Garden Gnomes and Garden Toads

Getting dirty is a skill set Claire especially excels at. The muddy project Claire is working on in the photo above was inspired by a book we checked out from the library about gnomes.  Claire was enthralled by it, and I must admit that I was as well. Growing up, I absolutely Gnomes by Will Huygen LOVED the Nickelodeon show “David the Gnome.” Turns out … Continue reading Garden Gnomes and Garden Toads

Spray Paint Valentine’s Cards

Part of the joy of creating art is the process. In fact, the process IS the joy and the whole purpose in much of the preschool art experience. Exploring materials, experimenting with different techniques — this is where the excitement is at! Here’s our take on a process oriented Valentine. To concentrate your tongue MUST be sideways. It’s a fact. I’m working with a three … Continue reading Spray Paint Valentine’s Cards

An interesting "costume"

This is what happens when you don’t give your three year old enough crackers for her hummus: I’m putting away laundry upstairs and Claire shouts up to me, “Mommy! Do you want to see how beautiful my hummus costume is? My hands and fingers are wearing it!”Oh dear. A day for laughs indeed. If I can convince my friend Lauren to divulge her top-secret hummus recipe … Continue reading An interesting "costume"

This one’s for the birds!

We just read “The Big Snow” by Elmer Hader and (if possible) Claire has become even more obsessed with birds. Having lots of wintry weather here like in the story, it was the perfect time to provide some sustenance to our feathered friends. Claire said I looked just like the old lady in the story when I through the remnants of the suet cakes in … Continue reading This one’s for the birds!

Textile Art with Toddlers (aka PUFFY PAINT!)

Remember puffy paint from the 80s? If it doesn’t conjure up visions of Debbie Gibson and girls shaking their bedazzled rhinestone tushies you must have been born on another planet. Claire is into squiggly drawing right now so I thought this would be a hit. Turns out I was wrong and she used the bottles in an entirely different way. She made tall puffy paint … Continue reading Textile Art with Toddlers (aka PUFFY PAINT!)

Crime and Punishment

Another post featuring Claire at her naughtiest – what has this blog come to?! I’ll just chalk it up to toddlerhood. Here’s a snapshot of Claire doing the time after the crime and wiping down the wainscoting she decorated. While I appreciate Claire’s attempts at improving our kitchen decor,I prefer the clean look of white cabinetry and molding to the bold orange of her marker. … Continue reading Crime and Punishment