Word Drawing Game

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Do your kids like to draw? Do you ever play drawing games? The other day my kids and I were cleaning out the garage. Well, really it was me while they loitered, moved things around, and made a lot of noise. My 3-year old found an old, but never-before-opened game of a Cranium. She adores opening new packages and ran into the house for a pair of scissors. Once the box … [Read more...]

Art Project: Overhead Projector

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My husband works at a university and the collector in me was overjoyed to discover that there's a little-known department on campus that sells surplus property from departments that no longer need old projectors, desks, and reams of paper. I wandered into the dusty space about a year ago and walked out with something everyone needs: an overhead projector for just $5. Right, … [Read more...]

Sensory Activity: Shredded Paper

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If you're afraid of a mess, I have to warn you up front that this is a messy one. But it's not a dirty kind of mess and if you stick with me here, you might become a shredded paper convert like me. It all started innocently, and rather boring, enough. It was a bill-paying day, and I set the kids up with their own stack of mailing labels stickers, pens, and old checkbooks … [Read more...]

5 Easy Steps to Invent a Recipe with Kids

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Do you like to cooking with kids or do you yearn to cook with your child? Today we're sharing five easy steps to invent a recipe with kids, which will get you into a creative cooking mindset. Think Master Chef + little kids = a fun afternoon. But you might wonder, "why would I want to invent a recipe when I can easily follow a recipe?" The answer is that inventing recipes … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Raise Creative Kids

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“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda A version of this post was originally shared at Kiwi Crate.   Are you interested in raising your child to be their most … [Read more...]

Pop up Paper Zoo {Free Download}

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Back in September I wrote about how we made a Pop-Up Paper Zoo. This is one of my favorite posts because the project is child-directed and it can lead to imagination-building and experimentation. At the end of the post, I asked if anyone would like to have a PDF template so you could make these yourself. There were some "yeses" in the room, and I have to apologize for taking … [Read more...]

DIY Paper Bag Book with Japanese Binding {Free Download}

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You might know that I've been working on a fun project with the San Francisco Children's Creativity Museum DIY Studio Space. Each month for a full year, we're developing creativity-boosting invitations for children who visit the museum. If you visit the Studio this month you'll find an assortment of interesting found materials and a host of ideas for upcycling books from these … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Nine Big Ideas in Creativity Education

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Here are some of the bigger stories in creativity education that inspired me this week: 1. The North Carolina Museum of Art received a $2 million grant from GlaxoSmithKline and its N.C. GSK Foundation to create a project called "The Big Picture" which aims to use art to enhance learning. Woo-hoo! Arts and Museum eduction, all wrapped up into one big, creative grant … [Read more...]

Chalkboard Painted Canvas

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso Chalkboards...I love them. You? The texture, the dust, and contrast are oh-so-appealing. When I started to see them disappear from classrooms in favor of dry erase boards, I was a little bit shocked. Dry erase boards are wonderful too, but they'll never have the same rustic appeal as a … [Read more...]

Symmetrical Butterfly Prints

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When my 1 year old naps, my three and a half year old non-napper and I like to pull out some of our favorite messy materials that don't normally surface when baby hot-hands is awake. The other day N wanted to paint, and we ended up making butterfly rorschach paintings. BTW, every time I have to spell that word -- rorschach -- it stumps me! Anyone else? We called these butterfly … [Read more...]