Saturday, October 19, 2013

A New Beginning. Big News and a Blogging Break


I have Big News to share with you today. 
My family is moving, hubby has an awesome new job. 
I'm not sharing where we are going on my blog to protect my family's privacy. 
But...I will say that it IS a BIG move. Huge.
It is also very exciting! A fresh start and new beginning for our family.
We are looking at it as a new adventure. 
Moving takes a lot of time. Packing. Painting. Staging the house.
Random people going through your stuff. 
Cleaning, cleaning, and more cleaning. Did I mention cleaning?
The craft room and all of it's awesomeness is packed away in boxes in my garage.

I am going to be taking a break from this little blog while we get settled, 
relocated, and nested in our new turf. 
I need to spend time with my girls and my cute hubby. 

In the meantime, explore my archives - there are HUNDREDS of activities
in there for you and your kids to CREATE, PLAY, and EXPLORE
I'm sorry I haven't had more time to organize my old posts. 
I have so many great plans but I'm a little busy with my real life right now! 
You can search by Holiday, Season, Material, etc. over on the right sidebar
under "Post Categories" or you can use the "SEARCH" bar over on the right. 
My ebooks will still be available and I'll still be sharing updates on Instagram
and Pinterest (get ready for lots of house and organizing Pins!)

Thank you so much for your love and support! 
I'll be back when life calms down a bit.

Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Leaf Themed Artist Trading Cards - A Multi-Generational Family Friendly Craft For Thanksgiving or Fall


I love Artist Trading Cards. Their small scale makes them easy to crank out several mini 
masterpieces in one setting and it allows the artist to work with 
a less intimidating format to explore various media or themes with their artwork. 
I shared our Mark Rothko inspired ATC project with you earlier this year.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Art Around the World: Kid-Friendly Day of the Dead Recycled Cardboard Skulls

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Day of the Dead Recycled Cardboard Sugar Skull Craft Project 

I've always loved art from other cultures and our home is filled with examples 
of art and instruments from around the world. My art classroom and curriculum was always filled with many different projects from many different cultures.  
This project is simple. It is low cost using recycled cardboard that you already have in your house.  
It provides an opportunity to expose your children (or students) to conversations about life and death as well as art from other cultures and different belief systems. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Make Spooky Spider Webs with Colored Chalk and School Glue!

Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. Elmer's glue did not sponsor this post. 


Today I'm sharing a fun, oldie but goodie art technique using dried Elmer's glue
as a resist with colored chalk on black construction paper. 

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bird's Eye View Landscape Paintings With Images From Google Earth


I came across this fantastic art lesson at my daughter's school and I had to share it with you.
It is a fun and modern twist on the tradition "bird's eye view" painting lesson.
They combined technology (by using computers and Google Earth) 
with a traditional painting lesson in the art classroom.  


The students started their lesson by learning how to "fly over" locations
 that had special meaning to them using Google Earth in the computer lab. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Preschool Art: Cotton Ball Easel Painting Inspired By The Book Mouse Paint

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I found these photos and realized I never shared this sweet little activity with you.
I can't believe how little my sweet "C" is in these pictures. 
She was 4 years old and still in preschool when I took them, 
now she's 6 and starting first grade -- time sure does fly! 
"C" checked out the book "Mouse Paint" by Ellen Stoll Walsh from our local library. 
She loved the way the white mice got into the primary colored paint and mixed colors.


We set up our own "mouse" painting station with cotton balls,
a paper plate and red, yellow, and blue washable paint. 
I will warn you that we use a LOT of cotton balls for this activity.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Simple Shape Collages For Children Inspired by Children's Books

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This is a classic children's art lesson to incorporate art and literature 
for preschool and kindergarten aged children.
 It will also improve those fine motor skills with cutting, gluing, and drawing practice
while getting those active imaginations flowing! 


I like to start this lesson by reading some books to my students about
how ordinary shapes like circles, squares, and triangles can be used to make pictures.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sewing With Kids: Cross-Stitched Portrait Gift

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My oldest daughter, "E" has been learning how to cross-stitch. 
She really enjoys it and likes to sit with it as a way to unwind. 
She also enjoys knitting but that's something she does on her own because I don't know how to knit! 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Robert Lobe Inspired Aluminum Foil Tree Sculptures



I introduced my 4th grade students to contemporary artist, Robert Lobe this year.
He is an American Post-Minimalist sculptor who is best known for his cast metal, repousse trees. 
His work is very large scale. Since we have our art class in a trailer, 
we worked in a much smaller format!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Favorite Elmer's Glue Projects: Kid Friendly Art and Craft Projects, Tips, and Techniques

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Here are some of our favorite Elmer's School Glue Projects!
Hope we inspire some sticky, crafty fun at your house or classroom. 
Note: this post is NOT sponsored by Elmer's, 
we just love their glue and it was my go-to brand of choice in my classroom when I was an art teacher. 

Tips: 
* Whenever the kids are working with glue I like to remind them:
"Dot, dot, not a lot!" 
* You can add a tiny bit of vaseline to the inside of a glue nozzle to keep it from gluing shut.
* Elmer's Glue school glue can be diluted with water and applied with a paint brush
or craft foam brush as a homemade Mod Podge. 
* I like to stock up on Elmer's Glue during the "back to school" sales to save money! 























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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Little Passports: A Global Adventure Product Review #sponsored @littlepassports

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This post does contain affiliate links that help pay for the free lessons and crafts I provide on this blog. 
As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 
The girls and I love to create, play, and EXPLORE! 
We were so excited when our friends at Little Passports offered to send us 
our own Global Adventure pack to explore the globe.
We received our adorable little blue and green suitcase this week filled with
 a map, passport, activity sheet, and a letter. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Do You Doodle While You Noodle? Pentel Pen Review #Sponsored #Pentel

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I received compensation from Pentel to write this review. As always, all opinions expressed are my own. 


Do you doodle while you noodle?
 I do. I always have. 
All of my folders, notebooks, notepads, 
and the edges of my handouts in school had doodles on them.
It helps me think. 
Chewing gum seems to help me focus too - I figured that out while I write at my computer. 
I have an easier time listening when I am drawing at the same time. 
I was diagnosed with an auditory processing learning disability
 in college and I always wondered if drawing (or chewing gum) at the same time 
helps my brain focus on the listening that is has such a hard time with. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Get Organized For A New School Year!


Today I'm sharing some of my favorite posts about how we organize
 the biggest trouble zones in our house: 
School Papers, Toys, The Playroom Clutter, and Kid's Artwork.

One of my favorite posts and it gives you a tour of our home!


My labeled bin system for toys - works for non-readers, friends, and babysitters too!







Click here to learn about my system for 




and...




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Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Ravensburger Mandala Designer Kit Review and Aquarelle Kit GIVEAWAY!

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My generous friends at Ravensburger 
sent us some super FUN craft kits to play with this summer! 
We spent many beautiful summer afternoons  and mornings
decorating the driveway with colorful chalk and our Mandala Designer! 

The plastic stencil was completely manageable for the girls. 
"E" my 10 year old led the project and "C" my 6 year old was her assistant. 
They worked together nicely and their Mandalas turned out beautifully! 



The girls had fun embellishing the perimeter of each Mandala they made
and even made some free-form designs with a couple of our hoola-hoops! 



Their final projects made our driveway very colorful and several neighbors
stopped by on walks to comment on their handy-work. 


Ravensburger also sent us two of their beautiful Aquarelle liquid watercolor kits
to play with - we received a Dolphin set and a Fairy set. 


"E" got to work right away mixing her color palette with the liquid watercolors from the kit. 
It comes with a color mixing "recipe" sheet. 

It brought back fun memories of one of our favorite food color-mixing activities
from when the girls were little. They loved mixing their own watercolors! 


Each kit includes 4 pieces of heavy watercolor paper pre-printed with 
the designs in raised white ink. 
Reminds me of when I used to use embossing powder with my stamps! 
The raised white lines show you where to paint and help keep the colors separate. 

"C" my 6 year old enjoyed it at first, but quickly lost interest and got frustrated
by the small size of the pattern and handed me her painting to finish. 


"C"s half-finished watercolor in progress. 
Lots of tiny details make a beautiful finished project, 
but may frustrate younger or impatient artists. 


My oldest daughter, "E" (age 10) loves the Aquarelle kits 
and has gone back to work on them several times.

She is a bit more patient (read: Type A personality) and enjoys tiny details! 
She also loves watercolors so it was a perfect fit for her. 
This is a great art activity for Tweens and Teenagers. 

"E"s finished watercolor is below. 




Warmly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea


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