A home that encourages creative thinking and expression would include:1. At least one adult (preferably more) who engages the child with thoughtful interaction and also models wondering about the world and a desire to learn.2. An understanding of the child's unique ways of .... read more
My girls absolutely love making artwork—as in, they make roughly twenty masterpieces each day. And I'm happy to see their creative little minds at work, really I am, but at this rate we'll soon have to move all of the furniture out and turn the house into an art gallery. To .... read more
We love preschools that allow our children to do interesting, inspired art projects. We love seeing the work of our little artists. We also wonder what on earth to do with all the stuff that comes dashing in the door every single school day. We admit it, we are drowning. Loo.... read more
Today my five-year-old spotted a bird’s nest. She stopped in her tracks and pointed up at the New York City apartment building we were walking past on the way to a soccer class in the park. This so-called “nest” looked like a messy wad of sticks and dried grass.... read more
Many parents have had this experience: you are walking along the sidewalk with a child in tow, day-dreaming or making plans, and your small companion pipes up to say:"look!" "Look at the squirrel eating a peanut!" Or "look at the dog in the baby stroller!" Or "look at .... read more
This morning I woke up and had the house to myself for a few precious moments, as the kids were sleeping in a little after staying up late the night before. Who knew how beautiful a quiet house could sound? The sunlight was beginning to peek through the windows, and the squirr.... read more
As the days grow warmer, outside is where we all want to be. Especially the little artistic types among us. Because there's no more inspiring place to make art than under the big blue sky. Here are a few ideas for bringing your child's creativity out into the open air.... read more
Pablo Picasso said, "All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." Isn't that the truth? Children spend hour after hour creating—drawing, painting, writing—visualizing and expressing their thoughts, ideas and dreams and transferring th.... read more
There are a lot of things that parents of preschoolers don't do as often as they probably once did: going out to the movies, to see a play or a concert, to an elegant restaurant. And that's pretty much unavoidable. (Sigh.) But visiting museums doesn't have to be on that list. .... read more
Sometimes the most unlikely things can cause controversy. Take coloring books. What could possibly be more benign? They have kept countless kids occupied and happy for countless hours over many generations. What is not to love? And yet, there are those who disagree. S.... read more
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