M&M’s in cups (clear plastic cups work great for this). Put one color per cup or mix colors and experiment with color theory. Add enough water to each cup to just cover the M&M’s. Stir the M&M water mixture with a paintbrush until the water turns color. Then, paint away!

4) Make a candy bouquet. This is a fun gift idea. Plus, your kids will have a blast making it!  Here is a great tutorial on how to make one- www.iheartnaptime.net/candy-bouquet-tutorial/

5) Make a candy message board. These are cute and make great gifts. Some cleaver phrases include- “You are Special”, “You are Mounds of fun”, “SKOR the big goal”, etc. There are tons of cute ones on Pinterest. Go there for inspiration!

6) Sell the candy to your dentist. Many dentists around town will offer money for your Halloween candy. Go to www.halloweencandybuyback.com to find a dentist near you.

7) Send it to the troops. Donate your candy to Operation Shoebox or Operation Gratitude.

8) Freeze it.  A couple of pieces of candy packed in a lunch in December is a great treat!

9) Bake with it. Cakes and cookies are extra special when you add the sweet surprise of candy!

10) Add it to ice cream. Candy on top of an ice cream sundae or blended into a malt or shake is delicious!

11) Cocoa with mint sound good?  Add Junior Mints or Peppermint Patties to your hot chocolate for a flavor boost.

12) Science experiments with candy? You bet!  Here’s a web site will all kinds of fun ideas. www.candyexperiments.com/p/experiments.html

13) Throw a candy themed party.  Decorate with it, play games with it, give it away as prizes, you get the idea!

14) Melt Jolly Ranchers into suckers. It just takes 5 minutes in a 200 degree oven. Other hard candies can also be melted. And suckers aren’t the only thing you can make.  Window cookies and Christmas ornaments are a few more options.

15) Make a candy pizza. Here’s a recipe to try…Mix 1 pouch of peanut butter cookie mix with 1/3 cup vegetable oil and an egg until soft dough forms. Press dough in an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings such as candy corn, candy bar pieces and nuts. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Sprinkle 1 cup miniature marshmallows on top. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until marshmallows are lightly browned and cookie is set at edge. Cool completely in pan. Drizzle 1/3 cup of melted chocolate chips over the top.

 

 

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Halloween Candy Art

Halloween Candy Art

 Spooky Candy Graveyard


Here is a fun way to turn some of your child’s Halloween candy into art!

If your kids like making gingerbread houses, they will love this project!

Materials:

  • One piece of cardboard- square or round (to use as a base)
  • Chocolate frosting
  • For tree- brown air dry clay, brown play dough, brown Model Magic or homemade brown Model Magic (click here for our homemade model magic recipe).
  • For tree branches & leaves- brown or black pipe cleaners or small sticks (about 7 per child) and yellow, orange and  red tissue paper cut into squares
  • For fence- candy corn or other colorful “fence like” candy
  • For grave stones- grey or brown Model Magic or mini candy bars
  • For ghost- ghost shaped marshmallow, 2 regular marshmallows or white Model Magic  
  • Plastic forks and knives
  • Craft glue
  • Black marker

Directions:

  • First, start by making the tree out of clay or play dough. Begin by making a thick log shape. Stand your log upright and create roots at the base by pinching the clay. Make sure the tree is stable and can stand on its own. Add bark  texture by running a fork along the trunk lengthwise.
  • Set your tree on top of the cardboard. Using your fingers, blend it in to the cardboard at the base so it will stay in place. You can even add a little craft glue to the bottom if desired.
  • Next, add branches to the tree with your pipe cleaners (or sticks). If using pipe cleaners, you can make them look twisted by wrapping them around your finger and then unwinding them. Add more clay or play dough at the top if necessary to hold the branches in place.
  • Now it’s time to add the leaves to your trees. Take out your tissue paper squares. Grab the middle of a square, twist a little then dip it in glue and stick it on your tree’s branches.
  • It’s time to add some chocolate! Spread chocolate frosting onto the top of your cardboard base. Make sure it goes all the way to the edges and is nice and thick!
  • Next, wash hands. 🙂
  • Place candy corn or other colorful candy around the edge of your cardboard creating a candy fence.
  • Wash hands again. 🙂
  • Now onto the gravestones. Use model magic (brown and grey) to make a few gravestones. Or dig in your candy bag for “tomb stone shaped” candy bars. If using model magic, you can use black markers to scribble little lines for text. Or add an epitaph- R.I.P is a popular one! When complete, place your tombstones in the chocolate frosting on your board.
  • Time for a spooky ghost! You can make a ghost out of white Model Magic, ghost shaped marshmallows or two stacked regular marshmallows. Add a face to your ghost with black marker.
  • Ta da – Your masterpiece is complete!

 

If you don’t want to deal with a big art mess at home, sign your child up to create Halloween inspired art at Kidcreate! 

 

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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!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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Pumpkin Seed Art

Pumpkin Seed Art

Pumpkin Seed Art

Here’s a fun art project for all those little goblins and ghouls out there!

What you will need:
-Pumpkin Seeds
-A bucket to wash the seeds in
-Towels to dry seeds
-3 small bowls (paper bowls or paper cups work well)
-3 spoons
-White school glue
-Liquid water color or tempera paint in red, yellow and blue
-Cardboard or tag board
-Newspaper

1)       After the seeds have been removed from the pumpkin, wash them in a bucket of water and then spread them out on a towel to dry.  Allow a couple days for the seeds to dry!

2)       Once the seeds are dry, you are ready to start the next part of the project.  Pour glue into 3 small bowls.  Add paint to bowls, creating one red, one yellow and one blue.

3)       Cover a table with newspaper and place the cardboard piece on top of the paper.

4)       Drizzle colored glue on to the cardboard with the spoons. The glue can be swirled with the spoons or fingers.  This is a great way to experiment with color mixing (red + yellow= orange, red + blue= purple, yellow + blue= green).  The pumpkin seeds can be added at anytime.  Add them at the beginning to swirl them into the colored glue or add them at the end to top the glue masterpiece. Older children may enjoy creating patterns or a picture in the glue with the seeds.

Want to create more Halloween themed art?  Sign up for a Halloween art workshop at Kidcreate!

 

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!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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Pumpkins, Pumpkins and More Pumpkins!

It’s that time of year again! Pumpkin carving, pumpkin bread, and lots of pumpkin seeds! Need some pumpkin inspiration? We’ve got you covered!

Pumpkin Carving Ideas? More Halloween Fun?
Check out our Halloween Board on Pinterest!

 

 

Save those seeds!

Click here for a fun pumpkin seed art project!

 

 

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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!

Make a Difference, While Making a Great Living!

Open a Kidcreate Studio and use the power of art to positively influence the lives of children.

Click here to learn more about franchise opportunities with Kidcreate Studio.

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