Monday, July 14, 2014

Painting Nature

My son absolutely adores collecting nature treasures on our walks. Since he often sees me painting rocks for my Etsy shop, he has decided that every treasure we find should be painted. His favorite color right now is "rainbow". If you take a peek at my Instagram feed you'll see why he probably loves everything rainbow just like I do. In keeping with the rainbow theme, the stick is his magic rainbow wand. We now take it with us on walks, turning everything we see into rainbows. 

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Painting nature is an easy activity and great to do with children. I always use acrylic paint and my favorite is Martha Stewart Living acrylic paints

Next time you go on a walk, keep a look out for some nature pieces that would make great canvases...sticks, rocks, pinecones, acorns, leaves and more. 

Happy Painting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quick and Easy Easter Crafts

Here are 3 easy Easter crafts you still have time for!

Painted wooden spoons are cute, fun and very easy to make. Pick up some spoons at your local craft store and paint them with acrylic paint. Add felt and rhinestones for finishing touches.

Head out into your backyard and look for some rocks to paint. 

These Hoppy Easter bags couldn't be easier to make. All you need are muslin bags, felt, glue and white pompoms. For a special touch, personalize with hand stamped names. 

Hope this helps get your creative juices flowing. Follow me on Instagram for more easy craft ideas. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Story Stones and Painted Rocks

I love that something as natural as a rock can been turned into something magical with just a little paint. Story stones and painted rocks are a great way to foster storytelling, creative play and conversations with your child.

I started my stone painting with a set just like this rainbow train set. My son was just starting to learn his colors and I decided to combine his two favorite things at the and trains. These trains went with us everywhere. They were especially perfect as entertainment while we were at restaurants.

There's no exact way to use story stones. The idea is to help your child with imaginative play or encourage storytelling prompted by the images. For children who are just developing their vocabulary, have them select a stone and then incorporate it into a story you are telling. You can also ask them simple questions about the stones and what may happen next in the story. 

In addition to storytelling, painted rocks are wonderful for igniting ideas for creative drawings. Have your child select one or several stones to use as prompts to begin their drawing. 

For the story stones and painted rocks that I create I love using bright acrylic paints. And I love finding multiple uses for them. I often paint the back of the stones a solid color so that they can be used for additional play and even color recognition and matching. Since the rocks I use are smaller in size, I tend to use very small paint brushes for details. 

There's an endless amount of themes and possibilities when it comes to story stones. If you have some ideas in mind, but you're not sure if you're up for painting them yourself, I love to create custom sets for customers. You can message me directly from my ETSY shop

Here are a few more ways I've used painted rocks and story stones:

Come visit the Thrive 360 Living ETSY shop for more ideas or to purchase a set of your own. If it's just smooth flat stones that you need to create your own, I have those as well!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Valentines for Preschoolers

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Jake is in love with hot wheels so for his preschool class I put together these fun valentines. All you need are hot wheels, toilet paper rolls, colored paper, strong double sided tape and stamps.

If you want to add something sweet, how about Smarties? They look just like little wheels.

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