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Explore Fine Art with A Kids Art Gallery Activity!
I am so excited to be a part of The Educators’ Spin On It’s awesome Summer Love Book Exchange again this year. Last year we exchanged books and activities with Laura of Play Dr. Mom and made our fun (and popular!) Kids Emotions Matching Game inspired by the book Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day. This year, we were fortunate to be partnered up with Ariadne and her kiddos of Positive Parenting Connection. So we sent our chosen book and project all the way over to Switzerland and got an awesome fine art inspired book, Katie and the Sunflowers, plus lots of fun activities in exchange. We’ll be spreading it out and sharing all of the activities over the next few weeks. But we couldn’t help but share our favorite today…
A Kids Art Gallery Project Inspired by Katie and the Sunflowers
About the Book, Katie and the Sunflowers:
“Katie visits five paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin and Cezanne! Katie tries to pick the sunflower seeds from the Vincent Van Gogh painting, but when the vase tips over, the flowers go everywhere. Mimi, a little girl from a painting nearby, comes to help Katie, but when Mimi’s dog Zazou comes too disaster follows! This imaginative fantasy about a mischievous character is an original and fun way to introduce children to art.”
What the Kids Thought:
Sawyer and Priscilla got a kick out of the idea of the paintings coming to like and really enjoyed guessing what might happen when Katie got to each new painting in the gallery. They also loved making up their own stories of what might happen if they entered each of the paintings.
Fancy Picture Frames for Our Own Kids Art Gallery:
Along with some fun sunflower themed activities, Ariadne sent along print outs of ornate golden picture frames. The kids ooo’ed and ahhh’ed as soon as they saw them and became so excited thinking about the art that they would create inside them. The kids set to work with their markers making awesome art inside the blank frames. Priscilla and I used circles to make some sunflower inspired art, while Sawyer did his own thing and drew a colorful snake scene.
Fancy Picture Frame Printable for Your Own Kids Art Gallery
Wanna make your own kids art gallery with your kiddos? First, definitely read and get inspired by Katie and the Sunflowers. Then download and print this free Fancy Picture Frame Printable for the kids to create their masterpieces on. There’s 4 different picture frame styles, all with a nice blank white middle for some colorful kids art. You could even print them on heavier cardstock or watercolor paper to have the kids use paint in their creations. Once they’re done, add your child’s name and hang as is or trim around the outside of the frames and they’re ready to hang to make your own kids art gallery.
More Love Book Exchange Ideas
Hope over to Positive Parenting Connection to find out about the book and trash into toys challenge we sent Ariadne and her kids. And click on the Summer Love Book Image below to see lots more Summer Love Book Exchange ideas!
Have you ever read Katie and the Sunflower? Do you think your kids would like to create their own kids art gallery? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
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