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First start your children on their magical online journey into the world of art. Take your children to discover a great artist in a virtual field trip. As with any internet work make sure your child is safe.

Art by Patrick McDonnell
Art by Patrick McDonnell
public domain
Family art
Public Domain/R.R.Cratty

· National Gallery of Art On this site you can search the collection by artist, title, or medium. This is a wonderful site for all, you can even choose a foreig language guide to provide information in your native language.

· The Smithsonian has some amazing adventures on their website for children of all ages. Great place for children to research many topics.

· The Metropolitan Museum of Art has so much to offer children and their families online- Children ages 3-7 will love the musical journey sing along. Familiar tunes and fun lyrics that let them learn about the Met’s amazing works of art.

· Van Gogh Gallery you will see van Gogh’s paintings and learn about sunflowers with activities.

Once you have wet their appetite for art time to create your own paint. Started a long family journey into the world of art.

Paint Recipes:

Finger Paint (Shiny, transparent paint)


1 Tablespoon (1 envelope) unflavored gelatin

3 cups water

½ cup corn starch

4 tablespoons dishwashing liquid

Food coloring of choice

Mixing bowl, spoon microwave, small containers with lids


  1. In plastic mixing bowl, add the gelatin to ½ cup warm water-stir
  2. Pour the cornstarch into another bowl and add 2-1/2 coups of cold water. Microwave the mixture at medium setting for 2 minutes, stir, and microwave again at medium setting for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the gelatin and then the dishwashing liquid to the mixture in the bowl. Let it cool.
  4. Pour into small jars. Add your choice of food coloring to desired colors.
  5. Cover and store at room temperature.

Finger Paint (Opaque and will layer over other colors.)


1 cup liquid starch

2 tablespoons cornstarch

Acrylic paints

Mixing bowl, mixing spoons small containers with lids


  1. Combine the liquid starch and corn starch in the mixing bowl.
  2. Pour into small containers and add acrylic paints until the desired color is reached.
  3. Cover tightly when not in use.

Glue Paint:


1 cup white glue

Acrylic paints

½ cup water

Mixing spoons

Small containers with lids


Pour the glue into the small containers and add acrylic paints to obtain desired colors.

Mix glue and paints until desired color is achieved.

Make sure the lids are on tight when the paints are not in use.

This is an opaque paint and covers waxy or plastic surfaces with a flat finish

Scratch and Sniff Painting

Watercolor paints
Craft glue
Fruit flavor gelatin

Draw a picture. (You can trace a picture from a coloring book.) Paint the picture with watercolors. After the picture is dry, spread craft glue a little at a time over the colored parts of the picture. Sprinkle fruit flavored gelatin over the wet glue. Let your picture dry. The craft glue dries clear and you have a sweet smelling picture.

Books for paint recipes:

  • Make Your Own Playdough, Paint, and Other Craft Materials: Easy Recipes to Use with Young Children by Patricia Caskey
  • The Incredible Secret Formula Book: Make Your Own Rock Candy, Jelly Snakes, Face Paint, Slimy Putty, and 55 More Awesome Things by Shar Levine, Leslie Johnstone and John Manders
  • My Very Favorite Art Book: I Love to Paint! by Jennifer Lipsey
  • I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) by Karen Beaumont and David Catrow (Apr 1, 2005)


-Learning at home by Rhonda Cratty is a parent resource, filled with ideas to help children become the best they can be. Daily activities for family fun, that make subjects become more than pencil and paper, moving learning into everyday life. Learning at home can be purchased in print ($8.48) or eBook($4.48) form through

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