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...]

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...]

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...]