Joanna@thebluebarn

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

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We had to adapt our Halloween decorations from two posts back into some fun Halloween 🎃 bunting after we saw the @get.creative.with theme this week, ‘bunting no flags required’ judging by @bytheseasidedaisies and hosted by the always lovely @ohcreativeday and @littlebuttondiaries stated that anything stringed together counted and our back paper wheels were too pretty not to make part of our Halloween festivities.
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We added spooky eyes to these ones just to make them extra fun. My kids honestly think this is the best bunting EVER or maybe they just find the word bunting extra funny I’m not really sure, it’s Saturday and they definitely have the week before Halloween silly’s on.
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Hope your Saturday is filled with as much silly 🙃 fun as ours.
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#getcreativewith #bunting #halloweendecorations #creativechildhood #itsalmosthalloween #allthingshalloweenforkids


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🏮 Fall Lanterns 🏮

Melting crayons on hot trays is probably one of my kiddos favorite activities. The crayon glides on with such a silky texture it’s more like painting and it’s such fun to push around watching the different colors intermingle together.
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Today’s melting session used lots of fall colors on waxed paper. After we melted the crayons on to one half a sheet of waxed paper we folded over the second half on top to sandwich the crayons between two sheets and smooshed all the colors around with our fingers. Super fun.
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Then we drew leaf shapes over the paper, cut the top half in the leaf shapes and rolled it up into a cylinder. The results are this fantastic fall lantern.
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Just remember to use a fake candle or flashlight to light it up - wax paper and real flames don’t mix well.
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#fallcrafts #paperlantern #preschoolcrayonart #steamkidschallenge #creativechildhood #creativekids


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Need an idea to jazz up your house for Halloween? We created these super fun wall paper wheels to hang around the place.
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@artbarblog got me hooked on these a while back when she created giant ones for the kids to paint. They are super pretty if you haven’t checked them out already.
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For the Halloween seasonal twist we folded black paper wheels and then I had the kids use my fave #ikeapaints in their super squeeze bottles to decorate them with. These are going to look extra super duper fab under the black light!
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Are your kids counting down the days? I swear my kids get more excited about this holiday every year.
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#papercraft #halloweencraft @ikeafamilymag #creativekids #preschoolart #blacklightfun #itsalmosthalloween #allthingshalloweenforkids #steamkidschallenge #creativechildhood


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Do your kids have a favorite Halloween book? After much debate (because we have quite a few) I made the call based on the number of times I’ve read ‘Room on the Broom’ as our absolute favorite story of all time. Although I must admit I think I could have called a tie with ‘The little green witch’. Either way witches were definitely our front runners when it comes to Halloween 🎃 fun.
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Inspired by all these great witches I decided to get the kids to tell me a witch story of their own. To go along with their spooky tales we created a popsicle stick theatre from an old cereal box. Yey cardboard for this weeks @smocks.on challenge!
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I drew the skyline then cut it out. The kids painted it black and then we used our fave @funchalk markers to add windows, doors and ghosts! #Funchalks are so super neon bright they are great and easy to use.
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Once the backdrop was made the kids cut characters from paper, colored them with sharpies and glued them to popsicle sticks. Now all we need is a little candlelight and a good story!
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Tell me your favorite Halloween kids book, I’d love to know.
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#bookishfun #halloweenstories #puppets #popsiclestickcrafts #halloweencrafts #raisingreaders #allthingshalloweenforkids #smockson #creativechildhood


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TGIT (Thank Gram it’s Tuesday!) and time for another direct from The Blue Barn Pantry creative play idea.
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One of our hands down fave pantry play ideas is using colored rice or pasta. This trusty staple has just SO many possibilities I couldn’t even begin to list them. But how to make it colored? Here’s our fave recipe:
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1 cup rice/pasta
1 tsp white vinegar
A few drops of your preferred food coloring.
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Put it all in a sealed container, a ziplock will work great although I like to reuse old yogurt tubs with lids as it saves the plastic.
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Give a really good shiggle- this is a great bit for the kiddos to do they love shaking their bodies to help mix it really well. Then when well covered pour it out onto a little kitchen paper to dry out completely.
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Today we made black pasta and purple rice and mixed them afterwards to add to our Halloween themed sensory bin. My kiddos will play with these bins for hours. If your worried about mess just stick the kids and the sensory bin on the floor on a big sheet, then when they are done just pick up the sheet and shake it all off outside. The birds will love it!
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So whip some up for your kiddos, they’ll think your a rock star and no one need know how easy it is! And don’t forget to tag me if you do, I’d love to see your #bluebarnfromthepantry sensory bin ideas this week. I’ll give them a shout out in my stories on a Sunday.
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Happy Tuesday 😃
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#preschoolplay #sensorybins #invitationtoplay #preschoolhalloweenfun #allthingshalloweenforkids


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Spiders 🕷️
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My youngest (who’s 6) is obsessed with having his own pet. Now to put this in perspective we are not an animal free house, we have a dog, 2 rabbits, 7 goats, 25 chickens and an ant farm. I’m kinda maxed out on the pet front but as he rightly points out he’s the only child without a pet of his own. To remedy this he’s taken to finding any spiders and beetles and rehoming them in jars in his room. I find this both 😱and kinda mean so I secretly release them when he’s at school. He thinks they escape by themselves and is getting a little upset with Houdini bugs. So today we created his own pet spider.
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Super easy, cardboard painted white (optional) wrapped in dark yarn and then glue on a rather cute little Pom Pom with googly eyes 👀 and pipe cleaner legs.
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Ok so as he points out, this doesn’t let me off the hook regards pets but it is rather cute and he can stroke it until I buy him a hamster 🐹🙄
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#creativekids #halloweencraft #petspider


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We’ve been enjoying a spooky crafty Halloween 🎃 weekend. I love getting out the black light this time of year it makes everything more fun.
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I painted bird houses with black chalkboard paint and then let my kids loose with our awesome @funchalk markers, stickers, cobwebs and some @target Halloween goodies. A pretty mess free crafty afternoon with these fantasticly fun spooky results.
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#halloweencrafts #blacklightart #spookyfun #allthingshalloweenforkids #creativechildhood


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Having fun with take out lids today. Did you know plastic #6 makes a cheap alternative to shrinky dink paper? A fun way to recycle ♻️
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Halloween 🎃 fun in the making.
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#recycledart #halloweencrafts #spookyfun #steamkidschallenge


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Tuesday and time for more Blue Barn fun from the pantry.
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It doesn’t get much simpler than cornstarch and 💦. We added a little food coloring for a murky look and now the big truck is stuck in the muck! Who’s going to be here to help?
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Such a fun invitation. Sure to keep your tiny and not so tiny people busy.
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Be sure to share your messy oobleck invitations over at #bluebarnfromthepantry and I’ll share them on Sunday, I really want to see your ooey gooey mess.


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Take Five it’s Friday 🙌
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Do you have big weekend plans? We have a long weekend here for Christopher Columbus and hope to squeeze in some apple 🍎 picking, corn 🌽 pit fun and maybe even pick a pumpkin 🎃.
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Hoping yours is filled with fun whatever you do.


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I’ve realized pumpkin fever has taken over my feed this week but these sparkly galaxy process art pumpkins were too pretty not to share.
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When you get to play with four year olds, paint and glitter ✨ life is pretty perfect. #Lovemyjob
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#processart #preschoolart #pumpkins #fallcrafts #bluebarnlittlehands


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