natural-learning process. Here are just a few of our fun artistic explorations.
When I decided on the theme for this post, I thought I wouldn't have much to fill it, because my boys are in the minimalist category when it comes to drawing and crafts. But it turns out we've had plenty of opportunities, and they dove into quite a few!
Trying out tempera paints in our new spill-proof cups.
Twist-tie king at a children's museum!
Making music at another
They put on their own performance there, too.
My mom decided we couldn't be the only ones without a rainbow loom …
… and outfitted us with a whole set for Christmas.
Mikko and Sam have taken several parent-child pottery classes together, and Mikko's creations get more impressive every time.
His Club Penguin avatar and Black Puffle.
The artiste working on canvas.
(Hooray for backwards button-down shirts as smocks! Reminds me of my childhood.)
Order has something to do with art, right?
I loved how Alrik would line everything up like this for awhile.
Sensory play, too, an awesome & engaging idea I got from The Mahogany Way:
Old sheet, dried beans of different sizes …
… and plenty of scoops and toys.
Just add kids! They played for probably an hour.
More sensory and sculpting play:
I cannot recommend enough our newest find, kinetic sand.
It's ultra-fine sand, but you can mold it, and it will stick to itself —
but not to you! It's really, really, really cool, and the boys love it.
It's easy to clean up, too!
(Shopping tip: It's cheapest to use the usual 40% off coupon at Michael's,
and you can show a coupon on your smartphone!)
Sam bought these craft sticks to do a kinetic experiment (very fun!),
but Alrik had a collage in mind first.
How does your family like to explore art?
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