In recent years, arts education has been threatened and in many places significantly curtailed due to budget cuts, focus on testing, and an increasing emphasis on STEM fields (reflected in declining enrollment in the humanities at the college level). In light of these develop.... read more
Looking to fill long summer days in the countryside or at home? All you need is ten busy fingers and a knack for crafts. Knitting is super fun for kids, teaches them a useful skill for life, and enhances their fine motor skills. If they get the hang of it by the time they get .... read more
Families everywhere are taking advantage of these beautiful summer days by hitting the beach or taking a hike in a local park. Summer break promises some of the best times of year to get outdoors with your kids. And, while you're out doors, chances are you will bring your .... read more
Your pediatrician may well have warned you that your eighteen-month-old might start showing signs of some pretty vivid dreams. She may not have mentioned, however, that those dreams might swell into full-fledged nightmares over the next few years. Further, she may not have m.... read more
A young child's imagination is a fascinating thing to witness and an amazing process in which to participate, for those lucky adults so fortunate to be invited! Preschool-aged children have a rich imaginary experience and from their imagination springs forth powerful creativ.... read more
Like everything else, a child's artwork is a manifestation of her development at work. And like everything else, that development is not exactly linear. Put another way, the first time your darling slept through the night wasn't the last time you got up in the wee hours. And .... read more
If you've got a preschooler in your life, you probably have a lot of art supplies already. Crayons and pencils, stickers, paints, glue and different types of paper: colored paper, blank paper, lined paper, paper for drawing, and paper for painting. But do you have any .... read more
I want to be a crafty mother, one that encourages creative expressions at every turn, and allows for the flourishing of my children's artistic talents. Yes, I want to do this, but then, given the choice between hauling out the glue gun, paints and glitter (and contemplating th.... read more
The long, cold winter has finally come to an end, and we are loving these sunny spring days. Nature silhouettes, either created with paint or the actual daylight, are a great way for your kids to capture the light and celebrate the warmth.The first step in creating nature sil.... read more
When our children were very young, destroying things was about all they did: knocking down block towers, turning over buckets of toys, gnawing on plastic giraffes. But they got older and began to value keeping things in good condition: the Lego constructions that sat on a shel.... read more
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