Arts & Crafts

What Does Peace Feel Like Through the Eyes of Your Child

Sun, 11/04/2012 - 8:15am -- Mel Gibb

With November upon us, everyone is thinking about Remembrance Day and those who have given their lives so we may have our freedom. Often, I’ve found it difficult to explain Remembrance Day to the young students I’ve taught. For them, they haven’t seen the daily effects that wars have on families, homes, and countries. They are so far removed from World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War that it’s difficult for them to make a connection. I have found that teaching our children about peace has been a very effective tool as they can apply it to their everyday lives. Peace in the classroom, on the playground, and in their homes.

Salted Leaves and Pumpkins: Watercolor Techniques for Kids

Thu, 10/25/2012 - 6:01pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Painting is an art activity my girls would do happily everyday. Since setting up our art table and supplies in their bedroom it has been much easier for them to explore painting and creating on their own. For day-to-day painting we have some inexpensive watercolor pallet paints the girls are allowed to use on their own. These hard, pancake paints are relatively mess free and easy for the girls to explore without adult supervision. Crayola makes a nice set with fairly vivid colors. 

Fall Paper Tree Collage for Kids

Sun, 10/21/2012 - 11:26am -- Jessica Baudin-...

Our local library's walls are bright with color and art. They display art projects created by local students of all ages. The girls and I love to explore the new pieces each month and they are often a source of inspiration for our own projects at home. 

In the summer Bria particularly loved a wall featuring flower collages using a variety of different kinds of paper. Brightly colored paper was sharply contrasted with black silhouettes. Bria talked the entire car ride home about what techniques she thought the artists used to create the effect. Having done an art camp at our local art gallery a week prior she understood it was a collage and asked if we could try to recreate the pieces at home. 

Parent Time (& Sanity) Saver Halloween Activity

Thu, 10/18/2012 - 7:58pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

As parents we all have those days. The days when when the  to-do list seems far too long to accomplish, especially with little ones underfoot. And even though my husband and I try to include our girls in the household chores to develop their sense of responsibility and team work, there are times when it is just much faster (and less stressful) to do things ourselves. But how to keep the girls entertained? 

This activity is super simple and the girls worked contently and quietly on it all afternoon. ALL afternoon! The added bonus was that it was relatively mess free, quick to set up and we had all the materials at home!

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1st Birthday Party Activity Ideas

Sat, 10/13/2012 - 12:20pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

1st Birthdays are a huge milestone for birthday child and parents like! I often (half) joke with my clients that the 1st Birthday party is really a chance for parents to say "Hooray! We survived!". Whether you are planning a small gathering or a large fiesta for your extended circle of friends and family here are some fun activity ideas that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages!

Baby Safe Finger Painting (recipe via Tinkerlab

How to Melt Old, Stubby Crayons into “NEW” Crayons & Why We Love Colouring

Thu, 09/27/2012 - 9:25pm -- Mel Gibb

If your house is anything like ours, then somewhere in it there is a huge container of crayons. These crayons have been acquired over the years from restaurants, birthday parties, school supplies, gifts, and the likes. And, if you’re fanatical about crayons, like I am, you’ve purchased the 120 pack with macaroni & cheese, timberwolf, asparagus, tickle me pink, and wisteria in it. In our container with these new whimsical colours are the crayons that date back to when I was using them as a child. Many of them are broken into bits and pieces that most would say are no longer of useful. However, with a bit of creativity, Eleanor, my 16 month old, and I turned these old crayons into new treasures.

Watercolor-crayon resists: Mystery Pictures and Fall Trees

Sun, 09/23/2012 - 7:01pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Many times the simple, tried and true art projects bring our children the most joy. Simple projects also make weekly or daily art much more achievable.  A few weeks ago Malia asked “Can we pwease do cat art today Mama?” Not having time to prepare ahead of time I quickly decided we had everything we needed on hand to explore with watercolor-crayon resists.

Paint Chip Turkeys: Thanksgiving Craft for Preschoolers

Wed, 09/19/2012 - 10:08pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner we are exploring the themes and symbols of this harvest celebration. We have been reading storybooks about Thanksgiving and learning about Turkeys.  To decorate our fireplace mantle Malia (age 3) and I made this simple Turkey craft using paper towel rolls and paint chips.

DIY "I Spy" Sensory Bags

Wed, 05/30/2012 - 9:32pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

At then end of each session of Intellidance™ Babies I put together a sensory play class. During this class I set up different stations around the studio that allow the caregivers and babies a chance to discover, explore and play with a variety of materials. My stand bys are finger painting, tunnels, vestibular tops, ball pit, instruments, sensory balls, and puppets. Each session I also try to include something new. When I found this DIY Sensory Bag on Pinterest I knew I had my new station!

Simple Tie Dye using Sharpies

Sun, 04/22/2012 - 6:01pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

On Friday afternoon Bria and I spent 3 hours making 10 of these shirts:

My five-year-old Creative Jazz students are being fireworks for the year end concert at J'Adore Dance. I love this class! They are little spitfires full of energy and creativity who always make me smile. They are dancing to Katy Perry's "Firework" because I love the message of letting your inner light shine! I found the tutus below back in January but needed shirts to complete their outfits. 

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