How to cut a heart out of paper

How to cut a heart out of paper | TinkerLab.com

This may be obvious to some of you, but given what people search for this time of year, I know there are many of you who want to know how to cut a heart out of paper.  The other day my three-year old and I were making a gazillion Valentine's cards and I snapped a few photos of our heart-cutting process. She's at that age where she gets a thrill from practicing her cutting … [Read more...]

What does Art Education mean to you?

What does Art Education mean to you? Parents chime in | TinkerLab.com

Art Education means different things to different people. I believe that art education is an opportunity to nurture children to find truth through imagination, effort, collaboration, and cultural literacy.  Way back when, the field of arts education grabbed me with my passion for making things, and kept me engaged as I learned more about artists, their studios, children's … [Read more...]

Elliot Eisner: Arts Education Leader and Visionary

Elliot Eisner

"The prime value of the arts in education lies, from my point of view, in the unique contributions it makes to the individual's experience with and understanding of the world. The visual arts deal with an aspect of human consciousness that no other field touches on: the aesthetic contemplation of visual form." - Elliot Eisner, Educating Artistic Vision (1972) Today I learned … [Read more...]

Creative Table: Valentine’s Day Cards

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With Valentine's Day right around the corner, this Creative Table invites children to make Valentine's Day Cards that are sure to delight not only the children in your home. One of our favorite ways to engage children at the art table is by setting up invitations to create. Toward this end, we started the Creative Table series as a way to capture easy set-ups and … [Read more...]

3 Essential Play Dough Tools (that you may already have)

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What are your favorite play dough tools? We have a bunch including cookie cutters, store-bought play dough presses, rolling pins, and popsicle sticks. Today I'm sharing three of our favorite play dough tools that you may already have lying around the house. And in case you don't, I'll share some Amazon affiliate links to these products. We adore play dough and all its … [Read more...]