Homemade Model Magic

Homemade Model Magic

For those of you who have been to our studios or to one of our on-the-go studio classes you know that all of us at Kidcreate Studio aren’t shy when it comes to making a mess!  But what you may not know (although I’m sure it’s no surprise) is that we get messy at home quite a bit too. So when I found a recipe for homemade Model Magic, you guessed it, my kids and I had to make it!

If you’re not familiar with Model Magic you’re really missing out! It’s non-toxic air dry clay made by Crayola. It’s light weight, colorful and dries to a hard finish in about 24 hours. Kids love the stuff! Even, parent’s love to play with the stuff! The only downside to Model Magic is that it’s a bit on the pricey side.  That is one of the reasons why I was excited about this homemade recipe.

(We would like to apologize to the person who developed this recipe for not giving them the credit they deserve- it’s amazing!!! The problem is, We just can’t remember where I found the recipe. So, if this is your invention, let us know so we can acknowledge you!) 

 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup cornstarch + additional for kneading
  • 1-1/2 cups cold water
  • food coloring-   5-10 drops depending on desired color 

 

Directions-

1) Combine all the ingredients in a large sauce pan.

2) Heat the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly until it starts to bubble and thickens into a dough-like consistency.

3) Transfer the dough into a bowl.

 

 4) Cover the bowl with a wet towel until it cools.

 

5) Knead the dough on a surface dusted with cornstarch until it is no longer sticky to the touch. Additional cornstarch may be needed.
Warning: Your hands might become discolored from the food coloring.

6) The air dry clay is now ready to be poked, rolled, pinched and sculpted into a masterpiece.


  

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Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!

Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece!

Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, is best know for his work that used primary colors, white and black in simplified lines and shapes on canvas. He believed highly simplified art could model a harmonious ideal world.

Mondrian was born in 1872 in the Netherlands. He was exposed to art at a very young age. His father was an art instructor and his uncle an artist. His early paintings were mainly landscapes. In 1911, Mondrian moved to Paris. It was in Paris, influenced by Cubist style artists like Picasso and Braque that his work became more abstract and began to incorporate more geometric elements. Later, in the Netherlands, Mondrian’s art was influenced of the primary color paintings of artist Bart van der Leck. After world war one, he returned to Paris and began creating the grid-based abstract painting for which he is know. Mondrian died in 1944 in New York City.

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ART KIDBIT:   PRIMARY COLORS

Primary colors are RED, YELLOW and BLUE. If you mix 2 primary colors, you will create a secondary color. (For example- red + yellow = the secondary color orange.) 

Art Project: 

Mondrian looked at the world around him and broke down what he saw into very simple geometric shapes and colors. Kids, you can do this too! Look at something and squint your eyes. Notice how the small details disappear? When you squint it’s easier to see the basic shapes and colors.


What you will need:

  • graph paper
  • pencil
  • ruler or something with a straight edge
  • black marker with a wide tip
  • red, blue and yellow paint (or red, blue and yellow markers)


Instructions:

1)    With your pencil and ruler, draw three vertical (that’s a line that runs up and down) lines on your sheet of graph paper.  The lines do not need to be equally spaced on the paper.

2)    Next draw three horizontal (side-to-side) lines on your sheet of paper.

3)    After drawing your lines, select some of the spaces and paint them with your primary colored (red, yellow and blue) paints.

4)    After your paint has dried, draw over you pencil lines with a thick black marker.

Vocab Quiz . . .  Kids, Can you find parallel and perpendicular lines in your masterpiece?

 

 

mondrianWant to learn more about Mondrian?

For biographical information about Mondrian and to see some of his art-  www.pietmondrian.com

Create Mondrian inspired art on your computer-
http://interglacial.com/pub/JavaScript/mondrian.html
http://www.tristesse.com/~howie/Flash/MondRect.html

 

 

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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.

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Fluffy Slime, Your Child’s New Obsession

Fluffy Slime, Your Child’s New Obsession

We like to think we’ve got some of the best slime recipes of any art studio around. If you’ve been with us in the studio or at one of our many On-the-Go locations, you’ve most likely had the chance to get messy with us! Our Fluffy Slime is a favorite with the young mess makers at our studios and we’re going to share it with you.

Making slime is a perfect activity for those long Summer days, rainy weekends, snow days or no school days. It’s easy to make and is sure to entertain any child!

Don’t worry about this sticky slime getting everywhere! We’ve got some tricks to help! We’ve also included some exciting ways to play with the slime beyond the satisfying squishing that always ensues.

 

What You Need:

  • 1/2 cup shaving cream
  • 1/2 cup glue
  • 1/4 cup liquid starch
  • Paint (any color)
  • Mixing bowl
  • Straw
  • Resealable bag (storage)
  • Optional mix-ins: glitter, small plastic figurines, sequins, beads, googly eyes, etc

 

Directions:

  1. Cover your work surface with newspaper.
  2. Pour 1/2 cup of glue into a mixing bowl.
  3. Add paint into the same mixing bowl.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of shaving cream to the mixture.
  5. Time to mix. Stir together until all of it is one color.
  6. Add 1/4 cup of liquid starch.
  7. Now, stir together until slime forms. If the slime seems to sticky, add small amounts at a time of liquid starch.
  8. Ta Da!! You’ve made fluffy slime.
  9. Now it’s time to play!
    Dump the slime on to a clean surface- squish it, squeeze it, and stretch it! There are tons of ways to play with Fluffy Slime.
    –  Use a straw to blow bubbles. Put one end of the straw into the slime and make sure the entire end is surrounded by slime. Now, blow!
    –  Fluffy Slime can also be boosted by including some fun additions like glitter, tiny plastic figurines, googly eyes and so much more!
  10. When you are done playing, the fluffy slime can be stored in a plastic bag.
  11. Don’t forget to clean up!

 

Making a Mess Is the Best!

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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.

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Garden Stepping Stone Project

Garden Stepping Stone Project

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

Your child 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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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.

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Rainy Day Art Projects

Rainy Day Art Projects

Is bad weather keeping your kids indoors?

Kidcreate to the rescue! Keep boredom at bay with these fun art projects.

 

Artist Inspired Projects . . . 

 

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

Click here to go to blog post.

 

Escher Tessellations

Click here to go to blog post.

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Cassatt Monoprints

Click here to go to blog post.

 

Fireworks Reflection

Click here to go to blog post.

 

Action Painting (Jackson Pollock)

Click here to go to blog post.

 

Magnificent Monet

Click here to go to blog post.

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Messy Time Projects . . . 

Homemade Model Magic

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 This Putty is so Silly. . . Homemade Silly Putty

Click here to go to blog post.

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

Click here to go to blog post.

  

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

Click here to go to blog post.

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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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Fireworks Reflection

Fireworks Reflection


The Fourth of July and
Art Are a Perfect Combination!

This 4th of July, squeeze in some messy art fun! Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to create a magical sky-scape full of fireworks that look like they are reflecting on water.

 

 Materials Needed:

  • Art paper
  • Washable markers
  • Colored construction paper
  • School glue
  • Small container for water
  • Paper towel

Directions: 

1. Start by thinking about all the amazing and massive fireworks you have seen. What colors are they? How big are they? Do they have any special details?

2. Now that we’ve thought about our favorite fireworks, begin by folding your art paper in half the long way (horizontally). Keep the paper folded and draw fireworks on the top half of the page. Make sure to fill up the entire space and have a few of the fireworks touch the edges of the page.

 

 

3. Next, unfold the paper, then refold the paper (horizontally again) so that this time the the drawn side is on the inside, facing down on to the blank half of the sheet.

4. Now is when we get a little messy! Wet a folded paper with a damp paper towel, like you are applying a temporary tattoo. Don’t miss a spot! Peel up the edges every now and then to make sure the colors are transferring.

 

 

5. Be super careful and unfold the paper. Set aside your masterpiece to dry on a table. Make sure that you are setting the damp paper on a washable surface, because some color may come through as the piece dries.

 

 

6. Once it is dry, frame with construction paper to finish your masterpiece!

 

 

 

 

 

For fun facts about reflections and
the 4th of July, click the links below –

Reflection Facts on Kiddle

4th of July Facts on kidskonnect

 

 

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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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