Washi Tape and Found Paper Collage

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                        “Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs”   ~ John F. Kennedy Do you set up open-ended prompts or invitations for art-making? Making art, and … [Read more...]

What’s On Your Creative Table?

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Where do your creative explorations take place, and what do they look like? On my journey as a blogger, I've become a prolific picture-taker and the majority of my photos are of my kids' art/science/tinkering/cooking explorations. Obvious, I know. Our experiments and projects take place everywhere, from the kitchen to the back yard. My children have a beautiful, kid-size … [Read more...]

Invisible Ink: A Citrus Painting Experiment

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It's summer and we've been doing a lot of citrus juicing in our home. Between my 4-year old expert juice squeezer and my almost 2-year old juice taster,  our simple and inexpensive juicer has been hard at work. While little Rainbow napped, Nutmeg and I gathered materials and set up the project. We talked about how we'd have to reveal the ink (lime juice) with the high heat … [Read more...]

15 Apron Ideas for Kids

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Do you have a favorite apron for messy art projects or dress-up play? When my kids get messy, we have an arsenal of possibilities for keeping us clean (or not). Yesterday was hot, hot, hot and my kids stripped down to barely anything when we painted outside. But depending on weather, moods, and projects, they might choose their play clothes, wear a sturdy water-resistant … [Read more...]

Fort Magic, the Coolest Fort in Town

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"Confidence is earned through doing and believing."  -Erika Pope-Gusev Shortly after sharing this post on how to build a simple fort, I was contacted by Fort Magic and asked if I'd like to review their fort building kit. My children make forts every single week (this week it's a beaver dam/fort), so how I could I refuse? There will be a generous giveaway at the end of this … [Read more...]