Pop up Paper Zoo {Free Download}

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Back in September I wrote about how we made a Pop-Up Paper Zoo. This is one of my favorite posts because the project is child-directed and it can lead to imagination-building and experimentation. At the end of the post, I asked if anyone would like to have a PDF template so you could make these yourself. There were some "yeses" in the room, and I have to apologize for taking … [Read more...]

DIY Paper Bag Book with Japanese Binding {Free Download}

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You might know that I've been working on a fun project with the San Francisco Children's Creativity Museum DIY Studio Space. Each month for a full year, we're developing creativity-boosting invitations for children who visit the museum. If you visit the Studio this month you'll find an assortment of interesting found materials and a host of ideas for upcycling books from these … [Read more...]

Back From Blissdom

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How was your weekend? I'm back from a jam-packed weekend at the Blissdom Blog Conference in Nashville where I was lucky enough to room with one of my blogging heroes, Jean Van't Hul of The Artful Parent. In case you were wondering if Jean is as awesome in real life as she is on her blog, the short answer is YES. Rather than share those embarrassing photos I threatened to … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Nine Big Ideas in Creativity Education

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Here are some of the bigger stories in creativity education that inspired me this week: 1. The North Carolina Museum of Art received a $2 million grant from GlaxoSmithKline and its N.C. GSK Foundation to create a project called "The Big Picture" which aims to use art to enhance learning. Woo-hoo! Arts and Museum eduction, all wrapped up into one big, creative grant … [Read more...]

I’m heading to Blissdom!

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I've been busy packing for a big trip to my very first social media conference! (Special thanks to my husband's parents for taking my children to the park so I could make that happen!). I haven't been to a conference since my pre-kids years, and look forward to soaking up some adult energy and making some new friends while developing my thoughts on how Tinkerlab might … [Read more...]