In the Hands of a Child: Great Painters of the World~a review

I was struggling with ideas on how to study the Great Painters of the World with my children.  I really wanted them to have this experience. So when I was given an opportunity to do a review on one of the project packs from In the Hands of a Child, of course, I chose Great Painters of the World.  What a blessing!

Great Painters of the World

When we first received our Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child I wanted to jump right in!

Of course, we didn’t. Being a homeschooling mom, I got out a binder and began to organize.  This isn’t the first time I have used a product from In the Hands of a Child.  I love the way the packs are laid out.  It makes printing and assembling so easy.

The Great Painters of the World project pack includes:

  • Planning Guide
  • Related Reading
  • Bibliography
  • Activity Instructions
  • Folder Instructions
  • Sample Pictures
  • Research Guide
  • Vocabulary
  • Reproducibles
  • Answer Key


The Great Painters of the World project pack binder

First, I began by printing everything, paying close attention to special printing instructions for the reproducibles.  I put the related reading list in the front folder and the planning guide in a page protector. I then three-hole punched the rest of the pages(except the reproducibles) and added tabs for the vocabulary, activities, and instructions, and the activities answer key.  The green folder you see behind the tabs is where I stored the reproducibles until they were needed.

I then put additional books on hold at the library. Of course, you don’t have to use additional books, all the information needed to complete a pack is included.  I love easy!

Some of the books we used

Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures

Katie Meets The Impressionists
Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit with Andy Warhol

An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work

Then we read through the research guide and completed some of the activities as we went through the individual painters.  This is another aspect of these project packs that I like, you pick and choose which activities to complete without the pressure of trying to get them all finished.

Painters included in the project pack

  • Giotto di Bondone
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Henri Matisse
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti
  • Edgar Degas
  • Marc Chagall
  • Salvador Dali
  • Paul Cezanne
  • Claude Monet
  • Pierce-Auguste Renoir
  • Mary Cassatt
  • Henri Rousseau
  • Vincent van Gough
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
  • Grandma Moses
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Georgia O’Keeffe
  • Jackson Pollock
  • Andy Warhol

 pop culture painting style


Here are the kiddos trying their hand at the pop culture painting style for which contemporary American painter Andy Warhol was famous. My daughter is painting a jar of colored stones and my son is painting a candle holder, which he removed from the wall!



 draw a landscape with their nondominant hands

They also tried to draw a landscape with their nondominant hands like Renoir did when he broke his right arm in a bicycle accident!  They giggled their way through this one.



Assembling of the lapbook and photos of the finished product

assembling the lapbook

I believe figuring out where to put their collection of mini-books, flaps, and folded display material was half the fun 🙂

Great Painters of the World lapbook
We used the picture from the project pack for our cover.

Great Painters of the World lapbook

Great Painters of the World lapbook

Great Painters of the World lapbook

Great Painters of the World lapbook

We really enjoyed the Great Painters of the World project pack.  This study made the painters real for my children.  The research guide included personal information about the painters which really brought it home for us.

What I like most about this style of learning is we now have a portfolio of our study of famous painters that we can return to time and again!

So if you are looking for a fun, hands-on way of learning for your children (and yourself) I highly recommend grabbing one of the project packs from In the Hands of a Child.

Thank you, Hands of a Child for this opportunity.

Much Love & Many Blessings!

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Scientist Gift Guide

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Gifts for Ages 3 to 7

Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket

Science makes SENSES with this bucket of colorful, creative fun.


Experimenting with squishy, squashy polymers creates the perfect opportunities for young children to engage in sensory play and to naturally use scientific processes while having fun.

The Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket comes with items such as test tubes, biodegradable cups, mixing spoons, coloring tablets, and an experiment guide to help you make the following: Gobbledy Goop, JellyStones, Water Marbles, Glow in the Dark Spit Balls, Slippery Spheres, Silly Squares, Space Sand, and Super Snow. Adding a little water to crystals and powder will create lots of science fun for your little ones.

Use this bucket to learn, create, and play with your child. That’s part of the fun of parenting! There are many ways to enjoy preschool science fun with the Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket. Use the super snow to practice writing letters and numbers, teach the importance of listening and following directions by allowing your child or student to work independently after being given instruction, and make Space Sand and use it to discuss the sea and coral reefs.

My son LOVED this bucket! Each activity was super fun and engaging, He made a snowman from the snow, he took the bouncy balls outside and him and his friends threw them on the ground to watch them explode, he stacked the cubes.. there was so many fun things to do! Thanks for putting together a super fun bucket of activities!” -Faith