Imagine Childhood: Interview with Sarah Olmsted

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Imagine yourself as a child, running through a wide open meadow, making your own magic wand from a found twig, and building forts in thick woods, and you've caght the spirit of Sarah Olmsted's book, Imagine Childhood: Exploring the World through Nature, Imagination, and Play. I recently got my hands on Sarah's hot-off-the-press book, which is packed with 25 magical … [Read more...]

Why Our High Schools Need the Arts

Why our high schools need the arts

"A must-read for anyone who cares about dropout prevention, Dr. Hoffmann Davis' latest book is laid out like a map of the developing teenage psyche, leading the reader to a clear understanding of why learning in the arts is critical to adolescent development and engagement in school." --Kristen Paglia, Executive Director, Education and Programs at P.S. … [Read more...]

What MaryAnn F. Kohl Can Teach Us About Fostering Literacy Through Art

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Today I'm excited to be joined by the ever-inspiring children's art book author, MaryAnn F. Kohl. MaryAnn's books helped me prepare lessons in my teaching days and have since become dog-eared favorites in my life as a parent. I now own eight of her books and constantly turn to them for ideas. Because MaryAnn is so prolific (full list here, on Amazon), we thought it might be fun … [Read more...]

What The Guilty Crafter Can Teach You About Crafting Without Guilt

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An Interview with Angela Daniels, The Guilty Crafter and Lead Fiskateer Angela Daniels has got to have one of the funnest jobs in the world! A mom of two, Angela left the corporate world and turned her DIY craftines into a job with Fiskars -- the scissor company -- as a Lead Fiskateer. Cool, right? Well, actually, the title that follows her emails is: Aspiring Domestic … [Read more...]

Interview with Lisa Chouinard from Feto Soap

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I'm excited to be joined today by soap artisan Lisa Chouinard who hand makes small batches of soap from her shop, Feto Soap, in Austin, Texas. We made soap last month for Mother's Day, so when I recently learned about Feto Soap at the Maker Faire, I thought it would be fun to glean some tips from a soap master on making soap with kids!   ::Three TinkerLab followers … [Read more...]