Concept Painting

Concept Sensory Painting by Crayon Box Chronicles (Contributor Post @ All For The Boys)

[Contributor Post at Allfortheboys.com]

We’re so excited to announce our new collaboration with Allison at All For The Boys! We’ll be regularly sharing a variety of fun and educational posts on her blog.  As a new contributor, we’ll start with a series called Teaching Concepts.

The first in our series is pre number concepts, discussing the differences between big and small.  Understanding basic concepts helps strengthen a child’s vocabulary and builds early mathematical skills.  Instead of using traditional paper and pencil, we combined sensory materials with a fun twist – squishy toys and glowing neon paint!

For the full activity, see Concept Sensory Painting at All For The Boys blog.

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Bouncy Ball Art – An Invitation to Paint and Play

bouncy ball art

Grab your bouncy balls, paint, and paper and let’s explore open-ended messy art today! Bouncy ball art is so much fun! Our invitation to paint and play is messy, encourages movement, and is a great sensory experience.  Trust me though, this mess is so worth it! Who needs a paintbrush when you have bouncy balls! It’s bounce, bounce, bounce time! Continue reading

Carpet Square Painting & Sensory Board

Carpet Sample Painting @ Crayon Box Chronicles

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We love to explore the process of painting with everything but a paintbrush! I was cleaning out my sewing box today and stumbled upon these carpet samples from Home Depot! I tend to collect everything for projects, so I knew they’d come in handy someday! I set up these invitations to paint with no expectations in mind.  C really enjoys exploring the materials and bright colors! Continue reading

Cookie Cutter Wrapping Paper

Cookie Cutter Wrapping Paper by Crayon Box Chronicles

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Let’s get creative today and make homemade wrapping paper! Ditch the brushes and let’s experiment with cookie cutters instead — fun! This is another fun and simple addition to our Homemade Fun Series.  Depending on your child’s ability they can do it all or just push the cut-outs down.  Today’s activity helps your child practice color recognition, sequencing, animal sounds, and counting.  Plus, who wouldn’t love homemade wrapping paper — right? Continue reading

Shapes Bubble Wrap Painting

Shapes Bubble Wrap Painting by Crayon Box Chronicles

Pop, pop, pop! Let’s paint with bubble wrap today! This activity makes learning shapes fun! Plus, a quick lesson is color recognition, tracing, and cutting! Not only is it fun, but its a great sensory experience too.  This would make a super fun Valentines Day craft too – heart bubble wrap painted cards. Continue reading

Egg Carton Caterpillar

Egg Carton Caterpillar

We love recycling materials to make fun, easy crafts for kids.  Our egg carton caterpillar is great for story-time and pretend play.

Material Needed:

  • Paper egg carton
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paint or markers

What’s Next:

First, cut the egg carton in half lengthwise. I used adult scissors for this part, it was tough. Tip: To make it look more rounded, cut the base off around the edges, but AFTER you paint it.  If you cut before, it compromises the strength of it.  The seams at the top started to break where the colors met.  Next, choose your medium — paint or markers.

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Little C started to paint, then it was ATTACK of the animals, lol!

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

He ended up doing an animal foot print painting and I finished the caterpillar.  Set aside to dry then draw a face on the front of the caterpillar.

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Turn the carton upside down and help your child poke two short pieces of pipe cleaner through one end to create antennae; bend over tips, they are pointy! Let your child’s imagination soar as they play with their new caterpillar! Little C decided to have a snack with his, lol! 😉

Egg Carton Caterpillar @ Crayon Box Chronicles

Looking for more fun crafts and activities for kids? Here’s a few of our favorite recycled crafts and learning activities:

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