Playdough Color Wheel

I tried my hand at homemade playdough for the first time.  I am no cook.  But since the end product is not supposed to be edible, how can I mess it up?  I used this recipe from Domestic Super Hero.  Don’t worry.  You don’t need to be super hero at all.  I made three batches: red, yellow, and blue.

color mixing with play dough

Then the fun part: mixing colors!  I divided each of my colors of playdough into two equal halves and then set one of the halves off to the side.  The remaining half should be divided in half again.  (Perfect time to talk about how fractions are equal parts of a whole.)  Now you have two equal fourths of each color.  Time to mix!  Take 1/4 of the red and smoosh it together with 1/4 of the blue.  It takes awhile, so you might have to help if your kiddo wears out on the mixing.  See if your kid can guess the color that you are making…then see if it actually turns out.  Our purple was a little on the gray side.  But you can always add a pinch more red or blue to tweak the color.

play dough color wheel from Mr. Printable

Our last step was to put our colors on a color wheel.  There are tons of free blank color wheels out there.  I used the secondary color wheel from Mr. Printables.  I liked how the color words were labeled so my daughters could match them up.  If you don’t have a reader yet, give them clues like “Red has three letters.  Can you find the word blue?  It starts with the letter B.  Orange is red and yellow mixed together so it should be in between them.”

play dough color wheel

 

And if you are still in the mood to play, here are 15 more ways you can learn with playdough!

Water Paint

water paint

 

How do I keep the kids entertained while I mow the lawn?  Water painting.  All you need is a bucket of water, paintbrushes, and a fence.  It’s free and it’s fun and it doesn’t make a mess.  Plus kids can practice all kinds of things:

  • letters
  • numbers
  • counting
  • patterns- use the fence pickets
  • math problems
  • sight words or spelling words
  • shapes
  • and my daughters’ favorite: splattering

It isn’t the same as practicing handwriting with a pencil and paper, but that’s the point.  Sometimes kids need a break from the routine.  Novelty makes learning fun.  Who wouldn’t want to practice their spelling words outside with a paintbrush in the sunshine instead of at the kitchen table?

Yarn Art

The girls decided it would be a fun game to cut up yarn.  I’m not sure how the came up with idea or how they stayed interested in it for so long.  It kept them occupied and it was great cutting practice for my three-year-old, so I was happy.  I was slightly less enthusiastic when my living room was covered in bits of yarn.  Hmmm…  What to do?  Well for starters we played my fun game of “Who can pick up the most yarn in her baggie?”  Then we made some art.

Big Sis used some steady hands to make lines and shapes with the Elmer’s glue.  Then she carefully found pieces of yarn to place on her glue lines.

yarn lines

Little Sis also had a great time plopping glue on a paper and then sticking yarn on.  She wasn’t as concerned about getting it on the lines….

yarn art

We also practiced some sight words.  First I wrote the word with glue and Big Sis placed the yarn on the lines.  Then we switched and she got to write with glue.  You could do the same with letters, numbers, or shapes.

yarn sight words

Cardboard Tube Shape Painting

toilet paper roll painting

So easy.  Fold toilet paper tubes to make a triangle and square.  Lucky you, the circle is already done. 🙂  Then dip the ends in paint, stamp on paper, and you have a shape masterpiece!  This is a great craft for toddlers who haven’t mastered painting with a brush.  You can talk about shapes and colors while you create.

toilet paper roll shapes

You might want to give them one color at a time or else this happens…
paint circles

Painted Glass Vases

kid painted glass vases

Last year for Mother’s Day we made these kid-painted vases for the grandmothers and great-grandmothers.  I was happy to find a use for the plethora of glass vases that take up residence in my kitchen cabinet.  I swear, even though I rarely buy flowers, they just seem to multiply up there!  Maybe it has something to do with the microwave beneath them.  Hmmm…   Where were we?  Oh yeah.  My girls are big fans of painting, so they loved it.  Big Sis liked picking out “the perfect vase” for each grandmother and great-grandmother.  And even if the painting looks like a mess (ahem, Little Sis’s small vase in front), it will still be a cherished modern art masterpiece by any grandma.

Paper Towel Art

paper towel art

Paper towel art is a super easy.  First, draw with markers on a paper towel.  Then, drop water on it with an eye dropper.  That’s it.  Markers alone are enough to get my daughters excited about a project.  Then the water really upped the “wow” factor!  So just give your kids a paper towel, markers, and water and you are free to make dinner without anyone hanging on your legs.*  And for clean-up, you’ve already got a paper towel handy. 🙂

My daughters might have inherited their marker love from me.  I had make some paper towel art of my own:

marker paper towel art

markers paper towels and water

*Results may vary.  I’m not responsible for any burnt dinners or kids that get stepped on.

Tissue Box Monster Feet

Do you have some tissue boxes?  Let’s make them into monster feet!  Last year the girls’ preschool made these and the kids loved them.  I like the idea of recycling trash into toys.  I also like crafts that are easy enough for kids to make it mostly themselves.

  1. Cut out the plastic in the top opening of the tissue box.  (I did this part.)
  2. Paint boxes whatever color you want.
  3. Cut out toes from construction paper and glue to the bottom of the box.
  4. Optional step:  We used a texture brush to do a final coat with sparkly paint.

painting tissue box monster feet

tissue box monster feet

The end product isn’t perfect, but it is kid-made and they had fun painting.

Kleenex box monster feet

The scariest monster you’ve ever seen…

homemade Kleenex box monster feet

Materials:

  • 2 tissue boxes
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint
  • texture brush (optional)

Time investment: 15 minutes (plus extra time for the paint to dry)

Difficulty:  Elementary kids could it all by themselves, preschoolers might need some help with the cutting.