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5 Ways to Teach Primary and Secondary Colors

Written on April 11, 2018 at 1:04 pm, by

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Ava is three and a half right now and stays home with me during the day, so this year we started on a preschool routine. Most of our day is spent playing, but we always try to get some direct learning activities in there. She likes to do “homework” (filling … Continue

Kids’ Artwork Scanned for DIY Valentines

Written on February 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm, by

Kids' Artwork Scanned for DIY Valentines | The Nerd Nest 1

In 2014, Eliza decided she’d rather have valentines with her art (and her fandoms) than store bought ones. Rather than hand-make 30 odd valentines (we’re way too procrastinatey for that), I scanned her art, added words, and printed them in school valentine sizes.

Jonas jumped in on the tradition last … Continue

Papier-mâché Death Star Piñata

Written on January 12, 2016 at 8:48 am, by

DIY Death Star Piñata | The Nerd Nest

Jonas’s only request for his fifth birthday party with his friends was a piñata.

I was all set to buy one, but then an artist friend inspired me–she told me about how easy and cheap it is to DIY (though she made a very involved Tie Fighter that sounded amazing … Continue

Current Projects – DIY Play Dough, Beach Painting, Badge Magnets, and Friendship Bracelets

Written on July 10, 2015 at 1:03 pm, by

Current Projects

Lately I haven’t had a ton of extra time for projects, but I still sneak in small bits of crafting where I can. I’m always on the lookout for fun things I can do with supplies I already have or projects I can do with my kids. These four projects … Continue

Spring Break Project Ideas

Written on March 6, 2015 at 9:43 am, by

Spring Break Projects | The Nerd Nest

Spring Break is coming up, so we’re planning a week of awesomeness to keep the kids engaged. We’ll do plenty: our friends are coming from out of town to stay with us for Planet Comicon, Jake took Saint Patrick’s Day off so we can walk to the big parade, … Continue

Class Quilt

Written on February 18, 2015 at 5:00 am, by

Class Auction Quilt | The Nerd Nest 1

Every year, each class in Eliza’s school creates a craft project to sell at an auction as part of the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year, I did my part making a French Monument Bean Bag Toss game. This year, I was in charge of the whole class … Continue

Projects in the Works

Written on February 6, 2015 at 5:00 am, by

DIY Valentines from Kid Art

I generally have tons of craft projects going on at one time, and right now is no exception. I feel like I didn’t finish much in January outside of the work / memory keeping realm (which is no small feat), but if I keep to my guns, February is going … Continue

Glittered Pinecones | 26/52 Projects

Written on December 4, 2014 at 8:05 am, by

Glitter Pinecones | The Nerd Nest 1

I wanted a little holiday festivity around here, but I’m not ready to drag up the tubs of decorations from the basement until we buy a tree this weekend. So I went for a quick craft project instead: glittered pinecones!

This project, like many projects around here, was the answer … Continue

Rorschach Test-esque Paint Technique | 24/52 Projects

Written on December 2, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

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I love when Eliza comes home from art class at school armed with a new technique she can’t wait to teach me. Last week, she showed me how to make Rorschach Test / inkblot looking things with paint.

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All you do is fold a piece of paper (we used heavy … Continue

Watercolor Crayon Resisting | 17/52 Projects

Written on August 14, 2014 at 10:17 am, by

Watercolor Crayon Resisting  | The Nerd Nest

This week I’ve been playing around with watercolor crayon resisting. In one of my elementary school art classes, we did this project: you color on white paper with neon or white crayons, watercolor over it, and the wax from the crayon works as a resistor so the colored parts remain … Continue