Oct 31, 2012

Craft Lab: Horrorgami


Spooky origami, perfect for Halloween!

Art Project: Horrorgami
square paper

Oct 30, 2012

NeedleReads: Infinity Scarves

Circle scarf, Infinity scarf, scarf-lace (as opposed to necklace).... call it what you want, this accessory is all the rage and is almost as easy to sew as it is to wear!

Sewing Project: Bias-Cut Infinity Scarves
fabric with a good drape (knits, crepes, etc.  anything soft and flowy will work well)
Cutting mats (the larger the better, best if they have the 45-degree angle line marked clearly)
rotary knives
large rulers
iron (somewhat optional)
this measurement guide  with options for short (headband size!), medium and long scarves

Oct 25, 2012

Toddler Art Class: Pumpkin Prints

 Who needs paintbrushes when you've got gourds?

Art Project:  Painting with Pumpkins
a variety of mini-pumpkins and other winter squash
cardboard or heavy paper

cover art Five little pumpkins /  

Music to make art by: 

Oct 13, 2012

Toddler Art: Soggy Chalk Drawings


Adding water to chalk makes especially bright marks on dark paper (also, spray bottles are F-U-N!).

Art Project:  Soggy Chalk Drawings
colored chalk (we used "artist's chalk" in class, but sidewalk chalk works just as well and is often better suited for small hands)
dark construction paper
spray bottles, sponges, paintbrushes

  cover art
Night lights / Gal, Susan

Music to make art by: 

cover art

Oct 3, 2012

Toddler Art: Milk Painting

Your kitchen cupboard holds the ingredients for a fabulous (and tasty) paint!

Art Project: Milk Paint
sweetened condensed milk
food coloring
shallow bowls
lightweight cardboard (or heavyweight paper)
regular paint (in case of kids with dairy allergies)
wet wipes!


cover art Kitten's first full moon / Henkes, Kevin
Music to make art by:  
cover art Catch the moon [sound recording] / Loeb, Lisa

Toddler Art Class: Water Painting

Painting with water on stone, a Zen art form that delights toddlers!

Art Project:  Water Painting 
slate tiles (I used 6" squares found at a local home improvement store in packs of 4 for $3.50)
paintbrushes of various sizes
cotton balls
cotton swabs (Q-tips)
shallow bowls
cardboard or paper bags (optional)


cover art 

Puddle jumping : a book about bravery / Quay, Emma  

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