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Making “Crazy, Wacky” Art with Pebbles, Popsicles and Plungers

Looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for “rookie” parents, “third-time’s-the-charm” parents, or even “been-there-done-that” grandparents?  You’re in luck! Gryphon House is counting down our favorite picks for parents. Whether you’re looking to spice up a holiday road trip, explore some exciting art activities, or bring out your baby’s “baby smarts,” we’ve got a book for that!

Day 9:


101 Easy Wacky Crazy Activities for Young Children

What do plungers, popsicles and pebbles all have in common? They’re easy, crazy, wacky materials that can be used to create beautiful art! The quick and simple activity ideas (like the ones we share below) in 101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children will foster your child’s creativity and provide the perfect cure for a boring, rainy weekend afternoon!

Plungers Aren’t Just For the Potty Anymore!

Just take:

  • Plungers (new ones!)
  • Tempera paint
  • Paper

Plungers come in many sizes. Let children paint by dipping new plungers into tempera paint and stamping the shapes on paper. The more choices of paint and paper, the more individual the art will be. Plung on!

Popsicle Art

Just take:

  • Ice cube trays
  • Tempera paint
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paper

Freeze tempera paint in ice cube trays. After 15 minutes, insert popsicle sticks. Continue to freeze until solid. Let children paint with these frozen treats. The more the popsicles melt, the more paint is applied.

(These popsicles are for art processes only. They are not currently recognized by the USDA as a significant source of nutrition. And they certainly don’t taste good, either.)

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Just take:

  • Rocks and/or pebbles
  • Shoebox with a lid
  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Rock ‘n’ roll music

Put on your walking shows and head outside to fill those pockets with rocks. Empty the rocks into a shoebox. Add a little bit of paint and a slice of paper. Place the lid on the shoebox, and turn on Chuck Berry, and rock ‘n’ roll. Children will enjoy shaking their boxes to the rhythm of the music. Take the lid off and discover what a little Rock ‘n’ Roll can do for you.


For more easy, wacky, crazy activities (like the ones in this post), visit our website to purchase your own copy of 101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children.


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