Showing posts with label Rainbow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rainbow. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Beach Craft for Kids: Painting Seashells with Children


This post first appeared on my blog in 2009. Many of you weren't reading my blog then so I wanted to bring back this little gem from my archives. Enjoy!  Here is a link to the original post

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kaleidograph - Paper Kaleidoscope Toy to Explore Geometry, Color, and Pattern in the Palm of Your Hand!

Sponsored Post: We received free products to write this review. As always, all opinions are my own and truthful. 
The girls and I were recently sent some sets of Kaleidograph cards to play with 
from our good friends at Red Hen Books and Toys. 
This colorful, sophisticated, and simple "game" is so much fun for visual arts junkies like myself. 
The girls loved it too, so pretty and no two designs are alike -- like a rainbow snowflake! 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tween Craft: Stained Glass Effect Easter Eggs with Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint

This year, we decided to get fancy with our (fake) Easter Egg decorating and we made our own stained-glass-effect Easter Eggs with markers and Tulip brand dimensional fabric paint. Note: This is not a sponsored post, I just really like to use Tulip brand dimensional fabric paint for 3-D and mixed media projects. It has been my go-to  "puffy" paint for this kind of stuff for years! I buy mine at Walmart but you can find it at any craft store in the t-shirt decorating and fabric paint area. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Kitchen Counter Science With Kids: Rainbow Baking Soda Fizzies! #kitchencounterscience


The girls and I decided to preform some kitchen counter science experiments
with simple ingredients from our kitchen pantry. We got out our favorite kitchen science ingredients: 
Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Food Coloring. 
We have been trapped inside with head colds and cold winter weather and needed 
some simple, homemade Rainbow entertainment! This was a fun and colorful boredom buster. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kitchen Counter Science with Kids: Rainbow Celery Experiment #kitchencounterscience



We are back!! With St. Patrick's Day around the corner (also known as Rainbow week at our house!)
the girls and I decided to do some kitchen counter science experiments 
and make Rainbow Celery this past weekend! We love anything "Rainbow" around here and this project was 
as simple as it gets and fun for our whole family to watch. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sewing With Kids: Cross-Stitched Portrait Gift


My oldest daughter, "E" has been learning how to cross-stitch. 
She really enjoys it and likes to sit with it as a way to unwind. 
She also enjoys knitting but that's something she does on her own because I don't know how to knit! 

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Head Back To School With DIY Personalized School Supplies and Gear!


FALL and Back to School -- It's my favorite time of the year! 
The stores are full of new school supplies and it's time for kids to head back to the classroom.
I love new office supplies and this always feels like the start of a fresh, new year
to me (not that silly holiday called "New Year's Eve"!)

I love adding a personalized touch to store-bought goodies
and wanted to share a round up of some of our favorite projects from the past
to get those creative juices flowing and give you and your kids some 
ideas for new ways to add a personalized twist to your back-to-school supplies and gear!



Wrap pencils or pens with a bit of washi tape to add some color
 and stand out from the crowd!


Makeover boring school supplies.
Give folders, notebooks, glue bottles, and even glue sticks a makeover 
with Washi tape in cute patterns and colors!


Add some store-bought or custom DIY Stickers to a boring composition notebook.
It's not so boring anymore!


Makeover a boring/plain metal lunch box from the craft store with 
Sharpies (permanent markers) or Washi Tape! 


Make your own Shrinky Dink key chains to embellish backpacks and jacket zipper-pulls. 


Customize your Sneakers with your favorite colors using Sharpies!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea


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Friday, July 19, 2013

Mark Rothko Inspired ATC Color Studies


Kids are home for the summer and they're bored. 
Why not explore some great artists with them and create art inspired by their style?
Looking at the work of a famous artist is a great jumping off point for experimenting with different styles, material, and techniques in a low-pressure way. 

ATCs (or Artist Trading Cards) are tiny pieces of art the size of a baseball card (2.5" x 3.5".) 
ATCs are a great way for kids to explore and make art on a small scale. 
It also allows them to experiment with a variety of techniques quickly. 
They can create as many pieces of art as they want without taking up a lot of room! 


ATCs are fun to trade with friends, family members, neighbors, and classmates too. 
We store our ATCs in plastic baseball card sheet protectors in a three-ring binder. 

I made these Mark Rothko inspired color study ATCs with my daughter's 4th grade class this spring.
We began by reviewing a portfolio of Mark Rothko's art work. 
We talked about his life and work and discussed his use of "color fields." 
I also talked to them about ATCs and showed them some examples.
ATCs are meant to be exchanged and traded so the kids knew 
they would be sharing their artwork with each other. 


Then, we cut up white coffee filters from the grocery store into 2.5" x 3.5" rectangles. 
To make the color field, color three colored bands on the coffee filter 
(carefully so you don't rip the paper) with water soluble markers. 
We used Crayola and Rose Art markers. 


Then, they sprayed their coffee filters with a few squirts of water from a small spray bottle.
We worked on top of some newspapers to soak up the excess. 

You don't need a lot of water, the water will spread and bleed with the colors. 
If the colors aren't blending, add a bit more water. 



NOTE: We also had some white card-stock ATCs (that were pre-cut) 
to mount our coffee filters on -- just glue the coffee filter on with a glue stick when it's dry. 
The kids signed the back of the card-stock cards not the coffee filters. 



Want more art lesson ideas? 
If you are looking for more ways to explore great artists with your kids this summer, 
check out my best-selling e-book series packed with simple supply lists, 
step-by-step directions, photos of real student's artwork, 
and a simple art history lesson (script) about each artist. 

Warmly,
 Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Favorite Rainbow Themed Activities, Crafts, Snacks, and Art Projects and Linky Party!



As we've been trudging through these dreary, gray days of winter, 
my mind keeps wandering to spring and beautiful rainbows! 
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite Rainbow themed posts from the blog
 to brighten your days and kick off the start of Spring. 
I hope they bring you some colorful ideas! 


You can start by filling your window sills with rainbows - 
make a dyed noodle Rainbow Sun Catcher Craft  (2009) to brighten your days. 

Make a Waldorf Window Star with kite paper in Rainbow Colors! 


Some fun bath time or water table play always keeps my girls entertained.
Try making some tub toys of your own by cutting shapes out of colored Craft Foam.

Rainbow Bath Toys Craft Foam Bath Toy

If it's cold and wintery outside, 
go make some Rainbow Ice (just add food coloring to water)
and freeze it in ice cube trays, bowls, cups, or balloons!

Colored Ice Cubes

add some food coloring or kool-aid to spray bottles. 
(look how little "E" was in this picture -- that sure is an old post!)



Why not EAT a rainbow? 
Make a colorful snack for your kids.
You could make fruit salad, fruit kabobs, or 
a veggie plate with all of the colors of the rainbow. 


We set this one up at my daughter's Rainbow themed birthday party a few years ago. 
I colored Sprite with food coloring - Red, Blue, and Yellow
so the kids could pour it into cups and mix their own favorite colors (Green, Orange, and Purple)! 
Fun for grown-ups too. 
Better yet, throw a Rainbow Themed Party.
Make some Rainbow Jello! (2010)


Wear a Rainbow!


Add some rainbows to your sneakers (2010)
or...
Make your own Rainbow Necklace with Rainbow Cereal.
Invite a friend over and have your own mini Rainbow Fun Camp! (2009)


Get Crafty With Rainbows!


If it's warm enough outside, whip up a batch of 
with cornstarch, food coloring, and water. 


They are a beautiful addition to 
tote bags, grocery bags, and backpacks! 


Make some Rainbow Colored Glue! (2011)


Make a Yarn Wrapped Color Wheel. (2012)


Whip up a batch of my 
Kool-Aid Rainbow Play Dough

Rainbow Rice Sensory Box

and then use some Rainbow Colored Rice to make your own 


DIY Eye Spy Bottle

You can also check out my E-book Rainbow Fun 
for these ideas and even more Crafts, Games, and Songs
in an easy to read downloadable PDF format - perfect for your iPad or home computer!


Happy Rainbow Making! 
Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea


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Crafts, Snacks, Parties, and Activities!
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Favorite St. Patrick's Day Crafts and Activities For Kids Linky Party


I've shared my favorite St. Patty's day activities with you all week.

Today I'm inviting YOU to share YOUR favorite 
St. Patrick's Day themed Crafts and Activities for Kids
in my first 
Favorite St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids Linky.

These can be activities or crafts for the home or classroom, 
preschool and school aged children's activities are welcome. 
Rainbow activities (my favorite) work well with this theme too!
This Linky Party will be open until St. Patrick's day, March 17th, 2013 
so we can all get lots of fun new ideas from each other! 

I can't wait to see what you've been up to - so link up your best posts 
with printables, cute snack recipes, sensory boxes, crafts, and more!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea



Thursday, March 7, 2013

Top 10 Favorite St. Patrick's Day Activities and Crafts for Kids

Pink and Green Mama Blog St. Patrick's Day

Today I'm sharing a round-up of our favorite past 10 Pink and Green Mama projects
 with a St. Patrick's day or Rainbow theme to help you get some creative ideas
 for how to celebrate the upcoming holiday with your own children or students! 
These are easy activities with supplies you may already have in your craft room or kitchen 
and quite do-able at the last minute! 





Rainbow Noodle Craft


Pink and Green Mama Blog St. Patrick's Day Peg Dolls

(perfect for sensory boxes and small world play!)

St. Patrick's Day Snack


Pink and Green Mama Blog Rainbow Activity


Pink and Green Mama Blog St. Patrick's Day






Enjoy the holiday with your kids.
We will be hosting a birthday party that afternoon, 
but I expect we will still find some green leprechaun pee in the toilets!

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama 
MaryLea

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