Joanna@thebluebarn

🎨 and 🌱 loving. Mom to 4 little 🐒. Art teacher. Chief zookeeper @thebluebarn. Occasional rally 🚗 driver.
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Joanna

We spent a gorgeous fall afternoon creating these easy fall wreaths for the @artfulparent site. For a simple ‘how to’ and to read a little about the different ways the kids enjoyed this activity hop on over to her blog today.
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It’s a perfect fall activity and a great way to engage with kids and explore nature during the changing seasons.
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#leavesfordays #autumncraft #fallcraft #kidscrafts #leafrubbings #kidscrafts101 #simplecrafts


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Joanna

🍁Thanksgiving placemats🍁
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Sometimes the simplest tools can be so effective. We have been busy stamping leaf prints on placemats today using foamy leaf shaped stickers and corks. Don’t the results look just like a giant leaf pile? I’m ready to jump in!
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To see our finished placemats and also to see how and why I taped off around the edge of each piece of paper (you need to it’s extra sweet) swipe sideways.
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I’m going to laminate these as placemats for the thanksgiving table. I’m pretty sure the grandparents will love them.
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Even if you don’t celebrate thanksgiving I recommend having a big old stamping session with foamy stickers and corks (which are btw perfectly sized for little hands). I see a lot of Christmas wrapping being made this way this year.
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#fallcrafts #thanksgivingtable #preschoolart #printmaking #autumnleaves #kidscrafts101 #kidscrafts


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Joanna

We had the best fall weekend filled with all the season fun of leaf piles, cold sunny walks and best of all a big crafty session around our fireplace. Just perfect.
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I created a super simple scarecrow printable for my kids to cut and stick as I sipped some hot tea and enjoyed a good book. It was such a pleasant hour I decided to share the printable with you also you can all close your eyes and enjoy a fall in New England too! 😜
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To create your scarecrow just hop on over on the blog today and grab your printables. If you make any fun scarecrows I’d love to see them.
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#fallcraftsforkids #printables #seasonalfun #kidscrafts #preschoolplay #homeschoolcrafts #fallfun


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Joanna

Simple Saturday invitations
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Doesn’t get much sweeter than today. A crisp fall morning walk, crunchy leaves, a craft fair filled with homemade treasures then coming home to a mug of warmed apple cider, a log fire and a fresh cinnamon play doh. Oh to be a kid again.
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This dough smells so good I think I need to go bake a pie 🤣 How’s your weekend shaping up?
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#falldays #homemadeplaydough #cinnamonfever #screenfreeday #sensoryplay #simplefun #natureplay


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Joanna

We had the best time making these poppy prints using @raising.kinley brilliant liquid watercolor on photo paper technique. The colors were so absolutely awesome we literally got carried away making hundreds of poppies I think we could fill an entire wall with them.
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Swipe sideways for our method, Cara suggests we drip few drops of liquid watercolor on to a tray and take a print. We altered it slightly and dripped our #blick watercolors straight onto our photo paper. A circle of red dots with one black center. Then we smooshed it between another sheet of photo paper give a little rub and reveal to create a pair of mirrored poppies.
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Gorgeous poppies to remember those that fought and served in the armed forces.
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#vetransday #wewillrememberthem #poppies #kidscrafts #liquidwatercolor #preschoolcraft #veteransdaycraft


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Joanna

🌽Corn husks🌽
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Realizing I have corn on the brain this week as the three and four year olds got to make these pretty corn husks today. They began by glueing dried corn to an oval cardboard shape and then we added husk (sacking material), leaves (felt) and mounted it to our stems (home Depot paint stick). Lots of fine motor skills used to pick and stick that corn down!
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#fallcraft #finemotor #pincergrasp #kidscrafts #teachprechool #preschoolart #corncraft #kidscrafts101


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Corn printing fun with the littles today. Paint the corn then roll it around. Pretty patterns I do see.
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We will be saving these printed papers for a fall craft. How’s your Wednesday going? Happy hump day.
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#preschoolart #printmaking #processart #letthempaint #cornpatterns #preschoolartteacher #fallcraft


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Joanna

Night Animals
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Our clocks changed for fall last weekend so the evenings have suddenly grown dark. This means we are starting to see some of the nocturnal animals that live in our backyard.
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My kids love the book ‘Night Animals’ a funny story about a opossum afraid of the dark and it’s creatures. We created this simple craft inspired by the book and the night time creatures we see in our yard.
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To create your own night picture you just need a sheet of black paper, a sheet of acetate to draw the creatures on with #sharpie and then cut a light beam out of lighter paper which we attached to a popsicle stick.
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Swipe sideways to see it in action.
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#nightanimals #bookishcrafts #kidscrafts #childrensbookstagram #kidartlit #nocturnal #teachingpreschool


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Joanna

R is for Rock Pets. Have you had a chance yet to read @teach.investigate.play brand new ebook called The Creative Play A-Z which is jam packed filled with ideas to create and play with your little one? It’s totally awesome filled with great ideas.
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The book gives parents and care givers creative activities for each letter of the alphabet, a new theme is introduced along with an activity idea and how to make or create it.
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My kids are a little older than the book intends (the book is aimed at 2-4 yr olds) but they still love playing with a lot of the materials Sian uses so this past weekend we flicked through and got creative. We ended up creating these awesome Rock Pets inspired by R is for Rock.
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Let me tell you some wonderful things about rock pets:
- they are free
- they require no food or cleaning up after
- if your child gets bored you don’t mind if it gets ignored
- it’s impossible to kill
- it’s very quiet
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And BEST of all mom doesn’t end up having to take care of it! I highly recommend a pet like this for all small children. They come in all shapes and sizes and are only limited by imagination.
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#creativekids #rockplay #kidscrafts #sensoryplay #montessoriathome


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Joanna

November the 5th is known as Guy Fawkes day in the UK - a celebration of the failed gunpowder plot to blow up the king and parliament. To remember the plot every year firework displays and bonfires are lit with ‘guys’ being burnt atop to remind us of the foiled plot.
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When we face timed our cousins today they were all heading out to a firework display. My kids wanted to get in on the British celebration so I created a simple London skyline printable and left it out for the kids along with oil pastels and some black liquid watercolor color paint. As an invitation to create their own fireworks.
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Monday I’m heading into my 4th graders classroom to give them a short lesson on Guy Fawkes - it’s always interesting to put these times into context so for my American friends Guy Fawkes was attempting to blow up parliament in 1605 (the mayflower sailed in 1620). England was obviously a really nice place to live back then 😆
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#november5th #rememberremember #guyfawkes #kidscraft #invitationtopaint


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Joanna

Thanksgiving, sandwiched between the spooky fun of October and the crazy magic of December comes my adopted favorite holiday. I moved to the US over 20 years ago and Thanksgiving quickly became one of my favorite holidays.
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In my opinion consumerism has hyped up so many of the traditional holidays everyone celebrates but when it comes to Thanksgiving it let it be and for this I am thankful. A time simply to be grateful, to come together with family and friends and enjoy each other’s company plus some really good food! It’s the perfect pause between October and December and as the year comes towards an end it gives us a chance to reflect on all we can be thankful for.
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To encourage my children to reflect and be grateful every November I like to create something that allows the children to show the things they are grateful for as the month progresses. In the past we’ve created a thankful tree, a turkey, a pumpkin or one year we simply pinned flags to a banner.
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This year I decided to change our cork board in the play area into a tree for them to add leaves to. I was given a free bag of fabric samples which I have cut into leaf shapes and I coved the pin board in hessian cloth and painted a tree trunk onto the cloth. I popped the leaves in for the photo but I’m going to have the kids pin their thanks to the leaves and add them themselves as the month goes on.
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Do you celebrate thanksgiving? Are you with me on the best holiday award?
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#thanksgiving #begrateful #teachinggratitude #fallcrafts #learningthroughplay #bethankfuleveryday #kidscrafts #thankfultree


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Anyone else got a Halloween Craft hangover? I woke up in limbo, done with Halloween but not quite ready to embrace the holiday season. The kids however wanted a Halloween do over. I mentioned to them that if they lived in Mexico they’d get to celebrate until November 2nd. This is apparently completely unfair and we need to move to Mexico 😆
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Rather than move houses I explained that in Mexico this time is called day of the dead and it’s a celebration to remember all your relatives (and pets) who have died and that if they wanted to remember people we could do it later by lighting a candle. We recently lost our beloved pet dog so they immediately jumped at this idea. I also laid out some colored paper and scissors for the kids and told them we’d make some ‘paper picado’ a Mexican decoration that is strung up in the celebrations this time of year.
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So simple and pretty all together, and such a nice way to remember those that have past before us, I think I like being Mexican for a day or two!
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This activity is also perfect for this weeks @get.creative.with #paper challenge hosted by @alovelylittleartroom
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#scissorskills #papercraft #paperpicado #mexicancraft #kidscrafts #preschoolcraft #stayathomemom #easycrafting #culturethroughplay


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