Musical Chairs Art: inspired by The Artful Parent

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on April 14, 2013

in Creative Art, Give-Aways, Musical Chairs Art, The Artful Parent book

Before sharing the super fun process of musical chairs art, let me start by telling you a little bit about Jean Van’t Hul. Jean has an impressive background in art history and studio art. She is a mother of two and writes a blog called The Artful Parent where she shares her amazing insights, ideas, and beautiful photos demonstrating simple process-focused art especially appropriate for young children…

Musical Chairs Painting inspired by The Artful Parent book

I recently had the opportunity to review her beautiful book “The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art and Creativity” and to give just a small preview of the over 60 process-art ideas you will find in Jean’s book, we borrowed the fun idea of Musical Chairs Art from her book and put it into action…

Musical Chairs Art inspired by The Artful Parent

Jean included Musical Chairs Art in the section of her book titled, “Action Art.” She describes action art as “the antithesis to working carefully at a detailed drawing in a sketchbook. It is big, bold, and active.”  In preschool, we like big, bold, and active!

Musical Chairs Painting inspired by The Artful Parent book

Jean’s instructions are simple to follow and understand. To show you how simple her instructions are to follow, I have written below exactly what she says to do in the book…


  • Paper
  • Paint in cups, one color per participant
  • Paintbrushes
  • Music (CD, digital music player, or Pandora)


  1. Set up at a table large enough to hold the group (this version of musical chairs does not eliminate participants). Place a sheet of paper, a cup of paint, and a brush at each child’s spot.
  2. Have participants take their places.
  3. Explain the game. Tell them that they will paint during the music and to the music. When the music stops, they will stop painting, pick up their paint cup and brush, and move around the table clockwise, stopping at a new painting spot when the music starts again. At their new spot, they will once again paint to the music (however they interpret that).
  4. If desired, use different kinds of music each time and let the kids try to match their painting to the style of the music (however they interpret that).

I was in charge of starting and stopping our music and our kids were in charge of the rest…

Musical Chairs Painting inspired by The Artful Parent book

The children kept adding to each painting as they went around the table…

Musical Chairs Painting inspired by The Artful Parent book

This was a wonderful exercise in action process art as well as listening,  cooperation, and communication…

Musical Chairs Painting inspired by The Artful Parent book

And when we were done, we took a few minutes to talk about our paintings and left them out on the table for anyone who wanted to keep adding more paint…

Musical Chairs Painting inspired by The Artful Parent book

This book is also available on Amazon!

Links to Grow On

How to fit art and creativity into into your everyday busy life by Creative with Kids

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This was a review of The Artful Parent book – I was given a copy of the book to use in my classroom and I was not compensated in any other way for this review! This give-away is void where prohibited by law.

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1 Debbie April 14, 2013 at 6:39 am

Wow! There was so much there that I began reading and almost (yes, almost) forgot to come back and comment! :) I loved all the homemade recipes for things we often buy such as mod podge and play doh.

2 Noura April 14, 2013 at 7:22 am

Firstly, have to say that Musical Chairs: The Painting Edition, sounds so fun! Such a creative idea, I can’t wait to try it with the children.

The Artful Parent, is such a great blog so many great ideas! What stood out to me was the Shaped Crayon Post. I’m always looking for great ways to motivate the children’s curiosity in the drawing corner so I’m definitely going to go out and buy some interesting shape moulds so that we can make our own. Thankyou for introducing ‘The Artful Parent’ I’ll definitely be following that blog.

3 Shea Carroll April 14, 2013 at 7:23 am

As preschool teacher I found The Artful Parent was full of wonderful ideas. The idea that I really liked was the 39 Ways to Play and Learn with Playdough. I recently gave my children clay to make dinosaurs, and they had not clue what to do. The play with playdough all of the time, but I realised that they were only rolling it out and cutting out shapes becasue those were the materials available. I added eyes, sticks, chenille stems, and large buttons,and they have become a little more creative. This article gave me some great ideas to suggest for them, or for me to do when I play with them. Sometimes just providing the right materials will spark their own creativity. Great site. The book looks great too. Guess if I don’t win, I will have to buy it.

4 Rachel April 14, 2013 at 7:28 am

There are so many great ideas on the site! My favorite was the cardboard tube sculptures. I also loved the article “How to Encourage Drawing Skills, Confidence and Creativity in Young Children.” I would absolutely LOVE a copy of Jean’s book and will be doing the musical chairs art activity with my children tomorrow. It is such a fabulous idea!

5 Diane April 14, 2013 at 7:32 am

So many wonderful art ideas and concepts. Love all the print-making ideas, especially the muffin tin print!

6 Amber April 14, 2013 at 7:36 am

Very cool site! I liked the “Start Here” and then the directory. Am probably going to start with the stained glass activities and go from there! Thanks for introducing us to The Artful Parent!

7 jEAN gOOCH April 14, 2013 at 8:24 am

I loved her sight. I like the cardboard toilet paper rolls cut up. I did it that project at school with the children and they loved it.

8 nancy April 14, 2013 at 7:54 am

There are so many cool ideas on the artful parent.
I like the creating with curves and the hole inspiration.

9 Tommie Sue Schindler April 14, 2013 at 8:02 am

This site is a treasure! Her list of suggested supplies was very helpful and specific. I don’t have time today to read as much as I’d like, but I know I’ll go back often. Thanks for telling us about it.

10 Amy Miller April 14, 2013 at 8:04 am

I loved the creating with curves idea of using toilet paper tubes in a whole different, creative way. We use a lot of them at our preschool but there’s a lot of things you can do with this such as paint, glitter etc…..thanks for the post

11 Janet April 14, 2013 at 8:06 am

Great cooperative art idea with the musical “chairs.” I can’t wait to try it.

12 Rebecca April 14, 2013 at 8:11 am

Love the musical chairs art idea.

On her blog, appreciated reading about the developmental stages if artists, among many other fun art ideas to try.

Pick me!

13 Debbie April 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

What a wonderful website! I explored the watercolor painting link and found a new twist on making clothespin butterflies. They used watercolors over a crayon-resist design for the wings and clothespins for the bodies. Each butterfly’s wings turns out unique and they will look beautiful fluttering down the hallway of our school!

14 Ann Kim April 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

I love this idea! When looking at Jean’s blog, I love the water color resistance, especially the rubber cement/salt and water color. I am definitely going to give that a try. I would love to incorporate more and more process art with my kids and with my students. Thanks for sharing!

15 lindsey April 14, 2013 at 8:17 am

So many great ideas . I have done musical chairs where the children move their paper around the table instead of the pot of paint. I found some great ideas for my science for 4′s class. I would love to have this book!

16 Cathy Cepican April 14, 2013 at 8:20 am

I found that “The Artful Parent” is released!!!! I hope I win a copy!

17 Wendy Swindlehurst April 14, 2013 at 8:23 am

Hi – love this blog and have put it in my favourites alongside Teach Preschool for inspiration. As I have been planning a shape themed week for my preschool I loved the hole drawing – really like the idea of cutting the circle out and using that for inspiration rather than sticking things on the paper all the time. Thanks!

18 Jannie April 14, 2013 at 8:53 am

The site of “The Artful Parent” is one of my Top-sites. I always look for ideas with the toddler classroom. It is a very inspiring site!

19 aimee April 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

I have been following Jean’s blog for ages, I always check her arts and crafts directory whenever I start a new topic in my class!

20 Amy Porter April 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

I love Jean’s ‘The Artful Parent’ blog. Such a wealth of interesting ideas but I love the focus on the process.
I have looked at her blog several times looking at the melted bead sun catchers. They are gorgeous. I’m very tempted to try in our preschool…I just need to double check we wont set off fire alarms with the fumes :)

21 Judit April 14, 2013 at 9:21 am

What I love most is doing art and science with the children. It was hard just choosing and activity since there are so many wonderful ideas: musical chair painting, a different way of printing leaves that I will use, lots of variations in printing activities, Simon says draw! (love this one) and all the science activities (some I’ve done, some I’ll try right away!). But there was one activity that caught my attention, and that is the flower art box. I thought that was an awesome idea, very creative and perfect for spring!

22 Nancy April 14, 2013 at 9:30 am

Thanks for directing us to the ARtful Parent. I teach Preschool and will definitely try the Simon Says Art, giving the kids a chance to be Simon too! The only problem with the site is that it’s SO addicting! Lol!

23 Cindy April 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

Thank you so much for sharing info about the Artful Parent’s blog and newsletter. I signed up for it. I love the developmentally appropriate art ideas she shares so generously with all of us. I will be using the musical chairs idea this week. Thank you for the book giveaway. I hope I win. (:

24 christine law April 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

I loved the variety of information on the sight. It is well organized and easy to navigate. I am especially excited to try some movement and art. Christine

25 Maria April 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

What great “hands on” fun! Love the musical art and it can easily be expanded upon…how about dot painters instead of paintbrushes, stamps and stamp pads, stickers, craypas (pastel style crayons), sponges in various shapes, watercolor paints with eyedroppers…wow, musical art a dozen ways! Can’t wait to try these. Thanks for the great ideas!

26 Lozzz April 14, 2013 at 9:47 am

I love the musical chairs painting. We will be doing this tomorrow as our art project. What a great idea for teamwork, interaction and collective sharing.

27 Linda April 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

I can’t wait to try Musical Painting tomorrow. I know the kids will love it! The Artful Parent was one of my first blogs to discover and as a preschool teacher I often reference it. Some of my favorite activities from there are leaf rubbings, batik, stained glass windows and dough ornaments. With her tutorials Jean has given me the courage to try things I might not have tried without the step by step directions and pictures. She is also not afraid to show a project that didn’t work out as planned and rework it. I would love a copy of her book and want to buy one for my niece as well!

28 Jane April 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

There are so many fun ideas to try on this blog! I can’t wait to try out the melted bead sun catchers with my daughter!

29 Andrea Norris April 14, 2013 at 9:53 am

I found the Egg Decorating with image transfers really neat. I could see my own children ( they are older ) enjoying this. My Pre-kindergarten class would probably do one each like her children did.

30 laura englehart April 14, 2013 at 9:54 am

The artful Parent blog is so inspirirng !!
I want to spend an entire day with a paintbrush and markers in my hands!
I also want a set of those LITTLE animal blocks. ! so cute !!

I am currently in a “What is the difference between a dinosaur and a dragon?” unit! We will definitely be creating volcanoes with the whole scene of trees etc. (she made a lavender scneted volcano!) sensory sensory !! We will also paint our hands (as she did ) to create dino puppets (I’ll add egg carton spikes onto our arms for the whole effect !)

Last week we had so much fun using salt dough to create fossils…OK DEB YOUR NEXT POST BETTER BE DOING SOMETHING WITH SALT DOUGH. !!! We stood around a circle table (10 kids) with flour, salt and water . Each child experienced pouring water (“just a little bit”), adding flour, and mixing. (I used my hands to give each child a baseball-sized glob of, yet to be fully mixed, dough onto the table . Conversations went from “mine is too sticky (you need more flour) to ” mine wont’s hold together (you need more water). Once each child finally had a smushed glob, (FOSSIL ROCK), we pushed our dino’s feet or tails or hands or pencils, into the dough and let them dry. baked, too.

31 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 14, 2013 at 10:43 pm

I better get my salt dough thinking cap on Laura! LOL!

32 Diana April 14, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’ve used many of her stainglass ideas over the course of the school year and LOVE when she posts new ideas.

With all of the rain we’ve been getting, I can’t wait to do Musical Chairs Art. It looks like lots and lots of fun!

33 Tiffany April 14, 2013 at 10:37 am

I really enjoy the Artful Parent website and I especially loved the kids sculptures with cardboard tubes! I’ve been saving tubes recently for my son to use in just this art project.

Congratulations on the book release! How exciting!

34 Susie April 14, 2013 at 10:39 am

What a wonderful resource! I loved the printmaking ideas.

35 Sara April 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

I found so many great ideas on Jean’s website. I am going to start with musical chairs art this week. I think we will create beautiful master pieces to hang in the hall. I even shared the site with a friend who is preparing her school for an end of the year art show – thanks for the great ideas!

36 patricia April 14, 2013 at 11:06 am

Can’t wait to get to school tommorrow the children are going to have so much fun me too. Thanks

37 Evelyn April 14, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thoroughly enjoyed reading her take on process art as opposed to creating products ( in the post about encouraging drawing skills in a three year old). I ordered the book “Ish” from our library because of this post! And now I’ll have to spend hours going through her entire blog! Thank you! And thanks for your daily emails full of inspiration!

38 Julie April 14, 2013 at 11:10 am

What a wonderful website! Want to go back and spend more time exploring her website. I can’t wait to try the yarn painting with my Preschool peeps. The musical chair painting has also been added to the list.

39 Kathy April 14, 2013 at 11:12 am

While on Jean’s blog, I clicked to follow Jean on Pinterest to be inspired for my students, children, grandchild, and myself. It’s time to be creative and let my inner self play :)

40 Ellen C. April 14, 2013 at 11:15 am

I really like the musical chairs painting — and I think the kids will like it, too!

There were so many great ideas on the blog that it was hard to stop looking and reading. I liked the sculpture ideas. We don’t do enough of that in my class but I’m going to gather up materials and see what our little ones can do!

41 Janet T. April 14, 2013 at 11:19 am

Artful Parent had this interesting blog about supporting artistic development and one of her first suggestions was “Never denigrate your own artistic skills.” I hadn’t thought about that before but I realize it’s really true. Children will listen to these comments and realize that art can judged as “good” or “bad”. No wonder, then, that they might judge their own beginning efforts as inferior. Great thought provoking article.

42 Linda Logan April 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

I loved “The Artful Parent” ideas about the child drawn paper dolls and the toilet paper tubes stenciling and 3D art! Such a great source of inspiration.
I agree with others, I became so engaged with the wealth of ideas that I was
distracted by my original intent!

Thank you!

43 Sally April 14, 2013 at 11:42 am

What a great place! I’ve been looking for ideas for making structures with children. This is just what I needed. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

44 Kim April 14, 2013 at 11:52 am

Good morning,

I loved her art activities. I loved th rubber cement an water coloring painting. I will be doing that activity with my granddaughter this summer. I think this is a book I need for my collection.

45 Amy April 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I love all of it! Her Easter activities are wonderful, her recipes are fantastic, and I love the detailed pictures!

46 Liberty Smith April 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I was FASCINATED with everything Jean has in her blog! You women are such fantastic educators. Thank you so much for your generosity. I especially admired that Jean also choose to connect and network with other women and moms as she performs her mission I would call it to make educating kids fun for them (and us educators).

I have kids come over our garden every wednesday for organized play time and I can benefit greatly from all the art ideas Jean has (and you Debbie). This book is a MUST in every parent’s or teacher’s library. Thank you so much. Aloha.

Liberty Smith
6832 Niumalu Loop
Honolulu, HI 96825

47 Lyudmyla Tarelkine April 14, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I follow Jean on her blog for about a year. So many her ideas implemented in our lives already. We love her little seasonal craft books. So handy! Would be thrilled to get her first “real” book too. :)

48 Melanie April 14, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Wow! What an amazing blog! I just found so many great ideas, very inspiring. I really loved the styrafoam and bamboo skewer masterpieces! I can’t wait to try it with my class! : )

49 Denise April 14, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I visit The Artful Parent blog quite often. I love all her great ideas! I love your great ideas too! Thanks for the chance to win!

50 KC April 14, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I LOVED the Paper Doll Notecard ideas. My daughter loves making paper dolls and writing notes to long-distance family and friends, so I will definitely show her that!! Great new blog, thanks for introducing me to it :)

51 Margaret@YTherapySource April 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Love the idea of musical painting. I recommend an activity similar to this where we have different exercises at each seat – when the music stops perform the exercise that you are standing next to. I like this idea for collaborative art – so cute.

This book looks wonderful to use with my children at home. I checked out all the 3-D projects ( – found some wonderful ideas especially with rocks. I love any art project that involves nature since it translates well for us when camping.

Plus any book that you are recommended when it comes to creativity must have to be impressive!


52 Brandi April 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Such an awesome collection of information. I love the art supplies list. I can’t believe I didn’t think of using pastels, they were my favourite as a kid. I have bookmarked Jean’s page so I can keep exploring!

53 Cheryl P. April 14, 2013 at 1:02 pm

I loved the muffin tin painting. I would really love to win this book because our preschool has an open house theme of artists every other year. This book would be wonderful!

54 Patty April 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

So many wonderful ideas. I really like 60+ painting activities for kids. Favorites would be salad spinner painting and marble painting.

55 Caren April 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

I checked the website and I like the paper doll idea. I also saw the curves one and really like that. I think that one is a great one to use for all children with various needs.

56 Caren April 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm

oops hit send too soon. I can’t wait to try the musical art idea. This a wonderful idea that covers many aspects of learning while doing.

57 Lorie Emmett April 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Awesome site! I added it to my favorites :) I found grape+toothpick sculptures, leaf doodling, spin painting and fruit necklaces of interest.

58 Mel Hand April 14, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I would love to be entered into this give away. Thanks for introducing me to the Artful Parent website – loads of great ideas. I particularly loved this: DIY Frame wallpaper which I will definitely be trying both at home with my own children and at school with my nursery class.
Fingers crossed for the giveaway :)

59 Susan Delaney April 14, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Even with 15 years experience as a preschool teacher, I love to try new things. This art activity is a must! I will bring it into the classroom this week! Even if I don’t win the book, I’ll buy it, or should I say I’ll “invest” in it!

60 Kamye Taylor April 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Why haven’t I heard of The Artful Parent before this post? I’m definitely going to try Musical Chairs Art in my classroom!

I found several great posts on The Artful Parent, but 9+ Artful Science Experiments really caught my eye. As a Head Start Teacher, I find that science isn’t pushed as hard as literacy and math. It’s important to introduce young children to science because it helps develop their language skills and critical thinking skills.

61 Judy Tompkins April 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I just love all the creative ideas–wish I had seen these when my children were young. But I am a preschool teacher! Love the musical chairs painting and can’t wait to try it! Also love the yarn painting! So glad to discover another source for fun and creative projects!

62 amy April 14, 2013 at 1:43 pm

I have been following The Artful Parent for some time and I just looked through some of the things I saved away to try and I think one of the ones I thought was so clever was the frame wallpaper… we already have lots of family pictures up in our class and I think devoting a wall or space on a wall for this project would be a fun addition!

63 Kristin Stuart April 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Oh my goodness! I wish I would have found this website years ago. I teach an Art and Science class to 3-6 year olds. I have two classes.
( an AM and a PM). This book would be a fabulous resource!
I loved the idea of Simon says draw______.
I found this on The Childen’s Art Guide. This would be so fun and EVERYONE is a winner! Great rainy day activity too. I also teach 3 and 4 year old on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I can’t wait to use some of these ideas!! Kristin

64 Jessica Grove April 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I discovered that the sculpting with paper rolls link I pinned last week came from the author! I’d LOVE to win a copy of this book!

65 Barb April 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Your article”Building and Creating with Curves: An Easy Kid’s Sculpture Activity with Cardboard Tubes”, only reinforced for me the idea that to encourage artistic creativity in young children is by providing them with materials that allow them to have fun and use their imagination to discover what they can produce. Along the way they learn how to sharpen their emotional skills as they patiently work at their creations, along with social skills as they share materials, plus they master large or small muscle skills depending upon the activity, and in many instance such as this curve sculpture they gain insight to math and science.

66 Marilyn S April 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I visited Jean’s website (I’d already followed her on Pinterest!) and scrolled through many of her blog posts. I was gratefully reminded of the Monart drawing method, which I’d tried to implement with my own children (many years ago). I am inspired now to pull out my copy of the book, Drawing with Children, and see how I can use it with my preschoolers! Thanks!

67 Tanja April 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

I love all of the ideas from 39 ways to play and learn with playdough…playdough is so easy to make, but it’s usually used in just the one (cutter and dough) way, there are some fabulous ideas there, particularly the ‘poke things with playdough’
Thanks for all of the amazing and inspirational ideas!

68 Hazel Gray April 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Love Jean’s site and will be following her on Pinterest from now on.
The post that most effected me was the one titled, How to talk to kids about their art! So many times the parents of the children in my day home upset their children because they say or ask the wrong things about their children’s art work. I’m going to be sharing this with my dh parents this week.

69 Jan K April 14, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I love the wire sculptures with styrofoam, pipe cleaners buttons and feathers. Such a neat, easy open ended project for my art table/ center.
I enjoy the blog often – especially on those dreary winter days we’ve been having lately.

70 Lori April 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

This book contains wonderful activities that I can share with my students in my classroom. I intend on trying not only the musical art but also posted on her blog the salt and watercolor pictures. I have a bunch of very creative children in my classroom this year and would love the opportunity to explore this book further. I am now receiving blog posts from the artful parent. Thanks for passing this information on.

71 Heidi April 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

I can’t wait to try this! This looks like great fun. I am always trying to find ways to incorporate more music into my classroom. Thank you!

72 Kristine Jenkins April 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

There were so many wonderful ideas to look at it was difficult to narrow it down. That said, I did like the leaf drawing & doodling and the Zen Tray sand drawing. But there were many, many more that I will try and share! Thank you for sharing her site with us!

73 Miss Jacqueline April 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Thank you for following The Artful Parent. I have been following them for quite a while now and I have posted their link on my preschool’s website. My program is art-based and I love her perspective and age-appropriate, family-friendly projects. We will be doing the musical chairs activity tomorrow. We have a new child in the group and I think this would be a good team-builder and something fun.

74 Terrie Flynn April 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

Hi, I loved how she described Daphne’s painting in the video as a happy painting, using so many colors and filling the whole paper. I loved how the little girl was so relaxed and singing while she was creating her work of art.

75 Lannie Harris April 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

A church member had her Bible Study group save their greeting cards to share with our preschool. We have sorted them by type, cut pictures from them and created new cards. But I had never thought to add them and some tape to the Block center and let them build a house of cards with them. Jean’s idea has given our cards a new life! Since they are not all the same size, additional sorting may be required, but I can’t wait to get the cards and tape out tomorrow. I would love to have her book and am looking forward to her blog posts!

76 Paula April 14, 2013 at 3:15 pm

She has many fun ideas but the tissue paper nest will be perfect for our bird study next week! Thank you!

77 Phyllis Swinehart April 14, 2013 at 3:33 pm

I really enjoyed the video of Daphne singing at the easel

78 Cris April 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I have liked this post about Daphne’s first realistic-like drawings:
My daughter is her age and she has also started drawing smily faces. I’m looking forward to new posts about this.

79 Amy April 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

The Artful Parent is inspiring to me, as an early childhood educator and program director, because of its focus on process, not product.

80 Julie L April 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I love Jean and the Artful Parent! She is the reason I created a toddler art group at my house two years ago. I like her posts about set up activities to inspire art- like drawing half faces on the large chalkboard. I find these sorts of ideas really draw my kids in and it is always fun to see what they do with it (90% of the time is totally different than I expect).

81 Laurie April 14, 2013 at 4:43 pm

I really like The Artful Parent blog! I have visited there before and love the ideas because they are centered on creating original art rather than making ‘crafts’. This time I just kept reading post after post until I remembered what I had set out to do, and that was returning to Teach Preschool:). What I found that I liked THiS time was ‘watercolor-painting on stickers’. Such a simple idea even for the youngest of kiddos that requires nothing more than white reinforcements and/or labels or price tag stickers, and……watercolor paints. The reinforcements act as stencils for a cool ‘circles creation’ as you paint, and after drying the stickers can be stuck on paper (or wherever else they’ll stick:) to create some awesome pictures!

82 jennifer April 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I’ve been following The Artful Parent for 3 grateful years. She is my first source for all things art – we have done so many wonderful and fun projects I don’t know where to begin! She inspired us to make a large chalkboard, hung in our dining room with a fancy painted frame. It’s beautiful and kid functional!

83 Jennie Cunningham April 14, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Wow sooooo many amazing ideas. I cant wait to try. This website offers so much. I really loved the art with the curves. I got so lost in the website. I also enjoyed the miffin tins. What a grwat idea for all ages. I cant wait to pass on some ideas to fellow teachers.

84 Tracy Garrison April 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm

There are so many great ideas that it is hard to choose just one. I liked the grape sculptures. It gets children’s creativity flowing and they can eat their art project afterwards. It’s a great way to get children to enjoy a health snack.

85 Trisha April 14, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I LOVE this site and am inspired on a regular basis! Right now as I just looked, I love the stained glass and sun catcher ideas…maybe because it’s spring and sunny now:) The melted beads sun catcher looks especially pretty to me. Thanks!

86 cari ri era April 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

I loved the building with curves! So fun and easy

87 Chris April 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Liked the idea of sculpting with cardboard tube arcs…always looking for different ways to do 3D art…..can’t wait to try it. Hoping to win….really like ALL the ideas I read about!

88 celeste April 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm

All of the artful science projects look like so much fun! I am really excited to try the musical chairs painting at co-op.

89 Kristin April 14, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I agree with you, Debbie. The homemade recipes are TOPS in my book. My K3 class loves to be involved! I’m excited to try “Rainbow Paint in a Bag” tomorrow to go along with Don Freeman’s “A Rainbow of my Own”

90 Chris Knopf April 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I loved the “artful science experiements” with the balloon, baking soda, and a water bottle – “the simpler, the better” is my motto for highly successful experiments with preschoolers. I’m also planning to try the masking tape body art under collage ideas!

91 Terri Morgan April 14, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Thank you for the reminder about The Artful Parent blog site. There are a lot of really good developmentally appropriate process art ideas…love it! My three year old class is doing a ton of art exploration around making prints. I really enjoying looking at the many, many printmaking ideas! So much fun!

92 Kerry Honey April 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Hi Deborah – living in PNG we don’t have access to external professional development. However, we are committed to providing the best that we can for our 135 children a day at our Early Learning Centre. Your website is one of our most important sources for ideas. Having this link to The Artful Parent will insure that we have another valuable resource. Loved the very first post about lunchtime doodles and will certainly try that out tomorrow with both our Pre-school groups and our Toddlers. We don’t expect to win a book – I’m sure the postage will be more than the purchase cost! However, I will certainly add Jean’s book to our list and her website to my Favourites! Thank you for being such an inspiration.

93 Amanda April 14, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I was very intrigued by the Simon Says Drawing activity on The Artful Parent. I really want to try this Musical Chairs Drawing activity, too. Thanks for sharing!

94 Veronica April 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

I like the addition of sensory sand to finger paint on the Artful Parent site. I also see the addition of a scent to engage even more senses in this activity. Thank you for the musical chairs art idea as well as the links to the Artful Parent site.

95 Beth April 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Thanks for sharing this! I had never previously been to her site and found it really inspiring! I love the archives of all the different art ideas. Such great ideas are listed. I like the sticker art one a lot. I can’t wait to try some of these in the classroom!

96 Dava D. April 14, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I loved the paint over yarn project. I’ve done the string painting before but this was just one of the many great ideas from Jean. I also love the musical chiars painting. How really fun!

97 Cheyla April 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm

I loved the Creating with Curves idea! I’m always saving our paper towel and tp rolls to do with my preschool class. This is a perfect way to use them!

98 Pamela Spann April 14, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I like the puffy paint on the artful parent blog.

99 Diane April 14, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Homemade art materials post is awesome! Definitely going to revisit these ideas.

100 Janet R April 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Wow! The Artful Parent is another great site to peruse! I am going to try the cloud dough this week, have never done that:) Deborah, I have a question about your experience with the “musical chairs painting”. I tried something similar once, only it was “pass the paper” drawing. I noticed at the beginning one of your children began drawing a person, and by the end, the person was not visible due to others painting. Was that child upset? My experience was that one child had problems with others “ruining his picture”. Thanks for any feedback! Love your site and workshop!

101 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm

Hi Janet,
That is a great question. Before we began this process, I carefully explained to the children that this was not a take home painting that this was a chance for us to play a painting game. My students really got that and no one even gave it another thought. When I would change the music, I purposely chose songs that had different moods and would encourage the children to listen and move to the music. At one point, we all hopped to a song and painted. I think they were so into the “game” and perhaps it helped that we moved our bodies rather than moving the paper. The kids just enjoyed the experience.

102 Pei Chun April 14, 2013 at 10:37 pm

This is a good resource and reference website for my class. I teach preschool kids. I am fascinated by kids’ creativity and how their art work come out. They have free spree and thinking. I learn a lot from them.
Jean provids a lot of creative idea and gives kids different way to explore their life.

103 Sharon April 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I loved the pictures of her daughter drawing the paper dolls. My daughter loves to draw too so I’ll have to show her some of those paper dolls. So many creative ideas for preschool kids!

104 Jody April 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I visited Jean’s site and LOVED the wallpaper of frames. I am very fond of murals and will definitely hang a wallpaper of frames in my classroom this week. Thanks for introducing me to Jean’s site.

105 Sandra McVeigh April 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

What an awesome book!!! I love the Simon Says art. I am an artist myself and love to incorporate art into my preschool class. I am going to do this next week. We do a clipboard art activity and I can incorporate simon says into it. THANK YOU!!!!
If I don’t win this book, I will buy it.
Thank you Sandra from North Pole Alaska.

106 Joette Ewing April 14, 2013 at 11:36 pm

What’s not to love on this inspiring website?! The lovely flower picture inspired me to take my pre-k class outdoors to look for signs of spring. Armed with paper and drawing materials, we took a seat in the fresh green grass to sketch the flower of choice growing in the school yard. Later back in the classroom, some children chose paints to complete their artwork. They all turned out just beautiful! I often visit The Artful Parent because there is such a wide range of simple activities to spark the creativity in not only children but mine as well!!!

107 Anne Boudewyn April 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Thank you for sharing this link! So many great ideas! I really liked the art activity using dry leaves and drawing on them with metallic sharpies. I always collect waaaaay too many leaves in the fall and never have enough ideas to use them all! They are beautiful!! So excited to try this in my preschool this fall!! I will definitely be bookmarking Jean’s website!

108 chelsea April 14, 2013 at 11:52 pm

I loved her “fairy house ” post! So cute, my kids would dig it!

109 Jane April 15, 2013 at 12:22 am

Musical chairs art is a great idea! I always read Jean’s blog but one of the things that I love are her stained class and sun catcher ideas. Beautiful decorations that the kids can make!

110 Barbie Beadles April 15, 2013 at 12:47 am

I am always inspired to do new and fun things with my soon-to-be 3 year old son when I read fun blogs like this! I also teach Early Childhood Education to high school students at a Career Center in our school district and use these ideas in my classrooom as well. I LOVE creative minds!! Thanks for all your hard and creative work!

111 Debbie Atchison April 15, 2013 at 1:13 am

Would love the book going to try musical painting tomorrow very inspiring.

112 Maria April 15, 2013 at 1:45 am

So many wonderful ideas to try with my daughter but the post that I liked the most was: How to Talk to Kids About Their Art. That one is going to help me how to approach my daughter’s arts. Thanks for the opportunity!

113 Joanne Hosking April 15, 2013 at 2:59 am

I’m a preschool teacher, and love the idea of the Kids sculptures with cardboard tubes, will have to try this idea with the kids.

114 Kaylee April 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

I love the idea of turning my child’s artwork into greeting cards. :) And I would love, love to have this book! :)

115 Patrice April 15, 2013 at 7:37 am

I love this blog for all of the amazing art projects. I have pinned almost all of them! I also love how the blog is organized in small snipits of the projects then click on continue reading and you can read more about it.

116 Robin April 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

Wow! What a great book for art and children, so many ideas and fun activities. I love the way she takes simple and makes everything fun in an artful way, it is hard to pick one favorite.

117 Jean April 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Her ideas are great and I loved the shaped crayons that she made. I have a collection of broken crayons that I plan on using for these.

118 Jo April 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

I love all your ideas and I love Jean’s musical chairs art idea too. It might be a little chaotic for my class of 3 year old’s. We’ll see… I enjoyed reading about the lunch time doodles in the restaurant. I worked with the elderly a few years back and some of them coloured in with kokis and wax crayons and found it really relaxing. They thoroughly enjoyed it. It is good to tap into your creative side even if you are one of the old people!
Thank you for your inspiration!

119 Kirstylee April 15, 2013 at 3:15 pm

This is so cool. I think I’ll do this for my two year old’s birthday party. I know it will be a huge hit!

120 Jolie Delja April 15, 2013 at 4:20 pm

The Artful Parent is an amazing website– Thank you for sharing it with us.
I enjoyed all of her egg-dying ideas and the playdough play with toothpicks and silicone baking cups to make jeweled cupcakes. Plus the idea of the summer art group at home! LOVE LOVE LOVE.

121 Amanda Mason April 15, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I have been over to The Artful Parent a few times before and fell in love! Some ideas I loved this time was the idea to trace a child’s body and then have them paint it. I have never seen the opportunity to paint the tracing ,but how fun! I also loved the picture frame wall art. Such a great idea! I will definitely be adding The Artful Parent to my blog list. Thank you!

122 Marie April 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Greetings! I loved Jean’s web site and am excited about her book. It looks fabulous. I like the musical chair painting idea alot; active art is a very appealing idea to me to use with my classroom of 19 preschoolers!
I also really liked the simple tissue paper stained glass idea using liquid starch. Very easy, very simple, very visually appealing. Thanks for sharing these great ideas, and giving us a chance to win that awesome book!

123 Megan April 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

There were a lot of fun ideas on Jean’s site! I immediately added the printed craft tape / (washi tape) to my amazon wish list for my daughter! She is always trying to get into our scotch tape for her projects so she’d go wild being able to make a creation out of fun tape! I also really liked the Q-tip Pointillism and think we’ll try it tomorrow. I can’t believe I never thought about painting with Q-tips before. I’ll definitely be visiting the site for ideas as my daughter loves creating and I’m always looking for new processes to let her try – Jean has so many wonderful ideas.

124 Lindsay April 16, 2013 at 10:50 am

As silly as it is, I was grateful that Jean posted about Daphne drawing people and faces. I have two little boys and wondered about when they started drawing people and faces. Good to know! Such great ideas and information.

125 Alisha April 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

I’m always impressed by her variety of activities and ability to come up with new things to try!

126 Belinda April 16, 2013 at 11:10 am

I loved the melted bead catchers.

127 molly April 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

Jean’s blog is one of my very favorites. I’ve read it for years and am so proud of her recent book release. There are so many things about her blog that interest me, but I always enjoy the conversations she initiates with her readers, in particular the one about creativity a while back. I’m also interested in how the Monart method will work with her and her sweet girls.

128 Dena S. April 16, 2013 at 11:13 am

I’ve been a follower of The Artful Parent for a couple of years now. I love the homemade arts that she comes up with, plus anything with watercolors is a family fav.

129 Anja wouters April 16, 2013 at 11:20 am

Nice website and so much nice idea. I love so many things that are on this blog. One of the things i really like to try is the muffin-print. so nice

130 Sarah Plyler April 16, 2013 at 11:22 am

I loved her new post on seashells. I am amazed at the wonderfulness children find in everyday things. My 15 month old found a handful of shells we brought back from our trip last summer and would not put them down!

131 Kristen S April 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

I loved the simon says drawing game! I love all of her things really though:)

132 Lois Wachtel April 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

Hello! Love your web page and Jean’s… I present art workshops for early childhood educators, so I would LOVE to receive a copy of the book. Awesome… we actually did the musical chairs art in our classroom with different parts of our body… in other words, go outside of the box, One day, we painted only with 1 finger… another day we moved around & painted with feet… then we shared the pictures with our friends; so we did not take home our own work, but rather, we did Art with A Friend. Since I’m not big on paint brushes, we used LOTS of different medium to paint with. Thanks for sharing!

133 Cassie April 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I found the tips for setting up your own kids art group particularly useful, there’s not much to do with young children in my local town so I am thinking about starting a little kids art class. Of course all the activities are fantastic and all great ideas to do with the kids in the group!! I adore her blog :-)

134 Alicia April 16, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Q tip pointalism painting is neat and something my 2yr would have fun with.

135 Mary Beth Galloway April 16, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I love Jean’s blog and frequently pin her. I love to finding new watercolor ideas…she has a ton.

136 megan arce April 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I have been following The Artful Parent for some time now and I am constantly impressed, amazed and insired by her ideas. I have followed other blogs in the past but the projects required far more prep and time and clean up. The Artful Parent just naturally incorporates art into everyday life without it being prefaced as an activity- I think that is what I enjoy most

137 Angie Franckewich April 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I loved her seashell idea! My son loves shells, leaves, etc… but tends to taste them (he’s 14 months old). Putting the items in the see-through wax paper bag is a great idea! He can still look at and feel them, but not put them in his mouth :)

138 Catherine Walker April 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I like the post about cooking with kids with all the recipes. That’s one of my goals is to teach my kids how to cook a lot of their favorites. And I want to try Musical Painting too!

139 Jamie April 16, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Love your idea of musical painting! When I go back to teaching kindergarten, I am going to do this. So much fun!

I went over to The Artful Parent. Jean has so many great ideas! I love the chalkboard she uses for different things. My favorite was the drawing prompts. My two boys are a bit young for this, but in a few years I will do this with them.

140 Cher Crawford April 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I love Jean’s blog! I find inspiration from her daily on Facebook as well! I love her projects, quotes and suggestions of other interesting sites and blogs such as yours. I learned about Red Ted Art’s blog and book from her site! I am a homeschooling mom and just love the imaginative ideas I can learn and use from you ladies! My kids love it! Thank you!!!!!

141 Brigette April 16, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I have enjoyed reading Jean’s blog for a while. One thing that her blog helps me think about is art with children and not just crafts.

142 Aimee April 16, 2013 at 3:24 pm

I have been following The Artful Parent on pinterest and love all the ideas. I have tried to use some in my art classes I teach. I think I will try the musical chair idea next week with PreK!

143 Linda Cunningham April 16, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I live in Florida and reading that post reminded me how many different ways I can use shells in the classroom.

144 Jodi April 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Love the pompom activities

145 Amy Wilson April 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm

WOW!!!!! What fun ides! Gonna use her idea to make paperdolls from art into magnets for the class magnet boards!

146 Kathy L April 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

What a great site to visit. there are so many excellent ideas. I love all of her different sculpture ideas – especially the ‘stained glass’ sculpture. I need to head back and keep exploring but I would love to win a copy of her book.

147 Faith April 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I found the 39 ways to play and learn with play dough very useful. I was in need of this info. So glad I found it. Thanks for the giveaway!

148 bec April 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Creating with curves is mindblowing! I never would have thought of any of those ideas! Will be doing some later but am still resting (and cleaning up!) after playing Musical Chairs Art! So much fun! Thanks for introducing me this amazing site.

149 Liz Williamson April 17, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Yes, I found a lot of good things on Jean’s blog. Spin art with a salad spinner. Cool! Didn’t know about that. Also the section on how to draw/doodle with a child…..even if you are not artistic. Great recommendation to never say “I can’t draw”. Thanks for directing me to her blog.

150 Dina Dolan April 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I like the sandcasting with plaster of Paris which I found under the section nature art. We live walking distance to the beach so I am excited to try this activity out this summer. Thanks!

151 Christine Michie April 17, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I was really interested in the monoprinting that she did with the plexi-glass. The art they made was fantastic. It sounds fun and I am going to try it with my son and preschoolers. Love her blog, I will be adding it to my favorite list.

152 Diane April 20, 2013 at 7:44 pm

The Musical Chairs Art is brilliant,I can’t wait for our next rainy day! We are also going to paint some rocks for our new day care garden this year. Thanks sharing this awesome blog!

153 Jennifer April 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm

Can’t WAIT to make sun catchers with my kids next week. Thanks for the ideas!

154 Vicky April 21, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Loved your “draw around the hole” activity! I’m doing it tomorrow with my PreK-ers! They are going to be asking me to cut holes out of their papers till the end of the school year I’m betting! Thanks for the idea!

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