Art Project: Overhead Projector

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My husband works at a university and the collector in me was overjoyed to discover that there's a little-known department on campus that sells surplus property from departments that no longer need old projectors, desks, and reams of paper. I wandered into the dusty space about a year ago and walked out with something everyone needs: an overhead projector for just $5. Right, … [Read more...]

Tinkering on the Typewriter

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I've been thinking about getting an old typewriter for a long while (this post from The Artful Parent struck a chord, and I love how Jean set up a writing area around her typewriter), but since I've been on a purging streak since the first of the year it was hard to justify the purchase, and find a good spot for it. By the way, if you're interested in organizing your life … [Read more...]

Machine Sewing with a Preschooler

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The other day my 3-year-old asked if we could "look on the computer for an art activity" which I suppose says a lot about what computer time looks like in my house! So I opened up one of my favorite blogs, The Artful Parent, and saw that our friend Jean was sharing simple pyramid-shaped beanbags. N was intrigued and immediately said that she wanted to make some beanbags too. … [Read more...]

String Cup Telephone

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I met up with the Los Angeles-based Trash for Teaching at the Maker Faire last weekend. Trash for Teaching is an organization that collects factory overruns and byproducts and redistributes them to teachers, schools, and museums for open-ended art making and tinkering. This is great for teachers with small materials budgets, inspiring for children to think creatively about how … [Read more...]

Playing Big

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This week I'm sharing kid-friendly inspiration from the Bay Area Maker Faire. Have you ever noticed that things can be much more fun and compelling when they're really, really big? Think about awe-inspiring cruise ships vs. cute little kayaks or imaginative play possibilities in a refrigerator box. Today I have four show-stopping examples of play on a large scale, and I'd … [Read more...]