Art

Create Storytelling Stones

Create Storytelling Stones

One storytelling tradition includes using painted stones as inspiration for oral storytelling. Students can create their own scenery and painted stones to help them tell familiar tales or stories of their own creation. This activity can be paired with a story or song...

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Mesa Recycles: Finger Puppets

Mesa Recycles: Finger Puppets

From our archives... Get creative and make a pipe cleaner finger puppets to help you tell a story! This activity is from our friends at Mesa Recycles, and it fits perfectly with our Art of the Story exhibition. You’ll want to tap into your imagination to put on your...

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Messy Creations: 3 ways to paint

Messy Creations: 3 ways to paint

Let’s get creative! Check out these three activities - from our Messy Creations series - designed for your little ones to paint at home without needing a paintbrush or even paint! Since these art exploration activities will be done at your home, grab some newspaper or...

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Messy Creations: Marbling

Messy Creations: Marbling

Got shaving cream and food coloring? Then you can paint another way: By marbling! This activity comes from our Messy Creations series. Be sure to set down some newspaper or a covering for your table to avoid getting too messy. Smocks or old T-shirts are great for...

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Create musical instruments

Create musical instruments

Tap into your musical side. All you need are recycled materials from home plus some glue, maybe some rubber bands and imagination. Start your artful projects by collecting materials from around your house to create an instrument. Some object you could use include:...

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Messy Creations: Spray Paint Reveal

Messy Creations: Spray Paint Reveal

We’re sharing another painting method for your little ones - no paintbrush required - from our Messy Creations workshop. Before getting started, we recommend laying down some paper for unintentional messes. Also, smocks are always handy. If you don’t have one, try a...

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Messy Creations: Smush Painting

Messy Creations: Smush Painting

Painting can be a great way for your kiddos to create. But we know it can be scary because of the potential for big messes. That’s why we’re sharing a sensory painting method from our Messy Creations workshop that minimizes the mess for little ones, but it’s still a...

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Playtime STAMPede

Playtime STAMPede

Let’s create using upcycled or repurposed toys and a fun paint stamping technique. Our Playtime STAMPede project can be done on a paper bag, a reusable tote, cardboard pieces or simply paper. Whatever you choose to paint on, it will be a STAMPede of fun! While this is...

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Pastel Galaxies

Pastel Galaxies

Do you children love space and art? This is an easy way to create an artwork of a galaxy that doesn’t take a lot of time or supplies. Plus, it allows your child(ren) to practice art techniques - blending and layering. Additionally, you can add in some time to research...

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Planet Suncatchers

Planet Suncatchers

Here’s a fun craft you can try with your child(ren). Just gather a few items you likely have at home to create some “far out” planet suncatchers. Getting started Materials: Wax paper Paper plate or cup (something to catch the crayon shavings) Crayons (broken ones are...

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Flower Collage

Flower Collage

Happy Earth Day! It's the 50th year of this special day aimed at raising awareness of our environment. Since we're talking about Earth Day, let's try a creative activity to practice being environmentally resourceful. What do we mean by being environmentally...

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Nature Prints for Earth Day

Nature Prints for Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day, here’s a creative activity to inspire a discussion about recycling and encourage the family to do a little yard work together. This at-home idea comes from Gallery Educator Rebecca Cameron, one of several talented team members at the...

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