This week’s activity will hopefully ignite a passion for building in your child. Take plain old drinking straws, pipe cleaners and add a child’s imagination and you get the perfect activity for nurturing a creative mind!
Don’t bother to cut the straws or pipe cleaners for this activity, but rather enjoy the added bonus of being able to re-use this activity indefinitely! We just dismantle and stow away for another day.
My 6 year old excitedly exclaims the name of whatever shape he is working on. He and his sister always start off with triangles, squares Continue reading Design, Create & Build! Pipe Cleaners & Straws
On Thursday, August 27 at 11:00 am, head to the Kamloops Art Gallery for forty-five minutes of fun, mess and exploration with baby-friendly edible art materials. This month, toddlers will get the opportunity to experiment with crayons of all shapes and sizes.
All of the art materials are made using natural pigments and dyes derived from plants, safe for young children who think everything is food. Remember that making art with toddlers is messy—dress in something that you won’t mind getting drawn on.
These classes are FREE for children under three and their parents or Continue reading Fun With Crayons at the Kamloops Art Gallery
Painting using a marble is a fun activity for little kids…or even big kids like me!
My 4 year old randomly gets the urge to paint at various times of the day. Marble painting is a favorite of hers. Here are the steps that I take to make it happen:
First, I look through my messy “craft” cupboard for a canvas board. I typically knock over a neatly organized pile of colouring books as well as a giant box of orphan crayons trying to get one, but I succeed…and contemplate re-organizing the cupboard later. Or not.
Next, I search for a container slightly larger than the canvas. This usually happens by finding a plastic container filled with toys that would otherwise become a floor hazard. I decide to dump the neatly organized toys for now, and promise myself to wash the container after the activity….and hope to find the items that were neatly stored in them later!
Finally, I give my daughter a marble and a couple of containers of paint. My favorite ones come from the Melissa and Doug Poster Paint Set that we got from Tumbleweed Toys. Washable and come in their very own storage case!
Then it’s simply dunk the marble in the paint container, quickly retrieve the marble with a utensil and plop it on the canvas.
My daughter then shakes, rolls and spins the container to allow the marble to do its job of leaving behind fun spirals, lines and splotches!
We repeat with different colours until the painting is just right! Continue reading Crafting With Kids: Marble Painting Fun!
Activities using chalk have been a favorite of ours for a number of years. The kids get to chalk on the back deck, the patio, the driveway and even the bare concrete floor in the basement during the winter months.
We have lots of games in our repertoire and this “Choose Your Own Path” chalk game is one that we have played numerous times. Here is how we play it:
First, find a long section of something you can chalk on, such as a driveway. Next, draw two lines at either end, a start and a finish line. Finally, get each player to select a specific colour of chalk, then get them to draw circles from the start line all the way to the finish line:
You should then have something like this:
Next, have each player take turns selecting a colour then jumping or Continue reading “Choose Your Own Path” Chalk Game
It’s Canada Day and this evening at 10:30 pm there will be a fireworks display in Kamloops to celebrate.
Your kids may want to create their very own fireworks displays tomorrow morning, and this easy craft uses only only glitter, glue and your imagination!
Take black construction paper and using white glue, create the Continue reading Crafting With Kids: Glitter Fireworks Craft