DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art

Post by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

DIY Toddler Finger Painting Geometric Art

I’m such an advocate for children creating art – no matter how young. My kids started finger painting when they could sit up (I use a recipe that’s edible) and now that they’re officially toddlers, they’ve graduated to real paint. I love having their artwork in our home, but there’s two of them – and that would mean a lot of paintings on the wall. I was wanting to have some more art in our house when I thought of this idea and I’m so glad that I did.

This toddler finger painting geometric art is made by combining two finger paintings for a big impact. You need to get up close to even realize that it’s made by toddlers.

The first step is getting your toddlers, kids, or babies creating. I like to tape down my paper (this time I used poster boards) and put them in a seat they can’t get out of on their own (save the couches!). Since I wanted two distinct paintings, I gave them each different colors. This time I gave them some paint brushes and then showed them that they could also use their hands. They were really excited when we showed them they could use their hands so I would probably skip the brushes next time.

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I use the tape that the poster boards are taped down with to hang them high on a wall to dry (anything to save the couches, I tell ya!). When they were dry, I used a craft knife on a cutting mat to cut the painted area into 5 cm strips (about 2.5”). I then, using my straight edge, cut my strips into triangles. I cut them on an angle 2.5 cm between the top and bottom lengthways, so my triangles were as tall as they were wide.

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When my triangles were all cut, I took a piece of yardstick cut to 8×10 (the size of my photo frame) and played out the pieces in a geometric pattern, alternating the blue and purple designs. When it was all laid out, I took one piece at a time and adhered it to the paper with double sided tape.

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I’m so happy with how it turned out! It adds such a fun pop of color to their bedroom, I’m already dreaming up what other patterns I could create! I’d love to hear if you do art with your children and any tips you might have!

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Colleen is a wife, mama to 20 month old twins, and the DIY and lifestyle blogger behind Lemon Thistle where she shares printable art and hands on tutorials for DIY home decor, parties and gifts. Colleen believes you can have a beautiful life, home, and party without spending a lot- we’re keeping it real on a budget so everyone can join in on the fun. Find her on Pinterest & Instagram.

Pack Your Bags – Kids’ Road Trip Essentials

Post by Michelle of Avery & Augustine

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Summers are nothing if not one long road trip after another.  We’re starting to think about what we would pack Avery and Nate for some of our upcoming trips (or long meals with friends in restaurants or any time they have to be stuck in one place for awhile).  These adorable dog and unicorn backpacks will definitely fuel the excitement for any trip.  Here are some fun little games and activities to include in your kids’ road trip essentials packs:

  • Tic-Tac-Toe — A beautiful and sturdy version of the classic game we know and love, perfect for sharpening those early strategy skills.  This version is wonderful to take along with you!
  • Books — Always a great idea for the road.  Kids will read a good story over and over again.  They get repeated practice sounding out new words or learning to recall and retell the important parts of the story.  Some of our current faves include The Little Train by Lois Lenski, Spring is Here and My Friends by Taro Gomi.  Countablock, by the brilliant duo Christopher Franceschelli and Peskimo, is an extremely fun, colorful and tactile counting experience and is one to be flipped through many times over.  It’s a wonderful book for teaching rote counting and naming numbers.
  • Spinny Speller — A toy that plays with sounds in words and helps promote phonemic awareness, an important skill for emerging readers.
  • Wooden Pull-Back Car — Anything with wheels is popular with the younger set.
  • Yarn—Finger crocheting and finger knitting are activities that occupy busy hands for a good long while, and they’re quiet tasks, too!  Older kids can use yarn to play string games like Cat’s Cradle.
  • Sketch book, stickers and multi-ink pen — Blank books with hard covers seem to work best for drawing and doodling while out and about.  What I like about multi-ink pens is that they provide a lot of color options in one pen, so there’s no fumbling around to look for the color that you want in your backpack—they’re all contained in one pen, in your hand.
  • My Road Trip Book A-Z — Take any little notebook and turn it into an alphabetic memoir of your trip.  Children can draw a picture of something they see out their window that begins with each letter of the alphabet.  You can make a book for each trip taken over the summer and start an archive!
  • Sunglasses — an essential for any jaunt!

There are so many ideas for things and activities to bring on a road trip.  It’s good to have a variety of options, so kids can go back and forth between all of them.  Eventually, you find what works for your family.  Happy traveling this summer!

Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending the items this post.

You can see Michelle’s work and read about her two young children and their first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

DIY Seashell Art

Post by Kim of Beehive Art

DIY Seashell Art

Next time you’re off to the beach, be sure to bring a bag and fill it with seashells. At the studio we always have a table set with watercolors and a basket full of shells to paint. There’s just something magical about painting along the smooth surface and watching the paint absorb into the shell. We also love to collage with colored tissues which is how this project came to be. I like to wash the shells and dry them in the sun before I work with them. While the shells are drying gather your supplies and cover your work surface with newspaper or kraft paper.


Supplies for DIY Seashell Art

  • Seashells
  • Colored tissue papers cut into small pieces
  • Mod podge or white glue
  • Glue brush
  • Typewriter and paper
  • Scissors

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DIY Seashell Art Directions

  1. Brush the glue to your shell and add tissue pieces. You can overlap the pieces, make a pattern or create a specific color combo. Be sure that your pieces of tissue lay flat. You can gently brush a thin layer of glue over the entire surface for a smooth finish.
  2. While the tissue is drying, set up your typewriter with paper. Have fun composing your message… it can be a riddle, a poem or you can tell a story. If you’ve never used a typewriter you’re in for a treat, we can’t get enough of it! IF you don’t have a typewriter a hand printed message is really cool and fun too.
  3. DIY Seashell Art 3DIY Seashell Art 4Cut out your words or you can get fancy and cut out individual letters… just keep track of the tiny pieces! Arrange them as you like on top of the tissue and secure with a teeny dot of glue.
  4. Let your shell message dry completely.
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Kim Poler is queen bee of beehive ART. She lives for inspiring visual expression, explosions of colors, forms and exciting combinations of mixed-media art. She creates, designs art projects, teaches children art and blogs at Beehive Art.

Nod Printable Coloring Page – Vroom Vroom

Nod Fun Pages designed by Michelle Romo

 

Cars, a truck & a bus! What more could a kiddo obsessed with anything-that-moves want?  You can download the free printable coloring page HERE. Share a pic of your little one with the finished product on Instagram (use hashtag #landofnod) or our Facebook page. We may feature it!
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Michelle Romo is our newest Nod illustrator, she’s a self-taught illustrator and designer fueled by cookies and naps. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese and Scandinavian design, along with pretty much anything cute. When she isn’t working she spends her time eating good food, hugging her friends, playing video games and crafting.