Paint Chalks and Pastels

A collection of our kids’ art projects and crafts that use paint, chalk, and pastels

Our DIY magic mermaid seashell necklaces sitting on a white background

Make: DIY Magic Mermaid Seashell Necklaces

Use fun and simple art processes to turn painted shells into magic mermaid seashell necklaces that are hiding an oceanic surprise! Kids of all ages will love making these wearable deep sea treasures that are a fun summer DIY or…

Our DIY fabric pirate treasure map kids craft sitting on a table with fake gold coins

Make: Scrap Fabric Adventure Maps with Kids

Invite your kids to make their own reusable DIY adventure maps from scrap fabric – a classic art and play activity that encourages creative storytelling, spatial thinking, and visual literacy. Kids DIY Fantasy Map Project – Table of Contents Use…

Our kid-friendly DIY paper sparklers in front of a white background

Make: Kid-Friendly Sparkless DIY Paper Sparklers

In the spirit of the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend, we wanted to pass along the genius idea of sparkless paper sparklers! Because a bunch of five-year-olds waving hot, sharp metal skewers doesn’t feel *quite* as captivating. And here’s…

Four of our finished spray bottle fireworks process art pieces laying on a white background

Make: Spray Bottle Fireworks Process Art for Kids

Back when I lived in California, my house in Mission Beach was perfectly situated to see the nighttime fireworks displays Sea World would put on. From time to time my roommates and I would get out the ladder and climb…

Our paper tree frog kids craft suction cupped to the refrigerator

Make: A Climbing Paper Tree Frog

Explore a variety of fun art-making styles with this climbing paper tree frog craft for kids that sticks to smooth surfaces using the magic of suction cups to mimic the real thing! The first year I lived in Minnesota, we…

An ice cream cone soft sculpture sitting on a pink background

Make: Puffy Paper Bag Ice Cream Cone Soft Sculptures for Kids

I scream, you scream, we all scream for summer kids’ art projects that encourage reusing supplies, creative process experimentation, and fun with a classic theme (that’s how it goes, right?). Just in time for ice cream social season, I’m soft-serving…

Our DIY recycled cardboard puppet theater for kids sitting against a green and blue background.

Make: A DIY Cardboard Puppet Theater

Join us as we make a recycled DIY cardboard puppet theater using a process kids can recreate on their own or use for inspiration. Complete with elements and puppets inspired by author and illustrator Celestino Piatti! DIY Recycled Puppet Theater…

These lovely, modern DIY paint-dipped clay ornaments are simple enough for kids to make, but super chic decor and a fun holiday craft project! | via barley & birch

Make: Modern Paint-Dipped Ornaments

Do your kids like to have a holiday space that’s all their own to decorate? A miniature kids’ tree is a great way to deck the halls without going overboard, while also working some seasonal craft activities into the schedule!…