If you've wanted to do some dyeing with your kids but are maybe a little confused with all the techniques available and which one to choose, well, Rachael Rabbit has done the work for you! She experimented with Kool-Aid, Easter egg dye, tissue paper and Tulip liquid dye and shares the results and how-to's.
It's always amazing how simple paper crafts can look so complicated. This paper planet tutorial at Babble Dabble Do will fascinate kids and adults with how easy they are to make and ooh and ahh at the spectacular results.
The book is divided into six sections; the first one is all about setting up your art space and a list and discussion of materials. The next five sections cover the techniques of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed media.
Susan's many years of experience teaching art shine through in the helpful tips scattered throughout the book and the organization of the lessons. Each lab begins with a list of materials and then has step-by-step directions and photos on how to proceed. I really like the "Think First" part of each lab that gives adults and children things to think about before starting their work to get them in the right mindset.
With 52 lessons, this could be your art curriculum if you homeschool or even if you just want to enrich the art curriculum that your child's school provides. The materials are all basic art supplies with a few additions of common items found in the kitchen or office, so, it's very accessible, even to those adults that feel artistically challenged.
As with Art Lab for Kids, prominent artists are featured in each lab to provide inspiration and a great jumping off place to take the lesson further.
Here's an excerpt from Art Lab For Little Kids, Lab 2 Crayon Fun. After you experience coloring on sandpaper, you can transer your images to fabric to enjoy another way! Click on the images to enlarge.
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I love these Fisher-Price inspired polymer clay dolls at Teawagontales! They are wonderful for pretend play or to give as gifts. You could customize them a bit and they would be adorable party favors too!
The two winners of Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing! are Annette who said "I love the first sewing school book. This is sure to be great!" and Stefanie who said "My daughter loves crafts and is now showing interest in sewing! This book would be awesome to help her get started!!" Congratulations!
We're in the thick of summer and sometimes this is when boredom sets in but Salsa Pie has you covered with these wonderful craft videos for kids for PBS on YouTube. There are five so far, and they are all made from materials you probably already have at home. Also, each craft has extended play value; make a boat from plastic water bottles then go float it or make a 1920's flapper-style headband then go dancing the afternoon away. To be alerted everytime a new craft video is posted, just subscribe to the channel!
Summer is the perfect time to have fun with science! Check out Alphabet Glue's special Summer Science issue that includes four different experiments with accompanying book suggestions and reviews. For only $2.50, this downloadable PDF is a great way to have fun and learn something at the same time!