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Salted Water Color Paintings

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: I saw this beautiful technique in an issue of Family Fun magazine.

Material:

Watercolor paper or other sturdy paper. Watercolor paints or liquid watercolors (Click here to see how we made our own liquid watercolors from dried-out markers.) Paintbrushes. (These Crayola ones are my favorite paint […]

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DIY Watercolors from Upcycled Markers

Upcycle Dried Out Markers into Watercolors

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: I found instructions for this fun and frugal activity from Julie Finn at Crafting a Green World.

Material:

Several old dried-out markers in a variety of colors. Pliers. A few small glass or plastic jars with lids. (Julie suggests using old spice jars, but I […]

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Glue Paint and Chalk Pastels

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

 

From: I found this cool idea on Mommy Labs.

Material:

A bottle of white school glue. One color of Liquid watercolor or food coloring. A chopstick or thin paintbrush handle to stir the glue. Paper or card stock.

Chalk Pastels

Damp cloth for […]

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Using a Gravy Separator (and an Introduction to Density)

Gravy Separator (and introduction to the density of liquids) via Shannon's Tot School

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

Intro: This is a super easy practical life lesson with a good dose of science. During the holidays, Sweet Pea saw my gravy separator and wanted to know what it was, so I set up this quick little activity for her on the spot.

Prerequisite: Your tot should be […]

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Condensed Milk Puffy Paint

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: I first saw this easy painting activity at ECE Made Easy and kept it in the back of my mind. When I found myself with half a can of leftover condensed milk, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.

Material:

Condensed milk […]

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Sidewalk Paint

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: I have seen sidewalk paint recipes everywhere: Mom’s Crafty Space, Disney’s Family Fun magazine, river-girl, pink and green mama, and Meet the Dubiens.

Material:

1.25 cups Cornstarch (or even 1.5 cups. Most of the above recipes call for a 1:1 water and corn starch ratio, but […]

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Pastel and Watercolor Castles

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: Sweet Pea loves princesses and castles so when I saw Deep Space Sparkle’s Kinder Watercolor Castles, I knew Sweet Pea would be super excited to make one.

Material:

Several small bowls of diluted liquid water colors (or food coloring). Oil pastels. (We used a box of my […]

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Corn Syrup Painting

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This beautiful corn syrup painting idea from eighteen25 has been on my to-do list for over a year.

Material:

Corn syrup. 3-4 Small bowls. 3-4 colors of liquid watercolors or food coloring. Crayons. Paper. Paintbrush. Smock for your tot. Damp Sponge for clean up.

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Colored Salt (or “How I Didn’t Make Homemade Glitter”)

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: When I saw this “Do-It-Yourself Glitter” recipe all over pinterest (originally from this Sprinkles and Sequins tumbler page) I couldn’t wait to try it. I thought, “This looks awesome! Cleaning up salt will be so much easier than real glitter and I won’t have to worry about […]

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Spray Painting Snow

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: I saw this fun activity was on Rockabye Butterfly last year, but we had to wait a very long time for it to snow enough for us to try it. I’m happy we finally got a little bit of snow this year before winter was over!

Material:

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