Easy String Art Experiments for Kids

Easy String Art Painting with Kids

"The painting has a life of its own. I try to let it come through." -- Jackson Pollack, American Painter String Art Creating string art is a fun mix of art, creative thinking, and experimentation all rolled into one open-ended package. If you've been following this blog for a while you'll know that when it comes to children's projects, my focus lies on the experience of … [Read more...]

Looking at Art with Kids: Norman Rockwell

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Have you spent any time looking at art -- in a MUSEUM -- with your child? Even though I'm an arts educator who spent years leading gallery tours and training docents, we don't spend as much time in art museums as I'd like because, you know, my children look at everything as a potential playground. I have an arsenal of gallery games and tricks up my sleeve, but they're no match … [Read more...]

We only think when confronted with a problem

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"We only think when confronted with a problem." -- John Dewey, American philosopher and educator What do you think about this quote by John Dewey?  I spend a lot of my time considering how to set the stage for open-ended discovery as a way to foster a child's confidence and independence. If you caught my last post, Organizing a Self-serve Creativity Zone, you'll see a … [Read more...]

Organize a Self-Serve Creativity Zone

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"The drive to master our environment is a basic human characteristic from the beginning -- from birth." --Jack P. Shonkoff, Harvard University (From Mind in the Making, Ellen Galinsky. New York: Harper Collins, 2010). Do you have self-serve spaces in your home that are dedicated to creativity, art, science, and tinkering? Today I'm sharing our creative zone, the space … [Read more...]

DIY Baby Fabric Bucket Toy

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The following post is from the archives. It originally appeared in April, 2011. If you're looking for ways to mix up your baby play time routine, you might enjoy trying this simple activity with materials you may already have in the closet and recycling can. I often wax poetic about my preschooler's creative pursuits while my little one makes the occasional appearance … [Read more...]