Art: DIY Wrapping Paper from Tissue Paper

George is turning 1…tomorrow!   Henry and I got creative by making some of our own wrapping paper for George’s present. A simple art technique with tissue paper and water, that I learned about from The Little Red Hen. Henry started with ripping different colors of tissue paper into small pieces.     We then arranged […]

Modern Art Memory Game : Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Congratulations to sweetheart!   Due to the previous winner not responding, I drew a new winner and notified her via email. AMMO Books will be sending her one of these beautiful Modern Art Memory Games! I received this beautiful Modern Art Memory Game from Sara of AMMO Books. It combines […]

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It’s Playtime! : Feet & Hand Prints

Last week on It’s Playtime, I noticed a lot of hand and foot action you guys have been having! But before we get into our playdate, I wanted to share that I found out earlier this week that hands on : as we grow has been nominated as the ‘Best Craft for Kids Blog’ on Parents.com![!!!!!] […]

Art : DIY Tie-Dyed T-Shirts

Guest Post by Welcome back, Jane from Mama Pea Pod! Way back, when It’s Playtime was new [this week we've done it 20 times already!], I found this fun filled blog called Mama Pea Pod and asked her right away to guest post on hands on : as we grow. It was around Easter, and […]

Art : DIY Upcycled Crayons

Long ago, when there wasn’t any reason to Beat the Heat. My mom had a bucket full of old crayons with lots of bits and pieces. So, Henry, Grandma and I made some upcycled crayons. I read, somewhere at the time, about a tip for removing the paper on the crayons by soaking them in […]

It’s Playtime! : Paper Play

Last week on It’s Playtime, I featured all about colors. This week, its all about paper. Sometime to do with both paper and colors: A Color Collage! I’m over at Mama Pea Pod today sharing about this fun learning activity! As for some play ideas with paper? My play pals punch, fold, rip, glue and […]

Crafty Art : Eric Carle Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is probably the most well-known, and popular, of his books. At least it is to me. I asked Henry if he’d like to make a caterpillar out of tin cans. He jumped at the chance and wanted me to read the book constantly while he painted. Tin cans […]

Music Art : Tin Can Drums

We’ve been on a tin can binge, so Henry and I had to make these drums from tin cans, too! During my hunt for balloon ideas, I found this tin can drum idea from both Quirky Momma and Mini-Eco. Since Father’s Day is this coming Sunday, and his Dad used to be a drummer, I […]

Make a Tin Can Forest for Outdoor Pretend Play

Henry and I made a real forest with upcycled tin cans, tree branches and a few plants. Henry loves picking up sticks at Grandma’s house. So that’s just what he did. While he added the biggest branches he could find to Grandma’s twig pile, I gathered some small sticks for our project. I snapped the branches to […]

Art : Window Paint Creations

Paint on a large window, outside?  It doesn’t get much better than that! We’ve finally had some nice weather lately, and getting outside has been much needed! I quickly made up some window paint. I googled the recipe for window paint and ran across a recipe that included dish soap. I looked under my sink, […]