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Make It Your Own 🍁  Creative activities for kids


❄️Skating party! ❄️

My son built these structures at school with marshmallows and toothpicks with his amazing teacher the week before last and so when he wanted to show his older brother and sister how to make them, the Valentine’s Day haul came in handy! (Thank you to @buggyandbuddy For the inspiration!) I have done variations with plasticine, straws and dowels with students- a great way to look at the components of 3-D geometry where children can clearly identify the edges and vertices!

Hearts Part 2: I was so personally touched by all the time and effort that went into the projects for the #makeityourownheart giveaway that we’d love to give the accounts included below a thank you book. Please DM me your address. 💗Bonnie- Here is the second half of the collection (see part 1 in the previous post): 1) @raising.kinley’s watercolours hearts that she made with her daughter (she is part of the weekly challenge @smocks.on) 2) @kristina.wedewer whose class created what was in their heart- lovely idea. 3) @theartgardenblog’s use of washi 4) @weeblewobblewonder “sweet” choice of material- I bet this was well received! 5) @watercolorsandwords collaged hearts 6) @pearces.r.us sparkly hearts made by her 3 girls (I have two sisters, so this reminded me of my childhood 💕) 7) @thea_snv Jim Dine inspired hearts- do see her monthly wall 8) @thebluebarn’s batik hearts- I already got the supplies to try this one! @sometimescreative’s suncatcher hearts 10) @themamajuggleisreal’s multi-layered hearts (be sure to read all the different layers they created for this art piece!). THANK YOU once again!

Hearts Part 1: I was so personally touched by the time and effort that went in to all of the #makeityourownheart projects that we would love to send of you listed below a book to say thank you. Please DM me your address. 💗 Here are some of the amazing entries (be sure to see part two too): 1) @happi_crafts- gorgeous technique! 2) @amjordan99’s girls tried out SO many different processes 3) @juliecurtin14’s paper and amazingly detailed hearts 4) @thepaintedtoddler combined materials 5) @mielaerkerasmussen’s daughter’s sparkly garland 6) playok_405’s lovely hanging heart and 7)@goodnesscreativeco’s hearts with a process I am adding to our list to try! 💗

After MUCH deliberation, the kids have selected a favourite for the #makeityourownheart giveaway: this robot heart puppet from @onroselane! 💜

Our littlest has been recovering from a minor surgery and we are just catching up. It has been completely HEART-WARMING to see all the amazingly creative entries for our #makeityourownheart giveaway when we came back this week! 🧡This project is one that we did with @hellowonderful_co, based on the friendships that we have found here online. Not only have we been inspired by all the creativity in people’s homes, studios and classrooms, we have been touched by the KINDNESS and GENEROSITY of so many of you. Thank you. 💗

A simple rainbow necklace! *Our friends over @get.creative.with are having a rainbow theme this week!*

Make a personalized tote to transport your Valentine cards to school and bring the ones from your classmates home! ❤️

A sweet entry by a 7 year old for our #makeityourownheart giveaway! I love her happy face showing her creation in the sunlight! 💛 @mielaerkerasmussen is a Danish mother who shares her creative journey with her children and the processes behind what they make and do. She makes you see that there is magic and learning behind every act we do with our children- whether it be going for a walk, making a meal together or experimenting with a new material!

How lovely is the first entry for our #makeityourownheart giveaway (see previous post) from @sometimescreative! Her kids were recovering from feeling unwell and they made this sun catcher from the template- so sweet and clever! 💗❤️💗 Thank you Amy and family!

We are having a giveaway: Print the heart template on our site, use any art or craft process to decorate it, take a photo and then tag it with #makeityourownheart and then we will pick our favourite on Valentine’s Day February 14th, 2018. We will then send the winner an animal set and book along with another set for a friend of their choice! We do hope you will join us in the fun! 💙💛🧡 (This giveaway is not associated with Instagram, is open internationally to those people 18 years of age or older. Please submit your entries by February 14th 11:59 p.m. to be included. We will pick 1 person as the winner and they and 1 friend of their choice will receive an animal set and book each. Good luck!)

Research a person and their contributions and then create them out of plasticine to accompany your biography! (Swipe left for a closer view) *Ours was based on, “The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Patricia Bath by the @theinnovationpress-so good! 💙

❄️Clip out some clothes from a catalogue and draw a person wearing them! ❄️ Thanks for the mixed media inspiration @artcampla! 💙

We traced our upper bodies and put them into this GIANT snow globe! 💜❄️💜

Did you happen to see our heart-shaped wings on @redtedart’s 31 DAYS of LOVE? Each year Maggy has 31 Valentine ideas on her site from a variety of people- a great collaboration of friendship! We do hope you will take a peek! 💗🧡💗

Hey friends! We hope you had a most wonderful holiday! ✨ Here are our top 9 of 2017- thank you to each and everyone of you who are a part of our online community. 💛 (*And those wee hands are our kids welcoming the best thing about last year for our family- a new cousin.) We look forward to catching up! Bonnie-

Paint your holiday ribbon spools to add to your recyclable building supplies!

A most MERRY Christmas to you! ❤️

“Oh Christmas Tree!” 💗

Are you hosting Christmas? If so, we have a printable over on @hellowonderful_co which you can personalize to make this ornament garland. Whether it be colouring, painting or printing like we did- the kids can make it this weekend to hang up for your celebration! ❤️

Be sure to hang onto your holiday gift cards after you use them for this painting technique we did over @creatingcreatives for @littlebuttondiaries CRAFTMAS!

Sometimes the simplest activities hold children’s attention, don’t they!? Just filter paper circles, pipettes and liquid watercolours delighted my youngest and his playmate for quite some time! You could use the papers for gift tags, make them into ornaments or garlands or save them for collage! @creativechildhood is celebrating the holidays this week, so we thought we would join in too! (#creativechildhood) ❤️💚❤️

What a pleasure it was to be a guest host for @ctinquiry’s theme of Holidays! This is a magical time of year and it is always lovely to see so many people doing creative, hands-on activities within their classrooms and homes! It certainly gave me some new accounts to follow and inspiration! Here were a few highlights (left to right, top to bottom): 1) @littleseedsandpeterpan ‘s Hanukkah ice melting activity- a great way for children to explore physical changes in matter. Be sure to check out their red and green idea for the light table too! 3) I would have loved @thehomeschooldiary’s build and paint a nutcracker invitation with these wooden parts as a child! 3) I like how @creative_explorations paired poinsettia drawing with children’s literature- one of my favourite starting points! 4) @yogapantsandpearls creates a station to make gingerbread people with play dough- always a hit! 5) My children are a fan of so many of Jan Brett’s holiday books and this pairing with @momducator’s drawing activity really gets children imagining (just like having them write their own ending to a tale)! Be sure to take a peek at her beautiful paint holder in another seasonal post- I am going to have to see about making those! ❤️6) @playexplorelearn had so many good ideas, it was hard to narrow it down- I really liked this nutcracker drawing idea as it gets kids looking at the lines and shapes that are often a part of nutcrackers! Do check out her tree garland, mailbox (great real-life literacy), her seasonal symbols on black paper and making a kindness chain- a favourite emphasis during the holiday season! 💕 7)Isn’t the use of velcro clever on @playing_with_lightning’s gingerbread house?! It can be decorated numerous times in a variety of ways! 8) @stimulatinglearningwithrachel has brilliant ideas- I like how she brought a bit of nature into the classroom to decorate! 9) @darlamyersclass is also a great account for educators- I like this DIY weaving station and you must take a peek at her Diwali diyas! A warm thank you to @creative_explorations, @creativeplayideas & @joannebabalis for having me and for bringing such thought, curiosity and creativity to education! ❤️

“Can you decorate the Christmas tree?” (A bit of play dough, some buttons and this mat from our friend @ohcreativeday make this a great activity while you prep dinner! Or use it in your classroom. Shannon has a few different designs!)🎄Don’t forget that we are picking some of our @ctinquiry favourites for the theme of HOLIDAYS tonight, so be sure to tag your Reggio Emilia inspired challenges (#ctinquiry & #cti_languageofholidaycelebrations ) and do check out the entries- there are some beautiful, creative activities for the last week of school or to do at home with your children! 💛

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