Arts and Crafts

arts and crafts

Arts and crafts for preschool kids and toddlers, for homeschool or classroom, parents or teachers!  Projects include painting, salt dough projects, stamping, nature art, drawing, card making, ornaments, seasonal and holiday crafts, upcycled and recycled projects, fingerprint, handprint, and footprint keepsake art, calm down bottles, fingerpaint, bubble art, crafts with rainbows, candle making, DIY wrapping paper, car painting, & so much more!


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Finger Paint You’ll Want to Frame!
I am all about art-for-process.  That's mostly what we do.  You know, "art for art's sake" sort of stuff.  Give[...]
Easter-Egg-in-the-Grass Cards
We made Easter-Egg-in-the-Grass Cards today.  These are lots of fun to make and they give your child a chance to[...]
Cars & Stars: Make Your Own Wrapping Paper on Tuesday Tots #linky
There were over 150 amazing activities for kids under 5 shared on the Tuesday Tots link-up last week, making it[...]
A Christmas Tree Suncatcher
Do you remember our Suncatcher Bats from Halloween?  I searched for a piece of recycled plastic to use for making[...]
Super Simple Valentine’s Card Project
I try to do an arts or crafts project every weekday with L&L...weekends are bonus!  If we have little friends[...]
Reindeer Footprint Art Christmas Keepsake on Canvas
Two years ago the kids and I crafted a few Christmas keepsake art projects and those keepsakes have been my[...]
Handprint Rainbow Art
This past week we came up with a new way to make handprint rainbow art!  It was pretty simple and[...]
Sift and Spray Paint Art for Kids
Awhile back I picked up three big bottles of powdered tempera paint in red, blue, and yellow from a craft store sale.[...]
Handprint Christmas Tree Keepsake on Canvas
This Handprint Christmas Tree keepsake on canvas was my absolute favorite Christmas decoration to unpack this year!!   Come read[...]
Our Art and Craft Supplies List
Some have asked what art and craft supplies we keep on hand, so I thought I'd do a couple of[...]
A Fun and Easy Way to Paint Pumpkins!!
For more fun kids' activities from In Lieu of Preschool,   follow me on Facebook, Twitter, G+, RSS, and/or by email today! What's a better way[...]
Extreme Glitter Christmas Ornaments
After the fun the kids and I had making Paint Swirl Christmas Ornaments, the idea struck me that we should[...]
Painting Outdoors: Exploring Paint Tools from Rainbow Creations
We were recently contacted by Susan from Rainbow Creations, an online children's arts and crafts supply store based in the[...]
Artsy Valentine’s Cards: From Flop to Fabulous!
Here's another really simple idea for a Valentine's Card.  If you missed our first simple Valentine's Card, you can see[...]
7 Ways to Paint with Kids
Tuesday Tots is a weekly link-up sharing posts for kids 5 and under co-hosted by In Lieu of Preschool (me), Rainy Day Mum, Growing a[...]
Kid-Created Nativity Christmas Cards
Though it is already too late for you to use this idea for your own Christmas cards this year, I[...]
A Round-Up of Christmas Cards & Displays
We already received our first Christmas card in the mail today, but I am still thinking about what we're going[...]
Toilet Paper Heart Stamping
Toilet paper heart stamping was so much fun!  It's always a great day when you find an activity your toddler[...]
Messy Play: Shaving Cream Easter Eggs Craft
Last Easter we tried shaving cream painting for the first time.  We made Shaving Cream Painted Easter Eggs and used[...]
Secret Message Art
This was a really fun art project...for the kids and for me! :)Start by using a white crayon on thick,[...]
Christmas Tree with Lights Paper Craft
This is one of my favorite Christmas crafts we've ever done and it is so simple! Head over to WRAL:[...]
Hush Bottles: the calm down solution
We have been working on perfecting our glitter bottles for some time now and have finally come up with the[...]
Disney CARS Ornaments made with salt dough
Luke has been a huge fan of Disney Cars for a few years now.  When I saw Rainy Day Mum's[...]
Planet Earth Paintings – Process Art for Kids
Looking for a fun Earth Day project to make with your kids?  Try these process art, marbled Planet Earth Paintings!  My[...]
Paint Swirl Christmas Ornaments
When I taught 5th grade many moons ago, my co-teacher introduced me to a super simple way to paint Christmas[...]
Simple Sticker Christmas Trees
This is one of the easiest crafts my kids have done this Christmas!  These Christmas trees with sticker ornaments couldn't[...]
Shaving Cream Painting
Shaving cream painting was a big hit at our house!!  I featured it in my 2nd article for WRAL Go Ask[...]
Make Your Own Rolling Pumpkin Paint Stamp
Luke (age 4) and Lilah (age 3) experimented painting with mini pumpkins all afternoon.  We had a blast and I[...]
Snowman Hush Bottles – DIY Calm Down Glitter Jars!
About a year and a half ago -- was it really that long? -- we shared our perfect hush bottles[...]
Salad Spinner Art
 I heard someone mention that their child really enjoyed salad spinner art at preschool.  I'd never heard of it, but[...]
DIY Greeting Card Prayer Box
We have been really focused on prayer this week.  On one of my prayer-related Facebook posts, a reader commented and[...]
St. Patrick’s Day: Shamrock Cookie Cutter Paint Stamping
This is another super simple art idea to do for St. Patrick's Day or any day -- all you need[...]
Make your own Advent Jesse Tree Ornaments in the Microwave!!
  Last December one of our daily Advent activities with the kids was to read a devotion from The Advent[...]
Snow, Snow, Snow: Art and Sensory Fun Part #2!
If you missed "Snow, Snow, Snow: Art and Sensory Fun Part #1", start here!Here's how Day #2 of our project[...]
5 Little Pumpkins Fingerprint Cards for Halloween
Today we made some cute and simple pumpkins fingerprint cards for Luke and Lilah's grandma and aunt for Halloween.  These were inspired[...]
{Simple} Homemade 3D Puffy Paint & Project Ideas
If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest, you may have seen my WRAL: Go Ask Mom guest post about making[...]
EASY Thumbprint Flowers for Mother’s Day
My latest post is up on WRAL's Go Ask Mom page! "Crafty Mom: Thumbprint Flowers for Mother's Day."Check it out here![...]
Homemade Flower Pot Bird Bath
This do-it-yourself bird bath was such a fun art project!  Our whole family worked together to make it as a[...]
"Blown Away" Art
My latest "Crafty Mom" post is up over at WRAL: Go Ask Mom.  I bet you'll never guess what we[...]
Painting WITH Pumpkins: Art Exploration with Preschoolers
Remember last week when I told you we spent a whole afternoon painting WITH pumpkins?  Well I was so excited[...]
American Flag Easel Painting
As part of the Introduction to US Geography for Little Kids series, today I shared an art activity on the[...]
Eraser Dot Art
After completing our thank you cards by dipping the eraser end of a pencil in blue paint and then dotting[...]
St. Patrick’s Day: Four Leaf Clover Hand Print Art
  I saw a pin on Pinterest a few days ago and totally fell in love!  Four leaf clover hand prints!  I[...]
Powder Paint Press Art
Did you see the Sift and Spray Paint Art we did yesterday? The kids enjoyed it so much, we tried[...]
Perfect Painted Pumpkins for Halloween!!
We have done it!  We have perfected the art of painting this case, mini pumpkins!  The process is so[...]
Christmas Bubble Art & DIY Wrapping Paper
Remember the Christmas Bubbles we showed you the other day?  Well, we did even more with them than we first[...]
5 Halloween Paper Plate Crafts on Tuesday Tots! #linky
Let me start this week's Tuesday Tots post with a confession: I have never, ever done a single paper plate[...]

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