How to Make a Paper Airplane

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Have you ever made a paper airplane? Did you learn how to make it from a book? Or maybe it was from the kid you shared a desk with in the third grade? I fall into the second camp, learning from my friends in school. And for all of the hundreds of airplanes we made, not one of them truly soared the way I expected it to. How to make a paper airplane Well guess what? Today … [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...]

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...]

How to Build a Simple Clip Fort

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How was your Valentine's Day? We had a drizzly pre-Valentines romp in the park with friends and I spent Valentine's morning leading a fun docent training workshop at the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA). Under the leadership of Education Director, Lucy Larson, SJMA one of the most visitor-centered museums around. It's not a huge museum, which means it's easy to navigate with … [Read more...]

Playing Big

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This week I'm sharing kid-friendly inspiration from the Bay Area Maker Faire. Have you ever noticed that things can be much more fun and compelling when they're really, really big? Think about awe-inspiring cruise ships vs. cute little kayaks or imaginative play possibilities in a refrigerator box. Today I have four show-stopping examples of play on a large scale, and I'd … [Read more...]

Why Creative Thinking?

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What will our childrens' future look like? The world as we know it is changing so rapidly that it's almost impossible to know what it will look like in just five years, let alone thirty. I saw the movie Social Network this weekend, and was reminded that Facebook has only been around for about five years. I don't know about you, but I can barely remember my life before its … [Read more...]

MacArthur Foundation Awards "Genius Grants"

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Have you ever dreamt of receiving a large sum of cash to pursue your creative dreams? You may have heard that the MacArthur Foundation just named twenty-three very surprised fellows as the recipients of this year's "genius grant," an unrestricted award of $500,000 to spend on projects of their choice. There is no application process for the award. Rather, recipients are chosen … [Read more...]

Slapdash Slide

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While I've been on baby duty this past week, my husband has been an incredible pal to our older daughter, and it's been inspiring to watch them develop their own style of play and invention. We both believe strongly in paying close attention to our child's interests and then helping her grow beyond her current capabilities, which is how this little activity emerged. On this … [Read more...]

Day One: Documenting Passion

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I'm spending the week documenting my child's interests. Check out yesterday's post for more information. Day one Going on stroller rides. My otherwise stroller-hating child has been interested in this since we arrived at the Grandparents' house.  Here, she's not only patient with the activity, but she will actually climb into the stroller on her own accord and ASK for a … [Read more...]