Q-Kids: Fabric Fort DIY

If you’re like me you have a tablecloth or two that have seen better days (like way better days). I pulled out a cloth one that was not only stained but also frayed at the corners. Not ideal for much more than scrap rags. Instead I found my permanent markers, drew a scene, and let…

Q-Kids: Mermaid Money DIY

My girls are obsessed with mermaids. And unicorns. And glitter… you get the drift. So after a fun fourth of July we had a bagful of snail shells fished from the lake. I had the girls clean the shells (nothing like smelly shellfish to find later, uck!). I grabbed our stash of nail-polish and some…

Q-Kids: Gourd Bowls

My kids are obsessed with Native American history and all things artifacts right now. I want to take advantage of their desire to learn in a positive way. We’ve done a dig site already and found a few things. We’ve searched a few local farm fields for arrowheads. We’ve visited a nature preserve focused on…

Q-Kids: Chicken Coop Club #5

Here is the final story in the Chicken Coop Club series. It’s a fun version on checkers with free printouts to play at home. I hope you enjoy it! Happy Questing!

Q-Kids: Flower Press

My kids pick a lot of flowers. Flowers destined to die before we can finish our walk and get them into water. It’s not that bad until the kids realize their handful of wonderful beauty is wilted and faded. Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to…

Q-Kids: Chicken Coop Club #3 & #4

Sorry about the delay in posting these stories. I’ve fallen a week behind with good reason. I welcomed my new little one into the world this past week. I feel so blessed to have her here amidst all the world’s craziness these past weeks. Story #3 is all about the game of charades and you…

Q-Kids: String Hair Wraps

I grew up in the 90’s and hair styles were different. Top of the trends were hair wraps. I know you remember, don’t deny it. All you do is start with one of those little plastic hair ties that are super hard to get out and bundle up a small section of hair usually next…

Q-Kids: Hot Rock Art

The broken crayon is the bane of my craft box. If you’re int he same boat as me it’s time to collect all those broken bits and get to crafting. My kids have wanted to do the “painted rocks” art and leave them on our local trails for awhile now. The issue is all the…

Q-Kids Activity: Cookie Cutter Fun

It’s Monday. Just in case you needed a reminder. Staying in quarantine is getting longer and longer and even those of us with that extra serving of creativity are losing steam. We are also running low on all the snacks and comfort foods. So for snack time this week things got a bit crazy. I…

Q-Kids: Nature Weaving

My kids love to be outside. Unfortunately, the weather hasn’t been cooperating much here. But for those that do have fair weather this activity will have kids exploring and gathering all over your yard. There are many nature weaving photos available on Pinterest. My version is handy because I utilize something I already had on…

Making the Most of Time

Today I didn’t know what to write. I’m feeling far less than inspired in these current times. So I looked up some quotes from others wiser than myself instead. Here’s what I found. Hopefully you find them as inspiring as I do. “If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is…

Quarantine Check-In

How are you holding up? Take a moment this morning and take a mental inventory. Did you get some fresh air this weekend? Did you connect with someone you love? Did you accomplish something that needed to be done? Have you read something exquisite? Just like a boss would do, I’ve found it essential to…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand, all from home. BOX VEHICLE I know we are all getting stuff through delivery right now and that cardboard…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand, all from home. PINE CONE FLOWERS We have a lot of pine trees in our yard and I know…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand, all from home. BEADING Whether you’re kids are small or big you can get a lot of fun with…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you already have on hand all from home. MAKE A PUZZLE My kids love puzzles and this is perfect for any artist. Have the…

Q-Kids Art Activity

This little mini series is an attempt to help out my fellow parents who need ideas to break up the day. These ideas will be fast, adaptable, and hopefully use things you alread have on hand, all from home. TRACK A PLANT’S GROWTH I bought a hyacinth for Easter last week and it hadn’t started…

Q-Kids Daily Art Activity

I know these past two weeks I’ve posted about teaching art classes but in all honesty I’d had those posts scheduled out before the whole virus crisis happened. I’m not teaching right now at all. But it occurred to me that just because I don’t have a classroom to go into that I can’t share…

Teaching Shadows

You’d think rule one of any teaching class would be never turn out the lights. But here I am, the newly minted art teacher, closing the blinds and flipping the switch. I mean how else do you really teach kids about shadow without a spotlight and some well placed puppets? So here I am with…

It’s Practice not a Mistake

My posts on Mondays have been delayed lately because I’ve received a new opportunity to teach art to kids. It’s sticky madness to be totally honest. I don’t mind though. Creativity is happening. Mistakes are termed as practice. Freedom of expression is running rampant, often literally. If you hear a voice within you say ‘you…