Ping Pong Ball Painting

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Part art project, part gross motor activity ping pong ball painting is so much fun!  And the best part?  The results are frame worthy!  Simple enough for a toddler to master but exciting enough to interest much older kids this art project is awesome!  With just a few supplies, most of which you probably already […]




DIY Bubble Shooter {Make Your Own Bubble Wand}

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This bubble shooter was born out of desperation. At one time we had many bubble wands. They have since disappeared into their secret hiding places somewhere in our garden. How To Make Your Own Bubble Wand: A bubble shooter: a brilliant mechanism combining bubbles and the act of shooting. This Do It Yourself Bubble Shooter is so […]




Fizzing Sidewalk Paint

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Originally published in Early spring, 2011, this is by far one of our kids most favorite play recipes. Sidewalk chalk is fun, painting is fun, making things fizz is also fun! Let’s do all three! This is a really simple recipe to create sidewalk chalk “paint” out of food coloring, baking soda and cornstarch.  We […]




Fun Bathtime Idea: Play with Bathtub Paint

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My preschool kids love to paint and I don’t love to clean up the mess. What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub? Wouldn’t that be awesome?  This is bathtub paint!  You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.  This “paint” […]




Make a Fourth of July Flag Craft

Fourth of July Flag Craft

Today, I’m thrilled to share one of our favorite Fourth of July crafts. We always intend to make lots of Fourth of July crafts, but the holiday always seems to pass by before we get the chance!  Luckily, my daughter told me that she wanted to “paint hands and feet,” so I grabbed our supplies and took off for the back yard.  My husband […]




10 Fun Ideas for Messy Play

10 Fun Ideas for Messy Play

Let’s get messy!  These activities look like so much fun and your kids will love making a mess without getting in trouble. Everyone loves the chance to be a fun parent now and again, so if you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, maybe consider getting a little messy with these kids inspired by […]




7 Fun Family Gardening Projects

7 Fun Family Gardening Projects

Family gardening is a fun way for the whole family to get outside and enjoy a hobby together.  There are many different types of gardening to choose from.  Maybe plant some vegetables to harvest or plant your favorite fragrant flower.  No matter what you decide to plant, get out, get dirty and have fun. Today […]




Turbulence on a Plane Explained with Jello {No More Fear of Flying}

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Turbulence on a plane can be frightening for kids.  Before their next flight, show them this great demonstration with Jello to help calm their fear of flying.  Kids Activities Blog always loves science experiments that involve food! Turbulence on a Plane After 9/11/01, I developed a fear of flying.  In trying to overcome it, I enrolled […]




10 April Fools Day Pranks for Kids

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Pranks for kids can be great fun with April Fool’s Day approaching.  “April Fools!” ,  we shout to one another after pulling a super fun prank on them.  For years, our family has enjoyed this silly holiday, trying to trick one another with harmless fun. There are a TON of great ideas floating around out […]




Fun in the Tub with Bathtub Paint

Kids love to painting.  Moms don’t love to clean up the mess.  What if you could combine painting with cleaning the bathtub? The answer is bath tub paint! You can make it thick and use it as finger paint, or you can dilute it and use it with paintbrushes.  This “paint” is washable, does not […]




December Activities: {Family} Hand Print Art

December Activities Hand Print Art

December activities are often family-related and seem to make great keepsakes for years to come.  The same is true for this fun hand print art project in which the entire family can participate.  We at Kids Activities Blog love bringing families together in such wonderfully fun ways! December Activities I love hand print art!  We […]




Printmaking: String Art

Printmaking with String Art

Printmaking Printmaking is a fun activity that can be done a lot of different ways. You can make prints from woodcuttings, carved rubber, styrofoam, and even a painting on plastic. Basically, any raised surface that can be painted or inked may be suitable for printmaking. This printmaking idea is a twist on traditional string art. […]




Handprint Art: Owls

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Another fun hand print project! The past few months, Rory has been very into birds.  She loves all kinds of birds; ducks, flamingos, roosters, eagles, and owls.    Owls are one of Rory’s new favorite animals, she has a book called; “Say Hello to the Snowy Animals,” that she loves.  One of the pages has […]




Monster Trucks: Math and Art

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Monster trucks are all the rage at our house and have been for quite a while.  Recently, my son Bear {4 yrs} and I created a fun new game called Monster Truck Bowling.  It was a huge hit!  So I expanded on this success with math and messy art activities. Prior to beginning the main […]




Playing with Paint: Weekly Activities Round-up

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Playing with paints is a favorite activity at the Quirky Kid household.  Just this afternoon we had our paint pens out creating more colorful clothespins (never have enough of them).  Here are some of the recent paint activities that we have enjoyed replicating through the It’s Playtime linky.  Each Wednesday afternoon we co-host a linky […]




Dinosaur Craft: Pasta Necklace

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Dinosaur Pasta Craft My boys adore dinosaurs. They love they way dinosaurs look. They love dinosaur names. They love playing with their dinosaur toys. They love pretending to be dinosaurs. As I do our weekly grocery shopping, I spot dinosaur pasta. How could I resist? With so many varieties of pasta, the pasta craft possibilities seem endless. Make […]




Handprint Art in the Garden

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When the sun is shining and the children are feeling creative my girls love nothing more than heading out into the garden and creating some big, messy, joyful art. The extra space the garden offers, and the fact that tidying up is that much easier when you can just get out the garden hose to wash […]




More Play Dough Ideas

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There are so many fun activities you can do with playdough!  Remember our previous posts, Playdough and stencils and last years It’s Playtime with Playdough.  Our older kids loved play dough when they were younger (and have since moved on to learning with legos).  Meanwhile, the playdoh fun is having a rebirth with our youngest […]




Creative Learning: Use Edible Ink

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You can encourage creative learning in your child by giving them unusual materials to work with.  How about giving them some edible ink the next time they are completing a worksheet? What is edible ink? It is super easy to make and it tastes great too.  There are only 2 ingredients:  yogurt and food coloring! […]




Melted Crayon Art

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Remember that craze from last year?  Of melting crayons?  We made our own melted crayon art.  We are blest to live in Texas where the summers are nice and warm.  Who needs a hairdryer for this art project when you can use the sun! In our playroom I had an empty wall that was begging […]




Easter Tradition: Make Egg Art

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We love Easter Traditions and Activities – one of our family’s favorite thing to do together is to use art to decorate a “spring tree”.   I saw this activity, in an extremely old Better Homes and Garden’s Family Activity book, and jumped on it we were so excited!  I had to tweak this Easter craft a […]




Home Made Card: From a Collage

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I like finding ways to involve kids in blessing others.   Even if its something as simple as sending a birthday or thank you card to a friend, it’s nice to share the experience with them.  Ever since I saw this idea for converting toddler scribbles into silhouette cards, I’ve been using art from my two and […]




Thumbprint Art

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Kids love playing with ink stamp pads.   They use rubber stamps with them but they also like to stamp their hand or even their thumbprints. Why not turn those simple thumbprints into a cute piece of art – Thumbprint Art! All you need is some paper, ink stamps and a thin black marker. Let you […]




All About Paint: An It’s Playtime Art Round-up

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It’s another round of It’s Playtime. This week we are doing a round-up of posts relating to paint. There are so many ways your kids can play with and interact with paint! Thanks Adventures at Home for inspiring this post. Last week she had fun marbling paper with shaving cream and dye. The results are […]




Camp Fire Food: Fruit & Smore Cones

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One of my favorite things about camping is the food. Food cooked on a fire tastes so much better than the “everyday” food we make at home! A couple of weekends ago we went on a camping trip as a family – it was wonderful! Other than my kids catching their first fish (I think […]




Things to Paint With: Pine Needles

Painting with Pine Needles

We have some huge pine trees in our backyard that are always dropping tons and tons of pine needles. This week we decided to collect a bunch of them (plus a few pine cones) and make some pine needle paintbrushes. We used the pine needle paintbrushes to create some mini masterpieces on these itty bitty […]




What to do on Rainy Days

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With Spring rains we need LOTS of ideas of rain activities to occupy the kids when the weather is less than ideal. Thanks to everyone who added their posts to last week’s kid activities blog hop, It’s Playtime.  I love browseing all of your posts!  Today’s featured collection was inspired by the activities over at […]




Somewhere over the rainbow

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We love all the colors in a rainbow, they bring smiles to our faces.  We had numerous colorful posts linked up last week in our weekly kids meme, It’s Playtime.  Todays post is inspired by Kate, of Picklebums.  She had fun with her kids and droppers full of paint.  They had fun creating blotted rainbows […]




Painting Play in the Bathtub

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Over the years of crafting, the Quirky Mommas have painted with crayons, we’ve thrown our paint, even painted our napkins and we’ve learned… Art is at its best when it is Big… Messy… and… Colorful! When you’re a parent, art is at its best when it is Clean… Contained… and… Entertaining for long periods of time! […]




Make Napkins – with and for the kids

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I love homemade napkins, especially ones that are full of character and personality (i.e. the kinds that don’t show stains).  Thankfully, I also have kiddos who love art and painting, the bigger the better.  With a couple of yards of linen fabric, some elmer’s markers and acrylic paint we were set to decorate. . . […]