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Math Art Activities

Math and art have gone together since early artists began creating.  Many great works of art contain mathmatics, from buildings and pottery to paintings and statues.  Today on Share It Saturday, we're featuring math and art activities that kids can explore while learning through creative expression.  Combining math and art in kids' activities can be a great way for children who do not enjoy being "artsy" or "craftsy" to create.  

These art and math activities are sure to get the kids creating and learning!


Math and Art Activities for Kids:

Clockwise from the top image:
Mandala Segments from Highhill Education
Shell Mandalas Math from Nurturestore
Math Art inspired by Klee from Kids Activities Blog
Parabolic Curve Math Art from What Do We Do All Day
Concentric Circle Art from Sugar Aunts
Fibonacci Art Project from What Do We Do All Day

What are your favorite ways to create using math and art?

Check out who the other hosts are featuring today:
AND be sure to stop by our guest host for the month of February, Jaime at Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.




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How to Make Crayon Floam Dough

Sensory doughs are one of our favorite ways to play and this Crayon Floam Dough recipe was a HUGE hit in our house!  We've love crayon dough since we experimented with how to make crayon play dough.  We decided to give another sensory dough a twist on the crayon dying method and made our own homemade Crayon Floam Dough.

Use broken crayons to make homemade Crayon floam dough in less than 15 minutes.  So easy and a fun sensory play floam.


Use broken crayons to make homemade Crayon floam dough in less than 15 minutes.  So easy and a fun sensory play floam.

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What is Floam?


Use broken crayons to make homemade Crayon floam dough in less than 15 minutes.  So easy and a fun sensory play floam.

Maybe you've seen floam in stores or played with it in the past.  This foamy, moldable dough is so light and cool to play with!  It's really a fun sensory material.  We made our floam dough with ingredients we had on hand and this is how we did it:

(You want to make floam.  Really!)

Use broken crayons to make homemade Crayon floam dough in less than 15 minutes.  So easy and a fun sensory play floam.

How to make Crayon Floam Dough:

We started with a variation of our crayon play dough recipe.

Chop up two crayons in the same color family.  To make the red dough, I used two different red crayon shades.  The color isn't important in this dough, (although you can make a big range of colored dough using our shades of crayon play dough idea.  

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil on a stove.  Mix in the chopped crayons and stir.  Don't let the oil heat up too much, and slowly stir in 2 cups of water.  Add 2 and 1/2 cups of flour to the mixture and keep stirring over heat.  This is less flour than our typical crayon dough recipe because we are omitting salt.  The added foam makes up for this and holds the dough together.  It seems like leaving the salt out of this dough recipe helps with the airy lightness of this floam.

Pour the lump of dough out onto a chopping board and knead when tolerable.  You will want the dough to pull together.  If the dough is too sticky, add flour by half cup.   Mixing up the dough is very quick.  It doesn't need much kneading, but you will want to wait a few minutes until you can tolerate the heat.  Overall, this dough pulls together in about fifteen minutes!

Once cool, fold in styrofoam fill.  We used filler from a pillow that was torn for our dough, but you could use bean bag filler as well which can be purchased in craft stores or here.  You will want to add a bunch of the filler so the dough is mainly made up of the filler and held together by dough.  It's amazing to feel the dough "lighten up" as more filler is added.

Use broken crayons to make homemade Crayon floam dough in less than 15 minutes.  So easy and a fun sensory play floam.

This floam dough is moldable and pretty much awesome!  It's crumbly, yet moldable.  
Mess-warning:  This dough is MESSY!  Rather, the filler is the messy part.  When you mold and play with this floam, the little filler bits will pull out of the dough.  Play with this sensory activity in a large shallow bin or on a tablecloth spread out on the floor.

Use broken crayons to make homemade Crayon floam dough in less than 15 minutes.  So easy and a fun sensory play floam.

Use broken crayons to make homemade Crayon floam dough in less than 15 minutes.  So easy and a fun sensory play floam.

We had so much fun with our homemade floam!  Watch the blog and our Facebook page for play and learning ideas with this homemade sensory dough!

Use broken crayons to make homemade Crayon floam dough in less than 15 minutes.  So easy and a fun sensory play floam.

More ways to use crayons in play dough:


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Learning Rainbow Order Stacking Cups

Today we're sharing rainbow stacking cups, possibly one of the simplest learning activities that we've put together.  These DIY stacking cups are a wonderful way for learning rainbow order, and so much fun to play with over and over again.

DIY Rainbow Stacking Cups for color identification, color order, and learning rainbows with this stacking and building nesting toy.


Learning Rainbow Order


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These rainbow stacking cups are really so easy to put together.  I used 
styrofoam cups 
 tape 
and cardstock in a rainbow of colors.


Cut the cardstock into strips lengthwise. 

DIY Rainbow Stacking Cups for color identification, color order, and learning rainbows with this stacking and building nesting toy.


Tape the cardstock onto the rims of the cups.  The activity is set for learning and play!

DIY Rainbow Stacking Cups for color identification, color order, and learning rainbows with this stacking and building nesting toy.

We had SO much fun with these rainbow cups!  We stacked them up in random and rainbow orders.  As we stacked, we siad the colors of the rainbow.  Little Guy (age 5) considers himself an expert in knowing the colors of the rainbow in correct order and was sure to correct Little Sister (age 3) in the accurate stacking of the rainbow.

DIY Rainbow Stacking Cups for color identification, color order, and learning rainbows with this stacking and building nesting toy.


We used the cups to build towers and buildings over and over again.

DIY Rainbow Stacking Cups for color identification, color order, and learning rainbows with this stacking and building nesting toy.

These cups make a great collection cup for a rainbow scavenger hunt.  Go around the house looking for matching colored items to fill the cups.  We found crayons, ribbons, scrap paper, toys, Legos...This is a fun way to work on color identification with preschoolers.

DIY Rainbow Stacking Cups for color identification, color order, and learning rainbows with this stacking and building nesting toy.


These rainbow stacking cups were a DIY hit in our house!

This post is part of the All Things Kids rainbow series.  See what the other bloggers have come up with:

Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails: Rainbow Cereal Craft
Craftulate: Sparkly Rainbow Slime
Rainy Day Mum: Rainbow Smash Cookies
Where Imagination Grows: Stained Glass Rainbow craft
JDaniel4's Mom: Rainbow File Folder Game
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The Day The Crayons Quit Crayon Shaving Art

Have you read the book, "The Day the Crayons Quit"?  This is SUCH a cute book from the crayons' point of view.  They are TIRED of coloring the same old pictures the same old colors.  Why does the Yellow crayon have to color the sun?  And why can't the Black crayon color a beach ball?   We loved reading this book over and over again and coming up with our own take on mixing up the colors in a sensory art project using crayon shavings!

We are super duper excited to be back at the Preschool Book Club series where we'll join a few of our favorite kids activity bloggers and explore a fun children's book every two weeks!

The Day the Crayons Quit sensory art

Crayon shaving art craft for sensory play based on the book, The Day the Crayons Quit



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We loved reading The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt so this sensory crayon shaving art was completely a hit in our house!


This sensory activity requires just a few items:

plastic sandwhich bags
clear shampoo
crayons
permanent marker
 and a small pencil sharpener


Use the pencil sharpener to make crayon shavings in the colors you want.  This is a fantastic fine motor activity for little fingers.  Twisting the crayons in the small pencil sharpener really works the intrinsic muscles of the hands.  Not only are kids building the hand strength and endurance for writing and coloring tasks, they are using a tripod grasp to manage the pencil sharpener/crayon.  It's a resistive task that might cause hand fatigue for little ones, but not much crayon shavings are needed for this sensory activity.


Use the permanent marker to draw a picture on one of the sandwich bags.  Fill the baggie with the shampoo and you are ready to get started!  


Have the kids pinch the crayon shavings into the plastic bag.  We tried to get the colors we wanted into the general area of the picture.  So, instead of a yellow sun, we made ours purple and tried to get the purple crayon shavings near the sun in the picture.  If they don't land exactly near the part of the picture that you want them, it's not a big problem, and actually a good sensory and fine motor activity to move the shavings around in the shampoo.

Crayon shaving art craft for sensory play based on the book, The Day the Crayons Quit

Press and push the colors into the part of the picture to make mixed up colors just like in "The Day the Crayons Quit" 

Crayon shaving art craft for sensory play based on the book, The Day the Crayons Quit


Be sure to see all of the amazing activities based on The Day the Crayons Quit

Writing Activity from Homegrown Friends
Crayon Box Craft from Buggy and Buddy
Follow Up Story from Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Paper Doll Crayons from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails


Did you miss some of our other Preschool Book Club activities based on popular children's books?  Check them out and see all of our Preschool books and activities


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