Category Archives: Gift Ideas

Abstract Crayon

Turn crayon drawings into real abstract art by simply giving them a black border (use photo stick squares to mount the drawing onto black paper and then cut a border around it). If your little Picasso tells you what the drawing is of, make a small bordered rectangle, write the title in, and place it below the drawing.

These abstracts look awesome on a wall! They also make great gifts (especially for grandparents)!

Photo Cards

Use photo stick squares to attach a photo of your kiddo onto card stock. Give your card a more creative look by placing the photo off center, or by putting a border on the photo.

Have your child draw inside the card, sign their name at the bottom, and send it!

This idea works really great for pics you have on your phone– if you have photoshop, you can size the picture so it will print well by making it small on a 4×6 white background. When you have it printed, just cut the actual picture out.

Abstract Watercolor

Even the littlest kid can move a brush around on paper! Use watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and a wide brush. If your child is like mine, they’ll love to mix colors together until everything is brown… an easy fix is to give them color choices that mix well together. It can also be helpful to paint one color at a time, letting the paint dry in before painting the next color.

Go Further:

-Matte one (or more) of your child’s paintings and hang it up in their room (or anywhere in your house!). You can even have them paint in colors that compliment the colors in their bedroom.

-Matte/ frame a painting and give it as a gift

Watercolors are a great way to learn about and discover how colors mix together to make other colors. Use two primary colors to create a painting that has both colors, as well as the secondary color created when they overlap.

Potato Stamps- pictures and cards

Make your own stamps out of potatoes! You’ve got a couple options for how to do this. The easiest way is to use small cookie cutters (think Christmas cookies). You cut the potato in half, then press a cookie cutter down into the potato, as far as it will go. Use a knife to cut away all the potato around the cookie cutter (leave the cookie cutter in the potato until you’re done). When you’ve sliced away all the excess, pull the cookie cutter out, and you’ll have your stamp!

The harder way to do it is to cut a shape into the potato. Use a knife with a pointy tip, and use the tip to draw the shape. Next, cut the shape into the potato using only the tip of the knife, by pushing the tip in and out. Cut at least a 1/4 inch down, and a little deeper if you can. Once your shape is outlined, carefully cut away the excess potato from around your shape. This method allows for unique shapes that you don’t have in cookie cutter form.

Once your potato stamp is finished, you can either use a brush to put the paint onto the stamp, or you can squeeze some paint onto a flat surface and press the stamp in (the way you would press a real stamp into an ink pad). Now you’re ready to stamp!

Go Further:

-Use your stamps to make cards (we made the ones above for valentine cards)

-Make letter stamps, number stamps, or shape stamps to practice recognition skills

-Practice color recognition by using shades of one color in your stamp picture

Color Block Cards

Create this kind of card by using masking tape to tape a border around the card (it actually helps to tape it down to the table). Then take a thin piece of tape and place it down the center, and do the same across the card, to create four blocks.

Using a separate piece of paper, outline letters or shapes and have your child color them in. Then cut them out and glue them into the squares on the card.

If you use colors that contrast enough, you don’t need to have a dark outline around the letters/ shapes. It’ll give it a great different look.

Helpful Hint: Use masking tape that’s cheap, so that it doesn’t stick too much to the card. And when you take the tape off, do it slowly and gentle so that it doesn’t rip off part of the card.

 

 


 

Abstract Ink

Paper and ink. Use photo stick squares to mount it on a black background, and it’s done!

Go Further:

-Use photo squares to mount the finished product to a card, with your kiddo’s name and age below.

 

Rain Painting

Another super simple project! Have your kiddo paint with watercolor on watercolor paper. The more evenly it’s painted, the better it will work.

Then take your painting out into the rain and lay it flat (on something dry, so that it doesn’t soak up water from underneath) for a little while. The rain will create a painting of it’s own!

You can experiment with this project– leave it in the rain for longer or shorter lengths of time, let it dry first before taking it out into the rain, or let the rain fall on it while it’s still wet. Try mixing colors.

If it’s not raining out, you can have your kiddo make rain by dripping drops of water onto the paint.

Helpful hint: After your rain painting has dried, lay it under something heavy, like a big book, so that the paper will flatten out.

Go Further:

-Matte a rain painting and give it as a gift

Make a matte out of the rain painting (cut a rectangle slightly smaller than a photo out of the center of the painting). If you make it the right size, it will fit into a frame.

-Cut shapes out to make into cards for people

Cut letters, numbers or shapes out to use as learning tools (you can use them like flash cards or put the on the wall for recognition skills)