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
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
Little kids around are full of creative and artistic energy. It's one of the miraculous things about having them around. If you give your children half a chance, they'll make you some beautiful mini-masterpieces to cherish long after they've moved on to other pursuits.Preschoo.... read more
One of the most natural things that we do with our kids in the summer -- something that's fun and incorporates those all-important fine motor skills and creative thinking skills -- is creating art together. And isn't summer the perfect time to get messy? Take the art to th.... read more
From Art is Life; Life is Art in May 2008The 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 .... read more
Just in time for holiday season, we are so pleased to have discovered Kid's Busy Box. Here it is at last, the solution to two of our most vexing parental problems: 1. How to be a crafty parent (without, in fact, being crafty in the slightest)2. What to give to as present.... read more
When we let our creative spirits run wild, we couldn't care less about mess. But for those days when we are a bit out of sync with our muse, we need things to be easy -- and neat -- to be inspiring. We know you've got great ideas here. ... read more
Today's post is really about the law of supply and demand.On the supply side, you have your preschooler's boundless creative energies and the ever-growing pile of artwork that she produces on a daily basis.On the demand side are the seemingly endless succession of birthdays an.... read more
We hope some of you were reading along yesterday as we blithely advised that the best way to handle the stream of artworks your child produces on a daily basis is to "manage the art" -- save one thing and dispose of another, identify the keepers and toss the rest without guilt.... read more
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