Raindrop Collage

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Saturday was a gorgeous day, and then the rain came pouring down on Sunday. Amidst a full circuit of rainy day activities like treating patients in our tented doctor clinic and practicing gymnastics on the furniture, we conducted art experiments in the rain. A shift in weather can captivate young minds with questions about seasons, popping bulbs, falling leaves, flurries of … [Read more...]

Improvised Caution Tape

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My daughter is FASCINATED by caution tape. It all started about a month ago when we walked past a building that was surround with the stuff, and I was barraged with questions like: Why is there caution tape there? Who can go over there? What happened? How did the fire truck get in the building? Why is that man behind the caution tape? Why can't I go behind the caution tape? And … [Read more...]

Tape Play

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This is what the breakfast table sometimes turns into in our home. Pancakes, coffee, napkins, and, ahem...tape. Of course, yes, please pass the tape! Tape has been a favorite medium since it arrived in our house a couple months ago, and it's taken on all kinds of forms since. The colors are incredible, and full of tons of possibilities. You can find a set of ten … [Read more...]

Giving Thanks

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I started writing these posts just six months ago, and can't believe how far this site has come. Thank you so very much to each and every one of you who reads this blog. Family, friends, new friends, loyal readers.  It means the world to me. And it delights me to no end when I read your comments about your own creative adventures, or visit you in your homes and see that you … [Read more...]

Marbleized Paper

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This is Painting Project #3 from last week's series of painting experiments (Drippy Gravity Painting and Aluminum Foil Painting were #1 and #2), when we dug into three totally different painting projects in one hour.  If you've been following me, you most likely know that my projects value process over product, but I can't help but appreciate how freakin' pretty these … [Read more...]

Aluminum Foil Painting

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Why stop with paper when you can paint on egg cartons, fabric, and wood? I love digging around my cabinets and recycling bin for substrates other than paper, and aluminum foil became the basis of yesterday's second painting experiment. (The first was Drippy Gravity Painting). Foil wrapped around a piece of cardboard. And securely taped. N chose blue and orange paint. … [Read more...]

Drippy Gravity Painting

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Many of you have commented that attention spans at your art tables run short. Shorter than short. Maybe almost nonexistent. And I want to support you in two ways: one is to say that this is so normal for toddlers and preschoolers to give an art project their 4-minute all, and two is that I must be deceiving you into thinking that my daughter's interest is sustained over many … [Read more...]

Body Tracing

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Can you hear the giggles? Put two little girls in the same house for three days and it's bound to be a slapstick silly ol' time (with a few tears thrown in for good measure). I've wanted to trace my daughter's body for months now, and every time I bring it up she says "no." But not this time. Maybe it's the age? Or maybe she liked having a partner in silhouette crime? In any … [Read more...]

The Artful Parent

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I had a fun exchange with Jean Van't Hul on The Artful Parent today. If you haven't seen Jean's site before, it's high time to check it out! She's also a mom of two girls, and chronicles her artistic adventures with her children. Her projects are process-based and she has a keen sense for instilling her children's learning experiences with joy and imagination. Not to be missed! … [Read more...]

Vote for TinkerLab!!

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Hooray...TinkerLab was nominated for Babble's Top 50 Mom Blogs. One of my favorite blogs, The Artful Parent, is near the top. Yay, Jean...you got my vote! But we're not soooo far behind. And it turns out you can vote for more than one blog.  So, if you're a TinkerLab fan, cast your vote and watch as TinkerLab moves up toward the top! Just click here and scroll down until you … [Read more...]