Easy Art: Air Dry Clay

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Material: Air Dry Clay Have you ever noticed that kids don't need a lot of bells and whistles and fancy stuff to get creative, have fun, and feel on top of the world? Yesterday we foraged some cardboard boxes from a neighbor's move because 4-year old Nutmeg has a vision of building a space station. Today I'd like to introduce you to ONE material that helps build creative … [Read more...]

Circular Patterns + Creative Thinking

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Despite the thousands of ideas you've seen floating around the internet, do you ever feel like you're at a loss for an art activity that your kids will enjoy, while also challenging them to think? Children get excited about solving real problems, and the problem in this project lies in figuring out how to circumnavigate a paper plate with color and patterns. While … [Read more...]

Mining the Garage for Toys

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Did you ever play with a Lite Brite? How about Star Wars Action figures? We dusted off some old favorites and have breathed new life into these throw-backs to my own childhood and beyond. Classic toys have a simplicity to them that can generate creative thinking. And although they may be old to us, when they're new-to-kids they have a freshness to them can can build imagination … [Read more...]

Five Easy Steps for Talking with Children about Art

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Have you taken your kids to see any good art lately? As a an art museum educator I spend a fair amount of time thinking about how adults can help children talk about and make sense of art. But why is this important? Talking about art is good for kids' minds: it helps them think critically, develop strong reasoning skills, pay attention to nuance, and explore new ways of … [Read more...]

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...]