Drawing With Charcoal: Sand Dollars

Charcoal is a great art medium to introduce with children. You can draw anything with charcoal – people, landscapes, animals, plants, buildings – but remember that the finished product will only have dark shades for colouring, with highlights of lighter areas. It’s great for showing the contrast between light and dark areas and the finished product can be quite striking. […]

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Mixed Media Art Project

Mixed Media Collaborative Painting: I have been wanting to do a collaborative mixed media art project with my kids for a long time but we just never got around to it. But when self-isolation due to COVID-19 was in effect we had the perfect opportunity. We already had a large canvas and I gathered up art supplies that we already […]

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Winter Salt Art Paintings: Birds

One of my favourite art activities involves combining watercolour paint (or in this case, blue food colouring and water), and salt. It creates a beautiful frosty effect that is perfect for Winter themed art. I chose birds for the theme for this project, but it could work equally as well with drawings of Arctic animals, animals that hibernate, or a […]

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Leaf Art

Leaf Art Autumn is a great season for crafts!  Treasures found outside in Autumn, such as leaves, pincecones, and twigs, can easily be used for a wide variety of crafts.  I love exploring outdoors with children and watching them discover the wonders of nature. This Leaf Art activity is an annual favourite of both teachers and children and can be done with […]

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Piet Mondrian Paintings

Piet Mondrian Paintings Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), was a Dutch painter with varying styles, but he is probably most well-known for his abstract geometric style.  The bold black lines, square and rectangular shapes, and bright primary colours make the style visually appealing to children of all ages, and easy for them to reproduce.  I have done this lesson with children in […]

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Mosaic Art

Mosaic Art The preparation for this art lesson was a bit time-consuming. Cutting out so very many small squares of construction paper – by hand – was difficult.  But worth it! The students loved this art activity.  It allowed them to sit and create on their own terms, with no direct instructions or expectations.  Each piece was unique.  🙂 Before […]

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Author: Donald Crews

Donald Crews My children are huge fans of the Donald Crews book, Freight Train. Inspired by just this, we headed off to the library and picked up a stack of new Donald Crews books to discover. We were not disappointed!  The simple, yet captivating storyline of Freight Train, is also seen in all of his other books.  Crews has a wide […]

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Discovery Bottle

Discovery Bottle A soothing discovery bottle is a great addition to a Calm Down Box, or can be used alone.  They are a great tool for children who are upset or frustrated and need a bit of time alone to help regulate their emotions.  Watching all of the small items swirl around and all the glitter slowly settle to the […]

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