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Messy Bleeding Art Tissue Paper

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Sweet Pea is 45 months old.

From: I hadn’t heard of bleeding art tissue paper until I read Valerie’s deceptively titled post “Low-Mess Mitten Painting” on her Frugal Family Fun blog. I couldn’t wait to try this new Low-Mess style of painting.

Material:

Bleeding art tissue paper. (We found a pack next to the […]

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Coffee Filter Spray Art Flowers

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Sweet Pea is 43 months old.

From: Simple. Messy. Fun!, Sycamore Stirrings and Our Crafts -N- Things all had variations on this activity.

Material:

Washable markers. 5 – 10 coffee filters. Spray bottle. Jellyroll pan, a plastic tablecloth or some other way to cover the work area. Towel. Smock or bib (optional).

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Sugar Chalk Spider Webs

Sweet Pea is 43 months old.

From: When we made sugar chalk drawings, I had the idea that the same technique would work perfectly for spider webs and have been eagerly waiting for Halloween to give it a try.

Material:

1/3 cup Sugar. 1 cup Water. Bowl. Whisk. 1 or 2 pieces of […]

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Water Drops on Wax Paper

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Sweet Pea is 39 months old.

From: I found this excellent activity at The Adventures of Bear.

Material:

Wax paper. Permanent marker. Eye dropper (We found ours at Micheals, but you could also use an old Children’s Tylenol bottle dropper.) Small bowl. Liquid water color or food coloring. A piece of blank paper. […]

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Sidewalk Water Painting

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Sweet Pea is 38 months old.

From: This is a very fun and easy outdoor activity that I saw on the excellent Teach Mama blog.

Material:

Pleasant weather. An old paintbrush. Bowl of water. Concrete, wood, rocks or any other object that can be “painted” with water.

Procedure:

Bring your materials […]

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Fun with an Eye Dropper

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Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: I saw this in a bunch of places (The Shafer Family, The Adventures of Bear, and My Montessori Journey) and really wanted to do it, but it took me a while to find the non-skid suction mats.

Material:

1 Mini non-skid bathtub suction mat. (I had a […]

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Using a Funnel

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Sweet Pea is 36 months old.

From: I spotted a funnel in my junk drawer and remembered that I had seen “Using a Funnel” on a list of practical life Montessori activities a while ago.

Material:

Funnel. Sink. A sturdy chair or step stool. (If money is no object, then perhaps this beautiful Learning […]

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Sugar Chalk

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Sweet Pea is 34 months old.

From: I found this activity in MaryAnn Kohl‘s great book, Preschool Art.

Material:

1/3 cup sugar. 1 cup water. Whisk or spoon. Chalk (We had a great time with regular white chalk, but colored sidewalk chalk might be even more exciting). Bowl. Dark colored paper (black or […]

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Whisking Flour and Water

Sweet Pea is 31 months old.

From: This was created in a frazzled moment of “I barely have time to feed us, much less do a Tot School activity, because I have way overextended myself this holiday season.” This is a quick activity for those times when you are rushing around the […]

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Painting on a Chalkboard

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Sweet Pea is 26 months.

From: One of my friends suggested this activity.

Materials:

Chalkboard. (See the Notes from the Trenches.) Paint brush. Small bowl of water. Towel for drying the chalkboard. Sponge to wipe up spills.

Procedure:

Show your tot how to dip […]

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