Fun Art Projects for Kids ~ Painting On Trees

Did you know you could paint trees? Never really thought about it, did you? Me either. Until the other day, when my kids and I stumbled upon the idea, playing with art supplies outside. If you’re looking for fun art projects for kids this summer, add this to your list. It’s fun and can be done over and over again. All you need is a little paint. . 

Summer Art Projects for Kids ~~ Painting Trees from Creekside Learning

No trees were harmed in this art project.  We used {affiliate link*} Washable Liquid Tempera Paint.  Indeed, it washed off with a rain storm later that night. 

We painted with brushes…

Paint a tree. Info on paint that won't harm trees. From Creekside Learning.

…and, we painted with our hands. What a great sensory experience! The cool paint going onto hands with tickly brushes, feeling the rough bark of the tree and the patterns in the lines of bark.

 Sensory Art: Painting Trees With Our Hands | Creekside Learning

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Summer Art for Kids:  Painting Trees from Creekside Learning.

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Learning About the Great Artists: Homeschool Artist Studies

learning about the great artists: homeschool artist studiesWe are so excited to be learning about the world’s greatest artists this year!  Here is how we are approaching the wonderful study of art.

Our main goal is not to do an in-depth artist study but to do an introduction of the various styles and works of the masters, with some information about each artists’ life. If the kids choose to linger over one particular author, as my daughter has done with Faith Ringold and my son has done with Vincent Van Gogh, then that is fine. We will linger. Otherwise we spend a couple of days very focused on a particular artist. I leave the materials out for at least a week, so they can come back to them when they want to.

Flower paintings for our Georgia O'Keeffe artist study.

Flower paintings for our Georgia O’Keeffe artist study.

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Valentine Projects at The Studio

I had a great time baking and crafting with my kids with some new Valentine themed projects for the fab folks over at Kiwi Crate’s The Studio. Here’s a peek at what we did. Click on the photos or links to go over to The Studio and get the recipes and full directions.

But first, let me share something new with you.

the studio pop-up shopBesides being the place to find hundreds of creative kids craft ideas, The Kiwi Crate Studio just launched their kids craft materials pop-up shop.

The shop is filled with top-quality materials, hand-picked by the kids art experts at award-winning Kiwi Crate.  Find a fun project you want to try, then have the materials shipped right to your door. Explore interesting new materials from glittery clay to liquid watercolor and eco-friendly options as well.

And now, on to our Valentine recipes and projects.

Valentine Yogurt Treats. These are healthy and super easy to make.

Valentine yogurt treats

Valentine Banana Nut Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Another healthy Valentine snack, and the kids loved helping with the trick that makes the muffins into a heart shape.

Heart Muffins

Handprint and Footprint Valentines.  A little bit messy, a lot of fun to make and definitely something to treasure when those little hands and feet aren’t so little anymore.


Chocolate Dipping Spoons. We’ve made these for Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and just winter in general. The kids can make them and who doesn’t love a little extra melted chocolate stirred into their hot cocoa or coffee?

dipping spoons

Mason Jar Cupcakes.  This is another all-occasion idea that works for Valentine’s Day, too. I make these any time I need to transport a dessert to a party or family gathering. Everyone oohs and aahs over them and guess what? It’s just a cupcake in a jar with some extra icing. That’s it.

Mason Jar Cupcakes

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Fall Crafts, Math Learning and More at The Studio

I have a secret that I can finally tell you.  I’ve been crafting and creating and then writing my little heart out over the past 6 weeks, at a place other than my blog. I am so excited to be a part of The Studio, a brand new resource for creative inspiration, brought to you by the fine folks at Kiwi Crate.

So, what have I been writing about? Well, fun fall things, to start with. Check out these mini-apple pies with press-in dough that the kids can easily make.  Work on some early math skills with apple patterns, watch popcorn pop on your stove and make an easy teepee with sticks for doll and stuffed animal pretend play time, while you learn about early Native American history. And there’s more!

We’ve also been adding to our hands-on math collection of activities, including counting trees for my preschooler, mental math outside on the scooter, skip counting hopscotch and skip counting football for my elementary aged kids.

So hop on over to The Studio and check this all out. While you’re there, you can get so many more learning and crafting ideas: Homemade gifts, two-ingredient projects, party ideas, sanity savers, holiday projects, and much, much more.

The Studio is a Pinterest-friendly place, too, so feel free to pin your favorite projects and check back, because more are being added all the time.  Oh, speaking of Pinterest, The Studio is having a Pin It to Craft It event. You could win a Pottery Barn Kids craft table and a $100 to spend at Kiwi Crate. See their website for details on how to enter.

Here’s one more fun fall project that we’ve done that’s over at The Studio. We painted with chrysanthemum flowers. This took only a few minutes and my kids got so creative with it. You can see it here.

Paintings made with chrysanthemum flowers.

Disclosure: I am a paid contributor to The Studio but my decision to share about the projects I’ve created for The Studio with my blog readers is my own. 

Learning With Pinkalicious and The Pink Drink

You know we love Pinkalicious, right?  My daughter was thrilled to find Pinkalicious and the Pink Drink,
by Victoria Kann, at the library. I was thrilled when I realized how much math is in this book and my mind started swirling with all the mathy learning possibilities of it.  Add to that, some fun pretend play with our Pinalicious Lemonade stand and some fun art projects, and we had a great week of fun with the Princess of Pink.

Here’s what the book is about:  Pinkalicious wants to buy bubblegum but finds her piggy bank empty. She decides to make and sell pink lemonade. Antics ensue when she tries to turn the lemonade pink with beets, watermelon, frosting, etc. until Mommy helps her with the right, tasty ingredients. Her brother, Peter, helps and together they sell the lemonade and head for the store with the gum ball machine. Pinkalicious counts her money and buys gum balls, dividing them in various ways with Peter.

Pinkalicious Math
There are lots of opportunities for money counting and coin sorting in this book, as well as the division of the gum balls. Here’s what we did:

I sketched a gum ball machine onto paper and outlined it in black marker. My daughter colored it, then cut a Zip Loc bag, which we attached with packaging tape to the paper, trimming the edges so it made a circle.  We left the zipper at the top untaped so we could insert our 9 pink pom poms.  This is the number of gum balls that Pinkalicious buys with her lemonade stand money.

In the book, Pinkalicious divides the 9 gum balls in several ways between her and Peter, so we did this on paper, finding all the number bonds we could for the number 9. We used the pom poms as math manipulatives.

Pinkalicious divided the gumballs up this way: 8 for her, 1 for Peter; then 3 for Peter, 6 for herself; then 1 in her mouth, 4 in her hand and 4 for Peter.


Look at all the ways that we can make 9! More number bonds with 9.

Pinkalicious earns exactly “six quarters, four dimes, five nickels, and ten pennies” with her lemonade stand. We put those exact coins on the table and then totaled up the money: $2.25. We exchanged these for 9 quarters, and then calculated that at 25 cents a piece, we could get 9 gum balls. “How about that!”, my daughter exclaimed.

Sorting coins.

When we made our own lemonade stand, we had lots of money math opportunities as well. First I had my daughter sort all of the quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies into her cash register.

Then we reviewed making change for a dollar. The lemonade would be 25 cents per cup so we practiced making change for a dollar if someone purchased one lemonade, or 2 or 3.  Later, we used our play paper money to make change for five dollar bills with ones.

Pinkalicious Pretend Play
Our pretend lemonade stand has been a big hit and the kids have been playing with it all week.   They even expanded their offerings to pretend cookies and smoothies by making menus and an open/closed sign (yay! handwriting practice.), continuing to make change (practicing those math skills that we just learned) and serving their doll and stuffed animal customers (manners, hooray!).

Here’s how we set up the stand. First, my super talented niece hand-painted this gorgeous sign. I realize not everyone has a relative with an a art degree living in their basement, so if you’re like me and have very little artistic talent,  just do your best with the sign, you’re kids won’t care. Or have them make the sign.

Next, I made the pretend pink lemonades. You will need pink paper, cups, straws, scissors, hot glue gun, and something to weight the cups down so they don’t frustratingly fall over (I used some glass heart-shaped stones borrowed from another project).

Next, I made our pink cash register. Mainly because my 3 year old dropped our toy cash register and broke it beyond repair. I saved the cash drawer, however, but used some cardboard, pink paper and this printable cash register keypad to make our Pinkalicious Cash Register.

Pinkalicious Art Work
Our art work theme focused on the gum ball machine in the Pink Drink book.
 We made some stamp art, using a round sponge paint brush to make gum balls in a gum ball machine that I sketched out for my daughter. She also painted the gum ball machine.



We made 9 gum balls with a  circle punch for our next gum ball machine. With this one, I drew it in pencil and my daughter traced over it with marker before painting it and adding the pink paper circles.

For more fun with Pinkalicious, see what we did with the other books about the Princess of Pink.
 More learning ideas can be found on my Hands-On Math pin board and my Pinkalicious pin board on Pinterest.

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