Art Dice and the Creative Confidence Book

art dice and creative confidence

Do you have Creative Confidence? Do you think that some people are just born more creative, or do you believe that we can learn to become more creative? In the newly released creativity and innovation-boosting book, Creative Confidence, authors David and Tom Kelley not only explain that creative super-powers lie within each of us, but they go on to share actionable tools for … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Have Creative Fun with your Kids this Summer

10 Ways to have Creative Fun with your kids this summer | Tinkerlab

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”   - Henry James, Author Today is the last day of school for my kids before the start of summer. Not only is summer a school-free time for many children, but it can also mean warm weather, long car trips, digging up lots of beach sand, and long empty … [Read more...]

Creativity and Education Interestingness

Creativity and education interestingness from the Tinkerlab blog

It's been a while since I've done a round-up of creativity and education resources, and since a few pieces of interestingness have crossed my desk this week, I wanted to take a minute to share these great resources with you! I hope you enjoy them and that they give you some food for thought. And if you've spotted any great articles that you think I should know about, please … [Read more...]

Marbled Paper Suminagashi

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Are you looking for a last-minute hands-on gift, or maybe an idea to bookmark for a cold winter day? I've been saving this Suminagashi kit for a quiet morning and it was a true winner with both my 2-year old and 4-year old. The process of marbleizing paper encourages creative thinking, open-ended exploration with ink and water, and experimentation. But first, maybe … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Birthday Cake

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If you know a little bit about me and my parenting philosophy, you'll know that I welcome opportunities to get my children into DIY mode. The only way they're going to learn how to do something is by getting involved, so I may give them a few pointers and then I'll step back and let them take the lead. My youngest, R, who I sometimes refer to here as Baby Rainbow, is no … [Read more...]

Messy Art: Splat Paint Olympics

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Today I'm over on the Melissa and Doug blog, writing about our experience making Splat Paint Olympic Rings with household sponges. Painting with non-traditional materials does wonders for helping children look at the world with fresh eyes. And throwing paint-soaked sponges? Well, that's just silly fun.   While we did this with the end-game of the Olympics in … [Read more...]

Imaginative Play: Dress-up

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Do your kids love dressing up? Mine do, and not a day goes by that they're not in a bumblebee costume, waving around magic wands, or adorned with tiaras.   I should say that I fall into the camp of allowing my kids to dress themselves, which does wonders for fueling their creativity, imagination, and independence. And it also means I have to be okay with the possibility … [Read more...]

21 Ways to Get Creative

21 ways to get creatiive

Do you consider yourself creative? Here's a list of 21 ways to get creative, and you may be surprised to see that you've done at least one thing from this list today. Think of these as creativity-boosters; things that you can do to get out of a brain-blocked rut. Think of how you came up with a solution to a problem while in the shower, or of traveling outside of your … [Read more...]

How to Use a Sketchbook to Boost Creativity

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Have you ever kept a sketchbook? Are you on the DPS (Double Page Spread) journey with me? Have you thought about joining, but you haven't started yet? When I introduced the DPS Challenge, I talked about the importance of starting a visual journal practice as a way to nurture your own creativity. But did you know that modeling habits of creative thinking such … [Read more...]