Top Sites for Sparking a Little Imagination

Amy Rees
February 27, 2010

From Art is Life; Life is Art in May 2008

The best way to be more artful about your art-filled life (and your life-filled art) is, of course, to grab a kiddo and a crayon and have at it. Sometimes we spend too much time plotting and planning and too little time doing. But we are inveterate "knowers;" so be it.

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite sources of information and inspiration:

1. Our coolest friend -- If you go to one spot and one spot only, go to the gorgeous Design Mom site and work your way through the "make something" tag. Come to think of it, even if you go to lots of spots, do the same thing.

2. Our muse -- You know that our source for inspiration from matters of gratitude to matters of three-year-olds embroidering and snapping away with their cameras is Amanda Soule, our SouleMama

3. Our professor -- Ginger Carlson (whose great new book we'll review on Monday, so mark your calendar) is the one who shows us how all this art matters, how it adds up, how it fits into parenting and development and life. You can find her work in the book, at her main site, at her blog, at her other blog (if cooking is your path to creativity), and in her newsletter.

4. Our would-be neighbor -- If Jean (aka the Artful Parent) lived right next door, then all of our darlings could join the toddler art group. And that would be grand.

5. Our wish-they-were-on-the-corner stores -- The art supplies, and practically everything else, at Natural Pod make us swoon. And the art supplies and all the other tiny person life supplies (very Montessori, whether you are devotee or a picker-and-chooser), at For Small Hands delight us.

6. Our starting place -- For all things pertaining to the littlest ones in our houses and families and circles, we turn early and often to Rookie Moms. They have great activity ideas for the younger set, as well as for preschoolers. And their new book is the perfect way to start -- or start over!

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    I have been looking for sites like this for a long time. Thank you!,

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    Another nice site is www.makeandtake.com. Check out the great idea for recycling old worn down crayons.

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    Another nice site is www.makeandtake.com. Check out the great idea for recycling old worn down crayons.

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    I love to visit www.magiccabin.com. There are lots of Montessori-type toys to inspire creative play, as well as good quality art supplies, and other unique items for the kiddos. In their catalog all the items are shown as drawings...very "old school".

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    Thanks for the tips! I also like the blog http://pepperpaints.com/ to find some new art ideas.

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