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May Day . . . A Brief History!

What is May Day?

The History of May DayIt is a lot more than the first day of May. It is a festival to celebrate the coming of Spring– even though astronomically, in the northern hemisphere, Spring arrives over a month prior to the first of May. Nonetheless, people all over the world make a big deal out of May Day as a day to celebrate Spring and the renewal and rebirth that it brings.

When did May Day begin?
Historians trace the roots of May Day back to an ancient Celtic celebration called the Feast of Beltane. Back then May Day was not a celebration of the start of Spring, but of the start of summer. The celebration included the building of huge bonfires, dancing, and the occasional burning of an effigy of a witch.

Later, in Greek and Roman times the Feast of Beltane became less popular and was replaced by the Floralia Festival where celebrations focused on the coming of Spring and on Flora, the mythological Roman goddess of flowers and Spring.

For several centuries leading up to the 20th century, May Day remained a celebration of Spring, rebirth and resurrection. In some cultures it was intertwined with religious celebrations related to Easter. During the 20th century, taking a cue from the United States’ Labor Day holiday, May Day became more than a celebration of Spring in some countries. It became associated with the labor movement. Many countries around the world designed May 1st as a day to celebrate workers and labor unions.

So how is May Day celebrated?
It depends on who is celebrating. When thinking of May Day celebrations, many think about the maypole. A maypole is a tall, wooden pole that is decorated with beautiful flowers and colorful ribbons. In many places around the world including England, on May Day kids grab the ribbons and dance around the maypole.

In other countries, May Day is a public holiday modeled on Labor Day in the United States. Workers have the day off. Led by unions, May Day celebrations include parades, rallies and speeches focused on the contributions of labor to society and on issues important to workers and labor unions.

So what should kids do this May Day?
May Day can be celebrated in many different, creative ways. Although lots of fun, and totally cool, an actual maypole is not required. What is required is fun. Music, a little dancing, beautiful flowers- real or paper– are perfect ingredients for a fun-filled May Day. The burning of effigies is not recommended.  🙂

Visit our Spring Pinterest Board for fun May Day ideas!
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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Etsy’s Best Mother’s Day Gifts!

Need Some Mother’s Day Gift Inspiration?
Check out These Unique, Handmade Gifts on Etsy!

Whether you are looking for a Mother’s Day gift to give your mom or for a gift for your child to give to grandma, thrill her (that’s right, bring her to tears) with a unique, handmade gift from an Etsy artisan.  Etsy.com is an online marketplace where independent artists sell their unique and often one-of-a-kind creations.  Etsy is a great place to find that special gift for your mom, grandmother, godmother, or friend who is “like a mother.” Since Etsy offers literally millions of products, we curated a few that we know will be instant smile-getters.

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One artist offers a pair of bracelets hand-stamped with the phrases from the popular song:  “You Are My Sunshine” and “My Only Sunshine.”


Jewelry, Jewelry and more Jewelry!

Personalized PendantMom’s love personalilzed jewelry! There are so many beautiful jewelry options on Etsy it was hard to narrow it down for our short list! This handmade gold necklace features a small disc-shaped charm that is hand-engraved with your mom’s initial. Another favorites included lovely a leaf shaped birthstone and monogram necklace that would be a great for mom or grandma.

Mom not the monogram type? Every mom would love this darling mama bear necklace!

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Handmade Soap

Another artist makes purple and green swirled lilac scented soap from coconut oil, cocoa butter and other natural ingredients.  You mom’s skin will just love it!

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Grandma's House RulesGrandma’s House Rules

Everyone knows that grandma’s house rules are different and more relaxed than mom and dad’s house rules.  This gift lists those rules on a piece of distressed wood, making it clear why kids love spending time at grandma’s house!

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2017 wall art“Greatest Blessings” Wall Art

Want to bring tears to your mom’s eyes?  Give her this beautiful custom printed and framed burlap wall art!

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Family Birthday Board

Family Birthday Board

A family birthday board is a gift that serves two purposes.  It is a great way for mom to organize all of the birthdays of family members, and it is a beautiful piece of art.  Each birthday board features the 12 months of the year along with heart or circle shaped tokens.  You or mom can write each family member’s name on a token and place the token on a hook below the appropriate birthday month.

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You cannot go wrong with any of these gifts.  When the gift is opened, the smile will be instant!

 

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Earth Day Art- Garbage Portraits

Garbage PortraitIf you don’t want to take the garbage out, use your creativity and turn your trash into beautiful artwork!

When we think of art materials, we typically think of things like paint, clay, ink and paper. Garbage isn’t something many people would put on their list of favorite art supplies! But why not?!?! Think about some of the things we throw away. There are so many different shapes, sizes, textures and colors waiting in the trash bin just begging for a little creative energy to turn them into something more!

This Earth Day dig in the trash, find some fun recycled “garbage” materials and create an amazing self-portrait!

Art Kidbit: Junk Art

Junk Art, also referred to as Recycled Art, can be defined as an art form that uses old or used items or day-to-day trash to create something which is brand-new, attractive, and in some cases useful.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

  • Paper grocery bags, cut the paper bags to approximately 10×16 (1 per kid)
  • Garbage/recycling items (bubble wrap, foam pieces, plastic bottles, newspaper, sponges, bottle tops, etc.)
  • Tempera paint
  • Brushes
  • Craft glue
  • Hot glue and glue gun (if necessary)
  • Scissors

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Hold up your various pieces of garbage. What part of a person could each piece be? Think about the different shapes of parts of the body (rectangle=arm, leg, torso; circle=head, eyes; triangle= nose, skirt, etc.). Are you inspired???? It’s time to get messy!
  • Get out your paints. Paint your paper bag one of the primary colors (red, yellow or blue). Set it aside to dry.
  • While your paper bad is drying, choose some garbage items and start to arrange and alter them to create your portrait. Don’t forget to add details like clothing and hair after you have the basic shapes arranged.
  • Once you have all the pieces arranged, transfer them to your dry painted paper bag and glue everything down with craft glue. For special parts that need more stick, you may need to use a hot glue gun.
  • Finally, add a little more paint to your Garbage Portrait’s outfit, if desired.
  • Now, it time to show if this amazing transformation from garbage to gorgeous!

 

Garbage Portraits

 

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camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
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Egg-cellent Easter!

Easter Craft PartyLucky for us, Easter is late this year. Hopefully, that will give the kids here in Minnesota a chance to enjoy an outdoor Easter egg hunt without their snow boots!

Here are a couple great sites that lists some of the best Easter egg hunts in the Twin Cities.

http://www.familyfuntwincities.com/twin-cities-easter-egg-hunts/

http://www.bestegghunt.com/

 

Looking for some creative egg-spiration for your Easter eggs this year?  Check out our Excellent Easter Eggs Board on Pinterest.
Follow Kidcreate Studio’s board Excellent Easter Eggs on Pinterest.

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Spring Break Art Activities!

Keep your kids busy over spring break with these fun art projects!

No school days don’t have to be a no learning days! Here are some fun (and educational) art lessons from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

Ice Cream Sundae
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) Click here to go to blog post.

pollock_splatter painting
Action Painting (Jackson Pollock) Click here to go to blog post.

Messiest_Monoprints

 

 

 

 

Cassatt Monoprints  Click here to go to blog post.

Monet Beach Scene

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Monet Click here to go to blog post.

Mondrian

 

 

 

 


Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece! 
Click here to go the the blog post.  

escher49

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escher Tessellations Click here to go to blog post.

Haring Pop Art People

 

 

 

 

Haring’s Pop Art People! Click here to go to the blog post.

My Miro

 

 

 

 

 

My Miro! Click here to go to the blog post.

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Spring Break Art Projects

 

 

 

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Valentine’s Day Clay Kiss Art Project

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Valentine’s Day is all about showing those closest to us how much we love them. And what more iconic symbol of this love is there than a HERSHEY’S KISS? This giant version of the signature candy is a fun project to make with your kids, and serves as a wonderful homemade gift to give a loved one this Valentine’s Day.

Art Kidbit: The History of Hersey’s Kisses

It is not known exactly how Hersey’s Kisses got their name. The most popular theory is that the candy was named for the noise or perhaps the motion of the chocolate being deposited when the Kisses are made.

 

Materials Needed:

  • Roll paper or plastic table cloth to cover tables (optional)
  • Air dry clay (1-2 lbs.)
  • 9” x 9” piece of tinfoil
  • White paper cut into 3/4” x 11” strip
  • Blue pen or colored pencil

 

Directions:

  • To prepare, cover a table with paper or table cloth to protect the surface.
  • Start by grabbing a softball size piece of clay.
  • Roll the clay into a ball shape.
  • Next, roll the clay back and forth on the table while pressing on one side to form the cone shape of the top of the Kiss.
  • Then, tap the bottom of the clay on the table gently a few times to flatten, completing the Kiss shape.
  • Setting the clay aside, take your 3/4” x 11” sheet of paper and use a blue pen or pencil to write the word “kisses” over and over, just like a real Hersey’s Kiss wrapper.
  • Lay the “kisses” paper strip on top of the clay so it is sticking out above the clay.
  • Tear a sheet of tinfoil to approximately 9” x 9”, large enough to cover the entire Kiss.
  • Wrap up the Kiss, leaving the “kisses” strip sticking out the top.
  • TaDa! You have created a perfect Valentine’s Day gift!

 

 


Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes, camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years. Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Valentine’s Day Silly Putty

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with an oooey gooey art creation?

vday-silly-putty-12Your kids will love this as much as they love their Valentine’s Day sweets!

Most adults remember playing with silly putty as a kid! Stretching it out oh-so-long and then rolling it up in a ball. Squishing it through your fingers. The stuff was awesome!!!!

It’s probably no surprise to you that homemade silly putty is one of the kid’s favorite messy time projects at our studios. They LOVE it!

It only takes a few ingredients and is very easy to make. Give it a try. . . .

 

Materials:   

Note: Recipe makes enough for 1 child.

  • 2 tablespoons of school glue
  • 1 tablespoon of liquid starch (You can find liquid starch in the laundry detergent section of most grocery stores.)
  • Small disposable cup
  • Red liquid watercolor or food coloring (Please note- liquid watercolor is best but if you don’t have it food coloring will work. Be aware that food coloring may stain the kids hands or anything else the silly putty touches.)
  • Red and pink glitter, sequins and confetti hears (optional)
  • Craft stick, chop stick or plastic knife to mix with
  • Small plastic bag
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface

Directions:

  1. Pour 2 tablespoons of school glue into the cup.
  2. Pour 1 tablespoon of liquid starch into the same cup.
  3. Put 4 drops of red liquid watercolor or food coloring into the cup. If you want, sprinkle some glitter, sequins and confetti into the cup also.
  4. Time to mix. Use the craft stick (or twig) to mix the contents of the cup thoroughly.
  5. Viola! You have made silly putty.
  6. Need more glitter, sequins or confetti? You can add more now!
  7. It’s time to play. Dump the silly putty out of the cup- squish it, squeeze it, and stretch it!
  8. When you are done playing, the silly putty can be stored in a plastic bag.
  9. Don’t forget to clean up!

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Making a Mess is the Best!

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Holiday Snow Globe Art Project

One of the most treasured holiday decorations is the snow globe, and what way to make it even more memorable than by creating your very own? This easy-to-make snow globe is a fun and creative way to get your kids involved in the holiday decorating, and will be a memorable keepsake for years to come.

Art Kidbit: The History of Snow Globes

220px-snow-globe-clipart-svgWe don’t know exactly when the first snow globe, or snow dome, was made, but they appear to date back to the early 1800s in France. They used to be made from heavy lead glass placed over a ceramic figure, filled with water and sealed. The snow was bone chips or pieces of porcelain, sand or even sawdust.

snow-globe-suppliesMaterials Needed:

  • Plastic or Glass Jar with Lid
  • Plastic Figurine
  • Florist Clay
  • Greenery and/or Flowers (2-4 Sprigs)
  • 2-4 Different Colors of Glitter
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Stick
  • Yellow, Blue, White, and Red Model Magic®. (NOTE: The yellow and blue can be mixed to create green.)
  • School Glue

 

Directions:

  • snow-globe-step-1Select a figurine for inside the globe. Then, using half of the florist clay, attach the figure to the inside of the jar lid. Make sure the florist clay wraps around the feet or bottom of the figurine. (NOTE: Make sure not to cover the threads of the lid or the jar will not seal properly.)
  • snow-globe-step-2With the second half of the florist clay, add some greenery to the inside of the lid around your figurine. Preview what it will look like by putting the jar over the top. Make sure the greenery does not touch the edges of the jar.
  • snow-globe-step-3Carefully fill the jar with cold water to about ¼” below the top rim. If it’s too full it will spill over, but if it is not full enough your will have an air pocket inside of the globe.
  • Sprinkle some glitter (approx. 1 small palm full) into the jar.
  • snow-globe-step-6Screw the lid onto the jar and crank tight.
  • To ensure that the water doesn’t leak out, use your hot glue gun to seal the lid to the jar. A small bead of glue around the seal will do the trick.
  •  snow-globe-step-8snow-globe-step-7Now it’s time to decorate the outside of your snow globe! Get out the Model Magic and create a coil (or snake). Wrap the coil around the rim of the jar’s lid and attach it with a line of school glue. Remember, yellow and green Model Magic can be combined to create green.
  • snow-globe-step-9With more Model Magic, create patterns and extra details to go on top of the coil. These can be placed directly on top of the coil, there is no need for school glue.
  • Ta-Da! Your snow globe is complete! Shake it by gently tipping it up and down. (NOTE: The figurines may come unstuck if it is shaken too hard.)

 

 

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Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Melted Snowman Ornament

Are harsh temps keeping you and your child idle this winter break?

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Warm things up this holiday, by creating a melted masterpiece using a variety of art supplies you may even already have! This is the perfect all-in-one craft project and holiday gift for grandparents!

Art Kidbit: BioColor Paint

biocolor-paintBioColor Paint is a favorite at our studios! It’s a washable, eco-friendly, water-based paint that can be used to paint on paper, as well as, plastic, wood, foil, cardboard and clay. In addition, BioColor can be used to make silly putty (Click here to learn how to make silly putty with BioColor), puff paint and so much more! BioColor is free of common allergens like latex, dairy, egg, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts and soy!

Art Supplies:

  • Small plastic disposable plate
  • Dixie cup
  • Craft glue (about a half of a Dixie cup full)
  • White BioColor Paint (If you don’t have BioColor Paint, no problem! Your snowman can be made without it. He just won’t be as opaque.)
  • Ribbon or string
  • Craft stick
  • Small black beads (snowman’s eyes and mouth)
  • Orange straw bead (snowman’s nose)

Directions:

  • Give your child a Dixie cup filled a little less than half of the way with craft glue. Add about 2 tablespoons of white BioColor Paint. Then have your child mix the two together with a craft stick. (NOTE: BioColor Paint is not required for this project. Your snowman will be more transparent if made without the paint.)
  • Then, take your ribbon or string and form a loop on the plastic plate. You may need to use a small dab of glue to hold the string in place.
  • Now comes the fun part! Pour the paint/glue mixture onto the plate so that it forms a puddle. Be sure it covers the end of the ornament’s string! Use your craft stick to spread and shape the glue.
  • Set the beads into the glue-puddle so that they form two eyes and a smile. Then use your orange straw bead for the snowman’s nose.
  • Once completed, let your gluey masterpiece dry. Ta-da! Your melted snowman ornament is complete!

 

Kidcreate Studio is an art studio just for kids that offers children’s art classes,
camps and art-themed birthday parties for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
Making a mess is the best at Kidcreate!

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Winter Break Art Activities!


Are you looking for some fun art project ideas to keep your kids busy over winter break?

Winter Break Art ProjectsCold Minnesota Decembers don’t make it easy to keep kids busy over winter break! No school days don’t have to be a no learning days! Here are some fun (and educational) art lessons from the Kidcreate Studio blog.

Messiest_Monoprints

 

 

 

 

Cassatt Monoprints  Click here to go to blog post.

 

Monet Beach Scene

 

 

 

 

Magnificent Monet Click here to go to blog post.

 

Mondrian

 

 

 

 

 

Be Square . . . Make a Mondrian Inspired Masterpiece! Click here to go the the blog post.

 

escher49

 

 

 

 

 

 

Escher Tessellations Click here to go to blog post.

 

Haring Pop Art People

 

 

 

 

Haring’s Pop Art People! Click here to go to the blog post.

 

My Miro

 

 

 

 

 

My Miro! Click here to go to the blog post.

 

Ice Cream Sundae

 

 

 

 

I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream! (Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Theibaub) Click here to go to blog post.

 

pollock_splatter painting

 

 

 

 

Action Painting (Jackson Pollock) Click here to go to blog post.