Using Pokemon Cards to Learn to Draw

Pokemon cards* are all the rage at my kids’ elementary school, just as I remember them being popular with some of my younger siblings’ classes. Nine-year-old Emma spent her savings on some cards. They arrived Friday afternoon, and all four kids have been using them as inspiration for drawing all weekend. *This is an affiliate […]

Black Bean Mosaic Art for Kids

Sunday morning, two-year-old Anna asked to get out our black bean sensory bin. She spent an hour or so measuring out beans with a teaspoon and pouring them into a measuring cup. The older kids joined her for a while. Pouring and measuring isn’t quite as fascinating for older kids as it is for two-year-olds, […]

Learning History Through Art

Do you know the story of the Burghers of Calais? In 1347, England had placed the French Port of Calais under siege. The siege lasted for over a year, and the residents were starving. King Edward of England offered to spare their lives if six of their leaders would surrender to him. Eustache de Saint […]

Painting with Kids is Worth the Mess

Painting with kids can be a hassle to set up and a mess to clean up, but painting with kids is worth the mess! My kids have been doing a lot of painting lately. It’s a nice, calm activity that they enjoy outside of school, and it is a fun way for them to get […]

Painting With Kids

I got a few questions about painting with kids after writing my recent post about painting with toddlers and preschoolers, so I thought I would write about how painting works at our house. I find that even kids who stay away from most crafting tend to enjoy paint. Painting is a wonderful sensory experience, involving […]