Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game

Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game | A fun seasonal play and learning activity for kids. Position the rocks onto the tree and turns the rocks to change the season

Todays Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game takes an interactive and hands-on approach to engaging children in seasonal change observations and discussions. With a simple turn of a pebble, children can work through all four seasons, using the bright colours to identify and differentiate between Summer, Spring, Autumn and Winter.

The activity all begins with a fun rock hunt, so head down to your local beach or pebble rich location and start collecting – you will need a minimum of 40 small, flat and smooth rocks!

Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game: supplies and tutorial 

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40 Smooth, small and flat pebbles
Acrylic Paint
Metallic Paint
Black Sharpie
Pencil

Download the free printable: 4 Seasons Tree Template

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Arty Crafty Kids | Seasonal | Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game | A fun seasonal play and learning activity for kids. Position the rocks onto the tree and turns the rocks to change the season

Step 1. Wash the Pebbles and leave to dry.

Step 2. Divide the pebbles into two even groups.

Step 3. Paint a white leaf on both sides of pebble within group 1 (Summer & Autumn) .

Step 4. Paint a white leaf on one side of the pebbles in group 2 and a white circle on the other side.

Step 5. Once the white base layers are dry, paint one side of all the pebbles in group 1 Green and the other side in various Autumn Shades (yellow, red, brown) to create Summer and Autumn leaves.

Step 6. Paint the leaves in group 2 a Metalic Silver Shades (Winter) and add pink dots to the white circles using a Q-tip of rubber end of a pencil to create the appearance of Spring Blossom.

Step 7. Once the paint has dried, add a black outline to all leaves with a black sharpie marker.

Time to Play! 

Ask the children to divide and sort the colours into their groups, and add the pebbles to the tree template using the pretty swirls on the branches as positioning guidance.

Once the tree is complete with one colour, start turning the pebbles to reveal the next season and while they’re playing, use the discussion points below to enourage the children to think about why seasonal change occurs.

Seasonal Discussion Points: 

  • Why do you think the leaves change colour? – visit Science Sparks for a simple explanation.
  • Seasonal Order – What comes after/before Autumn?
  • How many seasons are there?
  • What colours represent Spring/Winter/Autumn/Summer?
  • What happens to the leaves during Autumn?

My own children have had hours of fun with our Four Seasons Transformation Rock Game and I hope your children do too!

For more seasonal tree crafts and activities, take a look at our Bubble Wrap Autumn Tree and Four Season Handprint Collection.

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12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes

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I absolutely adore this collection of stunning arty crafty snowflakes. Such amazing colours and shapes, as well as a whole variety of techniques to choose from!

Have your  kids ever explored quilling?

Watercolour resist?

or bleeding tissue paper doodle art?

They can all be found here, along with so much more!

Shall we take a look?

 

12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes | A stunning collection of 12 Arty Crafty Snowflakes to try this Winter. Presenting a variety of techniques, from an easy winter craft to something more challenging for older kids!

Oil pastel and Watercolour Resist Snowflake | Arty Crafty Kids

Big Painted Snowflake Art | Hello Wonderful

Coffee Filter Snowflakes | Happy Hooligans

Exploring Symmetry with Snowflakes  | I heart Crafty Things

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes | A stunning collection of 12 Arty Crafty Snowflakes to try this Winter. Presenting a variety of techniques, from an easy winter craft to something more challenging for older kids!

Snowflake Wall Hanging | The Crafted Sparrow

Pop- up Snowflakes | Krokotak

Quilled Snowflake Patterns | Red Ted Art

Melted Crayon and Homemade Clay Snowflakes | Arty Crafty Kids

Arty Crafty Kids | Art | 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes | A stunning collection of 12 Arty Crafty Snowflakes to try this Winter. Presenting a variety of techniques, from an easy winter craft to something more challenging for older kids!

Snowflake Window Clings | One Little Project

Playing with Snowflakes | Alisa Burke

Button Snowflake Craft  Snowflake Craft |Kids Craft Room

Bleeding Tissue Paper Snowflake Art | The Pinterested Parent

Now that you have seen all 12 Stunning Arty Crafty Snowflakes, do you have a favourite?

With every round-up, I take great care to show you art and craft ideas that will inspire creativity, introduce new techniques and ideas, and present something a little different to try with the kids.

Many of the ideas are super easy – perfect if you have younger children!

However, if like you me you have an older child who likes a challenge, then I try to offer ideas to appeal to those needs too!

I hope you agree and if you’re looking for more creative Winter fun, then you will LOVE our 16 Winter Crafts Ideas for Kids and 14 Winter Art Ideas for Kids!

Happy Crafting!

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14 Wonderful Winter Art Projects for Kids

16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

The changing seasons are a wonderful source of arty crafty inspiration and to ease us into Winter, I have put together this gorgeous collection of 14 Winter Art Projects for Kids.

As always, I love simplicity and variety.

And as you progress through this post, you will find an eclectic range of techniques including: Splat painting, painting in the snow, bleeding tissue paper art, resist methods, winter collage, painting with bubble wrap and much much more.

There will be something to suit every fancy and all age groups, with the emphasis placed on the process rather than the end result.

I have a few favourites of my own, what will be yours….

Shall we take a look?

14 Winter Art Projects for Kids 

16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

Bleeding Tissue Paper Winter Scene |Art Projects for Kids

Snowy Woods Art | The Crafty Crow

Bubble Wrap Winter Tree | Arty Crafty Kids

Melted Snowman Painting | Kids Craft Room

Painting on Tinfoil | Messy Little Monster

16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

Stary Night Sky | Buggy and Buddy

Snowflake Resist Art | Fun at Home with Kids

Winter Handprint Tree | Arty Crafty Kids

Snowy Day Tissue Paper Art | Fireflies and Mudpies

16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

Mixed Media Christmas Village | The Pinterested Parent

Alpine Trees | Painted Paper Art

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake | Arty Crafty Kids

Christmas Tree Scene | I heart Crafty Things

Colourful Abstract Trees | Mary Making

Art is a wonderful way to observe and explore seasonal change, and I hope you have an idea or two to try with the kiddos!

And if you have enjoyed Winter Art Projects for Kids and would like even more inspiration, you should take a look at our collection of 16 Winter Crafts for Kids, where you will find a variety of snowman, animal and snowy wintery crafts.

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16 Winter Art Projects for Kids - A selection of gorgous snowy Winter art projects for kids using various process art tehniques to keep the kids busy this Winter.

 

 

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

I adore this watercolour and oil pastel resist snowflake.

Isn’t it gorgeous?

Oil pastels have become one of my favourite materials for resist art.

For one, it takes a mere few minutes to set up. So if you have young children with short attention spans, then this process is perfect for them!

So far we’ve used this technique for a spider web and spooky ghost reveal. Both concepts have proven popular.

Kids love the secret reveal and with respect to our snowflakes, the watercolours against the white pastel works tremendously well, creating a gorgeous winter scene.

MATERIALS: Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake

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Watercolour Paints
White Oil Pastel
Watercolour Paper
Water

Paint Brush


DIRECTIONS: Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Using a white oil pastel, draw a snowflake design onto the watercolour paper.

To draw the snowflake, start with four criss-crossing lines of equal lengths (it should resemble a star shape).

From a couple of cm from the centre of the snowflake, join the branches with a zig-zag and draw another connecting line from the lowest point of the zig-zag to the centre.

At the end of each of the long lines, draw 3 (or more/less) V shapes.

The snowflake should begin to take form now and if you have an older child, this is a great way to get them thinking about symmetry.

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Next, begin covering the snowflake with watercolour paints.

If your child is new to watercolours, simply encourage them to apply their brush with water before selecting their colour.

Once the brush is wet, add colour and apply.

This method will create sharper colours and lines.

For softer shades and to make the spread of the paints a little easier, dampen the paper with a sponge before applying the watercolours and then continue as before.

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Use the centre of the snowflake as the starting point for each application of paint and follow the line away form the centre.

My 6 y/o alternated between the blue and purple, adding more or less water to create varying shades.

My preschooler on the otherhand, applied the paint all over the place, not caring for any lines or colour pattern and the enjoyed the process just as much!

Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Watercolours and oil pastels are not typical candidates for the kids craft cupboard, however in the  spirit creative exploration, I think it’s hugely important for kids to have the opportunity to explore different mehods and techniques.

And these additional supplies are not expensive and practically last forever!

If you are new to these materials, then an art project like this watercolour and oil pasel resist snowflake is a good place to start!

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Watercolour and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflake Kids Art - This watercolour and oil pastel resist Snowflake art idea for kids is perfect for the Winter season. Children will love discovering the secret snowflake, while playing with and mixing the watercolour paints to create a pretty Winter scene.

Winter Bubble Wrap Tree Kids Craft

Winter is on its way and snow is expected to follow.

Well that’s what my kids think and if yours are anything like mine, then they’ll be super excited by the prospect of snow.

Unfortuantely, there’s  a great big ‘but’ that’s going to burst that Winter bubble… living down south (U.K) we rarely experience snow!

So when it falls it’s a massive occassion, so we live in hope and maybe this year we’ll see more than a dusting of snow.

Until then, we’ll allow that snow enthusiasm to seep into our Winter crafts.

Kickstarting our Winter crafting with this easy peasy Winter Bubble Wrap Tree.

Isn’t it sweet?

Materials: Winter Bubble Wrap Tree

A Sheet of Blue Card
Black Paint
White Paint
Bubble Wrap
Paint Brush, Scissors

Let’s Make It!

The first step is to paint the tree.

Depending on the age of your child, you may want to help them out. Obviously you don’t need me to tell you that kid-made is best, however it turns out!

Just don’t worry if your kids version doesn’t look ‘tree’ like…


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Next, paint the individual bubbles white – this is a great excersise for developing fine motor skills.

Alternatively, grab yourself a toilet roll, the bubble wrap and an elastic band, and create a stamp!

Simply place the bubble wrap onto the end of the TP Roll and secure with an elastic band. Younger children may find this method a little easier!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Winter Craft - Winter Bubble Wrap Tree

Place the painted bubble wrap onto the tree and press down firmly.

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Winter Craft - Winter Bubble Wrap Tree

Remove the bubble wrap to reveal the snow!

Some children may create perfect circles, others may get a little smudged.

Either way, the results will be perfect!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Winter Craft - Winter Bubble Wrap Tree

Repeat the previous steps and fill the tree with snowy prints!

Another adaption would be to swap the bubble wrap for finger prints, lego or anything else that’s circular and to hand!

I hope you love our Bubble Wrap Tree and if you would like to further inspriation, check out our Winter Handprint Tree! 

And that concludes our Winter Craft tutorial!

This idea works really well at home and be a great addition to a Winter unit at preschool or school.

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Winter Handprint Tree

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Winter is on its way and as a follow-up to our hugely popular Autumn version, we now have a Winter Handprint Tree to show you!

I adore how this turned out.

And my girls enjoyed this art project just as much as the first!

Well, probably a little more as they explored ‘Frozen’ colours and swirls…

Swirls that eventually turned into a full-blown blizzards  and eventually swallowed up their handprint trees!

Luckily, I was able to capture a few shots of my preschoolers tree before the weather turned.

Shall we check it out?

MATERIALS: Winter Handprint Tree

A sheet of blue stock card
Paints
Q-tips
Pencil

Let’s Make It!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Projects for Kids - Winter Handprint Tree

Draw around your child’s hand and then fill it in with some brown paint…

The colour brown seems to come naturally to younger kids, so let them dabble with the colour mixing and encourage them to colour in their own prints!

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Projects for Kids - Winter Handprint Tree

Set up a  selection of colours and offer a q-tip for each.

As you can see, our winter colours consist of white, blue, pink and purple.

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Projects for Kids - Winter Handprint Tree

Begin dabbing the Q-tips around the handprint.

Arty Crafty Kids - Art - Art Projects for Kids - Winter Handprint Tree

Use a variety of colours and build the tree up until it’s nice and full.

And that’s it!

Your crafty kiddies should now have a gorgeous Winter Handprint Tree to display on the wall.

Based on the feedback I’ve received, our Autumn tree worked superbly well within a classroom setting and preschoolers enjoyed the process, with many substituting the Q-tips with their fingers!

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The Thing About Yetis

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The Thing about Yetis is a ridiculously cute picture book by Vin Vogel. My children fell in love with the fluffy, sometimes ‘crabby’ character with all its amusing expressions and antics. It’s an easy book for young children to follow and most importantly, relate to.

We talked about the activities we like to pursue in Winter and used the illustrations to discuss the emotions of the yeti; was he happy or sad? having fun or being a little mischievous? and from this perspective, The Thing about Yetis (US Link / UK Link )really comes into its own, as the illustrations compliment and expand the narrative beautifully.

It’s a fun, bouncy book with tons of humour  and your preschooler will love it!

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As always, we like to extend all book readings with an activity or craft and for The Thing about Yetis (US Link / UK Link ), we’ve created our own adorable Yeti.

Paper Plate Yeti: Materials and Supplies 

Paper Plate
Cotton Wool Balls
Stock Paper – White, Blue and Red
PVA Glue
Scissors

A copy of The Thing about Yetis (US Link / UK Link )

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To begin, set your arty crafty kids up with a paper plate, PVA glue and cotton balls. Separate the cotton balls and stick them to the paper plate to create a fluffy layer.

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Using coloured paper, cut out eyes, a nose and a mouth for the yeti.

Cut a piece of white paper into four strips – these will be used for the legs and arms.

Cut two mitten shapes and two ovals for feet.

And finally, cut a white pipe cleaner into 3 uneven pieces.

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To create a bit of texture, fold the strips of white paper into alternating folds and attach them to the mittens and ovals.

Complete the yeti by sticking the facial features directly onto the fluffy paper plate and attach the arms, legs and tuffs of hair (pipecleaners) to the back of the plate, securing with sticky tape.

Your arty crafty kid should now have a super cute and fluffy yeti all of their own to help bring the character of the The Thing about Yetis to life!

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