Cool Links for Creative Families
A Little Yumminess
April 2, 2012
If your family loves getting messy, putting its creative hat on, and learning how things work, you will want to bookmark each and every one of these kid-friendly art, craft, science, and hands-on learning resources. And taking the time to cull just a few projects from these archives might save the day when cold or rainy weather keeps you inside. The best part is that all these resources have been created by families for families, creating a vibrant community for sharing ideas and inspiration.
- Tinker Lab is a family creativity blog that will take you from artful crafting ideas, to experiential learning activities and every point in between. Let your children's creativity fly by taking part in Tinker Lab's bi-monthly challenges around specific materials (i.e. egg cartons, paper bags, dried beans). You are guaranteed to feel more creative just by visiting this website!
- The Artful Parent "blogs at the intersection of art and parenting about arts and crafts, children's creativity, and family fun." This thoughtful website provides parents with a wealth of unique ideas for nurturing creativity and independent thinking. You can also join in the conversation by connecting to the The Artful Parent community on Facebook.
- Ikat Bag is the place for resourceful crafters. The amazing tutorials about working with cardboard alone will make you a fan. Lorraine (aka LiEr), the mind behind the blog, is mom to three girls and is a former physics teacher and school counselor. Her creativity and ingenuity run deep and while some of her projects may be geared for more advanced crafters, there is plenty to keep crafting newbies busy too.
- The two moms behind Science Sparks are both lifelong science enthusiasts. Now as professionals in the field, they are dedicated to helping other families discover the fun of science. On their blog you can explore kid-friendly chemistry, biology and physics experiments as well as preschool science.
Stacie Dong and Simran Singh are the moms behind A Little Yumminess, a family food blog where they share spiced-up recipes, hands-on activities and kid-friendly food adventures. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
- Pinterest is a fantastic place to browse for ideas and how-tos using materials you probably already have around the house. Exploring all that Pinterest has to offer on these topics will most likely result in many, many hours glued to your computer, but for those looking for a shortcut here are a just a few to get you started: