DIY Paper Tape Roads

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Sometimes we have to push our kids outside their comfort zones to help them take on new perspectives, face and overcome challenges, and confront their biases. I have a growing collection of diecast vehicles that I keep in a nice, inviting basket. And do you know who plays with these cars, trucks, and airplanes? Boys who visit us. Despite my best efforts at diversifying my … [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...]

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...]

21 Ways to Get Creative

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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...]

Creative Adventures: Tidepooling

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 Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way. - Edward de Bono, psychologist and writer This post is something new for me. I usually write about our hands-on projects, but I thought it would be fun to take our creative thinking out into the great wide world. In reference to the quote above, not only am I breaking out … [Read more...]

How Climbing Trees Builds Creative Thinking

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Have you ever climbed a tree? Do your kids like climbing trees? This has never been high on my list, even back in the nursery school days, but my 3 year old N has climbing in her soul and will climb just about anything: rock climbing walls, trees, jungle gyms, furniture, fences, etc. She seems to gravitate especially to trees that offer a challenging climb, and I like it … [Read more...]

Cooking with Kids: Butter and Rosemary

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Do you like to cook with your kids? It's not always the easiest thing for me to do; we have a tiny kitchen and limited counter space, but I try to find ways to integrate my kids into the kitchen routines when I can. Why? Because cooking, experimenting, and learning about the interaction of ingredients builds creative thinkers, gives my kids a solid footing  and confidence in … [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...]

Explore Modern Artists: Paint like Jasper Johns

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Today on Explore Modern Artists, we're taking a close look at the work of American Artist Jasper Johns. For the art historians out there, Jasper Johns is technically a contemporary artist, but the piece that my four-year old and I looked at falls into the time-frame of modern art. I spent years working in modern and contemporary art museums, but love this kind of art … [Read more...]