Autumn Handprint Tree

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Autumn is a gorgeous, colourful season that never fails to get the creative juices flowing and if you’re looking for an opportunity to explore simple colour-mixing techniques within a seasonal theme, then this Autumn Handprint Tree art project is the one for you.

Children can observe the natural change that comes with Autumn and attempt to recreate what they see within their art.

Throughout the process, encourage your Arty Crafty Kids to mix their own colours and describe what happens when the colours mix.

Ask questions:

  • How much Red and Yellow do you need to make Orange?
  • How do you make different tones of Orange (Yellow, Red, Green)?
  • How do you make Brown?

This simple process of trial and error is a fabulous learning exercise, with an emphasis on problem-solving skills and mathematical thinking (mixing and mentally measuring colours to achieve the desired tone).

And of course, it’s wonderful for creativity!

Autumn Handprint Tree Art: Materials 

A sheet of white card
Paint (Primary Colours, White and Black)
Q-tips

For your reference, here’s a very basic colour chart that you may find helpful!

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Autumn Handprint Tree Art:  Tutorial 

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Ideas for Kids - Autumn Handprint Tree

Step 1. Using a pencil, draw a faint line around the hand and arm of your child.

If your child is of preschool age or older, they may want to have a go themselves.

Next, paint the print brown.

Alternatively, simply draw around the arm directly onto a piece of brown paper and cut out the shape and stick.

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Ideas for Kids - Autumn Handprint Tree

Step 2. Time for the really fun bit – colour mixing!

This is s chance for kiddos to explore colour by experimenting with primary colours to create Autumn shades of red, yellow, orange and green, oh and of course brown (every toddler can make brown!).

Using a q-tip, end of a pencil or even your child’s finger, begin adding dots around the tree.

 

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Ideas for Kids - Autumn Handprint Tree

Step 3. Build the dots with different colours. Try overlapping the dots and see the print transform into an Autumn Handprint Tree!

Since writing this post in 2015, I have seen hundreds of Autumn Handprint Trees completed by children from all over the world and it’s established itself as a favourite tree art project with teachers!

Thank you for all the amazing feedback. Every photo brings a smile to my face!

The Arty Crafty Box

Did you know that Arty Crafty Kids now has a monthly Art and Craft subscription box, where every box is a creative adventure for kids?

Take a peek inside our boxes and when you order, get 50% off the first box by using 50FIRSTBOX at checkout!

 

The Arty Crafty Box is packed with creative, playful and engaging art and craft projects for kids, complete with all the necessary materials and easy to follow instructions.

In addition to this, every box includes an Artspiration booklet that’s filled with how-to-draw tutorials and drawing prompts to enhance your Arty Crafty Kids creativity and FREE access to our online members’ area that contains exclusive art and craft templates, colouring pages and more!

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Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Ideas for Kids - Autumn Handprint Tree

For more Autumn themed Art and Craft inspiration, you may also enjoy our collection of Woodland Animal Crafts and Creative Fall crafts for Kids, as well as our Splatter, Glitter and Bubble Wrap Autumn tree art ideas.

Recycled Cardboard Heart Decorations

These gorgeous Recycled Cardboard Heart decorations are easy to make and are entirely process-led. Arty Crafty Kids will have the best time exploring various painting techniques to create their hearts, adding depth and texture as they layer their base with prints and embellishments. It’s entirely open-ended and they can reuse materials found in the recycling bin or bottom of the craft supply box.

Consider using bottle tops, paper rolls, bubble wrap and sponges for printing.

As well as sequins and glitter for a little bling.

Get Creative!

This craft is about enabling your Arty Crafty Kids to freely explore their creativity by experimenting with the materials they have to hand.

The Loren variety the better and there really isn’t a right or wrong; it’s all about having fun.

And while your children are busily creating their hearts, why not indulge in some crafting for yourself?

These hearts are a child version of a collection of heart bookmarks we recently created for the fabulous Red Ted Art, where all three designs can be downloaded for FREE!

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Recycled Cardboard Heart Decorations: Materials  

Cardboard
Washable Paint
Paint Brushes – Bubble Wrap, Paper Rolls, Bottle Tops for printing
Glitter/Sequins
Embroidery Thread
Washi Tape
Hole Punch / Round Nose Pliers
Scissors

Recycled Cardboard Heart Decorations: Tutorial 

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Step 1: Create the heart canvas’ by cutting out hearts shapes from a piece of cardboard.

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Step 2: Hand over to your Arty Crafty Kids, supplying them with paint and materials to explore.

Once the children have painted a base layer of colour, perhaps they could experiement with stamping.

They could try shaping paper rolls into hearts and creating heart prints.

Splat painting can be controlled by brushing a blunt knife against the brush.

Bubble wrap is fabulous for prints.

And bottle tops are great for stamping!

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Step 3: Perhaps add some washi tape?

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Step 4: Or even a little glitter.

To keep the glitter under control, we have a dedicated glitter tray and with a few boundaries in place, this helps to keep it contained and fun to use!

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Step 5: Add tassels to the bottom of the hearts (this step is entirely optional and can also be substituted with pom-poms if desired).

Tassels are very easy to make.

Simply spread your fingers out and wrap some embroidery thread around your fingers.

Gently slip the hooped thread off your fingers and cut one end of the hoop to create a bunch.

Remove two threads from the bunch and tie one around the centre, leaving two loose ends.

Fold the bunch over at the point of the knot and tie the second piece of thread around the bunch, wrapping it around several times as shown above and secure with a knot.

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Step 6: Fasten the tassel to the bottom of the heart, piercing a hole with a hole punch or round head pliers.

Before securing the tassel to the heart, add a few decorative beads to the thread.

To transform the hearts into decorations, they could be hung individually on the wall using string or thread together to create a unique heart garland.

I hope your Arty Crafty Kids enjoy the process of creating their Recycled Cardboard Heart Decorations.

For more crafty inspiration this Valentine’s, take a look at our:

18 Heart Art Projects 

Squiggle Heart Art

Kandinsky Inspired Heart Art  

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Playful Pup Newspaper Art Project

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Playful Pup Newspaper Art | A fun dog craft for kids using recycled materials, including newspaper and magazines. With a free template included, this is a must activity for any paw patrol fans who fancy creating their own playful pup!

They say that you’re either a cat person or a dog person, and following the success of our recent ‘Cool Cat Newspaper Art Project’ post,  it would appear that more than just a few of you are dog people. My inbox has been inundated with requests for a dog template! And even as a self-confessed lady, I can’t resist a pair of cute puppy dog eyes and have created a ‘Playful Pup Newspaper Art Project’ for all you dog lovers and paw patrol fans.

This project includes a free ‘playful pup’ template that can be found near the bottom of this post.–

So gather the kids, print off the template and raid the recycling bin for your old magazines and newspapers!

Playful Pup Newspaper Art Project: Materials and Tutorial 

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Black Stock Card
Newspaper/Magazines or Scrap Paper
Scissors
PVA Glue
Black Sharpie

Playful Pup Tutorial! 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Playful Pup Newspaper Art | A fun dog craft for kids using recycled materials, including newspaper and magazines. With a free template included, this is a must activity for any paw patrol fans who fancy creating their own playful pup!
Step 1: Gather the materials and present them to your Arty Crafty Kids with a pair of scissors and a pot of PVA glue.

This is a great opportunity for children to practice their scissor skills and use creative thinking to reuse the materials presented.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Playful Pup Newspaper Art | A fun dog craft for kids using recycled materials, including newspaper and magazines. With a free template included, this is a must activity for any paw patrol fans who fancy creating their own playful pup!

While we have used a black card backing, many of our subscribers replaced the black with fluorescent colours and coordinated their pups and cats with the backdrop. One reader went a step further and created a DIY picture frame out of dyed craft sticks!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Playful Pup Newspaper Art | A fun dog craft for kids using recycled materials, including newspaper and magazines. With a free template included, this is a must activity for any paw patrol fans who fancy creating their own playful pup!
Step 3: Trace around the body parts onto newspaper and magazine scaps and cut the shapes out.

Have a good flick through the papers,  selecting different colours and patterns, paying special attention to the fabrics and patterns of clothes and furniture – some real gems can be found!

Oh, and if you’re paying attention to the image above, you will notice that we have 4 eye patch cutouts, as two double as paw points for a standing playful pup position.
Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Playful Pup Newspaper Art | A fun dog craft for kids using recycled materials, including newspaper and magazines. With a free template included, this is a must activity for any paw patrol fans who fancy creating their own playful pup!

Step 5: Arrange the body parts to form a ‘playful pup’ – we have featured four playful poses, are there any more?

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Playful Pup Newspaper Art | A fun dog craft for kids using recycled materials, including newspaper and magazines. With a free template included, this is a must activity for any paw patrol fans who fancy creating their own playful pup!

Playful Pup Template! 

To access the template, sign up to our Arty Crafty Kids Club newsletter, and we’ll also keep you posted about other crafts, free templates and offers for the Arty Crafty Box!

This template, and many others, is also available in our Arty Crafty Kids Club Members Area Free 10-Day Trial – Sign Up Here

Playful Pup Newspaper Art Project is now complete! 

I hope you enjoy creating your own playful pups and make sure you head over to our facebook page to show us your creations!

For more newspaper art, check out our popular posts:

Cool Cat Newspaper Art 

Unicorn Newspaper Art 

Lion Newspaper Art

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Playful Pup Newspaper Art | A fun dog craft for kids using recycled materials, including newspaper and magazines. With a free template included, this is a must activity for any paw patrol fans who fancy creating their own playful pup!

Autumn Leaf Painting

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

This gorgeous Autumn Leaf Painting project is an exploration of basic colour-mixing principles, with the aim to recreate the Autumn hues and shades as observed by Arty Crafty Kids.

Throughout the process, encourage your Arty Crafty Kids to mix their own colours and describe what happens when the colours mix.

Ask questions:

  • How much Red and Yellow do you need to make Orange?
  • How do you make different tones of Orange (Yellow, Red, Green)?
  • How do you make Brown?
  • Can you make the same colour twice?

Kids will naturally adopt a process of trial and error to create their desired colours, and this simple process has many positive learning outcomes:

  • Mathematical Thinking  – Arty Crafty Kids will be mentally measuring and testing paint ratios to create new colours
  • Problem Solving – The process of working out ‘HOW’ to create a new colour and replicate the shades of the leaves they’ve collected is problem-solving in action.
  • Language – Simply talking about their processes and finding appropriate words to describe their new colours helps develop vocabulary.

And all of these outcomes combined stimulate and enhance children’s imaginations and creativity!

Autumn Leaf Painting: Materials 

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Stock Card / Mixed Media Paper
Paint – Primary Colours
Sponge
A Gorgeous Collection of Leaves

Autumn Leaf Painting: Tutorial and Video 

Check out our nifty video to see the Autumn Leaf Painting project in action!

 

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

Step 1. Head outside and gather as many leaves as possible.

Variety is key here, so have a good rummage and find different shapes, sizes and colours!

Once your Arty Crafty Kids have a bag or two filled with leaves, start painting!

Using three separate plates, place one of the primary colours on each (Red, Yellow & Blue).  This will allow plenty of room for colour-mixing and painting!

For reference, take a look at our basic colour-mixing chart:

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And begin mixing colours.

Sponge painting around the leaves may take a little practice, especially for smaller hands, but there’s no rush and the process is all about playing and exploring.

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Step 2. Moving on from the play to create a complete piece of leaf art is very easy to do.

Position a number of leaves of different sizes and shapes on top of the canvas.

One by one, begin sponge painting around each leaf, adding different colours and tones as you work around the leaf.

Once complete, gently peel the leaf away to reveal the silhouette.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

Step 3. Repeat the above process until the canvas is full of leafy silhouettes.

Once complete, begin filling in the remaining negative space with more Autumn colours, layering the paint to create additional depth and texture.

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Step 4.  Next, add a leaf print within some of the silhouettes. 

Arty Crafty Kids | Art Ideas for Kids | Autumn Leaf Painting - exploring basic colour-mixing principles to create Autumn shades and hues #autumnart #artforkids #kidsart

This is a really fun way to play with negative and positive space. In art terms, negative space is the surrounding area of a point of interest. In this instance, our leaves.

The notion of positive and negative space is naturally explored in this project and one your Arty Crafty Kids will consider without knowing the official terminology or theory – they’ll be too busy doing!

The Autumn Leaf Painting is now Complete

For more Autumn inspired Art’s and Crafts, take a look at our Autumn Handprint Tree, Accordion Leaf Autumn Tree and Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree.

The Arty Crafty Box

Did you know that Arty Crafty Kids now has a monthly Art and Craft subscription box, where every box is a creative adventure for kids?

Take a peek inside our boxes and when you order, get 50% off the first box by using 50FIRSTBOX at checkout!

 

The Arty Crafty Box is packed with creative, playful and engaging art and craft projects for kids, complete with all the necessary materials and easy to follow instructions.

In addition to this, every box includes an Artspiration booklet that’s filled with how-to-draw tutorials and drawing prompts to enhance your Arty Crafty Kids creativity and FREE access to our online members’ area that contains exclusive art and craft templates, colouring pages and more!

Arty Crafty Kids Box Order Now

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Black Glue Jellyfish Art

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Black Glue Jellyfish Art | A fun under the sea art project for kids using black glue resist and watercolours to create a gorgeous Jellyfish

Resist art is an amazing process for kids to try and having experimented with oil pastels, hot glue and crayons, I can tell you with absolute certainty that black glue rocks!  Just take a good look at our Black Glue Jellyfish Art – isn’t it cool? I love how the colours are emphasised by the stark contrast of the black outline. They virtually pop out from the page and bring the jellyfish to life.

And here’s the best bit, you don’t need to suddenly drop what you’re doing and rush out to the shop to buy black glue.

You can make it home!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Black Glue Jellyfish Art | A fun under the sea art project for kids using black glue resist and watercolours to create a gorgeous Jellyfish

It’s simply a combination of PVA glue and black acrylic paint.

Easy peasy right?

Black Glue Jellyfish Art

PVA Glue
Black Acrylic Paint
Mixed Media Paper
Our Free Template!
Before we get arty, download our free template and mix the Black Glue.

Our black glue is a combination 3 parts PVA glue and 1 part black acrylic paint.

Too much paint could make the mixture a little runny, so start off small and don’t worry if it appears grey within the bottle as the glue will dry black!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Black Glue Jellyfish Art | A fun under the sea art project for kids using black glue resist and watercolours to create a gorgeous Jellyfish

Once you’ve mixed the black glue, print our template onto some mixed media paper and simply follow the outline of the jellyfish.

Don’t worry if the black glue pools or you end up with uneven lines and splodges, it all adds to the overall affect.

As you can see, ours is less than perfect (and full of charm).

Leave the black glue to dry over night.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Black Glue Jellyfish Art | A fun under the sea art project for kids using black glue resist and watercolours to create a gorgeous Jellyfish

Next, add the watercolour paint.

Start by adding a light wash of water around the outline of the jellyfish.

Dampen the paintbrush, mix it with blue and spread it across the watered parts. Varying the application of blue paint will add light and dark tones – perfect for an under the sea appearance.

Once the watery background is complete, add colour to the jellyfish without watering down the paper first.

You should be left some bright and colourful black glue jellyfish art!

Today’s post forms part of the Black Glue Crew Blog Hop (crazy name right?) and it’s all about exploring black glue resist art with an under the sea twist – make sure you check out the incredible designs at the bottom of this post, they’re NOT to be missed!

To see how we’ve used crayons/oil pastels and a hot glue gun in resist art, take a look at our Spider Web and Heart Art.

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Black Glue Crew Deep Sea Hop! 

I Heart Crafty Things | Seahorse

Rhythms of Play | Starfish 

The Mad House | Octopus (includes a FREE template)

The Best Ideas for Kids | Rainbow Fish 

Easy Peasy and Fun | Turtle 

Red Ted Art | Shark (includes a FREE template)

Artsy Momma | Printable Mermaid Posters

The Pinterested Parent | Sea Shells ( includes a FREE template)

Hello, Wonderful | Rainbow Narwhal

Sunshine Whispers | Dory and Nemo Inspired ( includes a Free Template)

Fireflies and Mudpies | Snail

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Weather Changing Cloud Craft

Here in the south west of England, our April showers have extended into May and we’ve had lots of conversations about the rain and why it falls, how does it fall, what creates thunder storms and so on, which has inspired our weather changing cloud craft.

Our cloud is a fun and interactive play and create activity for preschoolers. It has proven to be a great way to extend weather observations and engage in weather themed dialogue with the kids, and above all else, it’s a little bit of arty crafty fun for a rainy afternoon.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Weather Changing Cloud Craft

With our free printable, our craft couldn’t be easier and with just a few basic materials the kids will be making rain clouds in no time!

Here’s what you need…

Weather Changing Cloud Craft 

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Stock Card – White, Blue and Yellow
Grey Paint
Cotton Wool Balls
Blue Yarn
PVA Glue
Split Pins
Stapler

Download our free template here: Weather Changing Cloud Template

To see our weather changing cloud craft in action, check out our nifty video below and if you LOVE what you see, sign up to a new YouTube channel to keep up to date with our latest video crafts.

 

Weather Changing Cloud Craft Tutorial: 

To begin, cut out a large cloud shape from the white card.

Download Weather Changing Cloud Template. Cut out the individual parts and then draw them around them on the yellow and blue card to create the sun, lightening bolt and raindrops.

You will notice that we’ve created a half sun…this wasn’t a mistake! the half sun will allow it to be hidden for when the rain falls and lightening bolts!

Create a little ‘rain’ pocket at the back of the cloud using left over card (check out the video to see how) and table to secure.

Attach the sun and lightening bolt with split pins, give them a spin and twist and they should move!

To create the rain, simple glue the rain drops onto a piece of blue yarn and attach to the cloud with staples.

The back of the weather cloud should now look a little like this…

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Weather Changing Cloud Craft

Next, conceal the staples and split pins with cotton wool balls. They will add a puffy cloudy texture and then add some grey paint to the area near the lightening bolt and rain.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Weather Changing Cloud Craft

Next it’s play time!

Drop the rain and lightening bolt to create a storm.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Weather Changing Cloud Craft

And then tuck them away for when the sun comes out!

It didn’t occur to me until after we completed the weather changing cloud craft that a rainbow would have been a nice addition to the activity! Well I say me, it was actually my daughter who painted that when the sun and rain combine, there’s always a rainbow to be seen in the sky…

I take note for next time, but maybe this is something you could add!

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Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Colourful Tissue Paper Flower Kids Craft

Today I have the pleasure of showing you our Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft – it’s simple, vibrant and perfect for little hands!

The kids will LOVE the process of tearing, scrunching and sticking; offering a fantastic fine motor work out!

And while toddlers and preschoolers will be absorbed by the process, older children are likely to take the craft a step further with intricate designs and patterns – perfect if you have multiple kids of varying ages and ability.

So here’s what you need!

Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft

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Tissue Paper
Paper Plate
PVA Glue
Scissors

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft

To begin, create create a flower shaped canvas.

Using a paper plate, simply fold it in half and cut out triangular shapes around the rim.

Open the paper plate up and begin sticking!

 

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft | A fun and simple Spring craft for kids. Toddlers and preschoolers will love the process of tearing, scrunching and sticking to make pretty paper plate flowers.

Offer your crafty kid lots of colourfulTissue Paper and a pot of glue.

Explain that the idea of the activity is to tear off smaller segments of tissue paper, scrunch it up into a tiny ball and then stick.

My preschooler decided to cover her paper plate in PVA glue first and while I knew that areas of the paper plate were likely to dry out, it’s important for kids to discover these small lessons for themselves and of course the glue can simply be reapplied.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft |Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft | A fun and simple Spring craft for kids. Toddlers and preschoolers will love the process of tearing, scrunching and sticking to make pretty paper plate flowers.

Next sit back and let the kids to the work!

I say sit back, I couldn’t help but get in on the action along with my preschooler and 6 year old.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Colourful Spring Paper Plate Flower Craft | A fun and simple Spring craft for kids. Toddlers and preschoolers will love the process of tearing, scrunching and sticking to make pretty paper plate flowers.

And that’s it!

Your crafty kiddies should now have a gorgeous Spring paper plate flower!

I hope they’ve enjoyed the process and if you’re looking for more arty crafty inspiration for Spring, take a look at our handprint blossom tree, cute cardboard tube bunnies and our awesome collection of rainbow crafts for kids!

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Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | Colourful Tissue Paper Flower Kids Craft

Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree

If you’ve been following Arty Crafty Kids for a while, you may have noticed that we LOVE our tree crafts. Craft is a fantastic way for children to interpret their observations of seasonal change and with Spring in the air, we’ve welcome a new addition to our seasonal handprint tree collection – a cherry blossom handprint tree!

Using a simple technique, preschoolers are free to recreate the appearance of a tree their own way. The ‘handprint ‘ adds a fun personal touch the kids seem to love!

And if you’re planning to try this idea with the kids this Spring, why not make it a year long project and work your way through all the seasons to create a collection of seasonal handprint trees!

 

Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree 

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Supplies

White Stock Card
Pink, White, Red and Brown Paint
Q-tip
A Willing Arm
Pencil

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree

Using a pencil, draw a faint line around your child’s arm and paint brown.

Rather than using ‘brown’ paint, offer the kids the primary colours and ask them to create shade. In my experience, kids (especially toddlers) rarely have problem making brown.

If you have an older child, it would be great fun for them to have a go themselves!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree

Offer a selection of pink and red paint, and encourage the kids to create various shades of pink by mixing white.

Once all the colours are formed, add a q-tip to each shade.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree

Cover the Q-tip in paint and dot it around the handprint, using one colour at a time.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree

Layer the colours to add depth and shade, filling the tree with beautiful ‘blossoms’.

I hope your children have enjoyed creating their beautiful cherry blossom handprint trees and if you would to explore other simple techniques, take a look at our bubble wrap and fingerprint blossom trees.

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Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Cherry Blossom Handprint Tree

Craft Stick Canvas Art

The clue is in the name, but craft sticks are not often associated with ‘process art’ and subsequently, this months craft stick theme for the monthly process art challenge left me scratching my head.

I simply had no idea how to incorporate them into art.

Luckily my kids had their own ideas and this served as a timely reminder that ‘process art’ is not about the end result and it’s not up to me to ‘decide what to do with them’.

With the tools to hand, the kids created something unique and spectacular.

To quote my 3 y/o Miss Cakes, her craft stick canvas art is “the most beautiful picture in the entire world”.

Lucky for you, the magic has been captured into one neat little video – take a look and sign up to our YouTube Channel for more Arty Crafty fun.

Enjoy!

Craft Stick Canvas Art

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Supplies

Pre-stretched Canvas
Coloured Craft Sticks
Washable Paint
PVA Glue
Embellishments
Glitter

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Craft Stick Canvas Art

Prepare the materials for your arty crafty kids and take a BIG step back, and watch the magic unfold.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Craft Stick Canvas Art | Get arty with popsicle sitcks! a fun and unique art projects for kids.

Using lots of PVA glue, cover the one side of the craft stick and attach it onto the canvas.

Whether your child glues the craft stick directly onto the canvas or decides to layer the sticks on top of each other, the PVA should be strong enough to secure the craft sticks – the canvas will need plenty of time to dry.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Craft Stick Canvas Art | Get arty with popsicle sitcks! a fun and unique art projects for kids.

Add tissue paper, glitter or anything else you have to hand within the craft box.

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Craft Stick Canvas Art | Get arty with popsicle sitcks! a fun and unique art projects for kids.

This process is a fantastic way for kids to explore texture and shape.

Layering the sticks adds an interesting dimension and as your children create; they will be figuring out the best way to balance the sticks, secure them effectively, as well as continuously assessing the available space through play to find the best fit – all of this in the name of art!

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Craft Stick Canvas Art | Get arty with popsicle sitcks! a fun and unique art projects for kids.

I hope your kids enjoy creating their own craft stick canvases and if you like this idea, scroll down to the bottom of the post to discover how my blogger friends interpreted the ‘craft stick process art challenge!’

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Arty Crafty Kids | Art | Craft Stick Canvas Art | Get arty with popsicle sitcks! a fun and unique art projects for kids.

 
Here are some fab Process art activities using craft sticks:

Craft stick Art Canvas by Arty Crafty Kids
Process Art Craft Stick Rainbow Project by Preschool Powol Packets
Process Art Painting for Kids with Homemade Paintbrushes by Views from a Step Stool
Craft Stick Process Art by Mum in the Mad House

22 Rainbow Kids Crafts

Rainbows, Rainbows and more Rainbows, 22 of them to be exact! We love rainbows at Arty Crafty Kids and I have put together a collection of the happiest rainbow kids crafts around.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

As always I love variety and each and every craft featured has a something different to offer, from a simple rainbow craft for your toddler or crafts to support your preschoolers fine motor development.

The one thing they all have in common, aside from being rainbow crafts and gorgeous, is that they’re all really simple and totally do-able for at home or within a class environment.

Shall we take a look?

22 Rainbow Kids Crafts

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Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | 22 Rainbow Kids Crafts | A beautiful collection of the happiest rainbow crafts for kids! A variety of spring crafts to suit your toddler, preschooler and beyond.

1. Gorgeous woven paper plate rainbow craft that’s perfect for developing early sewing skills.

2. Stunning raining rainbow cloud inspired by the gorgeous book “The Story of the Kindness Elves”.

3. Create a sweet 3d paper rainbow with clouds.

4. Here’s a simple ‘make a rainbow‘ activity for your toddler – great for colour recognition and sorting.

5. How beautiful is this rainbow paper shamrock?

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | 22 Rainbow Kids Crafts | A beautiful collection of the happiest rainbow crafts for kids! A variety of spring crafts to suit your toddler, preschooler and beyond.

6. Create a beautiful beaded rainbow suncatcher – another great fine motor work out!

7. Your kids can carry their paper and pens, or favourite book in style with a Rainbow Paper Plate Bag!

8. Colour sorting meets crafts with this simple and pretty button rainbow craft.

9. Make a rainbow or try blowing a rainbow with this super fun Cardboard Tube Rainbow Blower.

10. A beautiful and happy sunshine paper plate rainbow craft.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | 22 Rainbow Kids Crafts | A beautiful collection of the happiest rainbow crafts for kids! A variety of spring crafts to suit your toddler, preschooler and beyond.

11. This sewn paper plate rainbow craft is ideal for beginner sewers!

12. Practice weaving with a rainbow fish.

13. Add another dimension to your rainbow crafting with a stuffed paper bag rainbow.

14. Raid the button stash to make a gorgeous rainbow collage.

15. Keep it simple with an easy paper plate rainbow craft.

16. Create a pretty butterfly with rainbow wings.

17. Make DIY peg dolls for some imaginative play and colour sorting.

Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | 22 Rainbow Kids Crafts | A beautiful collection of the happiest rainbow crafts for kids! A variety of spring crafts to suit your toddler, preschooler and beyond.

18. Get crafty with the yarn to make a rainbow pom-pom mobile.

19. Create a simple cotton wool and paper rainbow cloud.

20. Move away from a traditional rainbow shape to make a layered rainbow heart wall hang.

21. Make a beautiful suncatcher, inspired by the book ‘My colour is Rainbow’.

22. Create a cheerful rainbow themed spring garden scene out of a paper plate .

And that concludes our gorgeous round-up of 22 Rainbow Kids Crafts!

Do you have a favourite?

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Arty Crafty Kids | Craft | 22 Rainbow Kids Crafts