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An Art Project to Remember!

Create Your Own Memory Game

Easy-to-make memory cards

Kids will love creating their very own personal game! This is super easy to do and not only an art project, but the kids will be able to play with it afterwards!

What you need:
White Paper
6 Different Ink Stamps

1. Cut the white stock (thicker) paper into 12 equal sized pieces.
2. Separate the pieces into sets of 2.
3. Stamp 2 peices of paper of each stamp so you have 2 of each.
4. Label the card (see pic example)
5. You can have the child color in the stamp for extra fun!

When you are done you willl have your very own memory game.

How to Play:
1. Shuffle your homemade memory cards
2. Lay them face down.
3. Take turns turning over 2 cards at a time to find a match.
4. If you don’t have a match, flip the cards back over and it’s the next person’s turn. If you find a match, collect the 2 cards and it is the next person’s turn.
5. Whoever has the most matches at the end wins!

This project comes from our contributor, Cheryl Ricks.  For more kid-friendly art at home, CLICK HERE.


What’s Fun, Creative and Green All Over?

The kids still may rush through the applying of color or building part of this project, but after the project is done and the paint put away, you’ll still have many fun days of anticipation together. Happy Creating!

What you need:
• Wheat berry seeds
• Spoon for dirt or digging
• Container: Potato, Garden Pot, or Old shoe
• Paint or markers to decorate container
• Googly eyes or cloves for eyes
• Tooth picks for potato legs

• Purchase seeds from health food store and soak overnight.
• Add more water to seeds and cover with newspaper, visit for more growing tricks.
• Select container: Potato, Garden Pot or Old Shoe.
• For potato, use spoon to dig out meat of potato to make room for grass to grow and decorate a face and legs using cloves, toothpicks and /or pipe cleaners.
• For garden pot, decorate with a fun face or colors that will help emphasize the green grass as it grows.
• For old shoe, clean and prepare for decoration. Place small plastic container in the heel for soil.
• Once seeds have sprouted, and container is decorated, add soil and sprouted seeds.
• Watch your homemade Chia pet grow within days!


Be sure to soak and prep your seeds for the best growing. Also talk about color and color mixing if you chose the garden pot. Have fun with this project and enjoy the many phases as you watch your art grow. For more activities and art resources visit and become a subscriber to our Learn More Blog.

New Art Lesson from Cheryl Ricks!

Dry Erase Board Fun!

by: Cheryl Ricks

Don’t be afraid of giving your child a dry erase board! There are washable dry erase markers and crayons available!

Kids will love to create pictures, play tic-tac-toe. Older kids can play hang man! My 3 year old loves to sit at the table and draw pictures (the attached picture is a picture of his “Frosty the Snowman” drawing).


Found Object Art

Creative Reuse Art Making

by Amy Keenan Amago

The United States produces more trash than any other country in the world. The average citizen produces 4.4 pounds of solid waste each day, which adds up to almost a ton of trash per person, per year. While these statistics are staggering, there has been a growing movement to stop this disturbing trend by finding new uses for the plentiful trash our country produces. Creative reuse or “upcycling”– the act of taking objects that would otherwise be discarded or recycled and transforming them into artful, decorative or utilitarian items – has gained popularity among artists and educators in recent years as budgets tighten and concerns for the environment mount. As an artist and art teacher, I have found great value in working with recycled or rescued items both in the classroom and in my studio. Working with non-traditional art materials poses unique creative challenges and thrills, as it stimulates my intellect in a way no other art medium can. I find the rationale compelling for working with theses Learn More…

Museum Morning Feature!

by Candie Waterloo

The Museum Morning program at the South Bend Museum of Art is one of the Education Departments longest-running outreach programs for our local schools.  Nearly 200 South Bend Community School Corporation fifth graders come to SBMA for Museum Morning each week from February until May, to both tour our galleries and create art in our studios. Learn More…

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