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What fun art stuff do you do with your younger kids (ages 5 and 3)? My kids seem to be very artisticaly inclined. i'm not so much. and to be honest, i don't encourage it that much 'cause it's usually a big mess to clean up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hide.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hide">:<br><br>
sooo...i've decided this summer we will start a mini 'art camp' once a week where we set up in the garage and do fun messy stuff and any of their friends who want to can come play too. that will kind of force me to do it if it's a set time with an open invite. plus more fun for me 'cause other mommies will be there...<br><br>
my two sisters (who are actual artists) have sent me a few ideas. but I'd love to hear more.....<br><br>
so far we have finger painting, splatter painting, dipping flowers/leaves in paint and using as stamps
 

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We make a lot of collages. Anything that can be glued onto a paper is fair game. It's fun to use "junk" and recycled materials for these too.<br><br>
You know those different color sands that you layer in jars? We do a version of that with salt instead. Just pour some salt into a shirt box and "color" on it with sidewalk chalk. Then layer in a plastic or glass jar.<br><br>
Painting wooden boxes is fun and can be a nice useful item too.<br><br>
How about paper mache? That's plenty messy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I like the S&S craft catalog as a source of inspiration.
 

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We do a rotating art 'class' or group with 5 kids aged 4-5.5. Once every 5 weeks, one parent is responsible for planning and hosting a class. We try to pick project that focuses more on the process than the final product, and so far, everything that people have come up with has been great! There are a ton of ideas on the Internet, and only having to plan something once every 5 weeks makes it very do-able. So far we have done things like flower art (creating art with real flower petals), making musical instrumentsl, paper mache, creating 'stained glass' out of markers and coffee filters, paper weaving, etc. With the exception of the paper mache (which really was't that bad), none of these things were particularly messy.<br><br>
I should add that our 'class' is very informal and flexible...sometimes the kids are done after 30 minutes, and sometimes they will go for 45-60 minutes (we recently did paper weaving, and 3 of the 5 kids 'wove' for over an hour!).<br><br>
If you do a group, things to be aware of are age and size. The 4 year old's abilities are understandably different than those of the 5.5 year olds, so she needs a lot of parental help (depending on the project). We also have 2 3yo siblings of 5.5yos in the group...they are always welcome to participate, but generally they prefer to run around and play with the new toys at whatever house we happen to be visiting! And of course if they do participate, it's for about 2 minutes! At this point we don't really include them in the planning much.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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dd's favorite right now is making coffee filter butterflies. you can either color the coffee filters with markers and then spray with water to make the colors run or you can dilute paint with water and use a dropper to drop it on the coffee filters. then scrunch and stick in a clothespin. draw face and antenna on the clothespin. she's made butterflies for all her friends and asked to do another bunch before playgroup tomorrow.
 

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What about found art sculptures? All you need is a yard and some glue. One day could be nature sculptures and another indoor. Even using pipe cleaners to bind things together?<br><br>
Wet felting wool balls is fun and only requires wool roving and warm soapy water. Great for outdoors, over the sink or in the bathtub!<br><br>
They make washable glass crayons for the windows-although with my 2 and 4 year olds, I haven't ventured there.<br><br>
You could make hanging "puppets" with wooden dowels, string and some wool roving or felt. Tie simple little birds or butterflies with the felt or wool, tie one end to a piece of yarn and the other end of the yarn to the dowel and then run around the yard with them!<br><br>
Make bean bags!<br><br>
tear up bits of different colored tissue paper and glue them onto a glass jar. Put a tea light inside once it is dry and have a certerpiece for supper.
 

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er...what are wet felting wool balls???<br><br>
Found sculpture- this is where they find stuff and glue it into a mass?<br><br>
great ideas ladies, thanks!!!
 

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There are a couple ways to make them... the washing machine method <a href="http://www.gfwsheep.com/feltballs/feltballs1.html" target="_blank">HERE</a><br><br>
or you can take your wool roving and wrap it tightly into a little ball, adding more wool and spreading out the edges as smoothly as you can. Keep adding more wool until the ball is about baseball size. (You can make them bigger but this is a good size for first timers!) If you want to try an easier size, make woolen marbles! Once you have your ball and have spread the edges of the wool evenly, carefully dip the ball in warm soapy water- the soapier the better. Start gently rubbing the ball with open hands, being careful not to bunch up the wool. Keep rubbing and turning the ball in your palms. You will see the wool start to hold together and become felted. Keep rubbing! Once the ball feels tight, you can either set it in a sunny window to dry, or throw it in the dryer with a load of laundry to help felt it further and dry that way.<br><br>
By found art I meant exactly what you said. Go on a scavenger hunt for interesting things outside- pebbles, twigs, flowers... and have them glue their finds together in interesting ways.
 

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I started an arts and craft yahoo group for people to store their ideas on art/crafts for kids. totally user friendly and you don't have to recieve emails just go to the home page and look stuff up that others have submitted-you can submit ideas too....wanna join?<br><br><a href="mailto:p[email protected]">[email protected]</a><br>
thanks chandi<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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DD is always ready for a craft project. Some of her favorites are paper bag puppets, making gooey colored glop, string spider webs, decorating cards & envelopes, toilet paper tube musical shakers with rice or rocks inside, making doll furniture out of small cardboard boxes, and painting anything. We're going to make potato stamps next I think.<br><br>
We try to have supplies on hand (glitter glue, pom poms, construction paper, paints, etc.) so it is easy to grab a few things and just go at it without a "plan" for the final result. Check your recycling bin for things that can be reused or remade into something new.<br><br>
Have fun!
 
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