Sep 2, 2015

Toddler Art Class: String Painting

Experimenting with color blending and the patterns and textures string can create.  (a guest post by Rebecca Pettyjohn)

Art Project: Painting with string rolls and stampers
Toilet paper tubes
Paper towel tubes
Egg cartons
Big sheets of paper
Paint, washable tempera in primary colors

I got my inspiration for the rollers here: But did not have enough rolling pins. So we made our own:


  cover art The line / Bossio, Paula 

I loved the chance to model reading a wordless picture book in a storytime setting. Using our imagination to narrate what we saw on the page and what the little girls imagined she could do with her string. A fun way to set the tone.

Aug 14, 2015

Toddler Art Class: Playdough & Pinecones

Making impressions in dough with nature and a few other things.

Art Project: Playdough & Pinecones
playdough (we used this recipe because it was no-cook and okay if kids ate it)
objects to poke the dough with (pinecones, plastic bugs, wooden sticks....)
rollers (I have some very sturdy cardboard tubes that I found somewhere that worked well.  Sets of wooden blocks often have a cylindrical piece that might work well. A length of PVC pipe cut into shorter lengths would be cheaper than a class set of rolling pins...)

cover art Penguin and Pinecone : a friendship story / Yoon, Salina
(although an odd choice for a program in June, this one fit this project really nicely!  white dough = snow, pinecone is there and the heart he makes out of little stones was reminiscent of the "stone arranging" class a few weeks ago.)

Aug 12, 2015

Toddler Art Class: Painting Branches

Choosing non-traditional (yet safe) surfaces for kids to paint on can be very motivating!

Art Project: Painting Branches
branches (I used ones that were no longer connected to a living tree, but I suppose you could paint on actual trees if you preferred?)
containers for paint

cover art Fall is not easy / Kelley, Marty

Aug 8, 2015

Toddler Art Class: Arranging Stones

Rock on, toddlers!

Today's topic: Arranging Stones
rocks (purchased from a craft store or just gathered from your nearest pile of rocks)

What we read:

cover art Stick and Stone / Ferry, Beth

we also discussed the artwork of Andy Goldsworthy--

cover art Stone / Goldsworthy, Andy
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