Balancing Buddies

Using art and physics, this simple craft plays with an object’s center of gravity to make a fun little toy that surprises and delights little engineers! Throw a ball in the air and gravity pulls it right back down, but not everything falls straight … Continue reading

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Paper Bridges

A bridge is a structure built to span a gap or obstacle without closing the opening underneath.  For example, a bridge may provide passage over a river, a valley or a road.   The design of a bridge varies depending on its function, the terrain of its location, and the construction method and building … Continue reading

Paint Chip Building Blocks

Paint chips are not only an easy way to start exploring the basics of color theory.  They provide a they a great material for creating colorful and sturdy building blocks! Start with a variety of colorful paint chips, showing 7 levels … Continue reading

Paper Columns

Architects and engineers have designed many clever ways to support the walls and roof of a building.  In ancient Greece, the most common supports were columns.  For a column to work properly, it must withstand the force of compression created … Continue reading

Spin Art with Snap Circuits

  Snap Circuits provides excellent interactive lessons in creating electrical circuits through a balance of guided instruction and experimentation.  By following the manual’s clear illustrations and easy-to-follow directions, little engineers use hands-on activities to gaining a valuable understanding of how electrical … Continue reading

Geometric Prints

To engage both my kindergartener and my third grader in an art activity that allows for individual creativity, as well as reviewing a few geometry concepts, we spent the afternoon working on these Geometry Prints and Drawing Prompts. While a kindergartner’s geometry study primarily … Continue reading

Beyond Coloring

In the Montessori educational model, teaching materials build upon each other in a specific sequence that allows for students to learn at their own pace while also addressing the need for order and independence.  A clear example of this is the use of Metal Insets.  For toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary age … Continue reading

Art + Math on the Go

Successful travel with small children takes patience and preparation.   Art and math entertainment can make that time waiting or traveling much more enjoyable for kids and parents alike.  From waiting for restaurant meals to arrive to boarding an airplane for a very long … Continue reading

Exploring Positive & Negative Space – with Valentines!

Exploring Positive & Negative Space – with Valentines!

In February, it seems that so many creative projects for kids gravitate toward making Valentines or painting simple heart shapes.  We decided to go a step further in our Valentine crafting and explore positive and negative space while creating simple heart shapes. What is Positive and … Continue reading

Celery Print Flowers

Celery Print Flowers

  It’s the perfect time of year to give someone special a rose…or a rose print!   Celery Rose Printing Basics  This printmaking project uses simple materials to make a striking painting.  It can also provide a visual (and very basic) introduction to the … Continue reading