Monday, November 7, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter D, E, F

 Dot Art, Easel Painting, and Fingerpainting

We are catching up after missing a few weeks of MMM.  So today we did art that started with the letters D, E, and F.  Our activities were really simple today, but so fun.  We had a lot of sweet kids making a lot of art!

Dot Art

Materials: Bingo Markers, Paper
This is a simple activity for a rainy day.  I love bingo markers.  They are easy for kids to use.  Children of almost any age can enjoy stamping and creating designs using these markers.  Another option if you don't have bingo markers is to use pencil erasers on a stamp pad.  This creates a similar effect, but is smaller.  If your child is working with a small tool like a pencil eraser, give them a smaller piece of paper so that their work will fill the space.

Easel Painting

Materials: Easel, watercolors, water, paper

Children love to paint on easels.  It seems so grown up!  You can find inexpensive table easels at thrift stores.  This is a great open ended activity.  Simply teach your children how to dip the brush in the water then paint and let them paint away.  Watercolor paints are a great option for young artists.

It is important to let your children paint freely.  You will be amazed at their creativity, and how much they love being able to choose their own colors and experiment with the paint.  Let them learn through trial and error about mixing colors, and using the water. 


Materials: Purchased or homemade finger paint, paper

Not all kids love to finger paint, or to get their hands messy, but make sure that you give them a chance to try.  Often kids will be more willing to try finger painting when they see their parents try.  If your child loves getting messy save this activity for the summer and let them finger paint outside windows, or sliding glass doors.  Finger painting is also a great way for children to learn about color mixing and to see the color change before their eyes. 

Next week the letters G, H, I!

Thank you so much for all the love and support that has been given to us at the loss of our sweet son, grandson, and nephew Jonah Hall.  We are grateful for the love of the wonderful moms and children that come to Mommy, Monet and Me!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter C

 Crayons, Carpet, and Corn Syrup

This week at Mommy, Monet and Me we had such a great group of toddlers learning about the letter C!  We created art with color changing crayons, made carpet prints, and painted with colored corn syrup!

Color Changing Crayons

Materials: Old broken crayons, muffin tins

Making your own color changing crayons is really easy. You basically just take old crayons and melt them down in muffin tins or any other kind of heat proof mold.  Once the crayons are melted you let them cool and they become solid again.   Here is a link to the specifics on time and temperature for melting.

TIP: Soak your crayons in hot water to remove the paper, instead of trying to peel each crayon individually.  I don't know why I never thought of this before, but it worked like magic. 

TIP: Find an eager little helper to help you smash the crayons!  I put the crayons in a thick plastic bag and then let my niece do the smashing. She loved it.

Carpet Prints
Materials: Carpet pieces, paint, rollers, tray, paper.  

Kids get really excited when you tell them they get to paint on carpet.  It seems like they are breaking all the rules.  You can get carpet scraps or samples from local carpet stores.  This activity is more fun when you have a variety of kinds of carpet.   We used paint rollers to apply the paint to the carpet squares and then pressed the painted side onto our paper.  The results are pretty cool.  When you are done you can wash the carpet squares in the sink and leave them in the sun to dry and use again.

Corn Syrup Painting

Materials: light corn syrup, food coloring, paintbrushes or q-tips, cardstock

To make corn syrup paint simply combine a small amount of corn syrup and food coloring in a container.  You can use a paintbrush or q-tip to apply the paint to a thick paper like card stock.  The paper needs to be thick to handle the syrupy paint. 

Why paint with corn syrup?  When it dries it stays shiny.  It swirls together beautifully without getting too muddled and brown.  It is totally edible...for those little ones who like to put everything in their mouth.  It washes off surfaces and hands pretty easily with a little warm water.  The food coloring can dye clothes so better to wear a smock or strip them down and let them get messy!

Hope to see you next week for the letter D!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter B

 Letter B: Bubble Prints and Bead Bracelets

There are so many great activities to do with the letter B, but my favorite activities involve bubbles.  There is something magical about creating a bubble, and something even greater about capturing a bubble in art.

Blowing Bubbles

Materials: Dish soap, food coloring or tempera paint, medium size containers or bowls, straws, watercolor paper.

WARNING: many young children are used to sucking liquid through a straw and will accidentally suck the liquid into their mouths in this activity.  Make sure you only use non-toxic paints, and cut a small triangle out of the straw so they can't suck it up as easily.

Mix about a tablespoon of dish soap with 2 or 3 tablespoons of paint, and 1/2 cup of water.   Let the child blow through the straw into the liquid making bubbles.  When the bubbles rise above the rim of the container place the paper on top.  The colored bubbles will leave a bubble print behind.  Repeat on the same paper for a cool layered look.

Bubble Wrap Prints

Materials: bubble wrap, paint, paper, paintbrushes

This is a great way to recycle your old bubble wrap.  Paint directly on the bubble side of the bubble wrap, then place paper on painted bubbles and press lightly to make contact with all of the bubbles.  Remove paper and voila, beautiful bubble art.  I think the smaller bubble wrap works best for this project.

Bead Bracelets

Materials: Beads, buttons, pipe cleaners.

This is a great fine motor activity.  Place beads and buttons in a small bowl and let your child thread them onto a pipe cleaner.  When they are all done they can twist the pipe cleaner to make a bracelet.  The best part about the pipe cleaner is that it hold the beads in place, and keeps them from sliding off if your child drops the bracelet while they are beading. 

Next week: Letter C  Crayons, Carpet Prints, and Corn Syrup

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter A

Aquariums, Alphabet Prints, and Ants

We are so excited to start another year of Mommy, Monet and Me!  We had a great group of excited toddlers and their moms, and even a grandpa join us on Monday.   Here are our "A" projects!

My favorite project of the day was the aquarium pictures we made. They are so simple, relatively clean, and allow for endless creativity!


Materials: Blue paper, white, blue and purple dot markers, foam ovals, triangles and stars, and glue sticks

First we dotted our light blue paper with blue, white and purple dot markers to make the aquarium water look bubbly and add some texture.  Then we created fish by gluing an oval and a triangle shape together on the paper.  The children used markers to add details to their fish, create seaweed and draw sand in their aquariums.  I wish I had more pictures for you but we were having too much fun creating!

Alphabet Stamps

Materials: Alphabet stamps or sponges, paint, tray, white paper.

For this activity I just let the children dip the sponges and stamps in a thin coat of paint and then stamp them on their paper.  Moms helped children spell their names, and recognize letters.  This is a great activity to help with early literacy and letter recognition while getting a little messy in the meantime:)


Materials: stamp pads, red paper, white chalk, markers or pencils, and little fingers

Have your child create a picnic blanket by making line with white chalk across red paper.  Then let your child create ants all over the blanket by fingerprinting with black or red ink onto the paper.  They can try to put three fingerprints in a row to make a more realistic ant.  They can also add legs or antennae to their little insects. 

Thanks for coming and creating with us.  See you next Monday at 9:00 am for the letter B!   Bubble, Buttons and Balloons!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Radical Rainforests and Let's Play Music

Next week at Hobble Creek Learning Center!

Radical Rainforest
July 11-15, 10:00-11:30 am (4-7 years)  $50
The rainforest is full of interesting animals: poison dart frogs, toucans, and jaguars to name a few.  Children will learn about this incredible ecosystem while creating art that is equally amazing.

Let's Play Music: Blue Bugs
Six 50-minute lessons (T, TH)
July 12 & 14, 19 & 21, 26 & 28            
9:00-9:50 am, (3-4 year olds)  $40
Students will learn, through play, to feel a steady beat, imitate rhythmic patterns, read rhythmic notation, and play in a rhythm ensemble.

Let's Play Music: Red Balloons
Nine 50-minute lessons (T, W, Th)
July 12-14, 19-21, 26-28                                                10:00-10:50 am, (4-5 year olds) $60
Students will learn, through play, to match pitch, use solfeggio hand signs, recognize simple staff notation, hear and sing both melody and harmony, and play a major scale and simple accompaniment on tone bells.

Let's Play Music! believes that young children are capable of learning complex musical skills, and that children learn best through full body involvement--playing, dancing and singing.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Spotlight on Springville Blog

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Save 25% on Summer Tutoring!

Thanks for voting for Hobble Creek Learning Center as the best tutoring center in Utah Valley!  

To say thanks we are offering a special summer tutoring discount!

The first 20 families to sign up for summer tutoring will receive 25% off our normal tutoring rate

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letters X, Y, and Z

X-Rays, Yarn, & Zoo

It is pretty difficult to come up with great art activities for the letters X,Y & Z!  Here are the highlights from the last 3 weeks.


Materials: Black Paper, Chalk, Real X-Ray (if you have one)

Show children a real x-ray.  Explain that x-rays show the bones inside your body.  Help children create their own x-ray by tracing their arms, legs, feet or hands on a black sheet of paper.  Next have the children use their imagination to draw what those body parts look like inside.  Its fun to see what the little ones come up with.


Materials: Yarn, Red, Yellow and Blue Paint, Folded paper, fork or spoon.

Cut several pieces of yarn about 6-12 inches long.  Fold a large piece of white paper in half.  Next dip the yarn into paint.  Use a fork or spoon to hold the yarn down while you remove it from the paint.  This ensures that the yarn is covered evenly and doesn't have too much paint.  Next place the yarn in the folded paper, holding onto the end of the yarn.  Place one hand on paper to hold the yarn down while you remove the yarn with the other hand.  When you open the paper you will have a cool string design.  Repeat over and over until the paper is full of color.


Materials: Stamp pads, animal stamps, crayons, strips of paper, glue stick.

We created fun zoo pictures using animal stamps.  Students simply stamp animals on their paper and then color in the scenery.  They can draw grass, rocks, or trees depending on what they want their zoo to look like.  Next we glued strips of paper onto our picture to create bars to make it look like a zoo.

Our next Mommy, Monet and Me class will be June 6th!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Art Adventure: Under the Sea!

Saturday, May 7th
1:00-2:30 pm

$5.00 per child
or $13.00 per family.
Kids under 5 need to attend with an adult.

Join us as we travel under the deep blue sea.  Students will rotate through three 30 minute art activities as they learn about the ocean.  Children will use their imaginations to visit a coral reef, spend the day at the beach, and meet the world's largest animal!
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter W

Warm Crayon, Wet on Wet, and Whales!

Warm Crayon

Materials: Electric Food Warmer, Crayons, Oven Mitt, Paper

Finding an electric food warmer will be your greatest challenge with this art activity.  It is a party staple from the 70's and 80's and the best place to find one is at a thrift store, like the Salvation Army or Deseret Industries (The D.I. to those in Utah).  I scored two warming trays at the D.I. and love using them for all sorts of art activities.

For this activity simply plug in the warming tray and place some paper on the flat surface.  Give the tray and paper some time to heat up.  Make sure you have an oven mitt or thick towel so that one hand can hold the paper in place.  Then use old unwrapped crayons to draw on the warm paper.  The crayon starts to melt and flow across the paper.  This activity is best done when an adult can supervise directly.

Wet on Wet Watercolor

Materials: Spray bottle, water, paintbrush, watercolor set, watercolor paper (or normal paper)

Kids love watercolor, but sometimes it's fun to mix it up a bit.  This is a great technique that is used by watercolor artists, but can be easily done by your little one. 

Use a spray bottle to spray down the paper and get it wet.  Not drenched, just misted.  Then using a wet brush apply paint to the wet paper.  The colors will bleed into each other and create beautiful color combinations. 

Materials: blue paper, streamers, stickers, glue sticks, markers, and anything else that would make your whale awesome!

It is tempting when doing a project like this to have everything ready...shapes cut out, streamers measured...all your toddler needs to do is follow directions. 

I have found that the best results come when you show your child an example and then guide them through the steps, letting them imagine, create, and assemble in their own way. 

For example, I showed each toddler the basic shape of the whale's body.  Then, I drew the shape with my finger on their paper.  Next, I let them draw freely how they wanted their whale's body to look.  They all turned out different, and fantastic.  Remember, with any art project, sometimes too much instruction robs children of an opportunity to think creatively.  It is the process not the product that matters most!

No class next week!  Have a great Spring Break!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jr. Artists: Batik's and Clay

Clay and Batik

We have been working on our batik's and class sculptures for the past three weeks.  To see all the pictures from our class click here. 

Join us for Gallery Night on Wednesday April 6th from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Gallery Night is an open house so you can come and stay as long as you would like.  Awards will be given out at 7:00 pm.  We will have refreshments, art activities and of course artwork on display!

Our summer schedule is now available.  We have lots of fun art, science and music classes for kids of all ages.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter U & V

Vaseline, Under, & Vinegar

I'm going to be honest...towards the end of the alphabet it gets a little tricky to think of good art activities, but these were the highlights of the last two weeks!


Materials: Vaseline, red, yellow and blue paint, q-tips, paper. 

This is one of the best art activities I have ever come up with!  I loved it, and the kids loved it.  Just take a little vaseline, put it in a small container and add a small amount of washable paint (you could also try food coloring).  Mix paint and Vaseline thoroughly.

Next, use the q-tips or fingers to apply the paint to a small piece of paper.  (I like a small piece of paper when you are working with finger or q-tips).  The Vaseline paint slides around, mixes together, and is shiny!  The best part is when the container gets knocked over the paint doesn't spill, AND the Vaseline keeps the paint from drying out so you can use it again and again!  Such a great project!


Materials: Table or chair, coloring pages, tape.

Many kids love to do things that are out of the ordinary.  Something as simple as drawing or painting underneath the table can make them giggle and feel like they are breaking all the rules!

For this activity I got some cool art coloring pages and taped them on the underside of the table.  We put comfy pillows on the floor and got out the markers and crayons, and started drawing!


Materials: Tissue paper strips, vinegar, paintbrushes, paper

This activity is much like our tissue paper painting, only this time I used strips of colored paper, and vinegar instead of water.  I like the results!

Just have your child lay strips of art tissue paper down on white paper.  Then add vinegar over each strip with a paintbrush.  The vinegar seems to pull the color out of the strips better than water.

When using tissue paper for art, you need the kind that bleeds.  So avoid overly glossy tissue paper.  It wont leach color in the same way.  We order our tissue paper from discount school supply.

Join us next Monday morning from 9:30-10:15 am for the letter W!  See you there!

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Best of Utah Valley! Vote for us!

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Simply click on the link below, click through to page 11, and enter Hobble Creek Learning Center for best "Child Care Center" and best "Tutor"!

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Friday, March 18, 2011

New Summer Classes!

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We have so many fun classes to sign up for this summer.  Avoid that mid-summer boredom and get your kids into our classes to learn about juggling, clay, ancient Egypt, superheroes, microbes, the rainforest, ooey, gooey, science and more!

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter T

Tubes, Tape & Toothbrushes, & Trees!

Join us each Monday for Mommy, Monet and Me!  Class is from 9:30-10:15 am.  We always have three different art activities.  The children can spend as much time at each activity as they would like and play with friends and toys at the end of class. 


Materials: Paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes, tin cans, paint, white paper.

This in such a basic way to paint, but it creates a really cool effect.  Using red, yellow and blue paint allows the colors to mix and still look nice.  Try to use a variety of tube sizes.  Simply let your little one dip the tube in a little bit of paint (I put the paint on a paper plate and spread it out a little) then press the end of the tube on the paper.  Encourage the child to press the tube several times, and move it around the paper.  The more overlapping circles the better!

Tape and Toothbrushes

Materials: Painters tape or masking tape, toothbrush, watercolor paint, watercolor paper.

Children can use tape to create the first letter of their names on watercolor paper or any thick absorbent paper.  Next, dip a toothbrush in water and then in watercolor paint.   Help your child flick the toothbrush to splatter paint all over the paper.  When the paper is dry remove the tape and reveal a white letter, and splatter paint background. 

Tearing Trees

Materials: Brown paper, blue paper, tissue paper, glue sticks

Kids love to tear paper.  Give your child brown paper and let them tear the paper into strips.  The more they tear the more little branches they make.  Then help your child glue the strips down on blue paper.  Next, add spring blossoms by gluing crumpled colored tissue paper on the branches.  You could also add pieces of green to make leaves for your tree.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter S

St. Patrick's Day Art!

At Hobble Creek Learning Center we love St. Patrick's Day.  This week in MMM our letter was S so we did St. Patrick's Day Art.  We made the color green and painted shamrocks, we made shamrocks using heart shapes, and we painted beautiful glossy rainbows. 


Materials: blue paint, yellow paint, spoon, ziploc bag, painbrush

Today I let the kids mix their own green paint using a small ziploc bag.  We just put a spoonful of blue paint, and yellow paint and then made sure the bag was closed securely.  Then I just let them move, and squish and swirl the paint until they made green.   Then they used a small paintbrush to dip in the bag and paint shamrock coloring page.  So simple, but there is something magical about mixing that paint!

Heart Shamrocks

Materials: Heart shaped cookie cutters, green stamp pads or paint, paper

I realized recently that Shamrocks are really hard for little kids to draw, but you need shamrocks to properly celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  When you look at a shamrock it is basically 3 or 4 heart shaped leaves joined together.  So I took our heart shaped cookie cutters and pressed them into the stamp pad, and then onto the paper and it makes a perfect shamrock!  The shamrock outline can then be colored in or painted. 

Glossy Rainbows

Materials: Food coloring, corn syrup, paintbrushes, large paper.

One of my favorite art activities is using corn syrup to paint.  Did you know that corn syrup is used to make magazine covers glossy?  The beautiful thing about painting with corn syrup is that it stays shiny when it dries.  So we combined corn syrup with all of the colors of the rainbow, each in its own container.  Then we painted beautiful rainbows.  Beware this can be a very sticky endeavor, but it cleans up easily with a little water! To minimize the mess let paintings dry flat overnight.

Come to our St. Patrick's Day party on Saturday March 12th from 10:00-Noon for more St. Patrick's Day fun and prizes.  See you there!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Party: March 12th

Come Celebrate with Us!

St. Patrick’s Day Party
Saturday, March 12th
10:00 am-Noon, FREE

The Balloon Guy, cookie decorating, face painting, Irish art, leprechaun games & lots of fun prizes!

Pot of Gold Prize Drawing
Our grand prize includes all of the following prizes
*Party Package from Balloon Guy Entertainment
*$25.00 gift certificate from Funfinity
*$30.00 gift certificate from Magleby's Restaurant
*Year Art Adventure Pass from Hobble Creek Learning Center
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Primary Children's Medical Center 
Toy Drive.
Get an extra entry in our general prize drawing for each new or gently used toy you donate at the party! All toys will be donated to Primary Children’s Medical Center. (No fabric toys please)

Door Prize and General Prize Drawing
First 50 people get a free Scholastic children's book! You get one prize entry just for coming to the party.  General prizes include toys and gift certificates from Funfinity, Magleby's Restaurant gift cards, and gift certificates from Hobble Creek Learning.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Mommy, Monet and Me! Letter R

Rainbows, Rolling, and Runny Art

Today in MMM we created art that starts with the letter R.  It was a very colorful day!


Materials: tissue paper squares, water, paintbrushes, rainbow coloring page (optional)

I use tissue paper to paint with kids of all ages.  It is a fun way to paint and mix colors without the potential mess of paint.  Simply gather up old tissue paper or buy a variety pack at the store and cut or tear into small pieces.  Next draw a rainbow outline (with permanent marker), or use a coloring page for your rainbow.  Place a square of tissue paper on the rainbow outline and use your paintbrush to add a little water on top of the tissue paper.  Continue adding tissue paper and overlapping until the rainbow is completely colored.  Let dry flat on a counter.  When the paper is dry each square of tissue paper will flake off leaving the color behind on the rainbow! 


Materials: Paint rollers, red, yellow and blue paint, large paper, variety of objects to roll in paint (balls, toilet paper tubes, etc..)

This is a very free form activity which is perfect for toddlers.  Too many instructions tend to frustrate little ones, so keep it simple.  Put some paint out and things that they can roll in the paint and see what happens!  They love seeing the primary colors mix and create new colors.

Runny Art

Materials: Eye droppers, food coloring, water, watercolor paper.

For this activity i gave the children three cups of water, each one with red, yellow or blue food coloring in the water.  Put quite a bit of food coloring so the colors stay vibrant! They used eye droppers to suck up the water and then to drip it on their page.  Watercolor paper or other absorbent paper keeps this project from getting too runny!  Once a color is dropped on the paper, the kids picked the paper up and moved it around to let the water run all over the paper.  Colors begin to mix together and the results are different every time.  Great for kids of all ages!

Join us next week for the letter S.  We will be doing St. Patrick's Day Art!  Monday from 9:30-10:15am.  375 S. 300 E. Springville

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jr. Artists: Printmaking

 Here are some pictures from our latest Jr. Artist class.  We learned how to do basic printmaking using styrofoam plates.  To see more pictures visit our flickr site.

Jr. Artists meets every tuesday from 4:00-5:00pm.  Our class is full right now, but we may open another section.  If you are interested in joining our class please call 491-0825 and get on our waiting list. 

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jr. Artists: Winter Watercolors

Here are some pictures from our winter watercolor project.  We used painters tape, salt, blue watercolor and crayons to create our beautiful pictures!   See more pictures on our Flickr page.  Next week we will be working on printmaking!