On Storytelling and Finding Voice

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Coming to you live from rainy Boston, MA this week, while my super husband holds down the fort in Sunny California! In preparation for a panel I'm participating in this week at the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Arts in Education Program, I've been thinking a lot about storytelling. The theme of the conference is Finding Voice, which is clearly something I think … [Read more...]

Four Creative Thinkers to Follow

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Since I started this blog I've been following a lot of cultural thinkers through blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, and I've come across some incredible leaders who have changed the way that I look at the world. This list is a small sampling of who I'm paying attention to (mainly the result of time limitations...babies can only play by themselves for so long) so I welcome you to … [Read more...]

Water Scooping for Babies

Sensory Play: Water Scooping for Babies

While my older daughter tore up the grass with the Slip 'n Slide, I set my 10 month old up with a bucket of water and some measuring cups. And she got right to work, filling and emptying the cups. It was interesting to watch her attempt to fill the cups when they were upside down, and then exciting when she figured the "problem" out and corrected for it. And then, … [Read more...]

Taped Trees from Observation

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My older daughter, 3 year old N, likes to look through my library or "read" blogs with me and pick out activities for us to work on. I love it when this happens because then she's self-motivated to work on a project, it supports my philosophy of educating children through an emergent curriculum, and cuts back on those "failed" activities. I was doing some research for a project … [Read more...]

Fine Tuning the Mud Pie Kitchen

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In case you're one of the few who doesn't read my blog religiously (gasp!), we've been building a mud pie kitchen in our yard. It began in part as a way to lure my child into our yard, but its popularity with our resident 3-year old has organically turned this into one of our summer's bigger projects. And the biggest surprise is that it's been almost entirely … [Read more...]

Slide Drawing

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My daughter loooooves going to the park and we're blessed to live in a place that's teeming with them! So it didn't take much convincing or prodding to get her excited about setting up this high-energy mark-making activity with me. The juxtaposition of art materials on playground equipment made for a rich, memorable experience, and prompted her to see things from our everyday … [Read more...]

Face Collage for Scribblers

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When I was an art teacher, the youngest age group I worked with was Kindergarten so I rarely had the chance to witness a child's transition from scribbling to representational drawing. My three year old daughter is at the precipice of representational drawing and it's an exciting place to be, but she can get frustrated that she can't create what she imagines (which is often!) … [Read more...]

Drawing Under the Table

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I placed a large sheet of paper and a bucket of markers under my daughter's art table, and left it there with the hope that she'd discover it and fall in love with the idea of drawing in this unlikely art-making location. In reality, I had to lure her to the spot, provoke her with all sorts of silly comments such as, "I wonder what's under your table?" and then suggest that she … [Read more...]

DIY Marble Run

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DIY Marble Run Supplies To keep this simple (I like simple), this is all you will need: Cardboard rolls Painter's Tape Marble/s or small rolling objects Scissors Bowl or basket Decorate your DIY Marble Run rolls (optional) For this DIY marble run, we started by wrapping the paper towel and toilet paper rolls with colored masking tape. This step is purely … [Read more...]

Glittery Cotton Ball Collage

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My very active almost 3-year old hopped off her bike just long enough to work on a collage. The weather has been so nice, and I can't really blame her. Materials Cardstock: 8.5 x 11, from a fat ream I picked up at the office supply store White glue in a jar Glitter Scissors Short-handled artist brushes Collage Materials: Cotton balls, tissue paper, pasta, … [Read more...]