Category Archives: Crafts

Paint a Mirror Image Forest for Fall (kids craft)

Paint a Mirror Image Forest for Fall (kids craft)

Celebrate fall colors with this super fun, fast and easy art project your kids can create–in just ONE THIRD OF THE TIME!Mirror Image Forest

This art project was inspired by a finger paint project I found on Crayola.com. But I hate finger paint! The mess! Yuck! Besides, my kid is older and we work with brushes. But any kid who can draw a fairly straight line can do this craft–and turn out a painting worth framing. On the fridge, at least.

You will need:

  • Construction paper (blue and green)
  • Paint (brown, orange, yellow, red)
  • Sponge brushes
  • Scissors
  • Glue

You’ll also need something to protect your work surface, like old paper bags/newspaper and a dish for your paint. We used a paper plate.

First:  Cut a strip of green paper for the ground–make it hilly for more interest! Glue the strip to the bottom of your blue paper.

Mirror Forest Painting

Then:  Fold the paper in thirds, vertically. 

Mirror Forest Painting

Now Paint! Your artist will start by painting the tree trunk IN THE MIDDLE SECTION OF THE PAPER. Use a sponge brush and really glob on the paint!

Mirror Forest Painting

Now here’s where the magic starts! Fold one side over and gently rub the paper, transferring the paint to the fresh section. You only need to rub lightly! Unfold the paper–now you have two trees! Repeat with the other side, but rub a little harder this time. Three trees!!Mirror Forest Trees

Now you repeat the process with leaves! Use one color at a time, and paint leaves onto the center tree. Just dab the brush for each leaf, it’s easy! Fold the paper like you did with the tree trunks before moving to the next color.Mirror Tree Painting

Wasn’t that fun?

You can switch around the leaf colors (and background) for different seasons. How about a cedar tree with snow for winter? Or a tree with flowers for spring? A green tree for summer! Make a whole year’s worth of trees for your forest!

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~Denise

STEM: Soda Bottle Green House

STEM: Soda Bottle Green House

Here’s a great STEM experiment you can make with your kids–a Soda Bottle Green House! Yes, you can put an entire ECOSYSTEM in a soda bottle and watch it grow! How cool is that? This post was made possible by my pals at Monsanto, who’ve put together these awesome Science Camp kits for bloggers! Everything…Continue Reading

Fourth of July In St. Louis

Fourth of July In St. Louis

Fourth of July is almost here, but the weather is looking not so good for Fireworks in St. Louis! Yikes!! What will we do?? We usually head out to my parent’s house for the Fourth of July. Fireworks are legal in their county, and there’s nothing better than some BBQ followed by a DIY fireworks…Continue Reading

STEM Play: Rainbows in Milk

STEM Play: Rainbows in Milk

Have you seen the kid science experiment where you put food coloring in milk, then add dish soap to make “rainbows”? I had to show this to Mitch! He was pretty amazed. I’ve got a vague notion that dish soap breaks up grease, that’s why we use soap on our dishes after all. But what…Continue Reading

Kid Art: Popsicle Flag Craft

Kid Art: Popsicle Flag Craft

I’ve want to share this cute little popsicle flag that Ryan did years ago, and still hangs on my bulletin board today. There are several ways to go about this craft, so you can customize it according to the age and artsy ability of your kids. Since I didn’t take pictures when Ryan made the first…Continue Reading

10 Messy Fun Ways to Play Outside

10 Messy Fun Ways to Play Outside

Summer fun and dirt really go hand in hand around here. And why not? Getting messy is SO. MUCH. FUN!  Mitch recently made a boat for his Cub Pack raingutter regatta, and he really, really wanted to keep playing with it. I suggested he use it as a bath toy, but oh no, that wasn’t good…Continue Reading