Permanent Easter “Eggs”

Permanent Easter “Eggs”

Easter “Eggs” that Last Fill a basket with lovely painted rocks.   By Connie Goldin   Mom to Madre has always enjoyed painting rocks with children and families at our Family Literacy Parties. This spring, we are painting smooth clean river rocks to look like beautiful Easter eggs. Rocks are a great canvas because if … Continue reading »

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes!

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes!

  Art and Geometry Learning About Shapes through Neighborhood Walks, Books, and Art By Connie Goldin   Shapes, Shapes, Shapes is a classic children’s book by Tana Hoban, published in 1986. I thought it looked familiar to me and I realized that my children would have had this book. My mother-in-law, Grace Goldin, was an … Continue reading »

Painting Trees ~ Pintando árboles

Painting Trees ~ Pintando árboles

Fall Trees ~  Árboles del otoño Paint with Aluminum Foil ~ Pintar con papel de aluminio By Connie Goldin, LMFT Use scrunched foil balls to paint treetops. ~ Utilice las bolas de papel de aluminio arrugado para pintar copas de los árboles.     Materials ~ Materiales I used fingers to paint the tree trunk, … Continue reading »

Spring Tulips ~ Tulipanes de la primavera

Spring Tulips ~ Tulipanes de la primavera

  Art and Botany ~ Arte y botánica     Flowers from Bulbs ~ Flores de los bulbos By Connie Goldin, LMFT Tulips are a glorious sign of spring. I remember my mother cooling bulbs in our refrigerator when I was a child. Tulip bulbs need a frost and a winter. In Southern California, the … Continue reading »

Flowers and Books ~ Libros y flores

Flowers and Books ~ Libros y flores

Art and Botany ~ Arte y botánica     Bouquet of Paper Flowers ~ Ramo de flores de papel  By Connie Goldin, LMFT     A Photo Essay ~ Un ensayo fotográfico   Read and Learn ~ Lean y aprendan Lola Plants a Garden Las semillas mágicas

Sunflower Art ~  Arte del girasol

Sunflower Art ~ Arte del girasol

Art and Botany ~ Arte y botánica   Painted Sunflowers ~ Girasoles pintados By Connie Goldin, LMFT Instructions Buy a pretty sunflower. Cut the stem close to the blossom. Get washable kids’ paint. Smear colors on the flower. Use the painted flower as a stamp. Press the flower onto paper. Voila! Instrucciones Compra un bonito … Continue reading »

Spring Art ~ Arte de primavera

Spring Art ~ Arte de primavera

Art and Botany ~ Arte y botánica   Beautiful Blossoms ~ Flores fabulosas By Connie Goldin, LMFT   This spring, we are bringing flowers to families. Our art projects are all about flowers–paper flowers, painting with real flowers, and creating blossoms from whatever we can think of. We think the kids and families will have … Continue reading »

Rainbows ~ Los Arco Iris

Rainbows ~ Los Arco Iris

Rainbows in March Los arco irises en marzo   Find Rainbows at Home ~ Encuentren arco iris en casa   Paint A Rice Rainbow ~ Pinten un arco iris con arroz from The Imagination Tree   I’ve wanted to paint rice for children to play with as a sensory experience for ages. However, the idea of … Continue reading »

Fall Butterflies

Fall Butterflies

Make Paper Butterflies with Kids In the Colors of Fall By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Make these lovely butterflies from large-size coffee filters, wooden clothes pins, using different sorts of markers, watercolors, and tempera paint sticks. Here in San Diego, we still have butterflies flitting about. I have Monarch and yellow Sulphur butterflies in my … Continue reading »

No-Mess Butterflies ~ Mariposas sin lío

No-Mess Butterflies ~ Mariposas sin lío

Easy Butterfly Art ~ El arte fácil de la mariposa   By Connie Goldin, LMFT   Here is an easy, no-mess butterfly paint craft from KidsActivitiesBlog.com that is beautiful and interesting for young children. Simply pour small amounts of three or four colors of children’s poster or tempera paint into a sealable plastic sandwich bag. … Continue reading »