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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.

Summer STEAM fun!

This summer we have been TRYING to have lots of fun while still staying ready for school next year. It has been a balancing act, mostly for Mommy. Let’s face it, summer is one of our only times to slow down in the entire year. So while Mommy wants to keep these kids sharp, focused, and ready for next year Mommy also wants to sleep in and lay by the pool or swim and do handstands too! But I have tried. And trying is the best. This month we wanted to share with you a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mechanics) activity that we tried. I found this awesome tutorial at Little Bins for Little Hands. This great activity teaches it all. It is a fun artistic endeavor that allows kids to learn by doing. It also is a fun activity that lets kids explore through play. Which is a win-win in my book. This simple Kaleidoscope lets kids learn how to build, design, and complete a task. It is fun, artistic, and creative. STEAM fun We loved working on these together. The kids each had a very different kaleidoscope than their siblings. Even though we made them all together everyone made their own unique design. Then we took them outside to see them work in bright light, shaded light, and back in the house with no light. It was a lot of fun and very simple to accomplish. Now I feel as if I have helped them to hone their STEAM skills and I didn’t sacrifice my fun time for summer. be sure to head on over to Little Bins for Little Hands for the full tutorial, and be sure to check out their other great fun activities that teach through play!