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Summer Art: Seashell Painting

Are you looking for some simple and fun summer crafts to do at home with your kids? I love simple activities that allow the kids to be creative and have fun without getting bogged down with too many rules and restrictions. I really feel like summer is the chance to learn hands on, to experience the world in its natural state, learn to ride a bike, skateboard, swim, or do a handstand. So much of our kids lives are spent in a classroom behind a desk. Then they get to grow up and be behind a desk some more. Summer is one of the few times in life when the world seems to slow down some and allow for everyone to enjoy the outdoors, pick up a new hobby, or get reacquainted with an old one.

I love the idea of painting and doing an art project, especially one that includes natural items like seashells. Not only does it get the kids creative juices flowing it also gives me an excuse to travel to the beach and let them choose some pieces to work with.

This fun activity can be found at Fantastic Fun and Learning. You can follow the tutorial and learn some easy ways to make these beautiful creations by checking out their original post. My favorite part of this activity was that it allowed the kids to do something different, none of the seashells looked the same. We are even talking about gluing them to a picture frame that will house a picture of us all at the beach together this summer.

Be sure to check out all the other fun ideas at Fantastic Fun and Learning, they have a ton of fun activities for summer!

Butterfly Art Project

Here on the west coast we have had an influx of butterflies. Gorgeous Monarch Butterflies have been migrated through our area all month long. Butterflies, much like birds, take the same route every year in their migration. However, with the incredible rains this year there has been a much larger population than in the past 15 years. Southern Californians have reported seeing tens of thousands more butterflies than in recent years.

The butterflies have made spring feel as if it is truly here to stay in Southern California. Their vibrant colors are brightening our dreary skies and giving us hope for a long and prosperous spring. The superbloom happening all over socal is also helping the butterflies stay beautiful and well fed. The California Poppy has given the monarchs the boldest orange wings. It has been a truly spectacular sight, and has motivated my kids to create equally as beautiful butterflies.

I found this simple butterfly project at Preschool Mom. This simple yet colorful project is the perfect project to brighten up our bland art corner this month. Thank you to the Preschool Mom for such a fabulous idea! The project calls for pastel chalks but would work just as well with regular chalk or even sidewalk chalk. As with most projects we suggest parental supervision and probably an art smock as chalk tends to be messy. You and your little ones will just adore the simplicity and bold colors of this diy butterfly. It will be a great addition to any art wall!

Head on over to the Preschool Mom for the full tutorial!

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Valentine’s Day is over and now St. Patrick’s Day is coming up fast. We are already thinking ahead to crafts all month long. With little kids at home still we find that the best way to entertain is to give them lots of arts and crafts projects. My youngest boy loves a great arts and crafts project, and since he is the last baby we love to make little projects with him to enjoy the last of the fun activities with kids.

This month I am collecting ideas for St. Patrick’s Day. My little man loves rainbows, so this is the perfect time to let him go rainbow crazy. With all of the rain we have been having it is also the perfect time to discuss rainbows and work with them.

This fun project is from The Kindergarten Connection. The Kindergarten Connection has tons of neat learning activities for early childhood, so be sure to check them out! You can find a full tutorial for this project at their website. Rainsticks are so much fun to play with. They create lovely sounds and allow the child to interact with sound, touch, and movement all in one fun craft. This St. Patrick’s Day themed rainstick makes the whole project extra fun.

Be sure to follow the instructions well and be prepared for a bit of a mess. Trust us, it is worth all of the mess.