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Monthly Archives: April 2016

  • National Teacher's Day Craft Ideas for Kids

    National Teacher's Day is May 3rd. (It's always the Tuesday of the first full week of May.) You can celebrate National Teacher's Day by telling your teachers That you appreciate them and all their hard work.

    Here are some fun craft ideas for kids to say thanks to their favorite teachers!

    Ruler Vase: For this one you'll need 5 wooden rulers, some hot glue, and a mason jar. Saw each one in half and glue them to the jar. Fill the jar with pencils, lollipops, or candy!

    Pipe Cleaner Pencil Toppers: All you need here is some pipe cleaners and pencils. Twist a fun shape in about half of the length of the pipe cleaner. Think stars, hearts, flowers, or apples. Then twist the lower half around the top of a pencil. That's it!

    High Five Card: This one's super-easy. Pour some washable paint onto a paper plate and dip your hand in it. Then make a handprint on the front of a card or folded piece of paper. After it's dry, write a note like "High Five for a Terrific Teacher!" and sign the inside. Your teacher will love it!

    And speaking of stuff teachers love, how about educational art for kids? Come see our collection of map art, alphabet art, animal art, and outer space art for kids' rooms and classrooms alike.

    Thank You, Teachers!!

  • Earth Day Fun

    Earth Day Fun isn't just for Earth Day. But since today, April 22, is Earth Day, we wanted to share some fun ideas for getting out there and celebrating our wonderful earth.

    Leaf Rubbings: Find some beautiful leaves. They can be small, large, or in between. Turn them over so that the veiny side faces up. Put the leaves on a flat surface and place a piece of paper on top. Then use a peeled crayon to make rubbings by coloring the entire sheet with the side of the crayon. You'll be left with a beautiful outline! Try groupings of leaves and see how different ones look positioned on the page together.

    Geocaching: Did you know that parks all over the US have little treasures hidden in them? Geocaching is a popular outdoor activity in which people hide small containers in outdoor spots. A course map leads searchers to each hidden spot. Once you find the container, you can open it up, take a gift, and leave a gift. Gifts can be little trinkets like fun erasers, ping-pong balls, or stickers. Many caches also include a notebook for every visitor to sign. Search geocaching.com and see if there are geocache courses in your area.

    Scavenger Hunt: Grab a bucket! Create a list of items that are often found outside, like a pinecone, a penny, a rock the size of a quarter, and a bird feather. Then see how many you can find. Or create two teams of searchers and see who can find all the items on the list first! Or do a photo scavenger hunt of items like a birds' nest, animal tracks, and an orange flower.

    Our Pinterest page, Venture Out! has some more clever ideas for outdoor adventures, including take-along treats to fuel you on your journey. And be sure to check out our nature art for nature-themed art for kids' rooms that will make every day Earth Day!

    Happy Earth Day!

    Animals Around the World by Melanie Mikecz

    Vivid Waves by Eli Halpin

    Woodland Creatures by Jenn Ski

  • It's Look Alike Day!

    Look Alike Day is April 20! It's a day that celebrates twins, best friends, mentors, and heroes. Look Alike Day is easy to celebrate. Just dress like somebody else. You and your BFF can decide to wear matching outfits. Or you can dress like your favorite scientist, singer, athlete, or entrepreneur. You can even surprise your teacher by dressing just like him or her!

    And, of course, if you have a twin brother or sister, the two of you can dress alike for the day.

    Some of our favorite art for kids' rooms is based on pairs. Buddy art is perfect for twins' rooms or rooms that siblings share. Like these Two Little Monkeys by Meghann O'Hara or Soul Mateys by Eli Halpin, or Vancouver Lake by Rachel Austin.

    Here are some of our favorite pairs. See if you can think of some more! And come take a look at our pair-themed art.

    Bert & Ernie

    Batman & Robin

    R2D2 & C3PO

    Pebbles & Bam-Bam

    Thing 1 & Thing 2

    Raggedy Ann & Raggedy Andy

    Katniss & Rue

    Mickey & Minnie

    Happy Look Alike Day!

  • April is National Poetry Month

    April is National Poetry Month

    Do you like to read? Do you like to rhyme?

    Do you enjoy poetry all of the time?

    Then April's for you--it's your month, my friend!

    It's Poetry Month from beginning to end.

    That's right: April is National Poetry Month. It's a special month set aside for reading and writing poems of all kinds. Here at Oopsy Daisy, we love artistic expression--using art to let the world know what's inside your head and your heart. All of our art is visual, of course, and a lot of it is art that uses words, too. We even have some poetry-based art! Come take a look and find something that will inspire your creativity and imagination, National Poetry Month and beyond.

    Do you like to write poems? Why not celebrate National Poetry Month by writing a poem of your own? Here's an idea: try a Haiku. A Haiku is a form of Japanese poem that has a total of 17 syllables: five in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the third. Haikus are often about nature, but you can write one about anything you want.

    Why not find some art you like and write a poem about that? You can search our site by your favorite color, your favorite subject, or your favorite artist. Find a piece of art you like and write a Haiku about it.

    Congratulations! You're a poet!

    Art by Katie Daisy

    Poetry Art

    Write Your Own Story by Winborg Sisters

  • April Fool's Day Pranks for Kids

    It's April Fool's Day!

    Today's the day, so there's not a lot of prep time left! Here are a few April Fool's Day Pranks for Kids that you can do in a snap:

    Colorful Cereal: Be super nice and pour cereal into the bowl for someone. But first, put four drops of food coloring in the bottom of the bowl. Don't pour on the milk, let them do that. When the milk is added, it will mix with the food coloring and create a colorful surprise!

    Brown Es: Cut out the letter E from brown construction paper. Do a whole bunch! Then put them on a cookie tray and put it in the oven. Don't turn the oven on! Tell your family and friends you made brown Es. They'll be expecting brownies, of course, and it may take them a minute or two to get the joke. But we can guarantee they'll want to play the trick on someone else!

    Battery-Free Remote: It doesn't get any easier than this! Take the batteries out of the TV remote and replace the little door so it looks just like it did before. The next person who tries to turn on the TV will be very, very confused!

    Can you think of some more April Fool's Day pranks? Be creative, be kind, and above all, be silly!

    And if you love to laugh, take a look at art by one of our favorite artists, Sarah Lowe. She paints dinosaurs on bikes and all sorts of silly circus scenes. Have fun, and Happy April Fool's Day!

     

    *Here's some news we're really proud of. babycubby.com dedicated a recent blog entry to our Mini Framed Canvas Art. They said they're "going CRAZY for" some of our pieces, which is perfect, because we're just crazy for the terrific parenting advice The Baby Cubby shares. Thanks, Baby Cubby!

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