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Make a Stop Motion Video

A few weeks ago, our local library offered a class for 8-12 year olds. The topic: How to Make a Stop Motion Video with Legos. My son went to the class with a friend, and he’s still making movies! I didn’t know it at the time, but Lego has a free app for iPads, iPods, and iPhones. Download the app, and your child can

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Create It With Sculpey!

Sometimes our days are so busy, it seems like there’s not enough time to get everything done. But then other days have a slower pace. While I welcome those kinds of days, it usually leaves my son saying, “What can I do?” Fortunately, we’ve found a creative answer to that question – modeling with Sculpey! Sculpey is a type of polymer clay that you

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Celebrating with Fall Crafts

We live near the mountains, so it’s no wonder fall is such a special time of the year. I love everything about it: bundling up in the cooler weather (but not too cold), seeing the brilliant colors on the trees, taking trips to go apple picking, drinking warm cider, and watching the vegetable stands fill up with the fall harvest. There are lots of

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Art Contests for Kids

Art Contests for Kids Do your kids love art? Did you know there are a number of art contests for kids online? Most are free to enter, and some give away really great prizes. My children have entered several online contests – and even won a few!  The prizes they received included ribbons, certificates, and gift cards. If you’re looking for some art contests

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Drawing with Chalk

Usually, when we think about kids using chalk, we picture them drawing flowers or butterflies on a sidewalk or driveway. They might mark out a hopscotch board and play a game or two. But there are a lot more ways to have fun with chalk, especially if your child loves making crafts. Drawing with Chalk These days, you can create a chalkboard-like surface almost

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Fandex Field Guides

One of my favorite tools for learning with my kids is our Fandex Field Guides. These guides aren’t in the typical book format; rather, each “page” is in the shape of a bookmark with a colorful image at the top. Below the image are interesting facts and other information about the topic. All of the pages are fastened together at the bottom so they

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Easy Paper Mache: Paint it!

By this point, the paper mache sculpture should have taken shape! If there are some rough edges where the paper wasn’t firmly pressed down, you can smooth them out with a piece of sandpaper. Even better, show your child how to do it. Just have him rub it over the sculpture until he’s satisfied with the texture. Supplies Now it’s time to paint! Here’s what

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Easy Paper Mache: Mache It!

The term “ paper mache ” refers to using paper and a mixture of glue and water to form something that hardens as it dries. For this project, you don’t need any glue – just flour and water will do! It’s is a great project for children who are tactile learners, love textures, or love getting messy! What You’ll Need Newspaper Flour Water Large

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Easy Paper Mache: Forming the Sculpture

It’s messy, it’s fun, it’s paper mache! Here’s an easy way to make paper mache projects that even younger children can do with a little help. You can even make your own paper mache sculpture! Paper Mache Process The whole process takes a while, mostly because of drying time in between putting on the layers of paper mache.  The first step, though, is forming

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Creating Art Like Grandma Moses

Grandma Moses Anna Robertson Moses, also known as Grandma Moses, started painting in her 70s when she could no longer embroider. She sold her early pieces at the county fair and in a local drug store. Her works were displayed in the store’s window, where an art collector saw them and bought every one. He set up her first exhibition when she was 79,

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