Joanna@thebluebarn

๐ŸŽจ and ๐ŸŒฑ loving. Mom to 4 little ๐Ÿ’. Art teacher. Chief zookeeper @thebluebarn. Occasional rally ๐Ÿš— driver.
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#bluebarnspring
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https://bluebarnliving.blogspot.com/

Our super fun (and easy) summer camp banners were created using one of our all time favorite mess free art supplies... @kwikstixpaint
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Great to travel with, for the classroom or just to have on hand whilst your getting dinner ready. Want to read all about how we made these banners then be sure to check out the latest post over on the blog. Link in bio ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿป
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#kwikstix #summercampartprojects #messfreeart #getcreativewith #recycledpillowcase


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What better way to cool off than just filling a plastic tub with ice and arming a group of 3 year olds with a paint brush!
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They wanted to create magical jewels and crystals ๐Ÿ’Ž - the sparkly metallic paint was perfect - how pretty does this lovely mess look?
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#processart #imaginaryplay #coolingoffintheheat #preschoolfun #exploringice #justhoseitalldownattheend #bluebarnlittlehands #bluebarnsummerdays


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Do you live with a ๐Ÿฆ„ fan?
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We made these fun Unicorn heads during the preschool mystical creatures week @thebluebarn and they were a big hit.
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Learning about warm and cold colors the children used bleeding tissue paper to create the heads. Then once dry I hole punched a few holes along the head of the unicorn and they threaded manes with yarn.
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Finally we attached the head to some of those yard length paint sticks from Home Depot but a wooden rod or even ruler would work. And they rode off into the sunset ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿฆ„
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#mysticalcreaturecraft #unicorncraft #warmandcoldcolors #tissuebleedingart #preschoolart #preschoolactivities #kidscrafts101


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We just finished up street art week in the barn this week, itโ€™s been such a fun week with lots of exploration into the world of spray paint, stenciling and tags!
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Each child took home their very own skateboard deck today and Iโ€™m loving the variety and uniqueness each of them created. From ninjaโ€™s to lizards and flying unicorns these 7-13 year olds have all amazed me.
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#bluebarnsummerdays #streetartwithkids #skateboarddesign
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I could watch these kids explore magical unicorn dust (aka baking soda) and magic potion (aka liquid watercolor & white vinegar) all day. And if I had enough magic potion I think they would have happily played there all day too!
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#fizzyfun #bluebarnsummerdays #bluebarnlittlehands #preschoolscience #preschoolactivities


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Iโ€™m in love with the mixed media fish bowls the 3 and 4 yr olds made in the barn this week. From bubble printing to fabric collage to strengthening little fingers as they molded their clay fish. This is a multi skilled piece that was fun to create.
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Thereโ€™s a few more in my stories today because they are too cute not to share.
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#preschoollife #bluebarnlittlehands #bluebarnsummerdays #collage #preschoolart #undertheseafun #getcreativewith #kidscrafts101 #montessoriart #smockson


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Under the sea Sensory play
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This week in the barn is under the sea week. Looking forward to seeing what the three year olds make of this big tub of blue gelatin and sea creatures ๐Ÿ  ๐Ÿก ๐ŸŸ
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#preschoollife #bluebarnlittlehands #bluebarnsummerfun #sensoryplay #undertheseaplay #handsonlearning #montessoritoddler #preschoolactivities


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Sandpaper T-shirt printing is one of the easiest mess free ways of T-shirt decorating Iโ€™ve ever done with the kids. Weโ€™ve done it a bunch of times over the years but today I thought Iโ€™d share the way I adapted this for my preschool group.
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We were looking at nocturnal animals that we find in our backyards. I chose to use owls for the T-shirts and cut templates from sandpaper ahead of time.
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Today each child got to color in their sandpaper owl. I encouraged them to fill all the space on the sandpaper and go right to the edges. I also recommended they make their muscles extra strong by pressing hard (it works better this way).
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Once theyโ€™ve colored the owl shape I ironed the owl crayon side down onto the T-shirt. After letting it cool for a second I let them peel the paper back to reveal their new T-shirt design.
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Thatโ€™s is easy mess free T-shirt art!
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#bluebarnlittlehands #bluebarnsummerdays #preschoolart #easytshirtprinting #messfreeart #learnathome #montessoriathome #nocturnalanimals #getcreativewith #fabricprint


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๐Ÿ Bees ๐Ÿ
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A backyard safari wouldnโ€™t be complete without a look at our little friend the humble bumble bee. Teaching the kids all that these little insects are responsible for and making them see that even tiny creatures can have a big impact.
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We bubble printed honeycomb and then using are magnifying glasses examined a bee and drew it with a sharpie.
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Striped body, 2 wings, 6 legs, 2 antennae โœ”๏ธ
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I love these 3 and 4 year old illustrations.
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#bluebarnlittlehands #bluebarnsummerdays #preschoolactivities #bumblebeeart #savethebees #homeschoollife #montessoriathome


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Itโ€™s backyard safari week here at The Blue Barn and the Littleโ€™s have been enjoying learning all about bugs today. We became nature detectives and went hunting for bugs.
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Iโ€™ve learnt that if you arm a kid with a magnifying glass they will suddenly be WAY more into bug watching ๐Ÿ˜‚ Even the kids who say they donโ€™t like bugs will have their little noses inches away from beetles, grubs and worms armed with a spy glass!
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Our sensory bin to go along with this involved a quick batch of oobleck and some plastic bugs. The kids got to help mix this great concoction - so many observations as to itโ€™s weird and wonderful liquid-solid state.
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#bluebarnlittlehands #bluebarnsummerdays #preschoolactivities #exploringnaturewithchildren #bugsrule #sensoryplay #handsonlearning


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Happy National Donut Day!
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Just thought Iโ€™d stop by to say hello and say I โ€˜donutโ€™ know whatโ€™s been keeping me so busy but life+kids+spring+baby animals +getting ready for weeks of summer art in my barn = no time for my IG sharing which was ๐Ÿ˜ข.
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Anyway Iโ€™m hoping as we hit June life will allow me to be around a little more.
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So leave me a comment to say hi ๐Ÿ‘‹ and Iโ€™ll grab a cuppa โ˜•๏ธ, a yummy ๐Ÿฉ and pop over to your page to see whatโ€™s been going on in your worlds - Iโ€™m excited to catch up again with you all.
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