Painted Feathers- Art Project For Kids Of All Ages

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I love following @erinlightfeather on Instagram.  Her work is so colorful and pretty.  I thought it would be fun for my students to paint some feathers, inspired by her work.  It is always fun to get creative with our canvases.  With Thanksgiving approaching, it would be beautiful to paint super large white turkey feathers and make a centerpiece…

What you will need:

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Forget the chalk. We tried that, it didn’t work.

What to do:

  1. drop some gel food coloring on your feather and spread color with paint brush
  2. repeat using a different color and clean brush
  3. repeat till you are happy with color range
  4. rinse sticky color off, you will be left with a stain
  5. let dry for a bit
  6. dot with paint pens

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The fun thing about this process art project is that there is no right or wrong.  It is so simple and pleasing.  You can take it further if you like by using your dyed feather in a larger project like Bohemian Wall Hanging.

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What cuties! Feathers and artists.

Recycled Art Flowers- Egg Carton Kid’s Craft

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The two recyclables we used were the containers that I found at http://austincreativereuse.org and egg cartons that I collected.

What you will need:

  • recycled containers for your base
  • egg cartons
  • scissors
  • PlaySand from local lawn and Garden store (like Home Depot)
  • Fish Tank Rocks
  • Willow branches from floral shop (My grocery store had them for $5 a bunch.  This was expensive for me, so I also went on a stick hunt and mixed those in to choose from.)
  • rubber band optional
  • Kid Made Modern felt Flower Festival  for added decor
  • awl tool to poke hole in felt
  • pony beads
  • tape to close off ends

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What to do:

  1. Have the kids choose their container, to be used as base.
  2. Have them choose two branches
  3. You can wrap a rubber band around the two branches, if you like, to keep them together.
  4. Children can fill the base with sand to plant branches.
  5. With the branches centered, cover the top of the sand with a layer of fish tank rocks to add color.
  6. The branches are long, so place them on the floor in work area to make them accessible for the kids to work with.  Watch your eyes.  You don’t want to get poked.
  7. Oh, I poked holes in the center of the felt flowers with an awl the night before.
  8. Have the kids cut flower shapes out of the egg cartons if they are older, or do it as prep work to have ready to go.  You will need to poke a hole through the center of your egg carton flower as well, to thread.
  9. Have the kids add flowers and felt pieces as desired.
  10. Add beads – This is a great for hand eye coordination.  Also a great way to work with balance.
  11. Close off ends of branches with a piece of tape so you don’t have any spills.

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You can be creative and add flowers made with other recyclables.
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You can make smaller versions.

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Beautiful garden of recycled wild flowers!

After our project we painted a life-size portrait mural and made more creations out of recyclables.

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Kid’s Drip ART at Figment

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We had fun making some pour paintings in Figment art class.  I wanted to share with you what we used.  This is a fun art activity to do with kids.  It is a fun STEAM project where they are learning about gravity and movement… and color mixing.

I was inspired by videos like this:

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This is a great action art activity for kids because there is no right or wrong.  Only process art making!

What you will need:

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Just pour, drip, spill paint…

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Have fun!  There is no right or wrong.

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Dry time varies… not short.

Galaxy Snow Globes DIY

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What do you plan to give your loved ones this holiday season?  Wouldn’t you like to bottle the stars for your friends and family?  Guess what!  You can!  We made galaxy snow globes, with only a few ingredients.  They were lots of fun to make.  We can’t wait to give these calming sensory snow globes to the stars in our life.

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My Assistant “Heart Nostrils”

What you will need:

What to do:

  1. Add some food coloring to water to get desired color.
  2. Fill snow globe half way with baby oil.
  3. Add some glitter and stars (Don’t go too crazy.)
  4. Fill the globe the rest of the way with colored water.
  5. Leave room to close lid.
  6. Swirl, star gaze, dream of far away places, gift

Where to find the snow globes:  Around the holidays you can find DIY snow globes in craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann, and Michael’s.  If you are lucky and you have a Dollar Tree, look there first.  I found these babies at Dollar Tree for $1 each, while they are more at the craft stores.  Generic baby oil can also be purchased at Dollar Tree.  (This post contains affiliate links, but Dollar Tree is surprisingly not one of them.)

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What is the science behind this fun art project anyway?

I’m glad you asked.  It is a simple way to show kids that oil and water do not mix.  The food coloring mixes with the water, but stays separated from the oil.  The oil always floats to the top, because it is less dense than water.  When you swish your starry galaxy around, you will see it differently each time.

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I hope you make your own calming galaxy globes and share them with the world.

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For some more fun Holiday STEAM check out:

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Christmas STEAM for Kids | Wreath Activity :: Preschool Powol Packets

Holiday Magic Milk :: Science Kiddo

Building a Molecular Structure with Cranberries :: From Engineer to Stay at Home Mom

Make Rudolph Fly with Buoyancy :: From Royal Baloo