Painting & Drawing

Watercolour Painting

Painting with Roll-on Deodorant Bottles

Recycle roll-on deodorant bottles by turning them into roll-on painting bottles for toddlers to make mess-free art! My son has a curious fascination with vessels. In a store, he often eyes the shelves with straw cups, flasks, and bottles longingly, never giving up...

Painting Watercolour Hearts with Kids

Use resist to make personalized watercolour hearts for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day. The craft is surprisingly easy and fun for kids! The interesting thing about watercolours is sometimes you can patiently work with them for hours to create a picture and it will...

Snowy Town: Easy Watercolour Painting Project

Learn how to paint a snowy town with watercolours in a simple and fun way that appeals to children. This technique introduces masking tape as a useful tool in watercolour painting. Learning a new painting technique is fun for kids, and it's even better when the...

Acrylic/Tempera/Gouache Painting

Christmas Silhouette Painted Rocks with Printable Designs

Decorate rocks with magical Christmas silhouettes and a snowy sky! Santa Claus in a sleigh, reindeer, a winter forest and children playing in the snow - it's a great selection for a festive rock painting project. Don't feel confident doing freehand drawing? Get the...

How to Paint a Space Pumpkin for Halloween

If your kids aren't old enough to carve pumpkins, try making these no-carve painted space pumpkins for Halloween! It's strange how it never occurred to me before that we could paint pumpkins for Halloween. Of course, carving is fun! But it's a lot more fun when it...

Painting Space Leaves with a Sponge

Have you tried painting leaves? It's a very simple autumn art project. The leaves I painted this autumn look as if they blew in on a cosmic wind. When I choose a new project, it's often just a simple curiosity as to how a certain craft can be made. Summer brought...

Drawing & Doodling

Printable Nature Journal with Creative Prompts for Kids

Learn how to start a nature journal with kids using a free printable template that offers ten creative prompts. It is a perfect nature STEM activity for kids as it encourages them to go outside, explore nature scientifically, then record their nature finds...

Robot Math: Printable Game of Art & Geometric Shapes for Kids

Robot Math is a printable game that challenges children to draw while working on simple geometry – shape drawing and recognition. Roll a die and see what kind of robot you will draw. My son loves to draw, but math isn't currently his strong suit. In order for him to...

Monster Math: Printable Game of Art and Numbers for Kids

Monster Math is a printable game that challenges children to draw while working on simple math - counting, number writing and recognition. Roll a die and see what kind of monster you will draw. My son loves to draw. He also enjoys building, crafting and even writing....

Printable Crafts

Free Printable Autumn Dress-Up Paper Doll

Get these printable dress-up paper dolls ready for the fall with a free printable template of bright autumn clothes! Autumn is here, and our printable paper dolls need warmer clothes, so I was happy to oblige. I have mixed feelings about autumn. The first yellow leaf...

Pirate Dress-Up Paper Dolls: Free Printable Craft

Dress up these free printable paper dolls as pirates and throw a pirate party for kids! It's really a bit of a mystery how pirates, as rugged and violent bunch as they are, gained so much popularity! My guess is, they offer an escape to all the people who dream of...

School Uniforms Around the World: Printable Dress-Up Paper Dolls

Explore cultural diversity with kids by getting our printable paper dolls ready for school and dressing them up in a variety of school uniforms around the world! It is always fascinating to learn what is different about life in other parts of the world. Ever since I...

Sculpting

DIY Kid-Designed Keychains

I love kid's drawings, and I have always found it fascinating to see how crafters and small companies make kid's drawings into personalized keychains or kid-designed stuffed toys. This year, for Mother's and Father's day gifts, we did it too! Our first experiment...

Textile Crafts

Make Emoji Craft: Needle Felting for Kids

If you want to try a new craft with older kids and tweens, consider needle felting! Using pompoms, wool and felting needles, they will create a cute woollen emoji craft that can later be used for decorating backpacks. While the popularity of emojis with kids remains...

How to Start Needle Felting: Tools & Techniques

If you like acquiring new crafts or always wanted to try needle felting in particular, this is a tutorial to get you started. Included are my recommendations for basic needle felting tools and a few simple needle felting techniques to try! Even though I like trying...

Frog Life Cycle Pom Pom Craft for Nature Studies

Illustrate the frog life cycle with pom poms and pipe cleaners by making pom pom frogs, tadpoles and eggs!  At first, a pom pom frog was just a simple craft to do with kids, but we were quite impressed with the potential of pipe cleaner articulation and ended up...

Nature Crafts

DIY Fairy Doors from Painted Rocks

Make fairy doors from painted rocks, and turn any old tree trunk into a magical fairy house! People like to hide - and find -  painted rocks because they stand out as something unusual. But what if a rock, while still painted and unusual, became a part of the...

Painted Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Rocks

If you like painting rocks, here is a fun autumn craft for you and the kids - turn rocks into jack-o-lantern pumpkins! I don't grow pumpkins every year; it's every other year with me. That's how it goes: one year, I get inspired to plant pumpkins and marvel at their...

Nature Art Prompts: Birds

These six nature art prompts encourage artists of all ages to finish the ink drawings of birds with natural materials. Collaborate with nature and create gorgeous pictures! Making collaborative art is always an enriching experience. And this pack invites artists of...

Crafts from Recyclables

Fairy Lanterns from Mason Jars

Turn mason jars into a set of fairy lanterns with frolicking silhouettes of enchanted creatures! Update! You can watch a video of me making lanterns here. The post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Two years ago, I made a set of Halloween and Christmas...

Stained Glass Heart Suncatcher

Make a stained glass heart suncatcher with kids! It's surprisingly easy, with nothing but black glue, sharpie markers and some recyclables. My kids and I really enjoy the process of making suncatchers with black glue. First of all, they really are easy and cheap to...

Romantic Evening Mason Jar Lanterns

Upcycle mason jars and turn them into a set of lanterns with romantic printable silhouettes set against the background of a purple sky at twilight. Perfect for atmospheric decor, for a date-at-home, Valentine's Day, or a wedding! Three years ago, I made sets of...

Other Crafts

Black Glue Stained Glass Art

Make imitation stained glass with black glue! Try this unique craft technique with kids and create numerous window decorations and suncatchers. I've tried many different ways of making imitation stained glass. I have never tried the real thing, true, what with all my...

Space Stained Glass Suncatchers

For kids who are interested in the cosmos, make these stained glass space suncatchers from... plastic plates! I enjoyed experimenting with my stained glass paints, and I wanted to share the experience with my young artist. The only problem, the stained glass paints we...

Stained Glass Space Painting

Learn how to paint space with stained glass paints in a simple way! This technique works for creating beautiful abstract wall art and decorating craft projects. Birthdays and Christmas approaching, my family usually ask me at some point. "Any ideas on what you'd like...

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