FUN Things To Do

Stay Home, Work Safe new normal FUN things to do with your family.

Bubble Refill Station – Add 12 cups of water, 1 cup of dish soap, 1 cup of cornstarch, 2 tbsp baking powder.

Cute idea for a birthday party…now go out and make some bubbles!!

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ART projects here for you to use with your kiddos with things you have at home to help you get through this time and encourage creativity.

Pudding Painting for TODDLERS🎨🎨🎨 – This activity is perfect for your tiny ones! One year to 3 years old will love this!! A safe edible way to encourage creativity!! Finger paint shapes, alphabet and numbers!

What you will need:

Vanilla pudding

Variety of food coloring

Wax paper

Tape

Baby wipes

Instructions: Pre mix 3-6 colors of vanilla pudding with different colored food dye. Set aside. Tape wax paper to either the table where your toddler will sit or on the high chair tray.

Scoop the colored pudding on the wax paper and let your tiny tot explore finger painting, making shapes, letters or numbers.

Don’t worry about them eating it! A thorough bath is required after🤣

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Lines and Tracks – This is a wonderful activity to talk about different LINES in ART! (Straight, curved, diagonal, zig zag, wavy, etc.) Take your time talking about and looking at how vehicles leave tracks and travel in lines. What tracks and lines can YOU make? Where are you going ?

What you will need:
Toy cars and vehicles (hot wheels, trucks, trains)
Acrylic craft paint, variety of colors
Paper
Paper plates

Instructions: Place paint (Oreo size) in plates One color per plate. Choose a vehicle and color dip your vehicle inside that color paint. Take your vehicle and roll it across the paper creating lines and tracks in different varieties. You can layer for a more textured and exciting piece of art. Experiment with different vehicles and colors!!

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Rubber Band Art – This is a fantastic project for ANY age!! Super cool and mimics wood block printing!!

What you will need:
Rubber bands or string
Small boxes, containers, chip board or wood blocks
Paper
Water color or food dye
Sponges
Styrofoam plates or shallow cups

Instructions: Take a small box, container or wood block and wrap a piece of paper around it then secure it with rubber bands. The more rubber bands the better and make sure your rubber bands are wrapped around in different directions. If you don’t have rubber bands secure the piece of paper by wrapping string around it in different directions. Set aside.

In the shallow cups, mix a handful of colors using your food color or water color. Make some of the colors very light and some of the colors very saturated and dark.

Next take your sponges and dip it in a color, then squeeze excess out and sponge the color on to the wrapped block in different areas . Repeat with different colors.

Remove the rubber bands and VOILA!! Straighten out your work and let it dry flat.

Do several and make a series!!

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Straw Art/Cherry Blossom Tree

What you will need:
Black; ink, water color, acrylic or food dye watered down
Straws
Paper
Pink and red ; watercolor or acrylic
Small cups
Medicine droppers

Instructions: Take a small cup and make a watery solution of your paint of choice in black. Make sure it’s dark but not thick. Place aside.

Tape your paper down to your work service or inside a tray. Use the dropper to put a quarter size drop of ‘ink’ at the bottom of your paper. Take a straw and BLOW the ink upwards in different directions to create branches. You may need to strategically add more ‘ink’ in different places to complete your tree.

After it dries, use your fingers, cotton balls, Q Tips or brushes to add cherry blossoms.

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Blooming Spring Trees – This is a super fun project to talk about the changing of seasons an using unconventional means to make ART!

Take your time talking about and looking at how the trees are changing for spring . Study the random and natural growth and lines of trees.

Use the paint in brown, black or green and paint the branches of a tree. Have fun and remember- trees are all completely different and not perfect . (Nice metaphor for people:)

What you will need:
Paper
Acrylic craft paint (brown, black green and pinks and reds)
A variety of plastic water and soda bottles
Paint brushes
Paper plates

Instructions: Place paint (Oreo size) in plates in reds and pinks. One color per plate.

Choose a bottle and place the bottom of the bottom in a paint color and use it to stamp on the tree branch creating a flower. You can make thicker clusters or spread them out.

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Vegetable Printing

What you will need:
Cut in half bell pepper (seeded), raw broccoli florets, lemon sliced in half, apple sliced in half.
Acrylic craft paint
Paper
Paper plates

Instructions: Apply Oreo size paint on each plate, one color per plate to avoid mixing colors.
Take your cut in half veggies and fruits and place them in the paint covering the cut service. Press paint covert side down on the paper firmly for five seconds then lift. Experiment with different colors.
The broccoli is great for making texture with the top of the floret.
Turn your stamped images into flowers or other objects. Be creative!

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Jelly Fish – Hang these beauties in windows, bathrooms or bedrooms to create a fun beachy vibe!!

What you will need:
Paper plates (non plastic or Styrofoam) or larger coffee filters
Food dye, watercolor or markers
Variety of string, yarn and ribbon.
Paint brushes
Water in a spray bottle

Instructions: Punch a hole through the center of the paper plate or coffee filters. If you are using coffee filters, double them. Use a spray bottle of water to lightly mist the paper plate or coffee filter . You want them moist, not wet.
Use your wet brushes to apply either the water color or food dye. When you do, it should ‘bleed’ making a watercolor, tie dye effect.

Set aside and let dry. While these are drying, begin to cut; string, yarn, ribbon into 12-18 in strands in a group of 10-12. (Thinner material will work better)

Take one end of the group of string and yarn and make a knot with at least half an inch of the bundle remaining above the knot. Tie one string above the knot, around the frayed remaining bundle. Thread the one string through the coffee filter or coffee filter so the strings car hanging from underneath the paper plate or coffee filters and you do not see the knot. Once you do this, you can secure the knot underneath the paper plate or coffee filters with a little bit of glue.

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Marble Art Project – If you have boys- this is GREAT!! This is also a great project to incorporate science and movement!

What you will need:

Regular sized baking sheet
White paper (any size that fits inside the baking sheet)
Marbles or small rubber balls
3-5 different color acrylic craft paint
Tape
Old T-shirt -acrylic is water based but will ruin clothing if not treated immediately.

Instructions: Tape your paper down inside the baking sheet- corners and sides. Squirt 3-5 different colors on your paper (Oreo cookie size:) on your paper. You can place the paint together , apart, in a line- have fun, be creative and experiment. Using the primary colors blue yellow and red is a great way to show your child how to mix the secondary colors.

Place multiple marbles on the paper and paint. Gently pick up the tray and tilt it back and forth, front and back making the marbles roll through the paint and make ‘trails’ . A few marbles make fewer ‘trails’ and many create many ‘trails’.

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Fork Painting – This is a super fun project to talk and learn about texture!

What you will need;
Variety of forks- plastic or metal
Variety colors of acrylic craft paint
Styrofoam plates
Paper

Instruction:

Place different paint colors on your paper plates, quarter size, 3-4 colors per plate.

Try flowers!! Drag your fork through the paint and first try stamping the fork image on your paper in a variety of places. Let dry then paint stems.

Next try a sunflower by dragging from the center out!

Make a funny fuzzy animal using google eyes if you have them!

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

Half Image Art – This is a challenging project for the medium to advanced art student. 5th grade-high school. This is a great lesson for; memory, symmetry, A-symmetry and balance.

What you will need:
Magazines- any kind
No. 2 Pencils and erasers
Colored pencils
Glue sticks
Scissors
Paper

Instructions: Go through your magazines and choose 3 images. Of a full face of a human or animal face to begging with. Once you find an image you like, carefully tear it out and cut it in half.

Take one half of the image (either half, doesn’t matter) and glue it securely to your paper . Put away the other half of the image where you can’t see it.

Begin with regular pencil and start to sketch the missing half using only the image on the paper as your guide.

Once you feel you are done- use colored pencils to color the missing half to match .

Smaller children can use basic animal faces.

Hope you enjoy!!🎨🎨

Courtesy of Robyn Crowell

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Nine virtual garden tours to do from home

Here are nine free virtual garden tours, from the UK and abroad, that can help beat the self-isolation blues. You can still get a garden fix from the safety of your own home:

  1. National Trust’s Hidcote – Take the tour here
  2. Highgrove Gardens – all available to tour online here
  3. Waddeson Manor Gardens – You can now view the gardens online too, complete with a relaxing piano soundtrack, here
  4. Chiswick House & Gardens – naturalistic landscape here  and  house tour here
  5. Kew Gardens – Try and spot them all here
  6. RHS Wisley – Take a look here
  7. Birmingham Botanic Gardens – Explore the Garden Suite here
  8. Monet’s garden at Giverny – View the garden here
  9. United States Botanic Garden – Take a virtual wander here

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Coloring pages for adults and kids

These coloring pages are great for kids and adults! We are never too old to color 🙂