Wednesday, August 24, 2011

200 Followers...I'm Celebrating with a BIG Giveaway!

I want to say a huge thank you to my followers!
It is so awesome to be able to have this blog as a journal of my family's fun times, but also to be able to share it with all of you! I've received such kind words, inspiration and support from so many of you and I appreciate it so much!

I think this calls for a

I always knew I wanted to instill a passion for art in my children's lives but when my son L was old enough to start experimenting with art, besides coloring and finger painting I was unsure of what else we could do. Then I found MaryAnn Kohl's books (art ideas for children). A plethera of fantastic ideas was at my fingertips and since then our lives have been filled with such fun!
My very first MaryAnn Kohl book was

First Art
Art Experiences for Toddlers and Twos

and I'd like to give it to one lucky winner!
(which you can use to shop online as well)

 The first few activities we did from the book
Awww L was so little!
(click the pics to be taken to post)

Clean Mush


Fly Swatter Painting

This book really opened my eyes to the wiiiiide range of art experiences that children can enjoy.
I'd like to give this book to one lucky winner but I also encourage any of you with young children to check out MaryAnn Kohls books for a neverending supply of art activity inspiration!

How to win giveway

You'll be entered once if you
Leave a comment on this post about an artsy activity you've done with your kids or would like to try.

You'll be entered twice if you
"Follow" my blog and leave a comment (as specified above)
(Afterall, this is a giveaway inspired by my awesome followers!)

To be entered 3 TIMES
1."Follow" my blog,
2. Choose an activity i've done with my son L (Something new for you) and try it with your kids. Then, blog about it and send me the link in the comments of this post. If you don't have a blog, you could email me a picture of the experience and then leave me a comment on this post telling me you've emailed me your entry. 
I'd can't wait to see all the fun you guys have!


To help me keep up with how many enteries i'll need to do for each of you, when you comment on this post for your entry, let me know if you are a follower as well.
You'll only be posting one comment for your entry based on the rules above.
Oh, and don't forget to give me an email address where I can get ahold of you if you win. I tried to cover everything but if your still unsure how to enter or how to comment, send me an email first :)! Thanks yall!

when I will have L draw a number (corresponding to your comment) from a bucket

Good luck!

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  1. Awesome!! I'm a new follower within the past couple of weeks, and I've gotten a lot of ideas from your blog (Probably pinned a few too). I've recently tried marble painting and tire track painting with my 2.5yr old son. He loves to paint and draw.

    amandabroadway at hotmail dot com

  2. I have been following you from the beginning my friend! The next project of yours i wanna do is the Goo! My kids really wanna do it!

  3. Congrats on 200 followers. I have been following your blog for a while and you have great ideas! I am planning to do those baked cotton balls very soon. I think my little man would love them. I love the paint filled eggs idea too!!

  4. I like the fly swatter idea. Sounds fun!

  5. My girls and I like to make flower clips.

  6. Their favorite seems to be painting and we have also made things with clay.

  7. My 2 1/2 yr old daughter and I often make cards for people by ripping pieces of construction paper and glueing them onto a piece of paper and cutting a shape out such as a heart and sticking it to the card then drawing inside the card.

  8. Congratulations and thanks for the giveaway. I love your crafty ideas! My kid is grown now, but I'm still a crafter, always looking for new ideas.

  9. We made goop out of corn starch and water. I had more fun than my kids!

  10. I am a follower
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

  11. I absolutely love your site and my son J loves all the activities a have done. Thank you

  12. I follow and I love making playdough with my boys!

  13. Thank you for sharing "First Art" -- the pictures are inspiring!

    MaryAnn F. Kohl
    author of First Art

  14. My kids and I like to paint those ceramics they sell at the art stores.

  15. I love your site and am having fun doing some of your projects with my 15 month old daughter. I think our next adventure will be clean mush.

    oct_42 at sbcglobal dot net

  16. How did I miss this??? I follow your blog! (I already did...)

  17. Artsy activity: We made finger paint. (hmm... I should do this again and blog it!)

  18. Artsy activity. I'm teaching one of my friend's kids how to sew!

  19. I'm a new follower!

  20. follow you!

    my son loves finger painting, i make home made paints so its safe if he eats some.
    we've been making cards from his paintings to send to family. everybody loves them!

  21. I am going to try to fly swatter painting with my boy! What great fun! I also followed you!

    jannameeks at gmail dot com

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  23. i have made paper beads with my 6 year old niece. She had fun even though some of hers looked a little rough. It was good for her motor skills.

    and I follow your blog!!
    yanuzo at hotmail dot com

  24. I would love to try finger painting with my little one!

  25. When I use to babysit, I made a piggy bank out of an old playdoh container. We made it look like a pig, it was cute!!

    lauren51990 at aol dot com

  26. The melted crayon artwork looks like fun!

  27. I love doing potato stamps.

    navybaby1113 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  30. What a great giveaway! My daughter and I recently had a great time with sidewalk chalk art :-)

    Love your site, I'm your newest follower!

  31. I would love to make slime with my 3 year old!

  32. I'm a brand new follower as of today and I can't wait to try the shaving foam marble painting with my 18 month old. She's a "full-body experience" kind of toddler so this should be interesting. I will definitely send you photos!
    Thank you for posting all of these great ideas and congrats on your new little guy!
    sara.knight at

  33. As a future teacher, I'm totally obsessed with doing arts and crafts with my students. Last year, a group of kids and I made a Beatles inspired Dr. Seuss door for Dr. Seuss's birthday! It turned out great! I'd love to get some more crafting items for my students in the future.

  34. Entry 1: An artsy project we did was to make our own crayons out of broken crayons!

    Entry 2: I follow - gfc -emillie.

    hisprincess886 at yahoo dot com

  35. id loooove to try the flyswatter painting with my son! it looks so fun!

  36. I've been following for awhile now and just adore your ideas!

    Thanks so much for blogging and your awesome giveaway!

  37. Thanks for the giveaway! It may not be great for toddlers, but I'd love to try origami with kids!

    I'm a new follower!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com


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