Bubble prints

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This is such fun activity for 3+ year olds. Blowing bubbles is a fun activity in itself. Now imagine adding colors to the bubble liquid and making bubble prints on large size papers. How about making it a group activity. Guaranteed fun!

I did this activity in a jiffy with Ananya and used only couple of colors. She had so much fun. Not just that the bubble blowing is considered a great way to develop those fine and gross motor skills. This activity if done in a group helps build social skills as well.

Mix it up!

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Mix it up by Herve Tullet is a wonderful book that introduces the little ones to the amazing concept of color mixing.

I read Ananya the book and she mixed colors. The combination of book and art is such an amazing idea. A truly hands on experience.

She has asked to do the color mixing activity so many times since this project. I have given her all colors not just the primary colors. A great mix of art and knowledge building.

 

 

Scratch art

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Scratch art is a very easy and fun technique that we can try with kids 3-5 age group. It is a good mix of open ended + technique driven art elements.

Few points to consider:

  1. small note size thick paper
  2. tape the paper
  3. Oil pastels
  4. thin layer of black paint would do
  5. have something sturdy, and pointy for scratching the paper like a pencil, fork, stick

Here are some pictures.

Play dough fun

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Ananya and I made some play dough at home. There is something about homemade play dough. That satisfactory look on your kid’s face. You know how much they love helping you in the kitchen. This time I added few drops of eucalyptus oil. It was  an out and out sensory experience – squishing, kneading, shaping the soft and warm dough, the amazing eucalyptus smell and not to forget the warm pastel colored dough.

Here are some pictures:

Egg carton art project

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This one was another of the no fuss art projects. Ananya was engaged for almost thirty minutes which I think is amazing for a toddler.

You will need

– Egg carton

– Tempera paints (one or more colors. maybe set of rainbow colors.)

– Paint brush

– I even gave her glitter glue.

This is a very open ended project. Maybe mix up some glue with tempera paint and let them paste decorative items (sequins, confetti, stickers, tissue paper etc). It becomes a  Egg carton collage then.

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Once she was done with painting, I gave her glitter glue in squeeze bottles. I also gave her a spoon. After every squeeze, she would mix up all the glue. She enjoyed the process of squeezing and mixing so much!

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Like any other process art project, there is not much of an end product. What matters is the process – having fun painting, squeezing, mixing.

 

Kitchen table art project

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This requires quick set up and minimal requirements

All you need:

– Black construction paper

– White and/or light color paint

– Q-tip, fork, paint brush, spoon.

– Tray (to contain the mess)

The pictures speak for themselves. Ananya spent a good 25 minutes and that helped me to get my cooking started. Whats more is once she was done with this art project she was ready for some independent play. Art does something to her mood.

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Tape resist art

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This is perfect project for toddlers. You can either tape the watercolor paper for the child or let the child do that process as well and then PAINT!

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I love this pic!!

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Once she was done painting, I gave her a toothpick to scribble on the wet paint. She was delighted to see the effect it created.

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See the array of colors.

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Once the paint dried up, I removed the tape.

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Love it!

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This one we did on mother’s day at one of the art play date.

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