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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Art Jar

We've needed something to jumpstart our art activities around here lately, and I decided that an Art Jar would be just the thing to do it! The idea for an Art Jar came to me when I was making my Pregnancy Journal Jar (a year ago!).

To make the Art Jar, I cut strips of card stock and put an idea for a simple art activity (using supplies that I have on hand) on each strip. I'm hoping that we'll do an activity from the Art Jar at least a couple of times a week. The ideas for the activities have come from library books, activities we've done in the past, and eventually I'll go through the starred items in my google reader and add more strips.

O is VERY excited about the Art Jar. We've completed one activity so far, and we are looking forward to our 2nd Art Jar Activity on Friday.

Since several people have asked what's in The Art Jar, I'd thought I'd share a list of a few of the activities. I don't actually have the jar with me now, so these are just from memory...

painting with marbles
painting with feathers
pop paper prints
leaf prints
string painting
make a sculpture with packing peanuts
make a sculpture with straws and tape
contact paper collage
medicine dropper art


  1. so fun! I think part of the fun for them is the anticipation of which one they will draw out! =)

  2. I love this idea! It seems like it would help on those days when I can't remember where I left my brain. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I would LOVE to see what you have in there! I love the idea but am not sure where to start! :)

  4. okay, i want to see those items!!

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    Montessori is awesome...all three of my kids attended a great Montessori school for several years and now we homeschool too. Best wishes to you in your homeschooling...I love the art jar idea!

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  6. My mom did this for me when I was little... apparently I complained about "being bored" lots - I don't believe it :)
    she called it the "bored box" and whenever the whining started up, she sent me in the direction of the bored box!
    Posted a button for your blog on my sidebar - hope that is okay
    thought my readers would love your stuff, even though I only have a small handful

  7. Love all your fun ideas thought you might like mine too

  8. What a clever idea. Thanks for sharing it.

  9. That's a great idea! Plus it'll give me a kick to do something even if I don't feel like it LOL!

  10. It is one the best ideas I have found on a blog. I have copied you shamelessly and blogged about it here: