The Creative Table Project

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Highlights from The Creative Table Project If you're not familiar with the Creative Table Project, it's an Instagram treasure trove of real world inspiration for any parent, caregiver, or teacher who's looking for ideas that boost kids' creativity or who wants to share snippets of their life experiences as inspiration to others. This week's post is a great example of how I … [Read more...]

Creative Table: A Sticker Composition with Frames

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Setting up Creative Invitations like this is one of my very favorite ways to encourage children to explore new ideas and develop a visual language. Here's the basic premise: Clear the table of anything that won't be used in the invitation Artfully arrange the materials to provoke ideas Limit the choice of materials to just a few items Provide clues about how to use … [Read more...]

Evolution of the Art Table

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Over the course of a week, our art table gets worked pretty hard. My kids begin almost every morning with some kind of making that may involve markers, colored pencils, tape, glue, or paint. And then there's the occasional snack or meal that go along with art-making when my girls are too busy to stop the magic for food. I thought it might be fun to take a look at how the … [Read more...]

Highlights from the Creative Table Project

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It's been a super busy and creative month over in the Instagram Creative Table Challenge. A few weeks ago I shared that we had 750 inspiring creative table entries on Instagram. Today there are over 1100 creative table invitations, set-ups, ideas, and playful explorations to browse and get ideas from! Amazing, right?! Just as I did last month, I thought it would be … [Read more...]

Creative Table Project: Keep your table clear and your mind open

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The other day I shared the Creative Table Project that's happening over on Instagram. And do you know what? I'm floored because after that post went up, over 100 new Creative Tables were added to the visual database of ideas and inspiration. It got me thinking that maybe I should make the Creative Table Project a more regular feature of this site. What do you think? In that … [Read more...]

Creative Table on Instagram

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Do you know about the Creative Table Project on Instagram? If you would like to see more creativity in your child’s life and if you're interested in joining an inspiring community of creative parents who swap ideas, Creative Table can help! Last summer I invited my readers to share images of the creative things that are happening on their tables (or patios, backyards, … [Read more...]

Tape Art

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We are a tape-loving house. You? Tape art with colorful tape, clear tape, paper tape: young children will enjoy using tape in this process-based design activity that encourages fine motor skills, compositional choices, creative thinking, and more. Have you seen this colorful paper tape at Target? It's from the Kid Made Modern line and you can find it in the art supply … [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...]