Crushed Flower Experiment

Crushed Flower Experiment

Now that summer is coming to an end (sniff -- I'm kind of in denial -- you?), it's a good time to harvest some of your last blooms for some flower-painting experiments. We took a walk around the neighborhood and picked some weeds from wild roadside gardens, and also selected a handful of flowers and leaves from our own yard. Materials For this project you'll need: … [Read more...]

Make a Terrarium

How to Make a Terrarium

Today I'm joined by my friend and colleague, Amanda E. Gross, who I've had the pleasure of working with at the San Francisco Children's Creativity Museum. She has an incredible eye for all things related to creativity and kids, and today she's here to share some tips on how to make a terrarium. I've wanted to make one of these for a long time, and thrilled that Amanda is here … [Read more...]

Natural Playground with Tree Stumps

natural playground with tree stumps

Let your walks now be a little more adventurous. - Henry David Thoreau Do you have a natural playground in your yard or near your home? A natural playground is an outdoor play area that's landscaped with materials such as logs, dirt, grassy hills, sand, natural bridges, and streams instead of plastic playground equipment. Aside from our beloved plastic playhouse, our … [Read more...]

Creative Adventures: Tidepooling

tidepool

 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...]

Easy Peasy Rock Painting

rocks rock painting

This is such an easy project and my kids (almost 4 and 20 months) have gone crazy for it. And I have to confess that I really enjoyed it too. Very addictive. I chalk their enthusiasm (and mine) up to a couple things: Painting or drawing on a 3-dimensional surface is a fun challenge The colors of the paint markers are vivid and opaque (i.e. pretty), and very easy to … [Read more...]